I just found this site when I was searching for some information on fishing the west bay. The only place I've fished in this area is the diversionary canal, and that mostly on foot. However I recently just got a boat, hence I've been doing some research on where to fish and what to watch out for as far as navigating the different areas.
Myself and my brother in law are going out this evening to try to catch some flounder and maybe a red or two in the diverionary and I may build up the nerve to make my way out to the ICW. I'd really hate to hit a reef though. Guess you have to learn the area somehow though!
I'll post back tomorrow with hopefully some pictures of some fish! Just wanted to say hi and introuduce myself.