The Orlando No Fishing Report

The Orlando No Fishing Report

First of all, wishing everyone a magnificent Thanksgiving holiday. Don’t forget to count your blessings and give thanks!

Friday morning Sue and I drove to Madeira Beach to go to Ashley and Anton’s wedding. It was a lovely affair and we had a great time, spending the entire weekend over there. See the photos here… http://johnkumiski.com/ashley-anton-got-married/

Monday there was a monsoon as a strong cold front pushed through.

Tuesday was cold and windy with intermittent light rain. It was almost comfortable at the auto repair palace- Auto Nation Toyota Winter Park. They do good work there.

Tuesday evening I attended the public scoping meeting for the Port Canaveral Rail Extension. The Port Authority wants to build a rail line along the route shown at this link… http://www.portcanaveralraileis.com/documents/Port_Canaveral_Project_Area.pdf

Gadzooks!

In order to build the 11 miles of track they want to build a new causeway and trestle bridge across the Banana River Lagoon, which will certainly involve dredge and fill. Once the track is in place a 200-car train will come and go along the track four times a week.

I fail to see how this project benefits the people of central Florida as concerns their quality of life. It certainly won’t be good for the health or biodiversity of the Banana River Lagoon, or for those of us who enjoy using it.

To get more information about the proposed project, visit these links… http://www.portcanaveralraileis.com  …https://www.facebook.com/nofillnokill

You can make comments to the Surface Transportation Board at http://www.stb.dot.gov/Ect1/ecorrespondence.nsf/incoming?OpenForm

My letter to them is at this link… http://www.spottedtail.com/blog/canaveral-rail-extension-letter/

Please paste and copy and send the Surface Transportation Board a letter. If you enjoy fishing in the no motor zone please take the 15 minutes to send the letter. That’s the beauty of the democratic process. You need to write!

 

Some more thought provoking reading- http://www.scribd.com/doc/247019882/Rethinking-Industrial-Animal-Production

 

Broken cars and computers kept me occupied on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Thursday too. The fact that the water temperature dropped 11 degrees over the past four days did not make me want to rush out to go fishing, either. The weather this week has been awful. But my computer is now restored and has had a memory upgrade (I wish I could get one of those) and my car is ready to go. Susan’s car needs a little more work, but the big stuff is fixed.

Friday I worked on various things, especially books. It was reasonably nice out but I just couldn’t get jacked to go fishing, as windy as it was.

One of the errands I ran on Wednesday was to Mudhole Custom Tackle (http://www.mudhole.com ) to get some parts for a rod repair. One of the things I’m thankful for this year is that Mudhole is 15 minutes drive from my house, and they stock every fishing rod component known to man. The rod got repaired on Friday.

 

An ebook version of Fishing Florida’s Space Coast is now available at Amazon at this link… http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PX4PS8C

I’m also working on an ebook revision for Redfish on the Fly. Now that the computer is repaired that work should go a little faster.

I got the new Florida Sportsman magazine on Friday and had an article in it, featuring photographs of handsome son Alex.

 

And because I did not go fishing once this week, that, my friends, is a fortunately rare Orlando No 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 2014. All rights are reserved.




Only Fished One Day This Week Freshwater Orlando Fishing Report

Only Fished One Day This Week Freshwater Orlando Fishing Report

It’s been one of those weeks. A real cold front came through. The water temperature in the Mosquito Lagoon went from the 80s to the 60s in four days. My computer crashed. More stuff broke on my old car. The wind howled all week. I didn’t have any charters.

Another week went by with only one day of fishing in. It seems to be a disturbing trend.

On the other hand, Fishing Florida’s Space Coast has been released as an ebook. See it (and hopefully buy it) here… http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/490918

Recent Blogs-

-The Old Town Has Had Its Last Ride

-There’s a New Ebook on Fishing Florida’s Space Coast!

Upcoming Events: I’m speaking on the Indian River Paddle Adventure at the Backcountry Flyfishing Association November meeting, 630 pm on November 13, Orlando Outfitters. Come see!
-Indian River Lagoon Paddle Adventure kick-off party, at sunset on November 29th at the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach.

ENVIRONMENTAL ALERT! Reader Robert Pence sent me the following email:

“The Canaveral Port Authority has begun the permitting process for the building of a rail line from the North Port area to Merritt Island. This line will cross the Banana River Lagoon to the south of KARS Park, effectively, if not entirely, closing access to most of the present No Motor zone. It will also cause more damage to the Banana River Lagoon ecosystem and fishing in the Indian River Lagoon.

“If this has an undesirable effect to you, please attend one of the two public scoping meetings being held by the Office of Environmental Analysis and provide your comments. The meeting are:

-November 18th, 5-8 pm @Eastern Florida state College, Titusville Campus, John Henry Jones Gymnatoriam, 1311 North US1, Titusville, FL 32796;

-November 19th, 5-8 pm, Radisson Resort at the Port Convention Center, 8701 Astronaut Blvd., Cape Canaveral, FL 32920

“Please attend if you want to protect our lagoons and the No Motor Zone fishing area.”

Even though I think the Port Authority will do whatever it wants I hope to see some of you there.

OK, fishing. Once in a while fishing lures show up in my mail box. I don’t ask for them, they’re like gifts from God (or at least lure manufacturers). Last week a three-pack of ZMan Pop Shadz showed up. They’re soft plastic baits, five inches long. Nothing revolutionary there. You rig them on a 5/0 offset wide-gap hook, making them pretty darned weedless. Nothing revolutionary there, either. They have a popper face. That’s unusual in a soft plastic bait. And, they are buoyant enough to float, even with the hook in them. This combination is revolutionary, in a minor way.

I was looking forward to trying them. I had been looking for a lure like this for a long time.

I took them to one of my bass fishing spots in the St. Johns River system. The weeds were thick, and the Pop Shad went right through them. I only got one bite on it, from a ten inch bass, but it was the only bite I got on anything. Let’s not forget that 15 degree plus water temperature drop. The fish must be reeling.

So the test was not an unqualified success but I like the way the bait works. I am going to catch some fish on this bait in both salt- and freshwater.

They also have a PopFrogz. It looks good, too. See them both at http://zmanfishing.com/store/categories/elaztech/pop_shadz

Gotta go work on my car. See you next week, when I will hopefully get some fishing in!

That is this week’s exciting version of the Freshwater Orlando 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.



There’s a New Ebook on Fishing Florida’s Space Coast!

Fishing Florida's Space Coast

There’s a New Ebook on Fishing Florida’s Space Coast!

Fishing Florida’s Space Coast- Newly Revised Ebook Edition, By Capt. John Kumiski

Fishing Florida's Space Coast

Do you want to catch fish along Florida’s Space Coast?

This stretch of Florida’s Atlantic coast and the adjacent Indian River Lagoon system offers world class angling for redfish, black drum, spotted seatrout, tripletail, and more. In addition, snook, tarpon, cobia, Spanish and king mackerel, little tunny, jack crevalle, bluefish, barracuda, sharks, and many other species can be found in these waters at various times of the year.

Do you know how to catch them?

This ebook will make you a better fisherman. You will learn:

-How to choose rods, reels, lines, lures, baits, rigging, and techniques that work along the Space Coast.

-When to fish. The fishery changes with the seasons. This book will help you adjust your strategies.

-Where to fish. The text pinpoints hotspots all along the Space Coast and tells you where to find them with Google Maps.

 

Many of the Space Coast’s finest anglers shared secrets contained in this ebook.

This new ebook is your constant reference on how, when, and where to fish along Florida’s Space Coast. Whether you have fished here all your life, are an experienced angler fishing here for the first time, or are just getting involved in fishing, you will refer to this guidebook again and again for the information you need to be more successful.

 

The print edition sold thousands of copies!

 

Capt. John Kumiski has been guiding Space Coast fishermen for over 25 years and touches every page of this book with his wealth of knowledge and expertise.

This book will make you a better fisherman!

Fishing Florida’s Space Coast Newly Revised Ebook Edition, $4.99!

Available from Smashwords, https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/490918.




Another Only Fished One Day This Week Port Canaveral Fishing Report

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Another Only Fished One Day This Week Port Canaveral Fishing Report

I spent some time this week working on my van, as explained last week. I’m not done yet.

I spent some time this week publishing ebooks. See them all here: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jkumiski

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The weather Thursday screamed “Beach!”, so I gathered up Scott Radloff and off we went. It said the same thing to lots of other people too- it was the most cars I’d yet seen at the new Port Canaveral boat ramp.

When we came out of the Port there were birds diving out along the buoy line about a half mile out. We went out there to look and fish were breaking sporadically. My first cast with a jig, some big fish took it and headed out to sea. My 20 pound braid broke before that first run ended, and I never saw what it was. The activity died.

There was a fleet in Canaveral Bight, as I expected. We joined it, netting some menhaden in the process. Bull reds are underneath the menhaden and that’s why everyone was there. It took me a while to figure out I need two ounces of lead on the leader to get down to the fish. Once that was done we got four reds and several bonnetheads. The fish were big but it was boring bait fishing.

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Here’s a lovely sequence of events: Scott hooked up, fish near boat;

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about to bring it into the boat;

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pretty darned pleased with things;

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showing his fish some love; and…

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…making sure it swam away strongly. There would be more fish if everyone were this careful.

It was killing me watching guys hang those big fish off Boga-Grips, too, the worst thing you could do to the fish short of throwing it in a cooler. There were some big dead redfish floating out there. We left the craziness to see what else we could find.

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The bonnetheads became a nuisance.

There are acres of fish off Cape Canaveral- big Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jack crevalle. There are lots of sizeable blacktip sharks in there with them. We played with those fishies for a while, using Haw River Tackle Sting Silvers (the fish are on the smoker as I write this), then went looking for tripletail and cobia.

We found some handsome weedlines, but all the trips we saw were junior-leaguers, not a legal one in the lot. We did not see a cobia. We did find a few tunny breaking, and I got one on a CAL jig.

So if we wanted to maximize our fish catching we would have stayed on the reds, or the Spanish. That wasn’t that important though. The hunt is where it’s at.

I brought a canoe I’ve owned since the 70s to the landfill today, a sad moment, that. See the blog here: http://www.spottedtail.com/blog/old-town-last-ride/

And that, my friends, is another Only Fished One Day This Week Port Canaveral Fishing Report. At least it was again an awesome day!

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 2014. All rights are reserved.




Orlando Area Fishing Report

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Orlando Area Fishing Report

Blogs This Week:

Fishing Streamsong- A Photo Essay

I expanded the Orlando area fishing report this week all the way down into Polk County. It’s not a bad drive…

Monday morning found me out on the Mosquito Lagoon with fly fisher Gerry Dizinno, from Texas. I thought it odd that when I pulled into the Haulover parking lot on a holiday there was no line at the boat ramp and plenty of parking spaces. Then the fish explained it.

It was a little breezy and there were lots of clouds, not the best fly fishing weather. But the fish I had been working were mostly gone and a search mission did not turn up many more. Ominously, I saw quite a few dead ones. We did not get a bite.

Gerry emailed, “I had a good time, especially if the guide is as hard a worker as you, regardless of fish caught! When back in Orlando, if time allows, I’ll definitely arrange another trip.” Thank you, sir, very gracious.

Tuesday son Alex and I drove to Polk County to fish in the phosphate pits at Streamsong Resort (see the blog here). Tuesday evening guide Bill Read led us to about ten bass in a couple hours, including the biggest one I have ever seen caught, boated by Alex. That’s my boy!!

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Alex with his prize.

Wednesday morning we got a couple dozen fish to about five pounds. All fish but one were caught on Texas-rigged soft plastics. The accommodations are beyond outstanding. If you like big bass, a plush room in which to sleep, and outstanding cuisine, then this is a place you must visit. And Bill the Guide was first-rate, too!

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Bill with a nice, chunky fish. Most of our fish came on soft plastic baits Texas-rigged.

Early Friday morning long-time friend Rodney Smith joined me for some scouting on the Indian River Lagoon. It was good to see him- I hadn’t since the paddle trip ended. We quickly got three species of fish in the shallows (redfish, seatrout, and ladyfish) on jerkbaits, and then went searching for tarpon. Sadly, we did not find any, even though we found a big school of menhaden.

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These fish pull harder than bass do.

The boat was on the trailer at ten o’clock.

And that is this week’s 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 2014. All rights are reserved.



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Fishing Streamsong- A Photo Essay

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Fishing Streamsong

Fishing the phosphate pits was something I’d heard about ever since I got to Florida. This week I finally got a chance to try it.

Alex and I went to Streamsong Resort on Tuesday for some fishing and R&R. In a mastery of understatement, it’s quite the place.

We fished Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning with Bill Read, one of three guides on staff. Bill was everything you want your guide to be- knowledgeable, patient, personable, with a sense of humor. We immensely enjoyed fishing with him.

If you enjoy bass fishing and plush accommodations you need to try fishing Streamsong.

On to the photos.

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Fossilized shark teeth set in jaws.

 

 

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Close-up of said teeth.

 

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Overlooking one of the ponds on the property.

 

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View inside the main building.

 

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One of the fine restaurants on-site.

 

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The bookshelf in our room was custom made for these books.

 

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Some of the other guests had nice wheels.

 

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Bill Read on the morning run.

 

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Alex slings some line.

 

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The only bass that fell to fly.

 

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Bill with a nice, chunky fish. Most of our fish came on soft plastic baits Texas-rigged.

 

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Alex trying to finish the job.

 

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This was a nice fish!

 

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Alex with his prize.

 

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Alex and Bill do a little celebrating.

 

I certainly hope I get another chance at fishing Streamsong!

 

John Kumiski
http://www.spottedtail.com

All content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2014. All rights are reserved.



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Casting for Recovery and Tycoon Tackle, Inc. join forces to support women with breast cancer

Casting for Recovery and Tycoon Tackle, Inc. join forces to support women with breast cancer

The fly rod manufacturer donates a portion of its custom fly rod sales to the national fly fishing program for women with breast cancer

Manchester, VT— Casting for Recovery, a non-profit organization offering support and educational fly fishing retreats for women with breast cancer is excited to partner with fishing outfitter and rod manufacturer Tycoon Tackle, Inc. in Charlottesville, Virginia. Tycoon Tackle has committed to building an unlimited quantity of custom co-branded rods named “The Martha Ann” in honor of Tycoon Tackle president Tim O’Brien’s mother, Martha Ann O’Brien, who lost her battle to breast cancer in 2007. $100 of every sale of “The Martha Ann” rods directly support Casting for Recovery’s renowned programs for women with breast cancer.

Courtesy of O'Brien family

Martha Ann O’Brien spent more than 30 years of her life in and around Tycoon Tackle, as an employee and wife to the company’s founder. Although Martha Ann was not an avid angler, she was known to “mix it up” with the fish from time to time.  Her spirit and wit would bring the most intense angler to laughter.  One time after landing a 56-pound Amberjack on a light-spinning rod she quipped, “Is that all there is to that?”

“My mother waged a gallant battle with breast cancer, one that she ultimately lost, but not without a fight with vigor, humor, and gusto,” says Tim O’Brien, president of Tycoon Tackle. “Through the custom fishing rod named after her, her spirit will live on in the streams, rivers, lakes, and flats of the world. We believe in Casting for Recovery’s mission of providing life-changing programs that combine the therapeutic sport of fly fishing with counseling and medical education for women in any stage of breast cancer treatment and recovery.”

“We are excited to partner with one of the longest-standing custom rod makers in the industry,” says CfR executive director, Whitney Milhoan. “We are honored to be the recipient of proceeds of “The Martha Ann” rod since it’s so close to the hearts of the family at Tycoon Tackle. Nearly everyone has been touched by breast cancer, and it’s inspiring to see Tycoon Tackle’s passion to support other women who have been affected by this devastating disease.”

The Martha Ann rod will be available for order in mid May at www.tycoonoutfitters.com. It will be a custom, built-to-order, co-branded rod in weights from three to five. Each rod will be shipped in a custom rod sock and co-branded aluminum rod tube for $499.95 plus shipping and handling.  $100 of every sale goes to Casting for Recovery.  More details will be forthcoming.

To learn more about Casting for Recovery, or how to help, please visit http://castingforrecovery.orgor contact Holly Calloway at Holly.Calloway@castingforrecovery.org.

Casting for Recovery® (CfR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1996 by two women — a breast reconstructive surgeon and a professional fly fisher.  CfR’s unique program combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The retreats offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. CfR’s retreats are open to breast cancer survivors of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery, and are free to participants.  

CastingforRecovery.org

www.facebook.com/castingforrecovery

About Tycoon Tackle, Inc.

Tycoon Tackle, Inc. is a Charlottesville, Virginia-based angling outfitter that originated in Miami, Florida in 1935.  The company was on the scene in the formative years of big-game angling and at one time more than 95% of all world record fish were caught on the company’s fishing rods. Tim O’Brien, owner and President the company, said, “The company began with little money but ‘a fortune in ideas’ and in time grew to become a leader in the angling world, by not only making the best and most desirable fishing rods but by being a leader in promoting the catch and release of gamefish” The company is still family owned and committed to manufacturing products in the United States of America.

http://tycoonoutfitters.com

https://www.facebook.com/tycoonoutfitters

 

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how to get through a day of fishing without hurting your back

how to get through a day of fishing without hurting your back

guest blog by Peter Miller

Fishing is commonly thought of as the ultimate stress reliever, but it can also lead to back pain or serious back injuries if proper measurements aren’t followed. In fact, according to a Duke University Medical Center study, 69 percent of fishermen suffer from back pain at some point during their fishing career. Heavy lifting, repetitive motions, and long days of standing with the body in the same position often causes stress, tension and muscle fatigue in the back and makes fishermen susceptible to a number of debilitating back injuries.

One fishing enthusiast all too familiar with how fishing can cause back pain is professional angler Peter Miller. Following an injury that herniated two discs and pinched a nerve in his lower back, the three time World Sailfish Champion and host of NBC show “Bass 2 Billfish with Peter Miller” suffered chronic pain that prevented him from fishing at the top of his game. After deciding to have surgery with Tampa-based Laser Spine Institute, the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, Peter was able to return to doing what he loves and has since worked closely with his surgeon, Dr. Stefan Prada, M. D., to develop a list of tips for how to prevent back pain during a day of fishing:

Get really comfortable shoes. Traditionally, fishermen wear flip flops, boat shoes or bare feet. These shoes offer little support and have no cushion to absorb shock. Try wearing shoes that are more traditional for jogging than for fishing.

Stretch. Even 5 minutes worth of stretching before you get on the boat or mid-day can make a tremendous difference. Try touching your toes or the floor and reaching your hands over your head to stretch your back.

Maintain a strong core. A strong core will make you better prepared for the various motions involved when fishing, such as throwing a cast and reeling in a fish. Planks, push-ups, v-sits and leg lifts are all great exercises to develop a strong core.

Take Advil. Anti-inflammatory medications in mild doses will always help. Try taking some anti-inflammatory medications prior to taking the boat out to help prevent inflammation during the day.

Stay active. Don’t be sedentary. The kiss of death is sitting all day on a boat. One great way to help your back muscles stay active, warm and loose while on the boat is the cat-and-dog exercise: position yourself on your hand and knees and alternate between rounding your back by looking down on the ground and arching it by looking up into the sky.

Stay hydrated. Drinking enough water is essential to helping reduce pain. It helps keep the muscles hydrated and helps avoid muscle cramps.

And that’s how to get through a day of fishing without hurting your back.

John Kumiski
www.spottedtail.com



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New Mobile Marine Service Central Florida

New Mobile Marine Service Central Florida

There is a fantastic new mobile marine service in central Florida.

Started last fall, Orlando Mobile Marine is the baby of Mr. Fernando Fonseca, who brings over 20 years of experience in marine services to his new business. Fernando is a certified master technician for Johnson/Evinrude and Yamaha. He also services Mercury, Honda, and Suzuki outboards as well as Yamaha Wave Runners and other brands of personal watercraft.

He also performs boat repairs- custom lighting and rigging, electrical work, mechanical work, and detailing.

Fernando says, “Reliability and attention to detail are very important to my customers and to me. Customers are welcome to watch me to see what I’m doing as I work on their boat. It helps them understand the workings of their vessel better.”

Fernando says his rates are comparable or less than those found at other marine service centers in central Florida.

Fernando just rigged a new 70 horsepower Yamaha four stroke engine on my friend Karl Dienst’s venerable Hewes Bonefisher, replacing the old 90 hp that had powered the boat for the last 18 years. Karl was thrilled with the work Fernando did. “Fernando did a great job. I was impressed with his ability to work quickly, neatly, and with precision, without overcharging. He did not try to sell me other services or parts that I didn’t need or want. I am very, very happy with the work, and the boat runs like a scalded dog now.”

Mind you, this is a mobile marine service. That means he brings the shop to you. For this service there is a one-time fee of $60 per job. If he has to come out two or three times to get the job finished, you only pay the service fee once. Of course, parts and labor are additional, but compare favorably with any other shop in central Florida. And you get the benefit of Fernando’s extensive experience and attention to detail.

Orlando Mobile Marine, the fantastic new mobile marine service in central Florida. When your boat needs work, visit their website or give them a call at 407.232.4749.

John Kumiski
http://www.spottedtail.com

All content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2014. All rights are reserved.



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Banana River Lagoon Fishing Report

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Upcoming Events-
-Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, March 15. Visit this link  for more information or to register…
-Mosquito Lagoon On-the-Water Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, March 16. Visit this link  for more information or to register…

Blog Posts this Week-
- Sharkwave Fly Lines Coming
- Lunkerhunt Swim Bentos Bait
- Oil Drilling Coming to the Everglades

The new issue (March 2014) of Florida Sportsman has an article about the Indian River Lagoon Odyssey, by John Kumiski! Check it out!

On to the fishing, men!

Monday the weather was gorgeous, so I strapped the kayak to the roof of the chariot and drove over to the Banana River Lagoon. I got there after nine o’clock. Six cars were already there. I avoided the other boats as much as I could.

Travelling along the shoreline I saw two small trout, two small redfish, and then a school of about 20 small reds, less than 20 inch fish. They elicited no response in me.

I went out to the second bar. There was nothing there.

I went to the third bar. Two boats were there, one on each side. I went up the middle. The water was clear, there was hardly any grass, and I saw nothing. I kept going.

On the fourth bar there was a school of black drum, not the big ones. Two tasted my black bunny leech. The larger one was 12 pounds or so.

I left them, hoping to find big fish. A group of eight big reds was swimming high in the water. I got two casts at them but they ignored me.

The paddle back was uneventful, as no fish were seen.

The grass up there is all gone, and so are most of the fish. It’s a sad thing.

Tuesday found me on a bus travelling to Tallahassee for the Clean Water Rally. Senator David Simmons, the senator from my district, was one of the speakers. Good work, sir!

I had a meeting with my district’s representative, Rep. Jason Brodeur. He told me he understands the need for clean water, would be sponsored a bill addressing clean water issues. It was good to hear, but show me the money. Stay tuned.

One of the speakers was a woman from Naples, Dr. Karen Dwyer, of the Stone Crab Alliance. Here is what she had to say: ” The Everglades oil rush is on. In addition to the 115,000 acres leased for oil exploration, Collier Resources just issued two more leases for massive seismic testing operations to identify more locations for oil drilling: 103,000 acres to Tocala, LLC and 234,500 acres to Burnett Oil, all in the Big Cypress National Preserve in the western Everglades. Everyone. March 11. Please. Pack the EPA Meeting. Take a stand for the Everglades and our water. Now is the time. No one can take your place.”

Fight for your right to clean water!

Fight for your right to clean water!

How this has escaped the state and national news media is beyond me. All fishermen should be going crazy over this- hydraulic fracturing in the Everglades? WE CAN’T LET THIS HAPPEN!!! I will be in Naples on March 11. I hope to see you there.

Wednesday Rick DePaiva, one of my dearest friends, came up to fish with me. Because he likes going there and because I got a good report from one of my subscribers we went to KARS Park and launched the canoe.

The weather was awesome.

The short version is that we went most of the way to the NASA Causeway, went out to the islands on the other side of the channel, and worked it hard. We saw maybe eight fish and had one half-baked shot that did not work. So we went fishless. Had a good time other than that, enjoying the day and Rick’s company.

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 This is what we wanted. It is not what we got.

            Again, most of the grass is gone. This area had such thick grass just a couple years ago, too. Bad, bad, bad Bad BAD.

And that is this week’s not so great Banana River 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 2014. All rights are reserved.