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Explorations Fishing Report

Explorations Fishing Report

Thank you for reading this Explorations fishing report.

Happy Thoughts– apparently bored for a few minutes, I googled “happy thoughts”. This awesome page came up- http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2012/08/here-are-the-things-that-are-proven-to-make-y/

Monday- Wednesday 

It was get the old car ready to sell (yes, the Sienna van that has served us so long and well is for sale. See the details here- https://orlando.craigslist.org/cto/d/for-sale-1999-toyota-sienna/6347466695.html) and get the new car (Susan’s old RAV4) ready for towing.

Lying on my back, trying to get it into position, I dropped the new trailer hitch for the RAV4 on my right elbow, mashing it between the hitch and the concrete. YOUCHIE!!!! Although bruised it seems OK. And now the RAV4 has a trailer hitch and it will pull the Mitzi. So everything is good.

FISHING! As reported last week, this writer has had a hard time of it in Mosquito Lagoon lately. It was time to do some exploration.

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At the kayak ramp in Spruce Creek Park.

Thursday found me travelling to New Smyrna Beach to Spruce Creek Park, where an Ocean Kayak was launched. I used to fish Spruce Creek literally a generation ago, but hadn’t been in about 20 years. My preference for fishing there was a low outgoing tide, so of course I found high incoming water. That water was brown but clear. But there was so much of it- the entire marsh was flooded.

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I think they want you to be careful…

Was that fish breaking? I cast a jig to where I saw what I assumed were mullet, and was rewarded with a solid strike. Ladyfish. There were quite a few of them. Getting action was a novelty and I enjoyed it until it stopped.

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Splash! I missed the jump.

I floated with wind (plenty of that) and tide, catching the odd ladyfish, to the railroad bridge. I went ashore under the bridge for a leg stretch and some casting. Before long a freight train came.

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I captured this one cartwheeling in the Spartina.

I don’t know that I have ever been that close to a speeding train. Superman I am not. The ground shook, the noise level was at jet engine afterburner loud. I was quietly terrified. And, I did not get a bite there. So I got back in the kayak and started heading back the way I had come.

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It was small, but it’s still a redfish.

Someone in Volusia County promotes an event called Biketoberfest. Out on the water the noise from the Harleys riding up and down US 1 was almost as loud as the train. No offense to bikers, but it’s like a Biblical plague of motorcycle noise there.

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One of the fishies I captured. I put him back.

After the tide turned I had steady action on the jig the whole way back- more ladyfish, including a couple in the 24 inch range, a nice crevalle jack, a half dozen trout to 16 inches, and a couple lovely if diminutive redfish. Considering what last week’s fishing was like, and due to incessant east winds I can’t get out on the Atlantic, it was entertaining if unspectacular fishing.

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At the Tomoka State Park ramp.

Friday, encouraged by Thursday’s modest success, I tried launching at Tomoka State Park. Like Spruce Creek, the tide was high and still coming in, and the water was very brown. Also like Spruce Creek, the hum of Harleys filled the air. Unlike Spruce Creek I did not get a bite. I did see a couple baby tarpon roll and a few mullet jump. That was it.

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The water was brown, but you can get an ice cream when you’re done…

Tomoka is bigger water than Spruce Creek. When I go back I will use internal combustion.

Show and Tell Seminar October 21

In spite of the small craft advisory, Mark Frank, my only attendee, and I toured the Mosquito Lagoon in my Mitzi. We started at Haulover, went as far south as the Biolab boat ramp. It was WAVY on the west side!

We crossed the lagoon and went north, all the way to River Breeze. The cleaner water is up north. Most of the boats were south of Haulover, fishing in the muddy water.

It was a challenging day for a boat tour. The manatees are still thick, like mines in the water. Be careful when boating out there.

I’m wondering if the east wind will ever stop.

And that, dear reader, is the Exploration fishing report! Thanks for reading!

Life is great and I love my work!

Life is short- Go Fishing!

John Kumiski
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Tough Week Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

Tough Week Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

Thank you for reading this tough week Mosquito Lagoon fishing report.

Show and Tell Seminar October 21

Hurricane Irma badly damaged many of the dike roads in Merritt Island NWR. The standard show and tell seminar can’t be held. We’re offering the On-the-Water Show and Tell Seminar on October 21. For more information or to register, visit this link: http://www.spottedtail.com/mosquito-lagoon-on-the-water-show-and-tell-fishing-seminar/

Save the Menhaden! Right NOW! PLEASE!!!

Menhaden (pogies, bunker, and many other local names) convert plant matter into animal matter by filtering the water (cleaning that water in the process). They are a vitally important baitfish for a large number of fish that anglers like to catch.

I attended the menhaden hearing in Melbourne on October 10. It was surprisingly well attended. Almost everyone there wanted a very conservative approach to menhaden harvesting. Leave the fish in the water!

The deadline for written comments was extended to October 24, 5pm EST.  I have written a letter to Florida’s ASMFC commissioners and to Megan Ware, the Fisheries Management Plan coordinator, expressing my thoughts about how this resource should be managed. I posted it here- http://www.spottedtail.com/blog/menhaden-letter/. Please feel free to copy and send it yourself, or use it as a jump-off point for composing your own letter.

Omega Protein harvests over 100 million pounds of menhaden a year for the reduction fishery. They had 150-200 allies at the hearing in Virginia, have lots of political power, and could easily take the day when it the ASMFC comes to final action November 13-14.

If you don’t write today, don’t complain tomorrow.

Please write and send a letter right now! This is important! Protect your fishing future!

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FISHING! (finally)

Monday was adventure Monday for Tammy and I. The original plan was to fish the ditches along Biolab Road. Couldn’t happen- the road is closed. So she took me to a drainage ditch through a neighborhood, somewhere on Merritt Island.

Almost immediately I caught a ciclid on a small pink Clouser minnow. I did not know they had gotten this far north.

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Cichlids on Merritt Island.

We launched kayaks and floated down the ditch. Baby tarpon rolled. I cast a tiny gurgler, got a couple bites, and stuck one.

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Tiny gurgler, tiny tarpon.

We ended up getting six tarpon between us and were finished at noon. Quite a lovely morning, and always a good time with Tammy.

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Tammy’s tiny tarpon.

Wednesday morning found Scott Radloff and I launching the Mitzi at Haulover. The water in Mosquito Lagoon, like everywhere else in central Florida, is high and in most places dirty. We found some clean water though, and actually saw a few fish. I cast a DOA CAL shad at one and was rewarded with the only bite we got, resulting in a 20 inch redfish. That fish was the only thing that stood between us and the dreaded skunk.

Thank you, little redfish.

Friday morning we met Bob and Andrew Dowgialo, a father-son team, at River Breeze. In addition to the 15-20 mph breeze, clouds dropped rain on us now and again. A long, tough day resulted in exactly one butt-hooked pinfish. Ouch.

Saturday morning we tried again. The rain was gone. The wind was not. A long, tough day resulted in one dink trout and one ladyfish. Double ouch.

In two days we saw maybe a dozen redfish, a handful of trout, a black drum, and three snook. Both Bob and Andrew worked very hard and did not complain, for which I was very grateful.

This reporter will be very happy when the water level drops.

And that, dear reader, is the tough week Mosquito Lagoon fishing report! Thanks for reading!

Life is great and I love my work!

Life is short- Go Fishing!

John Kumiski
www.spottedtail.com
http://www.spottedtail.com/blog
www.johnkumiski.com
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 Bad Weather No Fishing Report

 Bad Weather No Fishing Report

Thank you for reading this bad weather no fishing report.

The wind blew hard all week. It rained a lot. I had one trip scheduled- we postponed it.

Show and Tell Seminar

Hurricane Irma badly damaged the dike roads in Merritt Island NWR. The standard show and tell seminar can’t be held. We’re offering the On-the-Water Show and Tell Seminar on October 21. For more information or to register, visit this link: http://www.spottedtail.com/mosquito-lagoon-on-the-water-show-and-tell-fishing-seminar/

Save the Menhaden!

Menhaden (pogies, bunker, and many other local names) convert plant matter into animal matter by filtering the water (cleaning that water in the process). They are a vitally important baitfish for many species of fish that anglers like to catch.

Hurricane Irma caused the ASMFC to reschedule the menhaden hearing in Melbourne to October 10 6pm. The deadline for written comments was also extended to October 24 5pm EST.

The hearing October 10 will be the only one in the South. We need everyone we can to turn out and speak in support of Issue 2.6 Option E. If we don’t, Omega Protein, who had 150-200 allies at the hearing in VA this week, could take the day when it comes to final action Nov 13-14. Please come out and support your fishing future!

On Fly Fishing the Northern Rockies- A Review

On Fly Fishing the Northern Rockies- Essays and Dubious Advice, by Chadd VanZanten and Russ Beck. The History Press, 2015, paperback, 126 pages, $19.99

Brilliant. Witty. Insightful. Could more superlatives make you want to read this beautifully written little gem? It doesn’t matter where you live or what you fish for, if you have the soul of a fly fisher you will enjoy this book immensely.

The authors alternate essays, liberally sprinkling angling philosophy through their prose. On an angler’s honesty- “Always tell the truth sometimes.” On your fishing vehicle- “It’s essential to cultivate the sweet, pungent smell of mildew.” On why fishing can be difficult- “The hardest thing about fishing is that all the people live on land.”

A random paragraph- Those cutthroats were reckless. They came from deep holes, crossed from one side of the channel to the other to take a fly. They came up two at a time. Those fish were irrational. I was extra careful when returning each to the stream that day. Clearly, they could not be trusted with their own safety. 

The book has dashes of Gierach, touches of Cardenas, but the flavor is clearly that of the authors. VanZanten is an editor when he’s not fishing. Beck teaches writing. I’d like to take his class. Their considerable talent is on full display here.

On Fly Fishing the Northern Rockies is the best fishing book I’ve read in a long time. It’s not a candidate for catch and release.

So we did not wet a line for this bad weather no fishing report! But we got some other things done, and thanks for reading!

Life is great and I love my work!

Life is short- Go Fishing!

John Kumiski
www.spottedtail.com
http://www.spottedtail.com/blog
www.johnkumiski.com
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All content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2017. All rights are reserved.




Mosquito Lagoon/Port Canaveral Fishing Report

Mosquito Lagoon/Port Canaveral Fishing Report

Thank you for reading this Mosquito Lagoon/Port Canaveral fishing report.

Checking my paperwork over last weekend I realized my fishing license had expired. A visit to the tax collector on Monday rectified the problem. But I was in for a pleasant surprise. “No charge,” the clerk said. Before asking why I realized there’s a good part to turning 65- no charge for fishing licenses now.

Where did the time go??

After the tax collector trip some visits to local bass venues was in order. Spot number one requires a ride on a bicycle. I ran over and close to minnows, frogs, baby alligators, and a garfish, but was unable to reach the lake. The water over the road is too deep.

Spot number two was completely overgrown with hydrilla.

Spot number three (my least favorite) was fishable. I got a single strike from a six inch bass. So ended Monday’s attempt at fishing.

Tuesday required scouting for Wednesday’s fishing trip, my first since returning from Alaska. I want it to be good! My first observation was that this poor guy had six vultures pecking at his much-nicer-than-mine truck-

I don’t understand the fascination vultures have for vehicles.

The sequence went something like this-
-find some clean water. Check.
-look for fish. Check. About ten redfish were observed, with two good shots resulting. Both were converted on a DOA CAL shad. I had a good shot at a nice trout, too, but missed the strike. I ran over a couple reds that should have been shots, just didn’t see them in time.

Redfish on CAL Shad. The pinfish keep biting the tails off.

After that I tried a few of trout spots with the Deadly Combo and found fish in two of them, easily getting into double digits. I hope the fish stay there overnight!

Wednesday came and I met my fishermen, Roberto and Martha Vasquez. We launched the Mitzi and ran to where I had found fish the previous day. We did not do well, a handful of dink trout to show for our efforts. Sometimes I wonder why I bother scouting. It so often changes so much from day to day.

Thursday one of the things I tried to do was fix my email. I was only marginally successful but managed to purge a lot of stuff I needed. If you’ve been trying to reach me and I haven’t responded I haven’t gotten it. Please try the gmail.com address, jkumiski. And thank you for your patience.

Friday Scott Radloff and I got out on the Atlantic. One throw of the castnet yieded over 100 finger mullet. Neither of us realized at theat moment that we had already peaked. In five hours Scott got a small sharpnose shark and a small crevalle. I got nothing. We saw very little. At least the water was pretty clean!

So fishing was not very good in this week’s Mosquito Lagoon/Port Canaveral fishing report! But thanks for reading!

Life is great and I love my work!

Life is short- Go Fishing!

John Kumiski
www.spottedtail.com
http://www.spottedtail.com/blog
www.johnkumiski.com
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Three Lagoons Fishing Report

Three Lagoons Fishing Report

Finally, a more-or-less full week of fishing. Our travels this week brought us to the Mosquito Lagoon (twice), the Indian Rver Lagoon (twice), the Banana River Lagoon, the Econlockhatchee River (no fishing though) and a brief stop at Port Canaveral. So we have a three lagoons fishing report.

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The boats wait for us to finish the shuttle.

Sunday I joined Tammy and Mike Conneen for a kayak trip down the still-flooded Econ. It had peaked earlier at 18 feet and on Sunday was at 12 feet (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/fl/nwis/uv/?site_no=02233500&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060), still mostly over its banks. The weather was awesome and everything was going fine until I took a “shortcut”, followed by everyone else.

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Mike Conneen, navigator extraordinaire.

 

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Off we go into the woods.

 

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Don’t trespass!

Before long there was no current to follow and we were darn confused, paddling around in the woods. Mike got the phone out (GPS app). We followed him back to the river, losing about an hour in the process.

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We’re definitely in the woods.

 

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Still in the woods.

 

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Tammy doesn’t care. She always enjoys herself.

When we got to the St. Johns there was no river, only a very large lake. It’s still lapping the sides of SR 46 and the CS Lee boat ramp is still closed.

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Cheryl on the lake that once was the St. Johns River, near SR 46.

 

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Remember to run at idle speed!

Monday Tammy and I went scouting on the IRL, launching at Parrish Park. The water is high (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?02248380) and dirty in most places. We fished around some culverts and Tammy got snook, redfish, and ladyfish. She foul-hooked a trophy black mullet. She wanted a seatrout but we could not find one. The mullet may have weighed more than all the other fish combined.

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We converted one redfish on a DOA CAL shad.

Tuesday Scott Radloff and I did a Mosquito Lagoon survey. This lagoon has by far the cleanest water of the three lagoons, and quite a few mullet too. We actually saw a handful of redfish, getting shots at two and converting one on a DOA CAL shad. I got six snooklets on a #6 Clouser minnow, beautiful little fish that would have looked great in an aquarium. We also got a half-dozen slot trout, one on a jig and the rest on a DOA Deadly Combo.

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Scott got a trout on a jig.

Wednesday Miss Chellie Gentry joined me for a fly fishing charter on the IRL. In the morning we hit maybe ten culvert pipes. None of them had fish. She finally got her first saltwater fish, a tarpon, on a gurgler. It was a wonderful moment- I’m sorry I didn’t get a photo.

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The magic pipe produced a couple dozen ladyfish…

Then we hit the pipe I had been looking for all day. The ladyfish were going crazy, and she got three redfish too. They were not very big but they were all on fly. We called the outing a success! Chellie, thanks for fishing with me!

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…and several redfish!

Thursday Mike Conneen and I met to check out the Banana River Lagoon, the third lagoon in the three lagoons fishing report. The water was a soupy olive green. Nowhere could you see the bottom. There was a dearth of baitfish. Mike actually caught a slot trout by blind casting with a Vudu Shrimp. We had the kayaks back on our cars in a little less than three hours.

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Mike battles a trout…

 

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…which was actually a solid fish.

While in the neighborhood it seemed appropriate to check the ramp at Port Canaveral. They are operational, and in spite of the big seas there were several trailers in the lot. I didn’t see any mullet and asked a fisherman who had come in to the ramp if he had seen any. He said, “I fish here regularly. It was dead out there. I used mud minnows for bait all morning and did not get a bite. And no, there weren’t any mullet.”

The obvious question is, where are they? It’s certainly mullet time.

Friday found me back on Mosquito Lagoon with son Alex and his friend John. We fished a couple bars and caught a few trout on spin tackle, then went looking for redfish. We actually found a few (and a few black drum too) but did not convert, and did not get one. About noontime threatening weather caused us to race the storms back to River Breeze. We got the boat on the trailer just as the storms hit us, some darn close timing when lightning is involved.

That is this week’s three lagoons fishing report! Thanks for reading!

Life is great and I love my work!

Life is short- Go Fishing!

John Kumiski
www.spottedtail.com
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Post-Hurricane Orlando Fishing Report

Post-Hurricane Orlando Fishing Report

This is the post-hurricane Orlando fishing report, such as it is.

Like the rest of Florida, my family was impacted by hurricane Irma. Unlike much of the rest of Florida, the impacts on us were minor inconveniences- no power or running water for three days. We’ve been through hurricanes. We can deal with that.

Yard work in my yard and a needy neighbor’s yard kept me busy for several days. A working chain saw can be a beautiful thing after a storm like this.

The Cassini spacecraft ended its mission to Saturn this week. You can see some of the amazing images it captured here… http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/the-cassini-spacecraft-amazing-photos-of-saturn/ss-AArVtXL?li=BBnb7Kz

Thursday I towed the Mitzi to River Breeze. The park was open, the boat ramp was too. The water was high, the ICW full of manatees.

The Yamaha overheated about three minutes out. I used the trolling motor to take a quick tour of Bissett Bay. Lots of mullet and glass minnows and a few ladyfish were what I saw. I did not catch a fish. Then I put the boat back on the trailer.

On the way home I decided to check some of the other boat ramps. The ramp at Titusville Municipal Marina was OPEN. Parrish Park sustained damage but one ramp is still OPEN. As of Thursday, Kennedy Point Park was CLOSED.

With the exception of the Biolab Road ramp, the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is CLOSED. See this link for updated information- https://www.fws.gov/nwrs/threecolumn.aspx?id=2147606777

As of Thursday afternoon the St. Johns River ramp at CS Lee Park is CLOSED. If the river rises any more SR 46 will be closed too- the water is almost over the pavement.

The launches on the Econlockhatchee are CLOSED.

The ramps at Port Canaveral were supposed to open Friday. Check their facebook page or website, http://www.portcanaveral.com

Restore Our Shores is looking for volunteers to help with the Indian River Lagoon restoration. See this link for more details- https://restoreourshores.org/importance/

Friday the thermostat in the Yamaha got replaced. I think the overheating problem is now solved, but it will take a water test to be sure.

That is this week’s post-hurricane Orlando fishing report! Thanks for reading!

Life is great and I love my work!

Life is short- Go Fishing!

John Kumiski
www.spottedtail.com
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greetings from florida!

greetings from florida!

irma passed by. although it has caused much misery statewide, we are fine. we have no power so i may not get a report out this week. Susan and i cleaned up the Mitzi today, and with any luck i’ll get out in the next day or two. yard work can wait!

i hope everyone who gets this is fine too.

we will get back to a normal routine as soon as we can

all the best…

john kumiski
www.spottedtail.com

Orlando no fishing report

Orlando no fishing report

My fantasy of big tarpon off Cocoa Beach this week has not been realized. I spent most of the week getting ready for a (hopefully) quick fling with Irma.

I had four days booked next week- all have been cancelled. I hope to at least get out on my own, but am taking a wait-and-see to evaluate how much damage the storm causes to local infrastructure and my own property.

In the meantime I’ve put a photo essay together of Florida East Coast fishing this time of year, recorded in years past. Fishing along our beaches truly can be world class. That will have to do…

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The mullet will be running after the storm passes. Finding mullet may mean…

 

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…tarpon!!!

 

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There will be sharks out there, too. Lots of them.orlando no fishing report

 

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There may be shrimp boats working out there.

 

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Balls of bay anchovies attract all kinds of attention.

 

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Finding little tunny working…

 

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…almost always leads to…

 

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…some memorable catches!

 

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Pompano on a Gotcha.

 

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Rodney uses a bluefish to make a point.

 

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Bluefish will get thick. These two wanted the same Gotcha.

 

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Other fish we run into this time of year include…

 

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…snook;

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…Spanish mackerel, lots of them;

 

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…and redfish, usually big ones.

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That is this week’s Orlando no fishing report! Thanks for reading!

Life is great and I love my work!

Life is short- Go Fishing!

John Kumiski
www.spottedtail.com
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Fishing Bear Lodge Photo Essay

Fishing Bear Lodge Photo Essay

After four flights and three days of travel, I am sitting in my living room. There’s no place like home!

Internet in Alaska remains terrible, so my reports were of necessity short and photo poor. This Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay will share the best images of the summer.

Let’s rock it.

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Fishing Bear Lodge, the logo.

 

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Steve and Brock celebrate a northern pike.

 

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Sockeye salmon in a frenzy in a small creek.

 

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A rock bowl in a small creek.

 

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Moosage in Lake Beverley.

 

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Mountain view from Lake Beverley.

 

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The Kulik Spire from Lake Kulik.

 

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Jeff with a fat Arctic char.

 

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We caught lots of Arctic grayling on dry flies.

 

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Stacy rocks a sockeye salmon.

 

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Misty mountains were a recurring theme through the summer.

 

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Blaine says this fly box is the most organized thing in his life.

 

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Grayling on dry fly.

 

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Another fat grayling in the net.

 

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Bushwacking up hills while wearing waders is hard work. The view makes it worth the effort.

 

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Water rushes toward Lake Beverley in a small creek near the lodge.

 

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Gene, Gene, the fishing machine, with a nice Arctic char.

 

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No flowers yells “ALASKA!” to me like fireweed.

 

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Ellie filets a sockeye salmon.

 

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Trout fishing along Lake Beverley’s shoreline.

 

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This fine rainbow trout attacked a faux mouse.

 

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This trout, the best I saw all summer, also fell for a mouse.

 

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A released grayling regains its equilibrium.

 

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A fleet of Fishing Bear boats crosses Lake Beverley.

 

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Craig hides behind a fat grayling.

 

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I never saw a dog who loves water the way Boone does.

 

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I photographed Blaine photographing Steve.

 

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Arctic char release.

 

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Angie found this moose horn on Lake Beverley’s shoreline.

That is this week’s Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay!

Life is great and I love my work!

Life is short- Go Fishing!

John Kumiski
www.spottedtail.com
http://www.spottedtail.com/blog
www.johnkumiski.com
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Last 2017 Fishing Bear Lodge Fishing Report

Last 2017 Fishing Bear Lodge Fishing Report

This is the August 27 Fishing Bear Lodge fishing report, my last from here this year.

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An Alaskan classic, this sockeye salmon was caught by Jeff.

The last of our fishing guests left this morning. The quality of the light borders on autumnal. A few cleanup days and a few travel days separate me from central Florida, friends, and family.

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Angie found this moose horn on Lake Beverley’s shoreline.

The fishing this week past was the toughest of the season. The Agulapak was slow two days, even breaking out every technique we knew. The grayling actually exhibited some symptoms of hook avoidance. Pike fishing for us produced but a single fish. It did break a rod, however. Only the char bit well, fat, healthy fish with an attitude.

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Jeff got this big char on a pink bunny leech.

While we caught char on nearly everything we tried, the best char fly by far was a cerise bunny leech, an Alaska standard. Sinking lines produced more fish after flies presented on floating lines stopped producing.

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Katie with a nice pike on a very rainy day.

Feeder creeks are mostly empty of live salmon. Dead ones litter the banks. Sockeyes are still staged at creek mouths, though. I have to wonder if there’s a second push of spawners in the future. I won’t find out.

That is 2017s final Fishing Bear Lodge fishing report!

There will be no report next week. The next one will be coming from Florida’s space coast! Thanks for reading!

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