Let's meet at John U.Lloyd State Park at 7:45 am, for a beach launch at the north end of the park. This is adjacent to the Jetty Pavilion. Trailers are not permitted in this area. The boat launch is very far from the beach launch. The boat launch runs parallel to the ICW. Should you need to bring a trailer, you will need to arrange with someone for shuttle to launch area. Also if you feel confident enough in a beach launch, you can portage your kayak from the boat ramp through the beach area, and paddle about one mile north to our intended launch area. Just another option pointed out by Roger S.
The park charges a $4.00 flat fee for the entire day. They will ask at the entrance if you will launch by the boat ramp or if you plan on launching by the beach. If you plan on launching, for whatever reason by the ramp, you will pay a $10.00 fee. For this meetup, this will be a beach launch.
I would like to have all attending perform various beach launches and re-entries, without any fishing gear early in the morning. You should have with you a PFD, paddle, safety whistle...that's it. Also you must be able to self recover for this meetup, should the need arise. Again, should we need to go over self recovery, I will be more than happy to go over this, before we venture to the 2nd reef.
For tackle, be prepared for bottom fishing. We will be fishing by the buoys, where there are plenty of smaller reef fish. Most often caught here are yellowtail, porgies, grunts, mutton snapper and other varieties. This reef is where most of the locals, come to get their bait "before" going offshore. So do not expect any pelagic fish here like kingfish or mahi-mahi.
My objective with this meetup, is to motivate some of our members into a little offshore fishing. I believe that once you get comfortable enough with fishing the 2nd reef area, we can get a nice group of us to go further offshore together, sometime in the near future. Summer is around the corner, and so are the FLAT seas!
We will paddle about 1 mile offshore this day. Not to bad considering all the paddling most do inshore. Be prepared with plenty of drinking water, snacks and proper sunscreen.
Should the weather not be on our side, we could still perform beach re-entry techniques and launches. Also self recovery, for those not familiar with a turtled kayak, can be performed "beachside".
Any questions should be posted on this meetup. Chances are someone else may need the information also.