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Key West to Cape Sable Park and Regs Questions

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We are looking to run up to Cape Sable in Everglades National Park, just to check it out. Figure we will fish our way up and back. Hangout on the beach and maybe fish around that area if we find anything worth our while. I have never been up that way and was looking for some answers to questions I have. I have done some research but all the information I have found is fairly dated.
Do I need to buy a pass to just cruise up there and hangout on the beach? My understanding is I just need the one vessel park pass that’s good for 7 days and is $30? This pass seems to cover everyone on the boat?
Do I need another pass or license to fish inside the park? It seems like my regular Florida fishing license covers this?
Any regulations that I am not used to down here in Key West that cant get us in trouble up that way, such as tackle requirements? Seems like castnets are ok? Do you need to use only circle hooks?

We are going with another boat from down here in Key West. I am probably going to run inside up to Contents and then make a straight shot for Cape Sable. Any must sees that are in that general area/path?
Like I said I have done some research but there seems to be some conflicting info on the webs and most the info seems pretty dated. Thanks for any first hand experience and advice.

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You do need a pass (good for seven days) to be in the park. It covers all in a boat. Florida saltwater fishing and license regulations apply. If you plan to keep fish go to FWC web site for regs or download the mobile app.

While running through the Florida Bay keep your eyes peeled. If you see any action check it out. There are spots and wrecks out there but there locations are closely guarded. Seeing bait or action in a spot can be a good sign there is structure there.

If you get to East Cape, push a little farther and fish Middle Cape where Lake Ingram dumps into Florida Bay. Be aware there is a sand bar out in front of Middle Cape. Check it out on Google Earth.

The beach is beautiful and natural all the way from East Cape to Northwest Cape. 

Have Fun!!!!

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You didn't mention what boat ?  You can buy gas in Flamingo, but, check to be sure there is availability.

 

Are you going to run across the Gulf the entire run?  Or take the ICW ?

dc

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Thanks for the info. 
 

I am planning on taking my 20 Pathfinder and my friend is taking his 20 Angler. We will leave from Big Coppitt Key bayside and either run out to Snipes and then run straight there or run the inside of the bay up to Contents and then shoot straight to the Cape. Either way we are going to hold off for a perfect weather day. I plan on bringing 10 extra gallons of gas even though I should have enough without it. 

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Also, perfect day in the a.m. can result into a huge problem in the PM's in that area...the ENP is legendary for afternoon thunderstorms with water spouts etc. offshore....ask me how I know this. :)

On google earth, it looks like it's about 60 miles to the East Cape and another 10-15 miles to the Shark River....overal about 150 miles round trip.....fun day.

The "cape" area from Flamingo to the east cape canal into lake ingram is primarily beaches.....good on high tide for snook and tarpon.

If you have any East Wind I'd suggest you fish the protected shores of the mouth of the shark river.

The entire coast - about 8-10 miles is filled with creeks and downed trees......watch the water depths as you can get caught big time in a pathfinder and worse in the angler should you fish an outgoing tide.

have a great trip and sounds like you will for sure have an adventure.

 

dc

 

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You can get a Natl Parks annual pass for $80 good for 12 months from purchase date.  If you plan to go to any other parks it's better than paying $30 for a one time deal.

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Again thanks for all the info. Do I need to take a boating class specific to the Everglades? I have read that it is free online but I have not found the link to the actual class. Thanks

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