The Ode to Little Tunny Port Canaveral Fishing Report

The Ode to Little Tunny Port Canaveral Fishing Report

That’s right, you heard right. The secret word for tonight is mudshark little tunny! This is the Ode to Little Tunny Port Canaveral Fishing Report!

First though, the bumper sticker of the week


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-October 26 Mosquito Lagoon On-the-Water Show and Tell Fishing Seminar. Learn more or register at this link… 

I got out on the Atlantic out of Port Canaveral three times this week and two of those days the tunny were going off like I’ve never seen anywhere- not off Jupiter, not off Cape Lookout, just insane numbers of tunny going off on little anchovy-looking fishies. The birds loved it.

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Tunny going of outside of Port Canaveral.


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There were LOTS of them!


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This is such exciting fishing!

OK, so what are tunny?

Properly called Euthynnus alletteratus, tunny are the most common tuna in the Atlantic Ocean. Occurring in large schools and weighing up to 36 pounds (the current IGFA all-tackle record), it is the smallest member of the tuna family, and is one of the finest small game-fish in the Atlantic.

It’s commonly called a false albacore or, here in Florida, bonito. It is sought-after as a sport fish due to its line-stripping 20+ mph runs and hard fighting ability when hooked.

They are absolutely fantastic on a light fly rod and tons of fun with a light spin rod. There were lots of them off Brevard County beaches this week.

On Tuesday son Alex and I put in a half day, launching at the wonderful new boat ramp at Port Canaveral. The wind was light out of the west. The tunny were going CRAZY, diving birds everywhere over large schools of breaking fish. We got a bunch on craft fur minnows and DOA CAL jigs, doubling up several times. Even got a selfie of us fighting fish.

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Alex and I doubled up, he on fly, me on spin.

We finally tore ourselves away to look for other targets. We found a large school of Spanish mackerel doing their best little tunny imitation and got several of those. They weren’t too exciting after the tunny.

Then we found some tarpon rolling. We doubled up, using live menhaden. When Alex’s fish made its first jump, at least 15 sharks came flying out of the water, all through the school of menhaden, one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen while on the water.

We could not get a bait through the sharks to the tarpon after that.

We hit a couple more tunny on the way back, and had the boat on the trailer at 1 PM.

On Wednesday my good friend Tom Van Horn joined me on the Spotted Tail, again launching at the Port. Tom had never caught a tunny on fly and wanted to get one. The fish were just as crazy as the previous day. The wind was still west but blowing with more gusto, waves slopping over the gunwales as we chased fish around. We hooked a bunch of tunny. Although we lost a bunch of flies (craft fur minnows, some tied like Clousers), the mission was accomplished.

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Tom hooked up to a tunny. His fly rod had never had such a workout.


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I made him boat his own fish so I could get this photo.


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The first of several fish Tom got.

We went to where the tarpon had been the previous day. They were still there. I hooked and broke off two, then the sharks ate everything we threw out there.

We both had errands to run in the afternoon, so again were off the water at 1 PM.

Thursday morning I had my annual physical, and was not intending to fish. When I got home though, Mr. Damien Kostick had called and wanted an afternoon half-day charter. Hey, the fish are off the Port, why not?

At 11:30 we launched the Mitzi. The wind was out of the east. It was light at first but it kept increasing in velocity. It got real sloppy out there.

The tunny had apparently vacated the premises. Crap.

We went to where all the tarpon and sharks had been the past couple days. Gone. Double crap.

We ran south all the way to Satellite Beach. We saw a single tarpon free-jump. We spotted a free-swimming tripletail. Damien got one cast at it. Then it spooked and dove. Other than that and the menhaden there were no signs of fish of any kind.

Heading north again, we spotted birds working to the east. We headed out to sea. The tunny were working out there, although nothing like the previous two days.

There were enough that by being patient and working it hard we got a half dozen or so. By now it was rough enough that the waves were washing over the deck pretty freely.

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Damien with one of his tunny.

We went back towards the beach, still hoping to see some tarpon roll. We looked well up into Canaveral Bight and saw nothing at all. The boat was on the trailer at about 530 PM.

And that is this week’s Ode to Little Tunny Port Canaveral Fishing Report.

Life is great and I love my work!

Life is short- Go Fishing!

John Kumiski

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

The Wind Finally Stopped Blowing: the Mosquito Lagoon- Banana River Lagoon Fishing Report

The Orlando Area Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 3.17.12

Last Sunday David Alan Roth, little known twin of the Van Halen lead man (I just made that up), and his friend Chad joined me for some flats fishing. It was a hard wind of 20+ coming out of the southeast, and it was solid overcast besides. Thank God fly poles weren’t involved.

I boldly ran down to the Whale Tail figuring there wouldn’t be anyone else there, and also if we soaked bait for 30 minutes maybe we’d be rewarded with a jumbo. Good idea that didn’t work. We did have the place to ourselves (no one else was so stupid as to go down there) and we did get two catfish out of the very muddy water.

Ran back up to the spoil islands for some lee shore action, tossing DOA Shrimp. A couple of dink trout were our reward until David got a handsome 22 inch trout. Persistence pays I guess!

Went through Haulover to fish lee shores in the Indian River. A few more dink trout followed. We did see some redfish, even a demented one that tailed a few times. Then Chad actually hooked one. Unfortunately the leader broke while he was playing it and the fish effected a getaway.

The highlight of the day for me was a tip consisting of venison. More anglers ought to tip their guides that way. Thank you David, it was very delicious.


Monday morning found me up around Oak Hill, part of a three boat charter with Chris Myers and Drew Cavanaugh. Joe, Javy, and Javy the Younger (nine years old) were in the Mitzi with me. It was still windy, although no more than about 15, and the sun was out.

It took me a couple hours to find some redfish, and then I couldn’t convince them to eat. Finally a dink took pity on me and impaled itself on a hook containing a mullet chunk, our first and as it turned out only redfish of the day. We got a few small trout on DOA Shrimp, then right at the end one that was about 20 inches long.

Myers found a school of fish and did pretty well, a half dozen or so. Way to make me look bad! It’s fishing, dude- misery loves comany.


Thursday Jim Scherer, Ph.D. and fly fisher, paddled with me into the no motor zone. We found a bunch of redfish tailing in some of the muddiest water I have ever fished in. If you showed them the fly they would eat, but they couldn’t see the fly. I finally figured out if I used a big streamer they would crush it. We ended up getting four or five, with the usual missed strikes thrown in.

redfish, banana river lagoon            Apparently the suicidal seatrout that were there have moved on. We tried for quite a while and only got one.


Saturday I finally got the Mosquito Lagoon On-The-Water Show and Tell Seminar done, with Matt and Caleb, fine young men. When we got out there the was NO WIND AT ALL! Because we weren’t fishing there were literally redfish in every single place we looked. We went from Haulover to Max Hoeck Creek to Georges Bar and back to Haulover, basically circumnavigating the south portion of the lagoon.  Fish everywhere.

The water at the south end of the lagoon, already at 76 degrees, is starting to color up again. That does not bode well for clean water come summer. But maybe the tarpon will come in and wallow in the hot, dirty water.

And that dear reader is this week’s Mosquito Lagoon- Banana River Lagoon Fishing Report.

Life is great and I love my work!


Life is short. Go Fishing!


John Kumiski


All content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2012. All rights are reserved.


Cold, then Hot on Mosquito Lagoon- Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

The Orlando Area Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 1.28.12

Upcoming Events Dept-
-The Old Florida Outdoor Festival, February 10, 11, and 12th. I will be there in the Coastal Angler Magazine booth, Saturday from 10-2, Sunday from 12-2.
-Merritt Island NWR Show and Tell Seminars- March 3 and 4. Read More Here…

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Also, I am in the process of finishing up an e-book on Mosquito Lagoon fishing. It will be for sale for $7.95 through my website, but I will be giving all of my subscribers a copy to thank them for their loyalty. Watch for it!

Last Friday night my phone rang. Bob Colley wanted to go fishing on Saturday. Let’s go!

Saturday morning found us out on the Mosquito Lagoon. One of us held a fly rod, the other a push pole. The wind was blowing from the south. Other than that it was pretty darn nice out.

I went to several spots where I had been finding fish. The fish mostly weren’t there. We did not convert any of the few shots we had. Bob had had enough by 1 PM, so we went back to Beacon 42 and loaded the boat. Skunktrooski!

Tuesday morning Bill Kirby joined me for a day’s fly fishing. There wasn’t a breath of wind. There were more tailing redfish than I’ve seen in at least a decade. It was simply extraordinary.

Bill used one of my old standbyes, an unweighted grizzly Seaducer. Every time Bill presented it properly a fish nailed it. It was an outstanding morning.


This was the first redfish Bill caught on fly, a good start.

Bill said, “I had a real good time yesterday and was very excited to catch my first redfish on  a fly. Thanks again for a great day!

Around noon a light breeze came up. Down went every tail! We managed one more fish after that. The flat where the fish were still has dirty water. That, combined with the clouds, made them very hard to see.

The boat was back on the trailer at 3:30.

Tom Van Horn called me to tell me shad fishing south of SR 46 has been excellent. Friday afternoon I went there, intending to walk up the river bank to the Econ and fish my way back. The water is too high to do that, at least with the amount of effort I had budgeted. So I fished just south of the bridge.

Those shad were flapping like crazy, but in spite of changing flies four or five times I didn’t get one. I did get three solid crappie, though, and a small channel cat. Yes, on fly. No, I never did that before. It was a new fish for my life list.

I met Phil Woodham at the boat ramp when I got back. It was good to see him. It had been a long time. He looked good.

He likewise said shad fishing has been outstanding. He and his friend Fred had stopped shad fishing and had gone catfishing. They had some fat cats, a few pushing 20 pounds. Keith Sutton, where are you?

And that, friends, is this week’s Mosquito Lagoon (and elsewhere) fishing report! Thank you for reading!

Life is great and I love my work.

Life is short. Go Fishing!

John Kumiski

All content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2012. All rights are reserved.