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Discussion in 'Florida Flyway Forum' started by GrimReaper, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. GrimReaper

    GrimReaper Senior Refuge Member

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    I was offered a job as an Air Traffic Controller in Miami, so me and the wife packed up and moved down here July 25th. I'll admit, it hasn't been an easy transition. It's like a completely different country down here.

    I figured duck hunting and fishing can be my getaways, since it seems deer and turkey hunting are almost nonexistent down here. We're living in Pembroke Pines and really enjoy the area. Since I no longer have a boat, fishing has been piers and jettys.

    As duck season approaches, I realize that it's going to be very different down here. I've attempted to research as much as possible, but first hand knowledge is best knowledge.

    What are the main species down here? Not really sure of where I will be hunting, it will be public since it seems there aren't any waterfowl leases down here. How is the pressure on public land? What would be the best boat setup for duck hunting and inshore fishing around the area?

    If anyone wants to steer me to the right areas to hunt, feel free to PM me!

    Thanks
     
  2. Glades Ranger

    Glades Ranger Elite Refuge Member

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    Welcome aboard! It can be daunting down here, but there are still viable venues for water fowling. I do recommend joining United Waterfowlers of Florida, check out their website, plenty of info and updates; the other place to peruse is the Florida Wildlife Commission page- plenty of info on WMA's, seasons, etc. Not sure of your budget regarding duck boat/fishing boat. Aluminum jon boats/mud motors can serve that purpose- if you are thinking long term and best bang for your buck, go custom. You are not too far from the STA's- they do require permit but are a good way to get your feet wet. :) There are marshes near you in PP and most assuredly the Big O is one must see but as a first timer you should have a knowledgeable guide. If you are without a means when November rolls around, I can offer a hunt. Feel free to PM me.
     
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  3. duckmanJR

    duckmanJR Senior Refuge Member

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    Raul ( Glades Ranger) gave you solid info....We do have some good waterfowl hunting..but the type gear you have will dictate what you can do.
    The UW-F recommendation is spot on...the only statewide waterfowl Org....working for hunters.

    Main specie?...Depends on where you are...but Ringnecks and B/W teal are the top numericly.
     
  4. duckmanJR

    duckmanJR Senior Refuge Member

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    Not sure what you have for budget.... But something like this...

    http://daytona.craigslist.org/boa/57...?lang=en&cc=us

    for both fishing for bass or inshore saltwater....and doing double duty as a duck rig for the lake...the Glades and lox would do well.
    A rig like this...with the addition of a short tail (or long tail if money is a factor) for duck season adds that much more versatility...and the motor can be changed with the season....
     
  5. Capt Jeff Kraynik

    Capt Jeff Kraynik Elite Refuge Member

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    Just a heads up, the FFWCC & I are in the planning stages of hosting another free "Florida Waterfowlers Workshop" in the Palm Bay Area.

    We haven't had a workshop in (3) three seasons.

    Tentative date is Saturday, Novemeber 5th

    More to follow
     
  6. Glades Ranger

    Glades Ranger Elite Refuge Member

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    Great idea, Cap'n! Late this past summer I took a friend's longtail for repairs to that town. Give a holler if it is going to happen, here and at UWF, would like to attend it myself!
     

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