Most South Florida residents don’t have the luxury of flying to the Amazon when they have an urge for adventure. Some might go to Shark Valley or drive up north for some good old-fashioned hiking, but if you are stuck in the city where can you get your fix?
WLRN contributor Terence Cantarella had an idea. In a city that is criss-crossed by canals, how often have you actually made use of them? His interest in the waterways gave way to research, and then intrigue. Only one person is known to have circumnavigated the county back in 1991, and with his death in 2010 the time is ripe for someone to follow up with a 2012 version.
This Monday when WLRN announced that contributor Terence Cantarella will embark on a historic voyage next Monday to circumnavigate Miami’s canal systems via canoe, we got a flood of feedback from our audience. Mostly urban legends. Oral tradition and fear of the unknown have long informed some of us that creepy things are hiding in the murky waters. For a city that prides itself on being on the water, it seems that water is limited to Miami Beach for some.
Credit Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission website
Angler’s Map of the Tamiami Trail (C-4) Cana
We asked you about your experiences with Miami-Dade’s canals. A couple of people wrote in on Twitter to tell us about some of the fish they’ve caught for sport in the waterways. @Vice-Queen Maria mentioned peacock bass.
“John Redcorn” (@rasdamaan) said he’d caught, “Largemouth bass, bluegills, various types of cichlids including lots of peacock bass, tarpon, jack crevalle, snook.” Redcorn grew up Westwood Lakes in Southwest Miami-Dade where there are several lakes and canals.