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Alligator Hatchlings

There is so much information about alligators, but not much about baby alligators, also known as Hatchlings. Breeding season for alligators is May and June.  They start building nest in late June and July.  The nest can be 7 to 10 wide and 2 to 3 ft tall.  They lay between 35-50 eggs, some upto 90, and cover them up.   There is a 65 day incubation time frame until the little guys start to hatch out with a little eye tooth at the tip of their mouth.  It later falls off.  They will also start "chirping" for moms help to get out, where she will dip up the dirt on top of them and sometimes she will pick them up in her mouth to get them into the water. The depth and temperature determine the sex of the hatchlings.   Female gators is below 82.4 degrees and male gators are 91.4 degrees or above.    If the eggs are in the middle, 87.8 degrees or so, they will be a mix of both male and female.   Believe it or not, alligator eggs are soft, not hard like chicken eggs. Hatchling are tiny when born, only between 6 and 7 inches long, so they stay very close to mom.  A female alligator will only mate once a year but can have up to 3 years worth of babies (called a "pod") around her, but only concern is for her new offspring.   She is only there for protection though, she doesn't provide their food. When the Hatchlings get to about 4 years old, they venture out on their own.  Alligators reproduce or multiply when they mature.  This takes place when they are about 7 to 12 years old....

Makinson Island

Makinson Island

If you have some time, you need to take a trip out to Makinson Island.   I had the pleasure of spending some time out there recently and was just amazed at the surroundings.   The huge oak trees, picnic area, nice restrooms, walking trails, gazebo and even campsites.   This 132 acre island is located in Lake Tohopekaliga, pronounced "toe-hoe-pea-kah-lie-gah", and you have to find your own way out there, but it's worth the trip. Some of the local history of the island includes Emathla, a 19th-century Seminole chief who made it his home, and his son Coacoochee, one of the great chiefs in Florida history and born on the island in 1807.   Its location at the mouth of Shingle Creek, which flows south from Orlando.  Dense growth protects the shoreline and there is a small dock and beach to put your boat. Makinson Island was purchased by the state back in 1999 but wasn't turned over to Osceola County until 2001, where is was opened up to the public.   At one time a lot of exotic animals were brought to the island, most were removed but there are still a few longhorn sheep, goats, hogs and wild deer left.  There is also plenty of  birds of all typed that have make this island home. The family that the island was named after also owns a hardware store in downtown Kissimmee called Makinson Hardware, be sure to stop in and say hello to Elaine and John Makinson.    ...

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month!

There is an amazing event going on for the month of September!  Orlando restaurants are having a Magical Dining Experience where you get a 3 course meal for only $35.00.  There are over 100 restaurants participating and its sponsored my American Express. The BEST part of enjoying a fabulous dinner is that through Visit Orlando, $1 per meal will benefit Best Buddies and Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida. This is a good time to try something new!  For a list of the restaurants visit www.visitorlando.com/magicaldining  ...

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New Adventures With Marsh Landing

Some of you might be wondering how the airboat days are going.  I know, its been awhile. For starters, we have a wonderful office now here at our departure location, and we enjoy decorating it up for the different seasons.   The county park we are in has picnic table, playground,  racquetball and tennis courts and even a dog park.   We have hats, t-shirts, sunglasses, gator heads and so much more.    We also made a new little squirrel friend that seems you enjoy hanging out on our front porch. Now with our boats...

Taking Children on Their First Fishing Trip!

SourceFew memories last as long as those surrounding your first fishing trip ( family’s first RV trip maybe? ). You probably still remember the sights, sounds and smiles of the occasion vividly, and you probably look back on the outing fondly. Now, so many years later, it is time to introduce your children to angling. You certainly don’t have to do anything fancy to introduce children to the sport, but it helps to have a good game plan in place. After all, you may be introducing your children to a lifelong hobby, and you want to get started on the right foot.   Good Gear for Kids Adult anglers often enjoy using the most complicated and nuanced tackle and presentations possible in pursuit of their quarry, but this is obviously not a good idea for youngsters. When fishing with kids, simplicity is the name of the game. This means that it is best to use cane poles or spinning reels instead of bait-casting gear or other complicated systems. You should probably start young children out by fishing with a bobber and live bait, instead of lures, which is more likely to become snagged on the bottom, and will take some skill to cast and retrieve properly. Additionally, kids will often appreciate being able to see their float bounce and bob around in the water, rather than trying to use a submersible lure, which requires them to feel and interpret the location of the bait. To fish this way, you’ll need A pole strung with lightweight (4- to 8-pound-test will suffice) fishing line. To this, you’ll need to attach a float or bobber, with a small hook (#8 to #12) tied to the end of the line. A live bait of your choice can then be threaded on the hook. Sometimes, you may need to attach a bit of split shot to the line between the bobber...

Live Bait Fresh Water Fishing Tips

Freshwater fishing is different than saltwater fishing because the species of fish are entirely different.   Freshwater fishing can be done on every continent across the globe.  If you enjoy fishing from a boat you’ll enjoy freshwater fishing. As long as the body of water is big enough and it’s allowed you can take a boat out on it. So, lets get started on some tips to think about before getting started.  When fishing in a freshwater lake or pond you’ll want to get a map of that body of water.  This will let you know what and where the different depths of the lake or pond are. Along with that it may also show you locations of sunken man-made fish piles are.  Use a slip bobber, it is a common and easy way to setup when fishing in freshwater.  A slip bobber is basically a bobber with a hollow hole going through it. This allows you to tie a knot and a stopper above the bobber.   The knot allows you to decide where on your line the bobber stops, thus allowing you set any depth you want without have to sacrifice casting quality. The best types of live bait to use in freshwater are worms, minnows, wax worms and shiners.   Ultimately you’ll want to use whatever live bait is best for the species of fish you’re trying to catch. Some other types of live bait that are also used are leeches, frogs and other odd ball type bait. Keep your hands clean.    Fish have a good sense of smell and any foreign scent on your bait can turn them off. The majority of freshwater fish species have specific water temperature and weather that they prefer.   You’ll want to research the specific fish you’re trying to catch to...

Fishing in Florida

Bass fishing is one of my favorite hobbies. Waking up early to be on the water by safe light, running across the water to get to my spot , and casting my line in just as the sun breaks. That's what I call the perfect day. What do I like to fish for? Large Mouth Bass! Florida has some of the best lakes to catch large mouth bass. Florida's current large mouth bass on record of 17 pounds, 4 ounces set July 1986. In 2008, an 18 pound, 8 ounce bass caught in Florida exceeded the record but was never certified by an FWC biologist. There are many different bass species, here are just a few with pictures.   Large Mouth Bass (my personal favorite) grow to impressive sizes, World record: 22 lbs 4 oz FL State Record: 17 lbs 4 oz (also unofficial 20 lbs 1 oz)       Red Eyed Bass , a bass species primarily occurring in Alabama and Georgia, , this species is rare is not usually considered a resident fish. World record: 8 lbs 12 oz FL State Record: 7 lbs 13 oz .       Spotted Bass is widely distributed in the eastern regions of the United States, ranging northward to Ohio and westward to Texas. World record: 9 lbs 8 oz FL State Record: 3 lbs 12 oz     Shoal bass represent a low density species of black bass and are closely related to the redeye bass. World record: 7 lbs 8 oz FL State Record: 4 lbs 2 oz Well, I hope this has helped some of you on seeing the difference in catching bass. Send us some of your pictures and see if they end up on our website for everyone to enjoy.      ...