04/04/2022 – A reconnaissance trip to Silver Glen Springs prior to bringing out the family while testing out the new Intex Sierra K2 Inflatable Kayak. The Silver Glen Recreation Area is located about 6 miles north of SR-40 on SR-19 in The Ocala National Forest. Silver Glen Springs is a first-magnitude spring where 65 million gallons of water is released through two spring vents. Silver Glen Recreation Area can be accessed by vehicle from SR-19 or by boat via Lake George.
07/13/2019 – Finally made it out to Tables Beach (located between Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach) to check it out what the potential points of access to the beach for the kayak would be that I could not really see using google earth and more specifically if trailering my kayak is even an option for me if wanting to launch from there.
Visited the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens with the kids for the first time here in Florida. Nice zoo but quite small. There were not a lot of animals types to see, but still managed to have a good time before the afternoon sun made it too hot and uncomfortable.
I was so excited about going on my first offshore fishing trip for Red Snapper but alas it was cancelled due to the forecast of extreme swells in the ocean. Oh well life goes on… I did end up making a mobile clamp-on camera rig for continuous video recording of the would be trip so at least something good came out of this situation. I can see myself using this camera rig quite a bit in the foreseeable future so stay tuned…
It was time to put fishing aside for a Family Fun Day at Menard-May Park. A super “HIGH FIVE” to my sister for coming out and spending the day with us!
I got to test out our new West Marine Abaco 13.5 Tandem Kayak. First impression of the Abaco after spending some time on the water is that I am very impressed in the way it performed. It is super stable, easily drafts through very shallow water even with two people in it – just love it. I will be doing a full review on it soon.
Took advantage of the good weather to visit the Smyrna Dunes Park (located in New Smyrna Beach, Florida) which was one of the destinations on my (go-to list). The pet friendly park features a newly built, 350-foot long, fishing pier with over two miles of updated and expanded boardwalks to the beach.
Yesterday the family and I decided to head out and visit Turtle Mound which is a prehistoric archaeological site located 9 miles (14 km) south of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. It is believed that in prehistoric times Turtle Mound once stood at least 75 feet above the ground and was created by people who lived there nearly six centuries before the arrival of the Europeans. It was mainly used as a lookout point for many Native Americans and Spanish explorers during the 18th century before becoming part of the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/GawVEZ1zw1Q2
My goal here was to locate kayak launch spots along the south side of mosquito lagoon by the Canaveral National Seashore and the famous Banana River No Motor Zone. Google map links to the locations we visited are provided below:
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You must possess a current, signed Refuge Sport Fishing Permit at all times while fishing the ‘No Motor Zone‘. It’s free and may be printed at: