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Old 07-21-2015, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Golden GateEstates
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I've been interested in fishing the canals in Collier. I've fished the canal Strand twice, once lucky & once not. I've fished the canal next to the fairgrounds with luck. Are there places to fish where you don't need to walk or drive miles to get there? I've found the Peacock bass worth fishing for.
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Old 07-21-2015, 09:51 AM
 
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I haven't fished the Golden Gate canal system in years, but I understand that the peacocks are invading in a big way in them. Pretty much any streets that dead end on canals should produce, not only peacocks, but also largemouth, small tarpon and snook.

My friend caught a slightly under slot snook at the end of one of the streets off Golden Gate Blvd last month. He was servicing a pool out there and always keeps a rod in his truck. While on his lunch break, he threw a Mirrolure in the canal a few times and nailed the snook.

FWIW, the canal that runs along the east trail towards Everglades City has some great fishing. You'll catch snook, tarpon, bass, reds etc. in there.
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Old 07-21-2015, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Golden GateEstates
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Default Peacock Bass

I read where the Peacock were introduced in eastern Florida and are a South American species. The DBL limit is "2" which I do not understand. My wife and I have dined on these twice and they were great. So good that she told me I need to go fishing more often !?! The task is to find clear enough water to fish. A lot of open canal spots are so weeded that it's hard to throw a line. I guess I have my work cut out for me.
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Old 07-21-2015, 05:04 PM
 
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One of these days I'm gonna launch my kayak at Golden Gate Park and give the peacocks a try.
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Old 07-24-2015, 04:20 PM
 
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I remember catching peacock bass as a kid in the canals across 41 from the manor. A lot of that area is developed now but there might still be places to fish.
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Old 07-25-2015, 04:54 AM
 
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Default Canal Fishing

I,ve seen largemouth swimming but have not caught one yet. From what I have read, the peacock bass are more active during the day while largemouth are best fished early morning or early evening. Because of the heat, most of the canals are very weeded making it difficult to fish. Even the Strand has only a few open water areas left. But next week, fishing in Goodland!
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Old 02-02-2016, 12:33 PM
 
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Default Golden Gates Canal Fishing

I would like to surprise my husband and purchase a fishing boat for my husband to use when he retires. He would need to launch the boat at the ramp in Golden Gates Park in Naples. Since I do not know anything about boats to speak of, what model boat should I look at purchasing? Any advice would be most appreciated. Thanks
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Old 02-02-2016, 01:25 PM
 
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I would like to surprise my husband and purchase a fishing boat for my husband to use when he retires. He would need to launch the boat at the ramp in Golden Gates Park in Naples. Since I do not know anything about boats to speak of, what model boat should I look at purchasing? Any advice would be most appreciated. Thanks
You don't need anything fancy to fish the canals. The water is dead calm. A small jon boat with a small motor is the first thing that comes to mind.


A canoe/kayak would be perfectly adequate too. They are relatively inexpensive, use zero fuel, low maintenance, provide a modicum of exercise and are pretty easy to transport.
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Old 02-03-2016, 11:11 AM
 
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Thank you very much for your advice. Now I can start shopping around.
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Old 02-04-2016, 11:44 AM
 
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Watch out for 'gators.....
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