We had previously driven around the outside of the lake and I did a blog post but one of the things we wanted to do while staying at Okeechobee was go for a little ride on the lake and our friends Nancy and Ronnie were happy to oblige. They have a deck boat that is really just a fish harvesting machine (more later) but it worked well for our little tour.
For much of the lake, the water comes right up to the rim (dike) but long the west side there is a large grassy area extending out into the water with a channels through it. We put the boat in at the ramp near the pier at the top end of the lake (just south of town) and headed down the channel.
We then headed southwest toward the mouth of the Kissimmee River and since it was a warm sunny day we got to see several alligators sunning themselves on the grass and many birds.
This guy was flying with the boat.
When we got to the river mouth, we headed out into the open lake on the south side of the grass and I got shots of it and fisherman jig fishing in it.
There are several locks around the lake that connect to a network of streams and canals.
This airboat can go about wherever it wants.
As for the fish harvesting machine, all or those 37 circular things are rod holders and rather than fishing (using a bait to tempt and lure a fish to jump on your hook then reeling it in as it fights for freedom) they put out about 30 rods baited with a minnows, hang lights along the boat to attract them, and just flop the crappie into the boat when they grab the minnow (no reels on the rods).
Ronnie’s motive is to put crappie into the freezer (which we share in) and not to fish just for the sport of it.
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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.
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