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  1. Yes, we fished around this week, had some great fishing, and some ill luck in other ways.On Monday Mr. Eric Israel and his friend Justin joined me for some fly fishing on the Mosquito Lagoon. There was a small craft advisory. The lagoon surface looked like a washing machine, not exactly a great fly fishing day. We did not see many fish. We did find a few tailers, though, and Eric managed to catch one on a slider. It was the only bite we got.Tuesday I gave a fly casting lesson, and then sold the Maverick. I couldn't sell the Mitzi so I sold the Maverick instead. Not what I wanted to do, but there you go. I can't keep two boats that do essentially the same thing. So the Mitzi is no longer for sale.Wednesday I joined Tom Van Horn and Danny Mello for some ocean fishing. It started off really slow. We had to go all the way to Patrick AFB just to catch some menhaden. Then we went on a major search mission, which turned up exactly one undersized tripletail. We gave a few half-hearted casts at it and gave up. It's reptile mating season. We saw some large turtles doing the nasty out in the ocean. How does the she-turtle breathe? I guess they have big lungs. Tom spotted some commercial kingfishermen. We went out and joined them and got two nice kings by slow trolling. Then a cobia came swimming by. Danny got that, too. In the afternoon it was manta ray city. We found 10 or 12 rays. Not all had fish on them but enough did that our day became borderline epic, with a half dozen cobes to about 50 pounds boated. Fantastic.Thursday morning all I wanted to do was go bass fishing. Could I go? No! I had a flat tire. After jacking up the car I could not get the wheel off. I pulled out the rivet that caused the flat and patched the tire while it was still on the car, pumped it full of air, put the lugs back on, and dropped the car back down. It seemed to work, so then I went fishing.I seem to have hurt my back during the tire wrestling, though. I just went to the Econlockhatchee for some close-to-home kayak fishing. While it did not help my back, the fishing was good. I got about 20 bass to three pounds, and a sunfish slam (bluegills, redbellies, stumpknockers). I had a blast, with all fish caught on gurglers or poppers. I still don't understand what a three inch long stumpknocker is thinking when it hits a gurgler tied on a #2 hook but I guess you have to give them credit for trying. It's reptile mating season, and Godzilla is there along the Econ. Flushed two monsters off the bank. Have to assume it was gator love. I could not lift the kayak to get it back to the car, and had to drag it up there. I barely was able to load it on the roof. Once home I just climbed into bed.Friday morning I could barely walk, so instead of going fishing I went to the chiropractor. He did not fix the problem.And that is this week's Orlando Area fishing report. Life is great and I love my work!Life is short. Go Fishing!John Kumiskihttp://www.spottedtail.comAll content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2014. All rights are reserved.
  2. Orlando Area Fishing Report 4613It's April and I'm thinking about tarpon. Friends on the west coast have already seen some.On Monday I went bass fishing. I threw the same bluegill popper I threw last time I went, with much the same result- three or four bluegills and about 20 bass, mostly little ones with a couple decent specimens thrown in for variety. It was a beautiful day and a very enjoyable several hours.Tuesday was Tammy Tuesday, so let me just copy her facebook post: "Yesterday's original plan was to fish the lagoon. Last second change had us going offshore. My faithful companion and mentor and friend John Kumiski had some issues getting across the bridge to port because of a bad accident. "Change of plans again. He called and we decided to fish the IRL instead. So I left the port and headed to Port Saint John and we launched. Got into some jacks and trout and talked about what a beautiful day it was. As we could see the bridge from where we launched we saw traffic moving again. Next thing I know John is motoring to the ramp. Boat back on trailer and off to the port we go. "It was a long day of hunting for anything out there. A whole lot of nothing until a lone undersized tripletail appeared. We finally caught and released it. We looked everywhere and found nothing. Finally john decided to pull a Hail Mary and head to a spot a good bit away but likely unbothered yet for the day. "The lone tripletail on that structure was dinner last night. Just as we were giving up and admitting to and accepting the suck, though.... Divine intervention in the form of a huge ray leaping from the water 100 yards away. "One rod set up and one cast made. A few minutes later there was much celebration aboard the Mitzi. We looked for that ray again hoping to pull another cobia off of it but it was not to be. So glad john never gives up! Another adventure toosday with John Kumiski in the books."In spite of the beautiful weather, did not fish Wednesday.Thursday Brad and Greg joined me as part of a two boat trip on Mosquito Lagoon. It was slick when we got there and although we saw a decent number of fish we could not get near them. In the third spot we tried Brad got a bluefish on a DOA CAL Shad. We then tried the DOA Deadly Combo out at the edge of the flat and got a few trout, small ones. At the last place we looked we found a school of big reds. In spite of having cut mullet in them numerous times over the next 45 minutes we did not get a bite. Stomachs growling at us, we gave up, ran up to Goodrich Seafood, and had quite the delicious lunch, after which we returned to the dock and pulled the boat.Friday Scott and Ryan joined me for a half day on the Indian River Lagoon. Ryan got a rat red right away of the CAL Shad. Then we just spooked a bunch of fish. Ryan wanted to try fly fishing so I took them to the small trout spot and gave him a lesson. He was good enough to get two or three while Scott railed them with a barb-pinched-down DOA Shrimp. We changed spots and saw some nice, spooky reds and trout. Ryan got a hit on the CAL Shad from a nice red but missed it. On the way back to the dock we saw birds diving. Breaking fish, how lucky was that? Ladyfish and bluefish, we got a few of each before the frenzy stopped. We were happy to have run into a bunch of fish to end our day.And that is this week's Orlando Area fishing report. Life is great and I love my work!Life is short. Go Fishing!John Kumiskihttp://www.spottedtail.comAll content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2014. All rights are reserved.
  3. Indian River Lagoon Fishing Report 32214The Mitzi is still for sale! It's just had an annual service, and at that time the hours were 984.My contact at the Circle K store in Christmas told me last week he caught a seatrout so big its photo weighed 32 pounds.On Sunday Mr. Derek Wensky, from San Francisco, found himself riding over the surface of the Indian River Lagoon in the Mitzi. He had never fished in Florida before. I can't claim fishing was fabulous, or even hot, but he did catch a few. First came a redfish, a modest fellow that made the error of biting Derek's DOA CAL Shad tail. After him quite a few fish laughed at our attempts. While we were eating lunch I soaked a piece of mullet. A handsome seatrout ate it. Lastly, we found a clump of black drum. Derek switched from the shad to a clear DOA Shrimp and one of those drum were fooled. Most of the fish we saw had too much sense to bite though.Monday's trip was blown out.Tuesday's trip was blown out.Wednesday found me in a room at the Orlando VAMC with Dr. Tran. She said to come back next year. Can't say the exam was anything more than cursory.Thursday was the first day of spring! Brasileiro Kelven Lopes, a fly fishing fisheries biologist who lives in Brasilia, found himself riding over the surface of the Indian River Lagoon in the Mitzi. He was a real good angler and got a couple reds on my redfish bitters fly right out of the gate. Things slowed down then. We changed spots and he got a nice trout on a big black wooly bugger. We found another clump of black drum that did not take anything we tried. But he got another redfish, the best of the day, on an ugly fly with a rubber hackle tail, a brown estaz body, and a rubber hackle wing. We went to another spot but there was nothing there so we returned to a place we had already fished. The fish were still laughing at us as we left, although we should not forget about nor discount the four quality puffers my flies cleverly fooled!I hadn't used my Portuguese in a long time but it was better than his English so that's how we communicated. Misquecindo todos todos todos!On Friday Scott Townsend and his friend Brandon joined me for a day on the Indian River Lagoon. We were snakebit. Brandon got a redfish right away on a DOA CAL Shad. He then missed three strikes in a row, at which point the fish in that spot shut down. We went trout fishing for a while, getting a lot of little ones on fly and on DOA Shrimp. When that got old we went looking for redfish again. We spooked several while Scott and Brandon got the hang of sight fishing. Then a big one showed up. Brandon made a perfect cast and hooked the fish, at least 20 pounds. I gave chase with the boat. I was getting ready to grab the fish when it dove under the boat, breaking the line in the process. Damn. We looked in three other spots. No fish in one, no bites in the next, one bite and a breakoff for Scott in the last, which is how our day ended.Tip of the week- when a fly rod and a pushpole joust the fly rod always loses.And that is this week's Indian River Lagoon fishing report. Life is great and I love my work!Life is short. Go Fishing!John Kumiskihttp://www.spottedtail.comAll content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2014. All rights are reserved.
  4. captjohnk

    Orlando Area Fishing Report

    thank you, gentlemen
  5. captjohnk

    Orlando Area Fishing Report

    what kind of camera did you use to photograph these fish? nikon aw100Did you edit the photos at all?yes
  6. Orlando Area Fishing Report 31614The Mitzi is still for sale! It's just had an annual service, and the hours were 984.The week started out with a bang that had an unexpected twist. On Monday I took the three-weight out to go bluegill fishing. I only got two. But the bass were on fire, eating my little bluegill popper like great white sharks eating seals. I got twenty or so. Lots of little ones, but several decent ones and a fatty that anyone would be happy to get, close to five pounds. They gave that little rod a workout, I know that. It was a wonderful day.Tuesday I went scouting in the Indian River Lagoon for my trip on Wednesday. The weather could not have been nicer and holy cow, I found some fish! I had written a blog a few weeks back about the Lunkerhunt Swim Bentos Bait. The packages were still unopened and I wanted to try one, so the Dace was put on a hook and showed to some prospective clients. They ate it as well as they eat anything else. Some said no, of course. I missed a couple of strikes, but got three 20 inch plus trout and one red on the dace. The last fish to eat it was a five pound trout- he actually ate it, was hooked in the gills, and was mostly bled out by the time he was boated. Getting the hook out ruined the lure, so I switched to the old reliable DOA CAL Shad, which nailed the best fish of the day, a 28 inch red. I saw a bunch more fish after that but missed the only eater. It was a wonderful day.Wednesday's trip was postponed until Friday due to the weather. I took the opportunity to visit the lab at the Orlando VAMC, always an interesting trip. The afternoon was spent doing taxes. It was not such a wonderful day.Thursday had a high of 59 degrees with 20+mph winds. Didn't fish.Friday found me out on the Indian River Lagoon with fly fisher Will Zobel and his buddy from school days, Roger. The weather was a bit breezy and there were rather a lot of clouds that made sight fishing difficult. That being said, we were in fish most of the day- fussy, uncooperative fish. Some fine presentations were made. In spite of that only one small red was caught, and that on a DOA CAL Shad. It was a beautiful day, but tough and frustrating from an angling standpoint.And that is this week's Orlando area fishing report. Life is great and I love my work!Life is short. Go Fishing!John Kumiskihttp://www.spottedtail.comAll content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2014. All rights are reserved.
  7. Orlando Area Saltwater Fishing Report 3114Upcoming Events--Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, March 15. Visit this link http://www.spottedtail.com/mosquito-lagoon-show-and-tell-fishing-seminar/ for more information or to register...-Mosquito Lagoon On-the-Water Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, March 16. Visit this link http://www.spottedtail.com/mosquito-lagoon-on-the-water-show-and-tell-fishing-seminar/ for more information or to register...Blog Posts this Week--A New Mobile Marine Service for Central FloridaThe Mitzi is still for sale!The azaleas are blooming. Pines drop prodigious amounts of pollen. Soon the oranges will blossom. Spring is coming to central Florida.This week illustrated why Orlando area saltwater fishing is so great for anglers, why this is such an awesome time of year.On Sunday Miamian Tim Wright joined me for some shad fishing on the St. Johns River. We tossed and trolled 1/16th ounce crappie jigs. We got a dozen or so shad, and two stripers (or hybrids) too. All in all a good day.On Monday Scott Radloff and I went out of Port Canaveral hoping to fish a cobia or tripletail. We found some flotsam and there was a tripletail under it. I tossed a shrimp and a few minutes later he was mine. Then Scott got one. Then we each got another one. We found some floating sargassum that was devoid of fish. We idled up to a buoy. I didn't see anything there. Scott cast a shrimp at it. A big cobia came around from the far side of the buoy and inhaled the shrimp, not ten feet from the boat. A melee ensued. It was near ending when I netted the fish, except I couldn't lift it over the gunwale of the Mitzi. Scott helped and the beast came aboard. It flopped around a bit, but did not beat things up the way it would had I gaffed it. All in all a really good day.Tuesday morning I met the Tamazon. She put a bag over my head and spun me around until I puked. I had to swear in blood on a Bible on my mother's grave to never reveal where she was taking me. When she took the bag off my head I was sitting in a kayak, on a flat, with a flyrod in my hand. There was nothing there in the way of fish. Then Tammy took me through a portal into another dimension. In this dimension there were tarpon rolling like crazy. I thought maybe she'd brought me to Hell for a while, since every strike led to a miss. No, it was just incompetence, because I finally caught one, on a small gurgler. Then she hooked and broke one off. Then she got one. Then I got another one. Then she got another one. Of course in between there were lots more misses and jumped-off fish. And then, in the manner of tarpon everywhere, they shut down. But it had been an amazing hour. When we re-entered this dimension we did some blind casting on the flat. She got two redfish. I got one. They were all small. Then two pinfish attacked my flies, hitting so hard they almost ripped the rod out of my hand. OK, that may be a fish tale. But I did get two pins on fly. Then she put the bag back over my head and brought me back to our meeting spot. Wednesday morning Scott Radloff and I went to the Indian River Lagoon for some scouting, hoping to find some redfish and/or trout. The loss of grass is continuing. I sure hope there's not another algae bloom this summer. I'm not optimistic, since none of the causes have ben corrected. We looked in several areas without seeing much. At the last spot there were actually some redfish tailing. We crossed a white hole out of which we spooked at least a dozen nice trout. I wonder if we would have spotted them had the sun been out. At any rate Scott got a red on a jerk bait, thus keeping the skunk off the Mitzi and the week's streak alive. When I got home I fired up the smoker and smoked a bunch of thick cobia chunks. Yum Mee!Thursday found me at the fly tying desk, cranking them out.Friday fly fisher Domenic Catanese and his friend Tai joined me for a day on the Mosquito Lagoon. The day started cold and windy. It would stay cold and only got more windy, although the water temperature rose almost three degrees through the day. There were quite a few fish at the first place we looked. They got out of Dodge as soon as they realized we were there. For the rest of the day we would see a fish here and three there, but never in time to make a decent presentation. We did not get a bite, or even get close to a bite. We did see two boats hooked up in the Haulover Canal on the way in. One guy pulled in a big black drum. That was our fishy entertainment for the day.And that is this week's Orlando area saltwater fishing report. Life is great and I love my work!Life is short. Go Fishing!John Kumiskihttp://www.spottedtail.comAll content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2014. All rights are reserved.
  8. captjohnk

    2008 Mitzi 17 for sale

    My 2008 Mitzi Skiff 17 is up for sale. I
  9. Banana River Lagoon Report 22214Upcoming Events--Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, March 15. Visit this link http://www.spottedtail.com/mosquito-lagoon-show-and-tell-fishing-seminar/ for more information or to register...-Mosquito Lagoon On-the-Water Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, March 16. Visit this link http://www.spottedtail.com/mosquito-lagoon-on-the-water-show-and-tell-fishing-seminar/ for more information or to register...Blog Posts this Week- - Sharkwave Fly Lines Coming- Lunkerhunt Swim Bentos Bait- Oil Drilling Coming to the EvergladesOn 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." 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. 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 Banana River Lagoon Fishing Report. Life is great and I love my work!Life is short. Go Fishing!John Kumiskihttp://www.spottedtail.comAll content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2014. All rights are reserved.
  10. captjohnk

    Orlando Area Fishing Report

    i'm going to try more wading...
  11. Orlando Area Fishing Report 2114Upcoming Events--Floridians for Clean Water Rally in Tallahassee, February 18-Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, March 15. Visit this link http://www.spottedtail.com/mosquito-lagoon-show-and-tell-fishing-seminar/ for more information or to register...-Mosquito Lagoon On-the-Water Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, March 16. Visit this link http://www.spottedtail.com/mosquito-lagoon-on-the-water-show-and-tell-fishing-seminar/ for more information or to register...What a week. I started working on an ark after the fourth day of rain, but the sun actually shone for a few minutes today.Last Sunday Tammy Wilson and I went to the St. Johns River in the Mirage to fish for shad. There were lots of boats out there. We saw some folks we knew. They both said the same thing- the bite was good this morning, but it slowed down. Since we were already there we fished. It wasn't hot but it was steady. With spin tackle we got them with little crappie jigs and Creme's Spoiler Shad, and with fly tackle on a chartreuse and silver shad fly. We probably got 15 or so in three hours, and a couple of crappie besides. Nice enough day!Monday morning I drove through the rain to meet my fisherman, the Rev. Del Schomberg, a fly fisher from Oregon. He had never fished in Mosquito Lagoon and was hoping to catch a redfish. It was raining lightly as we idled out of Haulover Canal. It started to rain harder as I ran to spot number one. Running in the rain is not my idea of fun so we stopped at an alternate spot. It was loaded with seatrout. Del got a couple fat slot fish by blind casting a slider before the rain stopped. At that point he said he'd still like to try for reds so we went hunting. They were not where they had been. We looked in a variety of other spots. Some had fish, some didn't, but nowhere were they thick. All the clouds made it hard to see. The best shots we had came when I found aboput a dozen tailing fish scattered over a 100 yard stretch of flat. We did not convert. We found a school of about 30 fish that started moving almost as soon as I spotted them- no shot. We found a bunch of fish in potholes. Blindcasting into the holes did not work, and sight fishing to fish we could see in the holes did not work either. We ended up with the two trout and nothing else. At least it turned into a nice day.It rained quite hard every day the rest of the week. I kept myself busy by adding some new articles to my website, tying flies, wrapping new guides on rods, trying to organize my tackle, and that sort of thing. I am ready to do some fishing, I'll tell you that.And that is this week's Orlando Area Fishing Report. Life is great and I love my work!Life is short. Go Fishing!John Kumiskihttp://www.spottedtail.comAll content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2014. All rights are reserved.
  12. Orlando Area Saltwater Fishing Report 12514Upcoming Events--Floridians for Clean Water Rally in Tallahassee, February 18-Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, March 15. Visit this link http://www.spottedtail.com/mosquito-lagoon-show-and-tell-fishing-seminar/ for more information or to register...-Mosquito Lagoon On-the-Water Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, March 16. Visit this link http://www.spottedtail.com/mosquito-lagoon-on-the-water-show-and-tell-fishing-seminar/ for more information or to register...Monday Capt. Tom Van Horn and I took the Mirage out for a test drive, launching at Haulover Canal and exploring the Mosquito Lagoon. The water temperature at launch time was a brisk 54 degrees. We did not catch a fish at either of the first two spots we checked. The third, however, produced a lovely red for Tom, an out-of-the-slot fish that tried to wolf down a DOA CAL shad. Once the water temperature started to climb fishing steadily improved, enough that we even got a double. Not everyplace we looked had fish but enough did that we ended up with about a half dozen apiece of reds and trout. It was a good way to break in the new boat.Speaking of which, the Mitzi is still for sale. Visit this link http://www.spottedtail.com/mitzi-skiff-sale/ for more information...Wednesday found me at the Floridians for Clean Water Rally in Orlando. If you want to sign the Clean Water Declaration, and if you're a fisherman you should, visit this link http://www.wewantcleanwater.com . There will be a rally in Tallahassee on February 18. I hope to attend and hope you will too! More information to come!Thursday found the kayak strapped to the roof of the chariot. Speed laws may have been broken as we zoomed to KARS Park on the Banana River Lagoon. It was cold when I got there and remained so all day. The forecast high was 61 (my sympathies to all living in the near-arctic zones up north)- I do not think we got there. The wind was 10-12 out of the nnw and bone-chilling. But the sun was out and I found decent numbers of fish. In spite of my shivering I even managed to get a few, some on a crab pattern, some on a redfish worm, a mix of redfish and black drum. I saw a few of the school bus-sized fish I was looking for but did not manage to connect. Of greater concern was the lack of seagrass up there- the bottom is almost denuded of vegetation, although the Rhodophyta algae sure is plentiful.My guide schedule is much too empty- if you want to get out of the frozen wasteland and do some fishing please call or email me! I need the work!!!And that is this week's Orlando Area Saltwater Fishing Report. Life is great and I love my work!Life is short. Go Fishing!John Kumiskihttp://www.spottedtail.comAll content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2014. All rights are reserved.
  13. captjohnk

    Banana River Lagoon Fishing Report

    you can launch there if you have a NASA security clearance. one of our party did
  14. captjohnk

    Banana River Lagoon Fishing Report

    i am. the little old lady down the street has a nice low mileage Nova :-)
  15. captjohnk

    Banana River Lagoon Fishing Report

    thank you, barry
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