So next weekend I embark in a 3-4 day kayak trip in 10,000 islands FL. I will be launching from goodland and spending the first night on Coon Key. This is the first time I have gone island camping.
My long time friend will be accompanying me in a single person kayak rated for open water. I will be using the Helios 2 inflatable in the picture. So any advice? Ive done desert camping, backpacked numerous ranges, retired army.
Bump with random mangrove pic.
We did about 7miles this day
Coon key from launch is only 2.5 miles
Not dude you were replying to. But I'd say to bring a couple extra and say fuck pride. Hubris has an interesting way of always showing up for the party. Get caught in a storm. Strange medical accident. Loss of equipment. Several reasons off the top of my head. And I've never even been oceanic kayaking before. Don't end up like those 14 year old faggots from fl that got washed out to see or god knows what. You'll end up some pirates sissy boy.
Not even trolling, but be careful of sharks. The Bay of Florida is so shallow that there's a good amount of sea grass which attracts fish and therefore the bigger fishies (sharks) that like to snack on smaller fish. You'll be fine in a kayak but I wouldn't swim in those waters
Source: I've spent a good bit of time in the Everglades and seen them
I guess 2 more MREs couldn't hurt.
I have flares, a descent first aid kit I have built up over the years. I do plan on bringing 200 FLoz of water. And along with the MREs about 15-20 protein bars
Yea those kids where fuck bois, they where even in a whaler and managed to fuck up.
I've never lost equipment, and plan on having everything tied down on the paddle out so shit land with all my equipment and depart with all my equipment. I usually do like 2 shake down before leaving.
Yea I can say Florida is weird but so is LA where I've been living for the past 2 years, and Chicago even has it weird parts, isn't that just weird
I do plan on bringing my bang stick, I noticed some black tips & makos chasing mullets last time I went kayaking in the inner coastal. Granted the dorsal gin wasn't giant but I will be cautious when snorkeling,
I am expecting to hang all my food/water from trees at night. Will also have a shitty plastic glock to shoot some of these island rats if I get bored.
Here is most of my gear both red bags are water proof. 3 pelican cases. Coyote bag is my snorkeling gear & tackle.
Later today I plan on inflating my kayak and test packing it so I can have a even weight bow to stern
Here are the tide reports for Friday I have a good opening to head out in the late morning
Innova Helios 2
Many people convert them into sail kayaks and do what I'm doing.
I have a seat but actually find it an inconvenience due to always having to get to the rear storage on long trips, its comfy to convince factor just isn't good enough to bring with.
My cameras will consist of old 35mm nikonos underwater camera, a gopro with cases & shit, galaxy s4, and some random point & shoot HP handheld
Advice I'll take to the grave
Went thru Benning
Hell on earth
Some advice in basic, be that guy
I've taken the kayak huntingcin back streams. By far best kayak I've owned
>No dry bags
You are living dangerously anon
Got a patch kit for that inflatible yak? Hope so
Have you practied getting into your kayak in deep water? I have never used an inflatible kayak before so it may be a little different than a normal kayak or SOT.
>inflatable kayak in the open ocean
Please get a radio. You never know what can happen.
A friend of mine and his gf did what you are doing for a weekend and nearly drowned when the current between the islands they were going between started pushing them out of sight of land.
There's so many different ways things can go wrong. I don't doubt you know what you're doing but my friend had plenty of previous experience until the one time things went dangerously bad for him.
His radio saved his life and his girlfriends. They are like $200 but considering the stakes, I'd say it's definitely worth it. If anything, you never need it and you can lend it to friends/family who maybe will.
Happy to see some Floridians besides myself on /out/, would never do island kayaking though fuck that.
Have you lived in Florida a while? If so you should know that the weather changes quickly, so much so that I wouldn't even consider such an outing even in the colder months. But hey you seem to know your shit so glhf m8.
Also no dry bags? The hell man. Pic related was the raft trip we took, Indian River Lagoon last summer
Lol no that's in the Gulf near Fort Meyers.
The one red bag is a dry bag with giant zip lock type seal , my clothes bag is packed as pictured everything in ziplocks, multiple pelican cases for other equipment
I actually just purchased a radio off eBay hopefully I get it tomorrow cause I plan on leaving Friday. I also just purchased a 17ft whaler so the radio will be used when boating.
The kayak does have a ruter that is controlled by my feet so yea it is an inflatable and would be all over the water do to no heel but the ruter makes up for it alot.
Picture is boat I just picked up to start diving
Florida born, Chicago raised. Spent every summer down here, past couple years been living in socal. I'm currently staying up by ocala visiting the parents and taking a break from work
Referring to water depth shouldn't be any deeper then 1.6M I've practiced getting in & out and its pretty easy. I keep my hand belge near by when I get in because water always finds a way. Also I do have a patch kit. The kayak material is that of white water rafts and the interior is the same as a zodiac.
>I actually just purchased a radio off eBay hopefully I get it tomorrow cause I plan on leaving Friday. I also just purchased a 17ft whaler so the radio will be used when boating.
I hope you got something worth spending money on, and not a baofeng...
Lol I'm not really sweating if I don't have a radio will have tide charts and detailed maps so unless a freak storm forms, I should be find without one. The radio retailed around 300$new and spent 109$ to win the auction.
I have yet to actually enter the Ocala woods other then the shooting range. I hear that a bunch of people live in those woods tho.
>200 FLoz of water
so I guess that converts to 6L/6Quarts more or less. I somehow feel you're underestimating the importance of water still. You never know what could happen in the ocean. some sort of desalination system would be nice to have in a worst case scenario.
Pic of the marine radio I got in the mail today
Yea good point, I'll probably stop and pic up 2 gallons of fresh water at publix on my ride down to the launch point. Also planning on using a 5gallon bucket and smaller 2.5gal bucket to make a solar desalination just as a back up. I've had success with that set up before and will be a good back up
I have no idea, little sail cats maybe small grunts or redfish. Really hoping to catch a small shark.also it is blue crab season rn so I did see alot of smaller guys by mangroves so may end up snorkeling for those guys as well. What ever we catch I'll document and most likely eat that day.
Oh thanks anon I didn't know grammer was important when I'm on one of them der islands. Google speech does wonders doesn't it
I would never trust an inflatable kayak.
I have been through the 10,000 islands in my kayak. It scrapes bottom sometimes. There are mangrove branches that can puncture the sides/bottom.
I hope you have a great time.
Eat at Stan's in Goodland. Stan died, but his old place is still open I think.
The fucking mosquitos are awful in the mangroves. I don't know how you are going to sleep
Tea tree oil does wonders at repelling bugs. I will take you up on stans and eat there after the trip. The kayak draws little water about 3-4.5in. I do take precautions when in shallow waters like 10,000 islands. Last time I ran a ground I stuck my hands down so fast to stop damn barncales tore threw my gloves and cut my hand pretty good but had enough super glue to stop the bleeding
I'll be posting updates on my snap snatch story Dansen420
All the gear minus my battle's kayak
Launching in under a hr
I went canoeing in that area last winter. I also left from goodland marina. We camp at cape Romano near the dome homes. Had an awesome time there , camped for two days. Went past coon key, I would consider another island. Kind of small, try a Romano island. You could make it probably in 5 hrs. Took me five and I my wife hardly paddling and bitching
Have fun buddy , had a great time there my selfie bet you will too!
Op here going to start posting may fall asleep during editing tired AF
No trouble except my high ass dropped the hardware for the rudder so I had to use some paracord to tie it up to the kayak
Food mainly consisted of blue crabs like this guy and alot of sail cats
Hiked along the east side of the island to the farthest point south we where able to get to before the mangroves where to thick
Hahahah yea I was hoping no one found out
Last glimpse of the island
Lol I'll keep that in mind next time I return to that island
Yea there was a bunch of rats but we hung all out food and supplies, also palmettos and no see'ems, I have dozens of small bites but unphased
did you steal them from crab traps in the water?
When I went out there last winter, I stole enough for a good meal from crab traps in the water. We sat in the sand and roasted the crabs like your pic.
Not OP but there are good inflatables and bad inflatables. I might worry about coral with mine if there was any within 1000 miles, but sticks and rocks are no problem. Had more problems with skin-on-frame (but it's easy to fix).
Na I don't like to take crabs from traps, I also lay traps and would hate if I saw some one taking my catch.
>You'll end up some pirates sissy boy.
>off the coast of florida
mfw pirates of the Caribbean