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Old 01-07-2019, 10:38 AM
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Been a few years, but we are planning a guys trip to use Elliott Key as our base camp for a long weekend. Going to have 3 boats each with a different purpose, offshore - inshore - nearshore.

Question is has anyone been to the island recently? How are the docks camping area, last visit they were pretty beat down but since then a couple hurricanes have passed and wondering if they rebuilt everything.

Thanks for anything you got.

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Old 01-07-2019, 10:49 AM
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Old 01-07-2019, 10:54 AM
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Bring plenty of bug spray and camp as far from the woods areas as possible. Take care with your trash and bait or the Raccoons will happily distribute it for you. We even hung ours from the trees and one of the smart bastards jumped down on it from the tree limb to tear the bag open. We had other's get on the boat and tried to get into the bait cooler.
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Old 01-07-2019, 11:22 AM
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I'd go to Boca Chita instead. Bugs are less populated there.
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Originally Posted by eric.reedy View Post
Bring plenty of bug spray and camp as far from the woods areas as possible. Take care with your trash and bait or the Raccoons will happily distribute it for you. We even hung ours from the trees and one of the smart bastards jumped down on it from the tree limb to tear the bag open. We had other's get on the boat and tried to get into the bait cooler.
My buddy used to talk about the time we took out his pram at night and took turns sailing and sleeping on an Elliot camping trip to avoid the bugs. Disney has its night of Joy, Elliot has its night of hell thanks to the bugs.

Summer is probably worse than winter for the bugs.
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Old 01-09-2019, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by keysfishfinder View Post
Been a few years, but we are planning a guys trip to use Elliott Key as our base camp for a long weekend. Going to have 3 boats each with a different purpose, offshore - inshore - nearshore.

Question is has anyone been to the island recently? How are the docks camping area, last visit they were pretty beat down but since then a couple hurricanes have passed and wondering if they rebuilt everything.

Thanks for anything you got.

Tight lines
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Everything is up and running good. As said, Boca Chita would be my choice though. Only time I do Elliot for overnight camping is if there is no way to stay on Boca Chita or I have a dog with me. And only then, it must be blowing > 12kts in a direction to keep the bugs away.
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Old 01-09-2019, 12:41 PM
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Cold front coming tomorrow, I would try to go the day after a front with some wind. But sometimes you just man up and enjoy it. I haven't camped there in about 5 years, but I'm due. And I always do boca chita because I like to spend the day fishing for permit and bonefish in Lewis Cut. So I usually bring a paddle board. I can do that the entire day....
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If you are going to boa Chita you better get there early it fills up fast. If you want to anchor out a lot of boats are at university dock. Elliot is buggy and yes the cute coons will
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Old 01-10-2019, 02:12 PM
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Good info, agree the bugs were always bad. Never tried Chita but might be worth a shot. Question about Chita if you get there on Thursday can you put up ropes to keep your dock space while you go out fishing?
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Boca Chita bugs can be very bad. Don't know how it's been recently. I wouldn't think attaching dock lines would secure your spot while fishing. If I entered the harbor intending to spend the night, and the last remaining spot had a couple of dock lines, I would be handing you the dock lines on your return.
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Old 01-10-2019, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by keysfishfinder View Post
Good info, agree the bugs were always bad. Never tried Chita but might be worth a shot. Question about Chita if you get there on Thursday can you put up ropes to keep your dock space while you go out fishing?
You can but I'll give you 2-1 odds your ropes will not be there when you come back.

I would think bugs should not be bad this weekend at either Elliott or Boca Chita this weekend after the cold front.
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Spots are not held at Chita. Your ropes will be there but will either be in use or under new ropes.
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