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  Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Posted by: Florida Fish Hunter - 11-28-2017, 08:15 AM - Forum: Volusia County - No Replies

Fishing
Including crabbing, clamming, oystering and shrimping

You may Fish, Crab, Clam, Oyster, and Shrimp in the Indian River Lagoon, Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River Lagoon, Mosquito Control Impoundments and Interior Freshwater Lakes except for the restricted areas of the Kennedy Space Center or as noted below. Individuals found in NASA's normal or expanded Restricted Area are subject to arrest. All Florida Fishing Regulations apply as well as the following Refuge Specific regulations. There is a $5 daily fee, or $15 yearly fee for using the improved boat ramps.

Mosquito Control Impoundments
Bank fishing after dark is not permitted. Impoundments and interior ponds are not open to night fishing.

Mosquito Lagoon
The Pole & Troll Zones were developed with extensive input from anglers and are intended to improve the quality of flats fishing and reduce prop scarring. The two Pole & Troll Zones cover 3,143 acres of the 21,000 acre Mosquito Lagoon.
To be in compliance with the regulations of the Zones, internal combustion engines must be off, (except in the posted channels) and boats drafting more than 12" at rest may not enter. Boats that enter the zone must switch to a non-internal combustion power source such as polling or paddling. Electric trolling motors are permitted. Boats may operate under power only in the posted running channels. The boundary of the Pole & Troll Zones is posted with white or yellow buoys and the running channels are marked with red and green day markers.

Indian River Lagoon
The headwaters of the Indian River Lagoon and Turnbull Creek are located within the boundary of the refuge. There is limited access to this portion of the lagoon, but Shiloh Marsh Road provides bank access along a 12 mile section of the northeast section of the Lagoon and offers good bird-watching, canoe, and fishing access. As with all refuge waters, a sports fishing permit is required.
Shiloh Marsh Road and L Pond Road are closed to motor vehicles. Individuals may enter by foot to bird-watch or fish from the road.

Banana River No Motor Zone
Most of the Banana River north of Port Canaveral and the Beach Line Highway (SR 528) has been closed to motor boats for the protection for manatees since 1990. This area has one of the highest concentrations of manatees in Florida. Boaters generally refer to this area as the “No Motor Zone” as motorized vessels including any vessel having an attached or non-attached internal combustion or electric trolling motor capable of use are prohibited. The boundary of the No Motor Zone is delineated with signs.
This 10,600 acre open water area is one of the few places in Florida free from motor boats and has become a popular destination for paddlers and fishermen. The shoreline on the north, east, and west side of the lagoon is within the “Security Area” of the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station; therefore access to the No Motor Zone is very limited and restricted to two locations from the south. From the southwest side, KARS Park provides a 30 car parking lot, store for ice and supplies, and restrooms. The launch site is located at the north end of KARS Park and provides direct access into the No Motor Zone. KARS Park charges a $5.00 per boat launch fee which can be paid at the KARS store. KARS Park is located at the east end of Hall Road off Courtney Parkway (SR3). From the southeast side, paddlers can launch off of the 401 Causeway north of the Cruise Terminals at Port Canaveral. Paddlers on the east side, be advised, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station maintains a permanent closed area that extends 10,000 feet into the Banana River and occupies about half the east shoreline. This closure is marked with buoys.

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Merritt_Island/Fishing.html.aspx

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  Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Fishing Regulations
Posted by: Florida Fish Hunter - 11-28-2017, 08:03 AM - Forum: Volusia County - No Replies

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Fishing Regulations
Printable Permit Form below

Sport Fishing Regulations (including crabbing, clamming, oystering and shrimping) Special Conditions

You may Fish, Crab, Clam, Oyster, and Shrimp in the Indian River Lagoon, Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River Lagoon, Mosquito Control Impoundments and Interior Freshwater Lakes except for the restricted areas of the Kennedy Space Center or as noted below. Individuals found in NASA's normal or expanded Restricted Area are subject to arrest. All Florida Fishing Regulations apply as well as the following Refuge Specific regulations. There is a $5 daily fee, or $15 yearly fee for using the improved boat ramps

Regulations:

- You must possess a current signed Refuge Sports Fishing Permit at all times while fishing on the Refuge. The permit is self-issuing and assures you have read and understand Merritt Island NWR's fishing regulations.
- You may not use air thrust boats, hover craft or personal watercraft in Refuge waters.
- You may fish at night from a boat in the waters of Haulover Canal, Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River Lagoon and Banana River Lagoon. Bank fishing after dark is not permitted. Impoundments and interior ponds are not open to night fishing.
- You may launch a boat at night from the following boat ramps: Bairs Cove and Beacon 42. All other Refuge Boat Ramps are closed to night launching.
- You may not crab or fish from Black Point Wildlife Drive or any side road connected to Black Point Wildlife Drive except L Pond Road.
- You may not launch boats, canoes, and kayaks from Black Point Wildlife Drive or any side road connected to Black Point except L Pond Road.
- Motorized vessels are not permitted in the Banana River Lagoon within the posted No-Motor Zone. This includes any vessel having an attached or non-attached internal combustion or electric trolling motor capable of use.
- Vessel speeds must not exceed Idle Speed in Bair’s Cove and KARS Marina or Slow Speed/Minimum Wake in Haulover Canal. Florida law also regulates boat speeds on other waters of the Refuge.
- You may not harvest or posses horseshoe crabs.
- Anglers and crabbers must attend their lines.
- Commercial fishermen and Fishing Guides are required to obtain an annual Special Use Permit.
- Camping and/or overnight parking, firearms and open fires are prohibited. Pets must remain on a leash or in your vehicle/vessel.

To improve fishing and protect grass flats, two Pole & Troll Zones have been established in Mosquito Lagoon. (See Map) The zones are delineated with buoys. Within the zones, internal combustion engines must be shut off (except in posted channels) and vessels drafting more than 12 inches at rest must not enter. Vessels may be propelled by a non-motorized power source such as drifting, push poles, paddles, etc. Electric trolling may be used through the zones. Boats may operate internal combustion engines only in the posted channels within the Pole & Troll Zones.

Click here for New Regs and pass
Free Refuge Fishing Permit and Pass
https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Merritt_Island/Fishing.html.aspx

and here
Free Refuge Fishing Permit
You must posses a current signed Refuge Sport Fishing Permit at all times while fishing on the refuge.
https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Merritt_Island/visit/permits.html

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  Team Yellow Trailer Update
Posted by: Florida Fish Hunter - 07-15-2017, 08:18 PM - Forum: Check it out! - No Replies

The top level on the trailer has now been modified to accommodate my recently purchased Abaco kayak for transporting.  Surprisingly the tunnel hull design on the Abaco is spaced out the same as the Hobie which is a good thing because now I know that I can transport a 2nd hobie without having to reposition the tube rails.

The tube rails were mounted using 1-3/4″ muffler clamps which were ideal since the pvc tubes will have a flat area to rest against when tightening down the u-bolts. If required, the pvc tubes can easily be repositioned with this setup.

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Team Yellow – Now ready for action!

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  Garmin Striker 4 Glare Shield
Posted by: Florida Fish Hunter - 07-15-2017, 08:15 PM - Forum: Check it out! - No Replies

Finally decided to deal with the making of a glare shield for my Garmin fish finder screen. After taking several measurements of the Garmin frame, I drew up a simple hood styled cover and then 3d printed it. The fit was good and for now I plan to either use velcro or double sided tape to to mount it to the Garmin. Now all that is left to do is to test it out and hope that it functions as intended.

As always the stl file is available here for download for those interested in making their own.

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  WEST MARINE Abaco 13.5 Tandem
Posted by: Florida Fish Hunter - 07-15-2017, 08:11 PM - Forum: Check it out! - No Replies

Just added another kayak to the fleet today. It’s a West Marine 13.5 Abaco. I’ve had my eye on this model for about two years now and finally decided to pull the trigger and get one. Going on sale for the 4th of July definitely helped with the decision making process. The Abaco will serve a dual purpose role which is: “fun times” with the family since it can carry two people and a child and as a “second fishing vessel” for those that would like to tag along with me out on the water but don’t have their own kayak.

It is a wide and long kayak (34″ W x  13′-6″ L).  When kayaking as a single person, I love all the deck space that will be available due to it’s width and length. For the cost of this model you can’t beat it when compared to other similar brand models. Did I mention that it has a weight capacity of 550 pounds!

With the hull weighing in at 74 pounds it may be an issue for some but, for myself, when compare to the deck size and stability when out on the water all day – I’ll deal with the weight issue when transporting.

Tomorrow the real fun begins – modding this kayak, but first I have to add a pair of transport tubes to the second level of the trailer which is where the abaco will ride.

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  My DIY H-bar for the Hobie PA 14
Posted by: Florida Fish Hunter - 05-05-2017, 08:15 AM - Forum: Check it out! - No Replies

My total cost for this build: $28

A special thanks goes out to John Sims for sharing his idea of converting a walker used by the elderly and converting it into a stand assist bar for his hobie outback. I have taken his concept and slightly modified it to work on my hobie pro angler 14.





John Sims 5 part build videos:
Part 1 – http://youtu.be/g4a1fBGaE90
Part 2 – http://youtu.be/HdkLVTP_4SQ
Part 3 – http://youtu.be/Ef7YhwsRejA
Part 4 – http://youtu.be/SiydaB2eAg0
Part 5 – http://youtu.be/Wae6UfNkvkg

Main Parts List:
1 ea., Walker – Your local Goodwill or https://www.walmart.com/ip/Drive-Medical-Deluxe-Two-Button-Folding-Walker/38451466

4 ea., Deck hinge – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000Y85EO0

2 ea., Jaw Clamp – https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sea-Dog-Jaw-Slide-Tube-O.D.-7-8-with-3-16-Pin-Black/44554559

4 ea., External Tube Ends 3/4″ – https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sea-Dog-External-Eye-End-Tube-O.D.-3-4-with-1-4-Pin-Black/44554562

2 ea., Internal Tube Ends 7/8″ – https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sea-Dog-Internal-Eye-End-Tube-O.D.-7-8-with-1-4-Pin-Black/44554409

3d printed parts:
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2295859

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  Artificial Reefs of Volusia County, Florida
Posted by: Florida Fish Hunter - 04-27-2017, 09:46 PM - Forum: Volusia County - No Replies

Visit link below for GPS Locations of the Artificial Reefs of Volusia County

https://www.volusiareefs.org/reefsiteinfo.htm

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  Hawg Trough Hobie Handrail Clips
Posted by: Florida Fish Hunter - 04-12-2017, 06:00 PM - Forum: Check it out! - No Replies

This is my version of a support for the hawg trough tray that allows easy on/off installation using the hobie handrails. 3d printed using PETG filament which is easy to print like PLA filament but with the strength and flexibility of ABS. Print time using my settings is around 2 hours per clip. The file is available on thingiverse for download as I continue to help out my diy kayak fishing community as best I can. Tight lines everyone and I’ll see you out on the water!



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  The Boils off the FPL nuclear power plant
Posted by: Florida Fish Hunter - 03-13-2017, 07:29 PM - Forum: Saltwater Kayak Fishing - No Replies

The multiple outfall pipes 3,000 feet off shore (ocean) in front of the St Lucie FPL Nuclear Power Plant on South Hutchinson Island are called 'The Boils'. Clouds of baitfish hang there along with the predators that prey on them because warm water from the power plant cooling systems comes out and attracts them. You will usually see pelicans hanging around there too, diving into the water for an easy meal. Some pelicans just seem to hang around boats and kayaks waiting for a handout.

Just south of the nuclear power plant is a good and easy place to launch our kayaks from Walton Rocks Beach Road (GPS coordinates 27.340303, -80.234020) to easily go to "The Boils".

The Boils GPS coordinates are 27°21'07.56"N 80°13'45.48"W or 27.353500, -80.235717
Put a set of coordinates into Google Maps (or Earth) to see where it is.



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  Wheeleez on my Boonedox?
Posted by: Florida Fish Hunter - 02-22-2017, 08:50 AM - Forum: Check it out! - No Replies



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