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Mosquito Lagoon and Banana River Lagoon Fishing Report

The Orlando Area Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 3.25.12

Dad-Was-A-Bad-Influence Dept: son Alex passed his US Coast Guard Merchant Mariner’s exam today. He will soon be able to carry passengers for hire, just like the old man! Congratulations, son!

Tuesday the Brothers Klepacki joined me for some paddling and fly fishing in the no motor zone. I had been on such a good run. Tuesday crushed it. All the redfish that have been in the same spot for months left- zilch, zero, nada. We found some nice seatrout but I don’t do all that paddling for trout. On the other hand, a bunch of nice trout are way better than no redfish, which is how many reds we got.

Got a last minute cancellation on Wednesday. Stayed home.

Thursday Tim and Lynn Dennin joined me for some Mosquito Lagoon fishing. Tim did something you shouldn’t do if you want to sightfish for redfish. He forgot his sunglasses. We got quite a few seatrout on the DOA Shrimp. Our redfishing went for naught though. Tim just couldn’t see them without the glasses.

spotted seatrout from mosquito lagoon

The Dennins with one of their many seatrout.

The weather was awesome. We had a real nice day.

Saturday David Garcia travelled all the way from Fairbanks Alaska to fish for redfish. We had quite a few clouds and it was pretty windy. David learned fast though, and when he saw a fish the Johnson Minnow landed there, pronto. Three nice reds were boated along with a missed strike. We also got a couple dozen trout to about 20 inches on DOA Shrimp. It was a pretty good day considering the weather.

redfish, mosquito lagoon

Mr. Garcia came a long way to catch his first redfish.

mosquito lagoon redfish

David also got this one and another as well.

mosquito lagoon seatrout

The trout were pretty cooperative. This was one of many trout we released.

Sydney Katz, official girlfriend of son Maxx, is taking a course in Marine Biology and needed photos of various estuarine life forms- flora and fauna both. Today we went out on the Indian River Lagoon to get them. Maxx and I each caught a redfish and several seatrout. We also caught mullet, minnows, shrimp, crabs, horseshoe crabs, comb jellies, various types of alga, and generally made a mess of my boat. It was fun and a relaxing way to spend most of a Sunday.

And that is this week’s Mosquito Lagoon and Banana River Lagoon Fishing Report.

Life is great and I love my work!

Life is short. Go Fishing!

John Kumiski

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  1. I am thinking about taking a foray into the no motor zone for the first time later in the week. Is there anything a first time visitor should know about special permits or anything? Any recommendations for exploration?

    • It costs $5 to launch your boat at KARS Park. Money well spent- no one ever has their car broken into there.

      North or nw wind below 10 mph is the best wind speed and direction. If it’s out of the se on your day, pick a different day.

      It’s always a search mission. Bring a sense of exploration and a sense of humor, and be prepared to do some serious paddling. Look for fish near the shore line, around bars, and at the edge of the flat. Good luck!


      • David Abbott says:

        I took your advice and didn’t go since the winds continued to be out of the south and above 10 mph all the days I’ve had available. Instead I’ve stayed around more protected areas in the north end of Mosquito Lagoon and done well.

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