Improving (?) Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

Improving (?) Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

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A vintage file photo of Rich Surprise releasing a Mosquito Lagoon red.

I am really hoping this is an improving Mosquito Lagoon fishing report.

This one is short and sweet- going out of town in the morning. May not have a report next week- oh the humanity!

Monday Brian and Robin were out with me on the lagoon. The water was dirty, all the fish were small. It was a gorgeous day and they were pretty happy, but I was not pleased with the catching. Maybe I’m spoiled?

Wednesday Canadian George joined me for some fishing and some Mosquito Lagoon instruction. We circumnavigated the lagoon, from Haulover down to Max Hoeck Creek, up to Georges Bar, and back to Haulover. There was a lot of clean water. There were LOTS of manatees.

There were not lots of fish (other than dinker trout), or much seagrass, but the fact the water is clearing is great. It must have cooled off enough to kill the stuff growing in it. All the bare bottom is heartbreaking, though.

Friday Chris Olsen and his buddy joined me for the same kind of day I’d had on Wednesday. We did more fishing, less running. The first place we went was a spot I hadn’t visited in a while. Exposed to the east wind, it wasn’t a place to visit during the months of easterlies.

There was seagrass there.

Using DOA CAL shad the fishermen caught and released five redfish, all slot fish, in a little over an hour. There were fish tailing!!! We saw some jumbo trout!!!

We did not see much anywhere else, one here, one there, a few dinker trout, but the thing is, we could see in many of the places we looked. So the water clarity is definitely improving. I have a wait-and see attitude to see if the fishing gets better, but this trip was the most encouraging one since September. Good stuff.

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Another file photo, this one of Steve Baker, also on Mosquito Lagoon.

And that, dear reader, is the improving (?) 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
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Belated Space Coast and Forgotten Coast Fishing Report

Belated Space Coast and Forgotten Coast Fishing Report

This is a belated space coast and forgotten coast fishing report.

Once again, the observant among you probably noticed I skipped the report last week. Bad John! In my defense, I packed Friday, worked and finished packing Saturday, and went out of town Sunday morning (see below). A weak and puny mortal, I need sleep. Otherwise, I could have gotten last week’s report done.

Bumper Sticker of the Week-

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Last Week, on Monday I worked a two canoe charter in the Banana River Lagoon with Tom Vanhorn. Our fishermen, father and son, were Mike and Mike!

The water is borderline gross but we caught quite a few solid trout. Mike got the fish of the day on a jig, a lovely snook of seven or eight pounds, on a jig. Go, baby!

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Mike the son with a beautiful snook.

Tuesday Tom and I had Mike and Mike again, out of River Breeze. We searched a lot of water and did not see much, catching a total of two redfish and one trout, a tough day. And, we got dumped on bigtime when a front came through. Mike got the fish of the day with a fine redfish that took a plastic shad imitation.

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Mike the dad with a handsome redfish!

A word about the shad imitations- for years I used the three inch CAL shad made by DOA. Last spring Damon Albers at RipTide sent me his shad, the three inch RipTide Sardine. I have been using them interchangeably, and love both of them. They are some fish-catching lures! So I don’t confuse myself I will just write “shad” whenever using either of them.

Wednesday Mike Briola and I went out into Mosquito Lagoon looking for a Thanksgiving redfish. He had one on, but it came unbuttoned. So we had to settle for a turkey and barbecued pork shoulder for Thanksgiving dinner. Poor us!

Saturday long-time friend Dr. Todd Preuss and I went searching Mosquito Lagoon for some fish suicidal enough to take a fly. A couple trout is all we found! We saw a few redfish and a few black drum, but they just laughed at us.

Sunday morning at 0-dark-thirty Mike Conneen showed up in his black truck. We loaded my kayak on top of his, tossed my baggage in, and off we went to St. Joseph State Park.

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A St. Joe bay bluefish, fooled with a shad.

I had not fished St. Joe Bay in about 20 years. Remarkably, it was just like I remembered it- crystal clear water, thick, lush grass, and fish you can (and cannot) see. Sight-fishing flounders is difficult unless you’re spotlighting them at night!

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This fatty flattie nailed a DOA Shrimp.

In two days of fishing the bay we caught trout, redfish, flounder, lizardfish, bluefish, and ladyfish. It was so nice fishing in such clear water, so full of life!

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A battling redfish, St. Joe Bay.

 

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The red lost the fight, but was released anyway. We released every fish we caught.

In spite of that, after two nights at St. Joe we went to St. George Island State Park.  We fished in St. George Sound for three days. The water was slightly less clear, and loaded with oyster beds.

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St. George Sound was loaded with oyster beds. The pinfish were a bonus…

 

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…as were the lizardfish. On fly, though!

I got six species of fish on fly (Clouser minnow exclusively). Surprising to me, I could not get a bluefish, even though I was getting them on the spin rod (with the shad, some on just a hook, some on a jig head). The trout fishing was almost too easy.

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The trout fishing was outstanding.

 

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Redfish were involved.

 

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The fly worked well, sight fishing. Awesome stuff.

 

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A Clouser Minnow was all I used.

Both parks were beautiful, although the RVs are a bit much to my taste. We ate out one night at the Pesky Pelican https://www.facebook.com/Peskypelicanep/, and although pelicans aren’t on the menu there, both the oysters and the grouper sandwich were excellent. The brownies were too!

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The Clouser Minow fooled flounder…

 

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…seatrout…

 

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…and snagged a few oysters!

We lucked into awesome weather and very solid fishing. I always enjoy the time I spend with Mike Conneen. Not only is he an outstanding angler, he is an outstanding human being. I had, and I hope he had, a fantastic trip.

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Mike paddles along a St. George Island shoreline.

And that, dear reader, is the belated Space Coast and forgotten coast fishing report. Thanks for reading!

Life is great and I love my work!

Life is short- Go Fishing!

John Kumiski
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Happy Thanksgiving Space Coast Fishing Report

Happy Thanksgiving Space Coast Fishing Report

I hope all of you have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving, and I thank you for reading this Space Coast fishing report.

The observant among you probably noticed I skipped last week. Really, there was nothing to report.

Non Fishing-
I have not used their services, but Elevate Destinations claims that when you book a trip with them, you make possible travel for those less advantaged. It seems a great idea. Check out their website here- http://elevatedestinations.com

Monday
Tammy, Mike and I were supposed to go fishing. Something about the 20 knot winds in the forecast scared off some of the participants. I went alone to the north end of the Indian RIver Lagoon, and enjoyed the birds and wind.

Thursday
Mike Conneen and I went to Spruce Creek to do some paddling. My first fish was a fat flounder. Have you ever noticed you never hear the words “catch-and-release” and “flounder” in the same sentence?

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Happy and surprised by this fish, I invited it home for dinner.

In addition I got five redfish and two snook, all on jigs. With the exception of a 22 inch red, everything was decidedly below the slot.

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This was my second-best fish.

Mike got some fish too!

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Mike lost the big one 🙁

Friday
Tom VanHorn took me into the Banana River Lagoon. You still can’t see the bottom. While I brought a fly rod I really didn’t expect to use it.

My first fish was a monster sail cat, the biggest I’ve ever gotten. I cleaned a large chunk of slimy goo off my leader afterwards.

That’s a fistful of slimy fish, now!

We began hitting seatrout, fairly nice ones.

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We hit several limits of trout like this.

We came to a spot where the trout action on jigs was hot enough that I broke out the six-weight. I can’t say I did great but I missed a few strikes and got a couple trout to about three pounds.

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Even got some with the fly pole!

All-in-all it was the best fishing I’ve had since Irma passed by, which is certainly encouraging.

And that, dear reader, is the Space Coast fishing report. Thanks for reading!

Life is great and I love my work!

Life is short- Go Fishing!

John Kumiski
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Pine Island Sound Fishing Report

Pine Island Sound Fishing Report and More

Thank you for reading this Pine Island Sound fishing report.

Non Fishing-
The Butter Bike trip is awesome! Read about it here- https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/bicycling-biologist-pedals-10000-miles-along-the-monarch-butterflys-migration-route/ar-AAukzJm

Monday

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Karen got the best trout of the day.

Mark Wright and I fished six people from Sweden on Mosquito Lagoon. In my boat we worked it hard all day, tossing soft plastic baits (20 minutes of mullet chunking during lunch netted a couple hardhead cats).

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Roger got trout, too.

We got a few trout and a couple redfish, and had many refusals from uncooperative fish. It was a beautiful day if a little frigid at first, and we had a good time. I’m now a brewski boys guide!

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Yanne with his redfish.

 

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JK is now a brewskis boys approved guide!

Thursday
I climbed into the new chariot and towed the Mitzi to Pineland Marina, where I met Jake Bishop. Jake and I worked together in Alaska during the past summer. I hoped to show him some Florida fishing. We loaded up the boat with camping and fishing gear and went to Cayo Costa State Park, where we set up our tent. Then we went fishing!

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Our tent site on La Costa Island.

I don’t fish that area much, and we did not find any exciting game fish. We did find a load of ladyfish by Johnson Shoal, and spent about 40 minutes getting a fish on every cast, using ugly flies. We got cut off by mackerel or bluefish a couple times, and saw some healthy sharks.

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A little go juice in the morning helped our motors start.

The snook that never bite are still where I left them 10 or so years ago.

Friday
We went out looking for fish again, poling miles of grass flats. We saw a couple redfish, one tailing. Jake hooked and lost a snook, the only one we would get to bite. We caught a lot of 15 inch seatrout, and more ladyfish.

We visited Barnacle Phil’s. It’s gone way upscale, and there wasn’t a table available when we got there. We left and ate what we had in the boat.

We saw a string of four or five tarpon over a shoal off the beach. Wasn’t ready for that!

Ladyfish were breaking on top of Johnson Shoal. We caught fish for 30 minutes or so.

It was a long, tough day, fishing-wise.

Saturday
We went out looking for fish again, poling miles of grass flats, checking sand shoals and oyster bars, mangrove shorelines, anywhere I could think of to look for fish. We saw a few but did not get them to bite. We found a good lizardfish hole.

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The island boasts miles of spectacular beach.

 

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Shells litter the beach.

Late in the afternoon we saw a couple fat redfish on a flat. The sun was low, the wind blowing. The fish spooked before we could react. While trying to recover we floated over a sandy hole and flushed out about 20 nice reds. They just fled to deep water.

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Peeps probe the sand at the surf line.

I suggested that we return the next morning, hope they were there again, and wade-fish them. Then we returned to camp.

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I think this is a willet. If any birders out there can confirm I’d appreciate it!

After dinner we went onto the beach and watched night fall, watched the stars blink on. By itself that was worth the entire trip. What a highlight!

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We live on an incredible planet!

 

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Jake and I watched night fall.

Sunday

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En route to the redfish spot. The fish were no-shows.

We returned to the redfish spot, anchored the boat, got out, and waded around looking for the fish for about an hour. Although conditions were perfect, the fish weren’t there. Jake got a small snapper. I got a trophy puffer.

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Eat your heart out!

We tried fishing from the boat for another 30 minutes or so. We saw and did not catch a couple fish. Then we returned to Pineland, loaded up the boat, and went our separate ways.

In spite of the tough fishing it was an awesome trip. The weather was great, the scenery awesome, the companionship sublime. Let’s do it again soon, Jake! The fish will come…

I’m sorry this report is late, but I was out of town.

And that, dear reader, is the Pine Island Sound fishing report.  Thanks for reading!

Life is great and I love my work!

Life is short- Go Fishing!

John Kumiski
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Back to Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

Back to Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

Thank you for reading this back to Mosquito Lagoon fishing report.

Monday
No one would fish with me. Something about 20 knot winds and rain. I didn’t go either.

Tuesday
I did a short solo trip out of Port Canaveral. The water was dirty. I was surprised how little bait there was, how dead the sea looked. I caught a single ladyfish near the Cape.

Wednesday
Mark Wright joined me for some Mosquito Lagoon scouting, which we tried to do in spite of the 20 knot north winds. We launched at Beacon 42, got to the channel, turned north, and immediately took two LARGE waves over the bow, coming within a hair of sinking the Mitzi. YIKES!!! We made it out of the waves and back to the boat ramp, put the boat on the trailer, and that was that.

Thursday
Not scared off by the previous day, Mark Wright again joined me for some Mosquito Lagoon scouting. It was a day-after-the-front-comes-through kind of day, and the fishing reflected that. We got a handful of dink trout. Mark got a solid slot redfish on a white plastic shad. We saw a handful of fish. The boat was on the trailer about 2 PM.

On the way back to the ramp we came across the largest manatee herd I’ve ever seen. They heard the boat coming and all exploded, throwing water and big wakes everywhere, fortunately giving me plenty of warning that they were there. There may have been a couple dozen of them. It would have been a good time to have a GoPro.

Friday
The three Swedes met me at River Breeze at 0730. Johan, Stafan, and Robert were very pleasant fellows, excited to be fishing in the United States! The water was lower, not a lot lower, but certainly noticeable.

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This how the Haulover Gauge read on the morning of 10/28.

Like the previous day with Mark, we worked it hard, tossing DOA CAL shad mostly, covering quite a bit of water in the process. The fishies did not respond particularly well. We got maybe 15 trout, mostly small with a few decent ones, and two redfish, one in the slot, one short. We soaked mullet chunks long enough to get two catfish. That was enough of that!

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This redfish made Johan’s day.

 

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Its left eye looked very strange.

The water temperature must have dropped significantly. We did not see a single manatee all day. Thanks to Johan, Stafan, and Robert for their good humor and for fishing with me.

And that, dear reader, is the back to Mosquito Lagoon fishing report. I wish the fishing was better. Thanks for reading!

Life is great and I love my work!

Life is short- Go Fishing!

John Kumiski
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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
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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.

three lagoons fishing report

Mike battles a trout…

 

three lagoons fishing report

…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
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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.

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

Fishing Bear Lodge, the logo.

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

Steve and Brock celebrate a northern pike.

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

Sockeye salmon in a frenzy in a small creek.

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

A rock bowl in a small creek.

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

Moosage in Lake Beverley.

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

Mountain view from Lake Beverley.

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

The Kulik Spire from Lake Kulik.

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

Jeff with a fat Arctic char.

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

We caught lots of Arctic grayling on dry flies.

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

Stacy rocks a sockeye salmon.

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

Misty mountains were a recurring theme through the summer.

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

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

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

Grayling on dry fly.

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

Another fat grayling in the net.

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

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

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

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

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

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

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

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

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

Ellie filets a sockeye salmon.

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

Trout fishing along Lake Beverley’s shoreline.

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

This fine rainbow trout attacked a faux mouse.

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

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

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

A released grayling regains its equilibrium.

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

A fleet of Fishing Bear boats crosses Lake Beverley.

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

Craig hides behind a fat grayling.

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

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

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

I photographed Blaine photographing Steve.

 

Fishing Bear Lodge photo essay

Arctic char release.

 

fishing bear lodge fishing report

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
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Fishing Bear Lodge Fishing Report 5

Fishing Bear Lodge Fishing Report 5

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A view from Beverley Lake.

This is the August 20 Fishing Bear Lodge fishing report.

There hasn’t been any frost yet, but the fireweed has mostly gone to seed. Alaska’s short summer hurtles toward autumn.

fishing bear lodge fishing report

The colorful fireweed blossoms are mostly gone.

Fishing has remained excellent. Anglers using dry flies still catch grayling by the score, lovely fish in equally lovely surroundings. After a relatively rain-free week, the streams are running low and clear.

Dead sockeye salmon litter the banks of creeks. Plenty of fish still guard redds, and they are still dropping eggs. Trout and char are still in creeks, pigging out. Beads are still working well. I suspect a flesh fly would work well, too.

fishing bear lodge fishing report

Jerry Grodin caught this fat char on a bead/wooly bugger combination.

The Agulapak River has been fast and steady for grayling and rainbow trout. Nymphs, streamers, and dry flies are all working.

Piking remains hot, but not in all locations. When you hit the right spot, action has been furious on poppers and streamers. A few folks even use spin tackle!

fishing bear lodge fishing report

Anita and Blaine with a fat pike.

I’ve a fortnight left here before returning to Florida, and should re-hang my guiding shingle there around September 15. Although it’s great being here, there’s no place like home!

That is this week’s Fishing Bear Lodge fishing report!

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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