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  1. [h=2]Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report[/h]Bumper sticker of the week: The seatrout were on fire again this week. See the photos below. Tried to fly fish the Econ on Monday. The water was just a bit too high. Didn’t get a bite, but didn’t try very hard. Didn’t fish Tuesday because of the weather, but did go out running along the FT. As I suspected, the chiggers are active. Ouchie. An beautiful oak tree along the trail… Wednesday Dee Kaminski joined me for some Mosquito Lagoon fishing. The weather was almost perfect. It was a little slow but fairly steady on both trout and redfish. Both of us threw soft plastics. I missed my last five strikes in a stunning display of incompetence. That particular hook has been retired. A very nice day was had by all, except perhaps the fish. Dee hooked up, the school running away. Thursday son Maxx joined me, again on Mosquito Lagoon. The weather was perfect and the trout were ON in a big way. We got at least 15 over 20 inches in length. Most were onDOA CAL jerkbaits, (yes new penny is still the hot color) but we got a couple nice fish on flies too. Maxx got a couple reds as well. Yes. it was this good. DOA jerk baits on both fish. We got some on fly. Friday son Alex joined me on Mosquito Lagoon. Ya shoulda been here yesterday! We got some nice trout but it was nothing like the previous day. It was considerably windier, with nice little whitecaps on the deeper areas. We were in the same places doing the same things. Saturday I was a volunteer at the Hook Kids on Fishing event on the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. About 50 kids showed up, parents in tow. All the kids got fishing instruction, a fishing rod and reel, a tackle box, and an hour’s worth of supervised fishing, all for free. Great event, great time. Thanks to Anglers for Conservation for putting this and all their other events together. AFC deserves support from all of us! The Introductory Speech True anglers, the kids had a good time even though most did not catch a fish. And that is this week’s exciting version of the Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report. Life is great and I love my work! Life is short. Go Fishing! John Kumiski http://www.spottedtail.com All content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2013. All rights are reserved.
  2. [h=2]Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report[/h]It’s a casting platform. It’s a seat. It’s a dry box. It’s my new Yeti. Ordinarily my feeling is that lure color is way more important to the fisherman than to the fish. Sometimes though, the fish just completely shatter than notion. On Sunday Rick Schooler and his friend Dave joined me for a full day’s fishing on Mosquito Lagoon. Rick was throwing a 5.5 inch DOA CAL jerkbait, new penny color. Dave was tossing the DOA CAL airhead, red with gold glitter. Fishing was not particularly hot, but after Rick got his third fish Dave wanted what Rick had. Oh my God, I only have two left! Rick, a fish, and the magic lure. In the meantime, as circumstance allowed, I tossed a Deadly Combo. Over the course of the day I made dozens of casts with it and did not once get a bite. Dave got his new penny jerkbait and proceeded to catch right up with Rick, both numbers and size-wise. The bite was principally from 20 inch-plus trout, two of which swallowed the baits. Not to be outdone, Dave gets into the act. Rick had a puffer mangulate his bait. In an effort to stretch the new penny supply out I had him try a jerkbait in the greenback color. While he used it without success Dave got three beautiful fish. Rick understandably wanted a new penny bait. I switched him out and he immediately nailed one. The new penny color was the only thing on which we caught a fish. We ended up with two reds and ten or so trout, all but two of which were over 20 inches in length. Pretty fair day for a weekend. The smallest fish of the day, a very aggressive little guy! Took Monday off. Had to see the optometrist. Love those dilation drops into the eyeball. Tuesday my eyes had recovered sufficiently to go scouting on the Mosquito Lagoon. Launched at Beacon 42, headed south. The trout were awesome, got eight between 20 and 25 inches. And although the new penny jerkbait worked extremely well, I also got fish on a DOA Shrimp and a DOA CAL shad tail. Four redfish were silly enough to bite too, even watched one do a 180 to take the new penny jerkbait. And I missed a half dozen strikes. Weather was great, fishing was great, and I was by myself, in which there is an element of great! Who is that masked man?? Thursday I went scouting again in Mosquito Lagoon. Launched the boat at Beacon 42 and went north. I don’t think the trout were quite as thick as they were down south. On the other hand, different day, different result. I still got several nice ones, and saw many more than I got. A pair of dolphins started shadowing me, hoping to eat my released fish. I pulled up the MinnKota and took my business elsewhere. One of the beggars, waiting for a handout. There were a lot more redfish up north than down south. I got one on the first cast to the first school that I saw, using a DOA CAL shad tail, Arkansas shiner color. I didn’t see fish everywhere I looked, but I saw enough to keep anybody busy. It helped that the weather was close to perfect! On Friday Dave Arcury and his 16 year old son Nick joined me for a half day on Mosquito Lagoon. I felt extremely prepared, until I saw all the whitecaps. The wind was coming hard out of the south. I went to the redfish spot first. I could really only go one way, and the fish moved before we were close enough to cast- four times in a row. At that point it was obvious we wouldn’t get a fish there so we went after trout. They weren’t terribly cooperative although Nick got two on the new penny jerkbait. The larger one was above the slot, a handsome fish. We decided to soak a couple baits to see if we could get a red. Less than five minutes later one of the rods went off and Nick battled a 26 inch red to the boat. All of today’s fish were photographed (by Dad, I forgot the cameras in the car) and released. Before we knew it time was up. It was a veritable manatee orgy at the boat ramp. I shot a few- photos, that is! You’d have to be at sea a real long time to think these were mermaids. And that is this week’s exciting version of the Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report. Life is great and I love my work! Life is short. Go Fishing! John Kumiski http://www.spottedtail.com All content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2013. All rights are reserved.
  3. We fished four days and took three fly fishing trips on the Mosquito Lagoon this week. Sunday Joe Wishcamper, fly fisher from Maine, joined me. We fished six hours, saw a mixed bag of large trout and slot reds. Changed flies a few times. Got a few decent shots. Did not get a bite. Monday Russell and Brenda Otis, fly casters from Virginia, chased fish around for six hours. In terms of number of fish seen it was by far the best day this week. We saw hundreds of redfish. In terms of weather it was also the best day. Got a few decent shots. But they did not get a bite. Wednesday Jim Coraci, fly caster from New Jersey, joined me for five hours on the Mosquito Lagoon. Wind and clouds made it hard to see until the fish pushed up wakes while fleeing from us. Saw numerous schools of reds. Got a few decent shots. Did not get a bite. On Thursday Dr. George Yarko and his brother John joined me. When we started the wind was blowing at about 15 knots. It proceeded to increase in strength until we left. Clouds added to the ambiance. We missed our first two strikes, probably because of surprise at getting them. But then John caught a slot red that nailed his DOA CAL jerkbait. Happy John Yarko has a fish on. By now it was blowing well over 20 knots. The lagoon was covered in whitecaps and the water was getting very muddy. I put out the power Danforth anchor and proceeded to soak a couple of mullet chunks. Four more reds and two hardhead catfish joined our little fish fest. All the reds were in the slot except one fatty at 29 inches. ] John is still happy because his fish is bigger than George’s. We decided discretion was the better part of valor just after noon. We only took one wave over the bow on the ride back to Haulover Canal. And that is this week’s exciting version of the Mosquito Fishing Report. Life is great and I love my work! Life is short. Go Fishing! John Kumiski
  4. Orlando Saltwater Fishing Report On Monday Rodney Smith met me at Port Canaveral. He had a fishing rod and a dozen shrimp. That was eleven more than we needed. We searched for cobia and tripletail for six hours, finding exactly none. The lack of piscatorial activity gave us plenty of time to discuss our upcoming IRL Paddle Adventure, where we will paddle an Old Town canoe the length of the Indian River Lagoon. Click the link and check it out. Consider joining us for a segment, or helping some other way. Tuesday was a honey-do day. Wednesday I went on a solo scouting trip to Mosquito Lagoon, launching at Haulover Canal. In some places I found absolutely nothing. In other places I found good numbers of fish, especially big trout. I got four nice ones and several small ones, and a flounder as a bonus. The effective lures were 5.5 inch DOA CAL jerkbaits and the DOA CAL Airhead. My fishermen for Thursday were 11 year old Zachary Peters and his mom Deanna. Twenty-five knot winds and spitting rain greeted us at the boat ramp. We hung around for a bit hoping it would blow over. It did not, and we called the day without launching the boat. The weather on Friday wasn’t very nice either but at least there wasn’t much wind. Lee and Mick from Detroit met me at River Breeze and off we went, in spite of the threatening sky. We found a spot with spooky tailing reds. It started raining. Two quick lightning flashes close by caused us to forego the fish. We waited the storm out on the porch of the Eldora House. They have nice rocking chairs there. After the storm passed we returned to the tailing reds spot. The fish were all gone. I couldn’t believe it but there you go. We spent the rest of the afternoon looking for fish, mostly without success. Lee got a trout on a jerkbait and that was it for the day. Another storm chased us off the water at 3 PM. And that is this week’s exciting version of the Orlando Saltwater Fishing Report. Life is great and I love my work! Life is short. Go Fishing! John Kumiski http://www.spottedtail.com All content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2013. All rights are reserved. More Sharing ServicesShare
  5. [h=1]Orlando Saltwater Fishing Report[/h]A blessed Easter to all the Christians out there. I hope the pagans and infidels have a nice day too. We caught a few fish this week. On Monday three gentlemen, led by Mr. Peter Scribner, joined me for an eight hour kayak fishing extravaganza out of River Breeze. It was a beautiful day but windy and not at all warm. It was beautiful out if you didn’t mind the chill wind. We had to do some searching, as fish were not concentrated anywhere we looked. I’d guess we paddled at least ten miles. Neither Peter nor Rich caught a fish. Chuck got seven redfish and a beautiful trout, all on a small Johnson Sprite. Chuck, my 76-year old role model, with another fish. At 76 years old Chuck is a role model for all of us. He easily kept up with me all day. I can only hope I can still kayak fish all day if I’m lucky enough to reach that age. Wednesday Scott Radloff and I took the Mitzi on a scouting trip out of Haulover Canal. It was cold. It was windy. There were no fish in the first place we looked. Spots two and three had quite a few nice trout. Spot number three had a few reds too. We got a trout about 24 inches long on a juicy piece of mullet. Spot number 4 had some black drum and a few reds. I sightfished up a 30 incher on a juicy piece of mullet. The last spot was seatrout city. Using five and a half inch DOA CAL jerkbaits we got a half dozen 18 to 22 inch trout, a nice way to end the day. Thursday Mr. Brian Burns joined me for a day’s Mosquito Lagoon fishing. He got three nice trout on the five and a half inch DOA CAL jerkbait at the first spot. None of the fish at the second spot would bite. Muds everywhere, but no action. At the third spot Brian went to work. Switching back and forth between a DOA Airhead and the CAL jerkbait he got seven or eight more trout and a slot red besides. The fish were spooky and not very bitey but there were so many that he got a bunch anyway. It was not too windy and was just beautiful out. Friday son Alex and I launched the boat at Port Canaveral. We hoped to find tripletail and if we got lucky a cobia. When we cleared the jetties it was beautiful, clear sky, hardly any breeze. We ran south to Satellite Beach, then out about 2.5 miles. I had heard there were weeds out there. We didn’t find any. But someone had turned on the wind machine. I came about to start looking for fish and there were whitecaps everywhere. Three waves in succession poured into the cockpit. Yikes! It’s hard to spot fish cruising at 3000 rpm, but that’s what we did so the bow would stay up above the waves. Eventually I stumbled onto a tripletail. It was a real one. Alex hooked it up and it just swam away, breaking the 20 pound power pro after about 20 seconds. Fish 1, anglers 0. We saw another one, fairly small. It refused the delicious hand-picked shrimp we used to tempt it. A while later I spotted another one. This one must have been hungrier, because it immediately inhaled the shrimp. Alex fought it up to the boat, where yours truly dipped it up. A fine ‘tail it was, and one delicious broiled fillet was more than three of us could finish. But I digress… We saw two other tripletail as we ran them over. We decided we had had enough fun at about 2 PM. Saturday James Cran and his friend Mike came all the way from Ontario to fish in the Mosquito Lagoon. The fish could not have been much less hospitable. We spooked several hundred fish over the course of six hours with only two bites all day. Both were missed. At the last spot Mike fooled a slot redfish using a Road Runner with a four inch DOA CAL jerkbait for a tail, the first fish of the day. Shortly after James got a dink trout on a jig. That was it. And that is this week’s exciting version of the Orlando Saltwater Fishing Report. Life is great and I love my work! Life is short. Go Fishing! John Kumiski http://www.spottedtail.com All content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2013. All rights are reserved. More Sharing ServicesShare
  6. [h=1]Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report[/h]Bumper Sticker of the Week: Blog Posts This Week: -Paddleboard Fishing Mosquito Lagoon -Celebrate World Water Day -Solo Skiff Review It was an interesting week in a number of ways. The weather was unsettled, to say the least. Monday Tim Baker of East Coast Paddle took me paddleboard fishing for three hours on Mosquito Lagoon. I had never been on a paddleboard before. They are very cool. Read the blog here. The wind was running between 10 and 15 mph though- not good for paddleboarding. Tim got a trout on a jerk bait. I saw six or eight fish as I whizzed by. I should have worn either shorts or waders. Live and learn. Tim got this trout from his paddleboard. Tuesday was very exciting with trips to both David Maus Toyota and the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Orlando. Arch criminals stole my arches (that’s a joke, folks). There are podiatrists in my future. Wednesday I got caught in the rain while running on the FT. It was fun. Thursday was errand and other minutia of life day. Friday Tom Mitzlaff took me for a spin on his new Solo Skiff boat. It’s an awesome little boat. Read the blog here. We found quite a few redfish, very spooky ones. They were the kind that you lead six feet with a small, non-descript fly, and when you twitch it when they get close they spaz out and flee at a high rate of speed. Both of us had several shots and all of them ended in identical fashion. We wanted tailers. We got nervous wrecks. And that is this week’s exciting version of the Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report. Life is great and I love my work! Life is short. Go Fishing! John Kumiski http://www.spottedtail.com All content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2013. All rights are reserved. More Sharing ServicesShare
  7. [h=1]Orlando Area Fishing Report[/h]Upcoming Events- Not in the Immediate Future Dept.- Rodney Smith and I are planning on paddling an Old Town canoe through the Indian River Lagoon from New Smyrna Beach to Jupiter (the city, not the planet, although THAT would be a heck of a trip), beginning December 2. More details will be forthcoming in future posts. We’re looking for individuals or groups who’d like to partner with us. Contact him or me for more information. Yes, we’ll get all that gear into a canoe. —– Son Maxx is on Spring Break from school. Monday he was able to squeeze enough time that we could go fishing. We took the Old Town out of River Breeze. It was cold, with significant breeze. The water was low and clear. The fish were plentiful but very spooky. There were reasonable numbers of tailers, lovely to see. Maxx, preparing to release a nice redfish. We managed six redfish, all in the slot, all on slider flies. Maxx couldn’t remember the last time he’d gotten a redfish on fly. It was an awesome day with my son. This fish took a slider. Tuesday I went riding my bicycle in the Big Little Econ State Forest. Fortunately there were no crashes. I love doing that, it’s great exercise and great fun. Wednesday son Alex and I got up early and drove to Jensen Beach. We met Marcia Foosaner and Mark Nichols a little after 9 AM, just as a cold front came through. We did not catch any fish at the first or second spots, although I did lose much of my lure to a blowfish. Fortunately Mark had some more. We again all went wading at the third spot. I got a few slot trout and a couple dozen small crevalle, using DOA Shrimp and CAL jigs. Mark did best, getting what I got but also getting three nice pompano. It was wonderful getting out and fishing with both my son and old friends. Thanks to everyone involved. Thursday Simms Outdoor Products held the first High Tide Guide Gathering at River Palms. Great event. Alex and I met a bunch of new people. I saw a lot of old friends. We spent some money, learned new things, and had a fine time. Thanks to Simms, Costa, Yeti, and Hell’s Bay for putting it all together. Friday Tammy Wilson joined me for some scouting on the Indian River Lagoon. It was hugely disappointing. The VAB flat across from Titusville used to have lush grass growth. It wouldn’t always hold fish, but you always knew they’d be back. Now it’s all bare sand, with blobs of algae rolling around here and there. There’s nothing there to hold fish. Grass feeds and shelters crabs, shrimp, worms, minnows, those things that redfish and seatrout eat. Without grass, no food. Without food, no fish. Those of us who fish around the Space Center should all be very, very concerned. There’s no grass in the Banana River Lagoon. There’s no grass in much of the Indian River Lagoon. Is Mosquito Lagoon next? I took Tammy to a spot usually good for a couple fish and we got three between us, two reds on a slider and a small trout on a spoonfly. I won’t be going back to that section of the Indian River any time soon. And that is this week’s exciting version of the Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report. Life is great and I love my work! Life is short. Go Fishing! John Kumiski http://www.spottedtail.com All content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2013. All rights are reserved.
  8. [h=2]Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report[/h]Upcoming Events- -Titusville Surf Fishing Workshop,Wednesday, March 6, 6-8 pm. There are several other surf workshops coming up along the Space Coast in the next two months. For more information please email Rodney Smith irlcoast@gmail.com -Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, MINWR, March 2; On-the-Water Show and Tell Seminar, March 3 What a week! Sunday morning found me at Parrish Park holding a conversation with my potential fishermen as to whether to go out or not. Picture it- sun shining, no clouds, temperature of 39 degrees, wind howling along at 20-25, Indian River Lagoon covered in whitecaps- how could they fail to go? They wisely decided not to, and I lost the day’s work. Monday fly fisher Chris McGoldrick joined me on a still chilly but enormously nicer day for some Mosquito Lagoon fishing. Chris is a middle school social studies teacher in Brooklyn. I hoped he would have a good day. Having taught middle school myself I know he deserved one. He had lots of shots, at both trout and redfish. Only a single one resulted in a bite. The fly did not stick very long. Sadly, he did not get a fish. Mr. McGoldrick enjoyed himself in spite of the visit of this critter……the dreaded skonk!! On the way home something happened to the engine of the chariot. The “check engine” light has been on for a couple years now, but in addition to the running rough and loss of power it started flashing off and on. At least the van got me home. Monday night I rented a Chevy Silverado to take out my Tuesday party. Tuesday Bill and Mike Crochunas, father and son, joined me for a six hour Mosquito Lagoon trip. The fish were all over the first spot, by the hundreds. In an hour of trying we could not get close enough to any of them to reach them with a cast. Leaving fish to find fish is never a good plan but that’s what we did. We didn’t find a whole lot else, and what we did find was not much more cooperative. Mike ended up with a couple of decent trout he got on a DOA CAL jerk bait. The reds all finned their noses at us. That was it for the day. Sometimes I think I should just switch to bait fishing, you know, get a party barge with a big cooler, etc. A couple of trout like this was all we had to show for our efforts. Wednesday morning found me at the service department of David Maus Toyota. The ignition coil on the number six cylinder had failed. For only $520 I got a new spark plug, ignition cable, and ignition coil installed on that one cylinder, which took most of the day. Not as much fun as being out in a boat. Thursday’s trip didn’t start until 930, at fly fishing client’s Harold Brown’s request. We got to fishing spot number one. Schools of fish are moving all over the place. We get close enough to see, and cast to, some of them. They were black drum. They completely ignored the fly several times, and swam away rapidly after seeing us. An hour of that and I was ready for something else. Spot number two had no fish. I barely got the boat in to spot number three. At first we didn’t see much but then we started seeing big trout, good numbers of them. Harold had at least a half dozen take the fly. The hook never stuck any of them. A rat red attacked the fly with gusto. We released him as a reward. We fished those fish for about four hours and never got one of those beautiful trout, or anything besides that one red. In the meantime the water had dropped a couple inches. Because we started late it was now into the latter stages of daylight. The boat would not float out the way I got in. I had to remove my pants, put on the wading booties, and slog through the mud for 150 feet to get it out of there. We did get out, though. Friday I was part of a four boat charter, along with Chris Myers, Tom Van Horn, and Drew Cavanaugh. I had three guys in my boat, Mike, Derek, and Alan. I remembered why I charge an extra hundred dollars for that third passenger. At least I only got hooked once. I did have to re-rig a couple times after cutting out the tangles. We got on a school of big reds first thing. We had some good chances. The fish did not cooperate. Not only that. they quickly vacated the area. Can’t imagine why. Spot numbers two and three had nothing. At spot four we got a few small trout and ladyfish. By now the wind was a solid 15, with lots of clouds. Sight fishing was out of the question. In desperation I anchored along the whale tail and soaked bait. We were rewarded with a 22 inch trout and a fat little catfish, our last fish of the day. So I saw a lot of fish this week, but did not catch very many of them. We didn’t catch anything like this this week. More repairs to the chariot on today’s agenda. And that is this week’s exciting version of the Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report. Life is great and I love my work! Life is short. Go Fishing! John Kumiski http://www.spottedtail.com All content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2013. All rights are reserved. More Sharing ServicesShare
  9. [h=1]Orlando Saltwater Fishing Report[/h]Upcoming Events- -Titusville Surf Fishing Workshop,Wednesday, March 6, 6-8 pm. There are several other surf workshops coming up along the Space Coast in the next two months. For more information please email Rodney Smith irlcoast@gmail.com -Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, MINWR, March 2; On-the-Water Show and Tell Seminar, March 3 MINWR Launch Complex Update- rather than clutter up this report with all the correspondence flying back and forth, please visit this link for the latest updates. At the link I have a letter you can copy. Florida has some fishery problems, but nothing like this: Kentucky will unleash a full-court press against invasive carp during a tournament being held in March. The Carp Madness Tournament will get teams of commercial anglers competing in a contest to corral the growing population of Asian carp in two of the state’s largest and most popular fishing lakes. Five teams that bring back the highest poundage of fish will split $20,000, with the top prize being $10,000. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is putting together this unique event for March 12-13 at Kentucky and Barkley lakes in the western end of the state. A sighting by a commercial angler on Kentucky Lake last fall is giving officials a greater sense of urgency to tackle the problem. “Right about dusk, he saw a huge school of carp just underneath the surface,” Brooks said. “He reported there were fish from bank to bank, and as far up the lake and down the lake as he could see. That’s why this tournament is so important.” Read the entire piece here… Fishing! This has nothing to do with fishing, but Sunday we went to a skeet range. I still can’t hit a clay, but I got a photo I never expected to- my bride holding a shotgun. Monday I effected repairs to the aging chariot- no fishing. Tuesday I had the pleasure of a visit from Rick DePaiva. We fished for about six hours in the Mosquito Lagoon. It was fairly windy with lots of clouds, which made sight fishing difficult. In spite of that Rick got a half dozen slot reds on the new DOA Airhead. We wanted a big trout too, and saw quite a few, but that prize eluded us. Perhaps next time. Thank you, Rick! Ricky D. with a nice one. Wednesday and Thursday I had no work. The weather was windy and rainy, so I worked around the castle. No fishing. Thursday night I spoke to the Backcountry Flyfishing Association of Orlando about fly fishing and BFA history. I really enjoyed it, and apparently the club did too. Here’s what Tom Dyll emailed to me: “Great talk. Probably the best I have seen in the 3 or 4 years I have been with the club. Great mix of content and entertainment.” Thank you, gentlemen, I hope we can do it again sometime. Friday I got a late start, leaving home near 11 AM. Went kayak fishing on the Indian River Lagoon. Hadn’t done that for a while. Should have been. Got a half dozen reds on a sparkle crab, and blew some shots too. All but one were cruising when I spotted them, the odd one being a tailer. All were in the slot. A very enjoyable afternoon. More repairs to the chariot on today’s agenda. And that is this week’s exciting version of the Orlando Area Saltwater Fishing Report. Life is great and I love my work! Life is short. Go Fishing! John Kumiski http://www.spottedtail.com All content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2013. All rights are reserved.
  10. [h=1]Orlando Area Fishing Report[/h]Upcoming Events- -Titusville Surf Fishing Workshop, Wednesday, March 6, 6-8 pm. There are several other surf workshops coming up along the Space Coast in the next two months. For more information please email Rodney Smith irlcoast@gmail.com -Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, MINWR, March 2; On-the-Water Show and Tell Seminar, March 3 Blog Posts This Week: -Canoeing in Maine -Oppose the MINWR Launch Site -Trash Fishing The Super Bowl was last Sunday. My favorite columnist, Gregg Easterbrook, published his last column of this football season on Tuesday. He finished with these sentiments: “As usual, I recommend you employ the offseason to engage in spiritual growth. Take long walks. Perform volunteer work. Exercise more and eat less. Drink less soda, more tea: green tea is soothing, oolong tea may lower blood pressure. Attend worship services of any faith, bearing in mind Pascal’s wager. Study philosophy and secular ethics: We spend too much time on economics and science, not enough on ethics. Read a book a month. Seriously, you can’t get through a book a month? And real books: history, literary novels. Appreciate the grandeur of nature. Meditate, express gratitude, serve others. Tell the people around you that you love them. Who knows if you will get another chance?” Amen to all that. I would add, “Go fishing. Enjoy the outdoors.” I will look forward to TMQ returning in September. MINWR Launch Complex Update- rather than clutter up this report with all the correspondence flying back and forth, please visit this link for the latest updates. At this link I have a letter you can copy. The Turtle- Reader Mark Smith won the book with this very complete response: “The diagnostic for the loggerhead is the presence of two claws on the front flipper. The front flipper closest to your chest appears to have just one claw. The flipper closest to the photog MAY have a second distal to the obvious one. My source book says the second claw is sometimes difficult to see. “Since we can’t count the plates on the dorsal surface, the only other diagnostic feature is the relative size of the head. This requires just an educated guess at this point since we don’t have a known loggerhead/green to compare against. “If you look at distribution and range, greens and loggerheads overlap in Fla, although the Lhead is much more common. “I guessed Lhead because its more abundant/common and also it’s head just appears to be bulky, and not as sleek as a green.” Thank you Mark, nice work. I hope you enjoy the book! Fishing! My friend Ricky called. He got me all chummed up about tarpon fishing. Shoot, it’s only February. I just tied a half-dozen flies. Seeing pictures like this didn’t help, either… A school of tarpon on a Gulf coast flat… Father Rick Voor and his friend Scott were on my mind on Monday and Tuesday. I went back to the same areas where they had gotten skunked last week. I kicked fish butt this week. Monday my three-weight broke when I got a little heavy-handed on a redfish. It was the fifth or sixth fish of the day, all solid five and six pound fish. The fly was an old favorite, the grizzly seaducer, size 4. Tuesday, not having learned my lesson, the other three-weight accompanied me. It accounted for at least 20 fish before I decided I was being a greedy pig and quit fishing. A couple of nice trout took a minnow pattern and I photographed myself with one with very moderate success. The model ain’t pretty but the fish is nice. Some home projects occupied me Wednesday and Thursday. Friday the weather was gorgeous if a bit windy. I launched the Mitzi by the Jolly Gator and went upriver looking for shad. Oh yes, we found them with some help from Mark Benson. They were rolling and boiling all over the river. In addition to a couple dozen shad, a couple bluegills and a suicidal largemouth fell for my flies. It was an awesome afternoon- the best shad fishing I have seen in several years. Saturday found me and 30 or so other folks picking up trash around the Haulover Canal. A lot of litter was picked up. If you were fortunate enough to visit that place at noon you could have seen it litter free, a rare thing indeed. Kudos to all the volunteers. In the afternoon the Mitzi again plied the waters of the St. Johns River. This time Tammy Wilson joined me. We went to the same spot as yesterday. Although not quite as good it was still good. Tammy tossed a fly while I threw a spin rod. The way the wind was blowing it was safer that way. Creme makes these two lures that shad and other denizens of the river like bluegills and crappie are wild about. One is the Spoiler Shad, 1.5 inches long. The other is the Litl Fishie, same size. See them here… The Spoiler Shad, with an American shad. And that is this week’s exciting version of the Orlando Area Saltwater Fishing Report. Life is great and I love my work! Life is short. Go Fishing! John Kumiski http://www.spottedtail.com Share | All content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2013. All rights are reserved.
  11. [h=1]Orlando Area Fishing Report[/h]Upcoming Events- - Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Clean-Up, February 9, 2013. Contact Nancy Corona, 321-861-0668 or nancy_corona@fws.gov -Titusville Surf Fishing Workshop,Wednesday, March 6, 6-8 pm. There are several other surf workshops coming up along the Space Coast in the next two months. For more information please email Rodney Smith irlcoast@gmail.com -Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, MINWR, March 2; On-the-Water Show and Tell Seminar, March 3 If the state of Florida has its way the Merritt Island NWR cleanup may be completely unneccessary. ENVIRONMENTAL ALERT!!!! DANGER! DANGER! Reader Michael Adornetto writes, “I was wondering if you could make mention of the proposed Shiloh launch complex in your next fishing report. I fear that this launch complex will keep us from protecting the refuge and our beloved fishery of the Mosquito and north Indian River Lagoons. We need to get the word out to make people aware. “Space Florida and Lieutenant Governor Carroll are trying to get NASA to give the State control of 150 acres where the Shiloh citrus area is north of Haulover on the west side of State Road 3 by north Indian River Lagoon. They want to build a commercial launch site outside of NASA so they don’t have the red tape and regulations of working with NASA.” If you bird, fish, hunt, or paddle the lagoons I probably don’t need to explain the negative impact this would have on your recreation. Links for more information: http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20130130/SPACE/130130024/Space-Florida-continues-push-land-state-run-launch-complex-KSC http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20130102/NEWS01/301020021/Florida-pursues-studies-new-commercial-launch-complex http://www.parabolicarc.com/2012/09/24/space-florida-seeks-to-run-shuttle-landing-facility-build-commercial-launch-complex/ Obviously, a massive publicity and letter writing campaign needs to start immediately so we can keep this complex on either the NASA property or Canaveral Air Force Station. If you think a new space complex on what is now national wildlife refuge property is a bad idea, send a short email to let your state senator and state representative know. You can find them at these links: http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find http://www.myfloridahouse.gov Next week I will have a letter you can copy. Blog Post this week: Life is Short Fishing! Monday Father Rick Voor and his friend Scott joined me for some kayak fishing out of River Breeze. My last trip there had been good so I was optimistic. The fish quickly crushed that optimism by not being there. We worked hard for over five hours. We got two rat reds and a micro-flounder between us. Near the end of the trip we spotted what I at first thought was a couple of tailing fish. Casting to “them” proved fruitless. And, they started not looking like fish. Investigation revealed a small sea turtle in distress. How much distress? Enough we could pick it up by hand. I called Layne Hamilton, Rob Leonard, and Jane Whaley to get advice as how to proceed. I didn’t get any of them. Rick and Scott tried a few calls too. We left the turtle there, probably to die, very sad. Father Rick’s turtle. The first person to correctly identify the species will win a free copy of Rodney Smith’s book Enjoying Life on the Indian River Lagoon. Wednesday I went bike riding in Little Big Econ State Forest. Yeah, that’s a kick! Great thing to do when it’s too windy to fish. Friday afternoon Alex and I went to the St. Johns for some shad action. It was a beautiful day and the fish were biting good enough that we had a couple of doubles, ending up with a dozen or so shad in less than three hours. Strangely, no other species of fish were caught. One of many shad we caught. And that is this week’s exciting version of the Orlando Area Saltwater Fishing Report. Life is great and I love my work! Life is short. Go Fishing! John Kumiski http://www.spottedtail.com All content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2013. All rights are reserved.
  12. [h=2]Orlando Area Fishing Report[/h]Upcoming Events- - Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Clean-Up, February 9, 2013. Contact Nancy Corona, 321-861-0668 or nancy_corona@fws.gov -Titusville Surf Fishing Workshop, Wednesday, March 6, 6-8 pm. There are several other surf workshops coming up along the Space Coast in the next two months. For more information please email Rodney Smith irlcoast@gmail.com -Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, MINWR, March 2; On-the-Water Show and Tell Seminar, March 3 Blog Posts this Week- -UV Skinz- A Review Tuesday’s out-of-the-box thinking led to some excellent fishing. I left the house at close to three o’clock in the afternoon, heading to River Breeze, armed with a kayak and a three-weight. After paddling to the fishing spot I was happily surprised to see redfish tailing all over the place. It was cold and windy- I was not expecting this. The first two clumps of tailers refused the fly, which led to a change. Three fish were boated and released before sunset, an outstanding evening’s outing. Wednesday morning found me in the same spot with the same tackle. The tailers were gone. At a different spot a trout chased several mullet to the surface. Some blind casting with a minnow imitation led to two missed strikes, and the capture of two nice trout. The bigger of the two was at least two feet long. A redfish fell for the fake, too. On the way back to River Breeze I found some more tailing redfish, and managed a nice one on a little shrimpy looking fly. It was a beautiful if chilly morning. The fish were just icing on the cake. Thursday I launched at KARS Park as the sun came up. It was a gorgeous morning. There was no one else there, which made me think I wouldn’t find any fish. I paddled quite a distance, and loaded the kayak back onto the chariot at 1 PM, not having seen a single fish. Won’t be going back there for a while. Friday Dr. George Yarko joined me for some Mosquito Lagoon fishing. We went to where all those fish were last week, didn’t see any. When I started up again the steering cable went. We drifted most of the way back to Haulover, casting DOA Shrimp. We got a load of trout, mostly shorts. I cleaned two fish for Mary Jo, who was glad to get them. And that is this week’s exciting version of the Orlando Area Saltwater Fishing Report. Life is great and I love my work! Life is short. Go Fishing! John Kumiski http://www.spottedtail.com All content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2013. All rights are reserved.
  13. [h=2]Orlando Area Fishing Report[/h]Upcoming Events- -Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, January 23-28, 2013 - Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Clean-Up, February 9, 2013. Contact Nancy Corona, 321-861-0668 or nancy_corona@fws.gov -Titusville Surf Fishing Workshop,Wednesday, March 6, 6-8 pm. There are several other surf workshops coming up along the Space Coast in the next two months. For more information please email Rodney Smith irlcoast@gmail.com -Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, MINWR, March 2; On-the-Water Show and Tell Seminar, March 3 Bumper Sticker of the Week: We did some fishing this week, folks. On Monday Tom and Joyce Moore, Green Mountain state folks, joined me for a day’s fishing on the Mosquito Lagoon. Tom got a nice redfish on a jerkbait right out of the gate. Then we had to work, as the fish seemingly disappeared. We got several trout and another redfish on DOA Shrimp. Tom Moore got this fish on his second or third cast. Fish Story of the Week: Tom was using a DOA Deadly Combo when he had a powerful strike. The fish took off and the leader parted. We could see the bright orange float as the fish swam off with it. Inexplicably, the fish turned around and came back towards us. Tom tried to hook the line between the fish and the float, but the DOA Shrimp was a poor choice of baits for that particular task. I climbed down off the poling tower and tied on a Sting Silver and snagged the rig on the second cast. Joyce reeled the fish in, a beautiful 26 inch seatrout. We got our Deadly Combo rig back, photographed and released the fish. The star of our fish story of the week, displayed by Joyce Moore. On Tuesday Cincinattian Steve Horgan joined me for the first of four days of fly fishing. Steve describes himself as a “multi-species fisherman”, which means he is interested in catching as many different species on fly as he possible can. So that was our goal for the week. Tuesday found us on the Mosquito Lagoon. In the morning the weather was perfect, very few clouds, very little wind. The redfish were thick, lots of schools, but very spooky. There were quite a few boats about. We stalked schools of both tailing and cruising redfish for about five hours. We did not get one. Steve had only one bite during that time. A three or four pound black drum took the crab fly. Steve had his first specie of his trip. Mr. Horgan’s first ever black drum. Early in the afternoon it got windy and cloudy. We fished in several spots trying to get a redfish and/or a seatrout. We failed to do so. It was a frustrating day, after seeing so many hundreds of fish. Wednesday morning Steve and I drove down to Sebastian River and launched the boat. Tarpon were rolling 100 yards from the boat ramp. Like Sebastian River tarpon usually do, they laughed at everything we tried. We gave up. I idled down to the ICW and ran through Sebastian Inlet, hoping it would be calm enough for us to look around out there. It was definitely not. We tried floating the flats inside the inlet. There was no grass, no bait, and no activity. We saw nothing and did not get any bites so we headed back into Sebastian River. I poled while Steve banged the shoreline with a streamer. He ended up with seven snook, three mangrove snapper, and a couple of ladyfish, all new species for him. We went back to where the tarpon were and tried various things for another hour plus but did not get a bite. I was hoping we’d get a crevalle and maybe a redfish, but neither of those happened, either. Seven snook sounds great. At least they weren’t all quite this small, although they were all lovely. It was nice being there, but in my opinion not worth the drive as far as catching fish went. Thursday we went to Mosquito Lagoon. We found a school of redfish. They were not showing themselves very well. We played cat and mouse with them for a couple of hours. Steve had some good shots but the fish didn’t bite. As the wind got harder I lost the fish, so went and looked in a couple other places. I saw very little. We pulled the boat and went to the Indian River. By now it was blowing about 20 mph. There were no groups of fish and Steve had trouble seeing the singles I found. We’d blow right past them without a shot. We ended up completely skunked, wet from the rain and wind. It was a really tough day. Friday found us at the St. Johns River. The temperature was in the high 40s when I launched the boat, with a 15 mph wind, which increased in force as the day went on. Fishing was s-l-o-w. Steve did get a nice shad on a bucktail streamer. Mr. Horgan’s shad, another first. I got a couple little ones on a wooly booger. He got a few bluegills. I got a small crappie and a small channel cat. It rained intermittently. We worked hard all week and really didn’t have a lot to show for it. Steve did get five new species, but we failed to get either a trout or a redfish for him. Thank you for your patience, Steve- it was wonderful fishing with you. My fisherman for Saturday postponed his trip because of the wind and clouds. And that is this week’s exciting version of the Orlando Area Fishing Report. Life is great and I love my work! Life is short. Go Fishing! John Kumiski http://www.spottedtail.com All content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2013. All rights are reserved.
  14. [h=2]Orlando Fishing Report[/h]Upcoming Events- -Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, January 23-28, 2013 - Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Clean-Up, February 9, 2013. Contact Nancy Corona, 321-861-0668 or nancy_corona@fws.gov -Satellite Beach Surf Fishing Workshop January 16. There are several other surf workshops coming up along the Space Coast in the next two months. For more information please email Rodney Smithirlcoast@gmail.com -Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, MINWR, March 2; Mosquito Lagoon On-the-Water Show and Tell Seminar, March 3 It was a fantastic week, weather- and fishing-wise. Monday- Tom Van Horn invited me to accompany him on a fishing trip to the St. Johns River. We launched at CS Lee Park. It was good. We used the 1.5 inch Creme Spoiler Shad to good success, catching shad, crappie, bluegills, and redbellies. I also used the bamboo to get a bunch of fish. Don’t get to use that rod very often. We saw Ron Presley out there, they were doing well too. We had a good time. On Tuesday Walt and Walt (Capt. Walt Czekaj, runs a fishing boat on Long Island, http://captreefishfinder.com/) joined me for some Mosquito Lagoon fishing. It was steady if unspectacular all day, with plenty of shots at big seatrout and tailing redfish. The fish weren’t very bitey, but we got several of each, both on fly (small white Clouser Minnow) and on the DOA Shrimp. It was a good day. Walter got this nice trout on a DOA Shrimp. Wednesday Capt. Chris Myers invited me for a day’s Mosquito Lagoon fishing. There were lots of tailing redfish. It was hard getting a bite. I had a crab pattern and a shrimp pattern in them several times without success. We did get some on a bunny strip fly that Chris tied. We were off the water at about 1 PM Thursday Tom Van Horn joined me for some Indian River Lagoon scouting. We looked in Dummit Cove, to Black Point, to the west side of the IRL between the Praxaire plant and Little Flounder Creek, and on the east side between the golf ball and Haulover Canal. Save yourself some time and trouble and go fish elsewhere. We hardly saw anything. We went through the canal and looked in a couple spots in the Mosquito Lagoon. At the last one we found a few reds, a bunch of nice trout, and one flounder that Tom fooled with a jerkbait. Even though you don’t often see the words “flounder” and “catch and release” in the same sentence, he let the fish go. The DOA CAL jerkbait did the trick on this fish, and on the flounder below. Friday fly caster Jim Coraci from the Garden State joined me for a Mosquito Lagoon half day. The weather, as it has been most of the week, was spectacular. The tailing reds were out in force, and, like Wednesday, were very hard to catch. Jim did get a slot fish on a crab pattern. He followed it up with a seatrout on a minnow pattern. Mr. Coraci with his redfish. Nice, nice morning. Son Alex met me at CS Lee Park for a couple hours of shad fishing. They were chasing minows. In spite of trying all kinds of flies I could not get one. Alex got two on a pink microjig. I did get a nice striper/sunshine bass on a black wooly worm, the first I’ve ever gotten in Florida. We also got assorted sunfish and a small largemouth bass. There were a lot of people out enjoying the day. First one I’ve ever gotten in Florida. They pull pretty hard. Saturday fly fisher Chad Wiersma, from Seattle, joined me for some Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing. It was slick calm. The redfish were tailing. They had their radar on. In spite of lengthening the leader, using smaller, lighter flies, going even more slowly than I usually do, etc., we did not get a bite from a redfish. He had two seatrout eat and missed both strikes. Ouch. A sad thing, a fishless day. And that is this week’s exciting version of the Orlando Area Fishing Report. Life is great and I love my work! Life is short. Go Fishing! John Kumiski http://www.spottedtail.com All content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2013. All rights are reserved.
  15. [h=2]Orlando Fishing Report[/h]Upcoming Events- -Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, January 23-28, 2013 -Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Clean-Up, February 9, 2013. Contact Nancy Corona, 321-861-0668 or nancy_corona@fws.gov -Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, MINWR, March 2; Mosquito Lagoon On-the-Water Show and Tell Seminar, March 3 Blog posts this week: Seven Must Have Lures for Winter Fishing in Florida’s Lagoons New Website Department- http://johnkumiski.com -photography and a more literary writing sampler than I typically post here, even a few poems! Please check it out and tell me what you think. Thanks! The coffee this morning is especially delicious. On Tuesday Dr. Ken Unger, from Calgary, did some Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing with me from the Mitzi. Although the sky was overcast for much of the day, until about 1 PM the lagoon was slick calm. There were a lot of fish around, just lying around. I would have expected tailing everywhere but no, they wouldn’t do that. We ran over a lot of fish. Ken did get a few reds on a crab pattern. We tried for trout. They had moved from some spots and were protected by copious amounts of floating grass in others. He got a few good strikes but none were converted. Dr. Ken with a decent red. It was a little frustrating but we had a good time and we did get some fish. Here’s what Ken said: “Wanted to thank you for the good day yesterday. Enjoyed the company. Learned a little which is something I always want to do in a new area. Caught some fish. A good start to the new year. I will be back. Thanks again.” On Thursday morning I braved the fog, launching the kayak at KARS at about 730. I dared not get more than 150 feet from shore. There was no wind. I didn’t have a compass, or for you modern types, a GPS either. The sun hid behind the clouds. If I couldn’t see shore I would be utterly lost. It was very cool but very spooky at the same time. Paddling steadily north I ran over the occasional trout. The object was to find big reds or black drum. Stopping at one place I cast a streamer for trout for a while but did not get bit. The quest continued. The fog burned off around noon. I went most of the way to the NASA causeway. I did not find what I was looking for. On the way back I saw a tail, as it turns out the only one found. I stalked the fish. It was a big black drum. It ignored my fly and swam off. I would not see another. The final score was one shot, no bites, four fish seen- pretty disappointing. More searching needs to be done. It’s the right time of year. Speaking of the right time of year, shad are being caught in the St. Johns River. I do not have any details. I wanted to go Friday but that 60 degrees and raining put me off. Too much like Alaska. There are some shad in the St. Johns River! Yesterday son Maxx and I went running along the Florida Trail, most of the way to Orlando Wetlands Park. Beautiful day, nice woods. Hamstring is kind of tight today, though. And that is this week’s exciting version of the Orlando Area Saltwater Fishing Report. Life is great and I love my work! Life is short. Go Fishing! John Kumiski http://www.spottedtail.com All content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2013. All rights are reserved.