2005, PENSACOLA, FLA TO NORFOLK, VA. 1,800 MILES, Four and a half months.
Speckled trout at Fair point, Gulf Breeze
Hurricane Ivan damage
Sight caught baby cobia off Smith Island in Oyster Bay, west of St Marks, the Big Bend of Fla.
Sponge Point, south of Keaton Beach, the Big Bend, Fla
Rock Island, the Big Bend, Fla
Oyster growth on a pier at Steinhatchee Fla
Deer Island, north of Cedar Keys, the Big Bend Fla
40 inch black drum sight caught on Corrigan Reef, east of Cedar Keys, the Big Bend Fla
The little island at Porpoise Point, north of Crystal River, the Nature Coast, Fla
Entrance to Horse Island, the Nature Coast of Fla
The Horse Island camp
Redfish in the Tampa area Backwaters
The tides are strange around the full and new moons
Sunset on Sanibel Island, the downed trees were full of snook.
Caught snook before launching off Sanibel Island
Little Marco Pass, south of Naples Fla.
Little Jack at little Marco Pass
Welcome to the Everglades
Mangrove barrier to the beach on Tiger Key, the Everglades Fla
Storm over the 10,000 Islands, Fla.
Northwest Cape Sable, Fla
Nearly 70 mosquitoes on my seat in the morning before launching
Finally landed a tarpon, Flamingo Harbor, everglades. Total tarpon count in fla; 2 landed, 4 aired and 2 broken off.
Nest Key camp, Florida Bay Everglades
Everday afternoon storms, Nest Key
Nest Key camp and the storm
Sunset after the storm, Nest Key
Waiting for the fruit, Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale Fla
Paddled up to McBride's Point to see three folks on the bulkhead hook up to this snook and have it run into the pier next to them. They handed me the rod and I followed it through the pilings out to the other side and landed this monster snook.
Morning wake up speck, Indian River narrows, Vero Beach Fla
Spoil island camp on the Indian River, at Cocoa Fla
Manatee at the Haulover Canal, Indian River Fla
Broken hook and tarpon slime, Indian River
Tile art work on the Daytona Beach bridge
Castillo de san Marcos national monument, St Augustine Fla
The end of fla, Fort Clinch State Park. 11 weeks, 2 days in Fla.
Eight foot tides
The trail on the sand from walking the kayak up the beach
The most treacherous inlet in the east coast. I've crossed it twice, '03 and '05, both on an outgoing tide. The yellow arrows are the current. The red line is the first time, I didn't read the tide correctly and got pulled out into the ocean and the shoals. The second time(blue line) I wisely crossed on the inside.
St Catherines Island, Ga.
High tide on the camp south of Daufuskie island SC
The alligator infested Santee delta area.
What you see when you see an alligator.
What you see when you make it mad.
Wade fishing in alligator territory.
Route 17 bridge at Georgetown SC. the first time through a shark test bit my boat. This time a alligator wanted me off his beach at 2am.
The camp at Bucksport SC
Wet sand bottom cleaning
Waties island on the boarder of SC and NC
Camp at Shackleford island NC
Catching spot at the Oregon inlet NC
Camp at the base of the Bonner bridge, Oregon inlet NC.
The Ocean Kayak Manta named 'Livin the Dream', on the spit, north end of Roanoke island NC
Stuck for three days with strong north east winds, in Ships bay, on the Currituck sound.
Currituck camp visitor
The border of NC and VA. Hoisted the last state flag.
The last 6 miles of the tour, Lynnhaven to Little Creek.
Entering my home inlet of Little Creek.
Flags from top to bottom; VA, FL, GA, SC, NC. ( last three photos by Ric Burnley)