Two Days Fishing, Two BIG Lagoon Redfish
The Report from Spotted Tail 4/22/11
-Space Shuttle Endeavour is targeted to launch 3:47 p.m. EDT, April 29. I am actively soliciting a charter for this date. Rumor has it that this will be the final Space Shuttle flight EVER. Watch the launch and fish, simultaneously!
-On May 7 I'll be giving free fly tying lessons at Mosquito Creek Outdoors in Apopka, starting at noon. We'll be tying Clouser Minnows. Come out and see us, and walk out with some new flies!
-On May 21 I'll be giving a seminar called Fly Fishing for West Coast Tarpon at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, starting at 10 AM. Tom Van Horn will also be giving a tarpon seminar aimed at east coast fish.
Tuesday night at 9 PM I made a last check of the answering machine. There was a message on it that I immediately responded to. Because I did I had a charter on Wednesday with two delightful young men. Austin Warmus and his buddy Jonathan, both 17 years old, both from Raleigh NC, joined me for a day on the Mosquito Lagoon. Austin had been on several fishing charters prior to this one and had never really caught anything. Nothing like a little pressure on the guide.
For most of the day we did not have great success. Redfish were fairly scarce and those we did find were uncooperative. We got several trout (mostly small) on DOA Shrimp, a couple ladyfish, and a bluefish. I stashed the ladies for future reference.
With 30 minutes left I went to a chunking spot, staked out, and chunked some ladyfish pieces. Pinfish ate us up. On the last piece, almost out of time, the rod went off. Austin grabbed it and the battle was on.
Austin won. Here he is with the conquered. The fish was released. Austin kicked his bad luck in the teeth.
Friday morning I dragged my butt out of bed at 115 AM and drove over to Tom Van Horn's house. On the way to the Indian River Lagoon we picked up Scott Radloff. We launched the boat before three and went plugging. I had several bites that I missed before we got a decent trout. Tom decided that since the surface plug bite was slow we should chunk. Good call.
We got five reds, one in the slot, the rest well over, and one Buulll that I subdued with a new Stradic and an old Cape Fear rod.
So I was only out two days and didn't touch a fly rod this week. Still haven't caught a fish on any of the new rods I bought a couple weeks ago. Have tied a lot of flies though!
Life is great and I love my work!
Life is short- go fishing!
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About The Author: Captain John Kumiski
Company: Spotted Tail Fishing Charters
Area Reporting: East Central Florida
Bio: Fishing is in my blood. Blame it on my father. I've been tying flies since I was a child and have caught fish in 14 states and 10 countries. My life list on fly currently contains 59 species, and I continue to work on it. I specialize in sight fishing with fly and light tackle for any fish that will take a bait, lure, or fly. I teach fishing classes at Brevard Community College, and am the instructor at the Andy Thornall Fly Fishing for Redfish School. The FFF has certified me as a Fly Casting Instructor. I am proud to be a member of the Coastal Conservation Association, the Federation of Fly Fishers, the Indian River Guides Association, the Florida Outdoor Writers Association, and the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association. I have been a three term president of the Indian River Guides Association, a two term president of the Backcountry Fly Fishing Association, and a two term vice president of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association. I organize an annual fishing day for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida. I have been selected as a Top Rated Guide. Nine boats of various types call my yard home. I am always ready to talk fishing and can be reached via my website, www.spottedtail.com.