Archive for May, 2011

Redfish/DaytonaBeach/Orlando/NewSmyrna/Florida

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Redfish are taking up residence in their summer locations as the water temperatures and levels have risen on Mosquito Lagoon, Florida. Large schools of Mullet are gathering on the newly flooded flats to escape predators in the deeper water, making for good feeding by Reds and Seatrout on the smaller size mullet and the other small marine critters disturbed from their hiding places by the mullet milling about on the grass flats and edges. Our great summer live baitfish the baby Pigfish are starting to appear and will be one of the go to baits for Seatrout through the season. On a couple of recent Redfish hunting trips on the flats we had good success, with my long time clients Gene and his son Vince from Ohio, we caught 5 Reds up to 30” on a last minute afternoon charter, pictured is Vince with the largest Red of the day. On a morning Redfish trip yesterday, we caught 7 Reds with the largest being a top of the slot fish of 26.5”. The fishing style I use for summer Redfishing is a mix of sight fishing and location angling depending on the prevailing conditions presented by the weather, such as wind, sun or clouds, etc. The Seatrout bite in the Indian River backcountry has also remained really good on my mixed bag fishing trips, drift fishing the drop offs and channels near Edgewater. Here is picture of new client Darla with a great Trout she caught on recent trip out with her family on one of my mixed trips, they also caught 5 other keeper Trout along with dozens of other fish as Jacks, Ladys, and more. Also a couple other pictures of clients with their fish from recent trips.

I invite you to fish with me on beautiful Mosquito Lagoon, summer patterns are arriving with calm mornings and the surface of the inshore saltwater lagoon is alive with marine life. By late morning we usually have a great cooling easterly sea breeze which feels great on a summer day. As we are out hunting for fun saltwater fish we will be seeing lots of wildlife up close and personal near the boat with Dolphins and Manatees on just about every trip. If you are looking for a little challenge, we will go for Redfish and Seatrout on the grass flats by sight fishing in 1 to 2 feet of water, as I pole the boat over the clear shallow waters, we will hunt for Mosquito Lagoon Redfish. If you are looking for a more laid back trip, summer is a great time to try one of my Indian River Backcountry trips in the north end of the Lagoon, this is mixed bag fishing for Seatrout, Redfish, Black Drum, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, & other saltwater fish. On the average summer Backcountry trip we catch over 10 different species of fish. You never know what will bite with this type of fishing, mainly drift fishing while free lining live shrimp on light tackle make for lots of rod bending and drag pulling. Fun for experienced anglers and an easy way for less experienced anglers to be successful at catching lots of fish.
.We will pick the best choice of which type trip will be the best for “catching” on your day out with me depending on your preferences for a fun day.
MY BOAT COMFORTABLY ACCOMMODATES 1 TO 4 ANGLERS
Located close to DAYTONA BEACH, NEW SMYRNA BEACH and ORLANDO, FLORIDA.
Feel free to contact me at any time with questions you may have about my fishing charters.
CHILDREN ALWAYS WELCOME – FAIR PRICES
Capt. Michael Savedow
Edgewater River Guide, Inc.
386-689-3781
email> EdgewaterRiverGuide@cfl.rr.com
website> http://www.EdgewaterRiverGuide.com

Fly Fishing Along Florida’s Space Coast

Monday, May 16th, 2011

By Capt. John Kumiski

Have you ever cast to 36 inches of fish in 12 inches of water?

Florida’s Indian River Lagoon system stretches for 156 miles along the Atlantic coast, but the section I call home lies all around the Kennedy Space Center- the Mosquito Lagoon to the north, the Indian River Lagoon to the west, and the Banana River Lagoon to the south. Largely surrounded by undeveloped Federal lands (the Space Center, the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, and Canaveral National Seashore), the area supports a wide variety of wildlife and an abundant population of saltwater fish.

The lagoon offers a diverse array of fishes, but the principal species flycasters target include spotted seatrout and redfish year round, and snook, tarpon, and crevalle jacks during the summer months (May through October). Due to the landlocked nature of the lagoon here (we have no tides to speak of) the redfish are lifelong residents. Although our average redfish weigh between five to ten pounds, they frequently reach weights of 30 pounds or more. This is the only place in the world where you can find giant redfish like these on shallow flats, so we have the finest sightfishing for giant redfish on the planet. Imagine 36 inches of redfish in 12 inches of water!

The seatrout are more modest size-wise, with the average fish running somewhere between 14 and 20 inches in length. However, they frequently get to be over five pounds, and a few 30 inch fish are caught every spring.

The water clarity is usually outstanding, offering excellent sight fishing opportunities. While most anglers fish from flats skiffs, hand powered boats like canoes and kayaks are a viable method of approaching the problem, too. Inside the Wildlife Refuge, dirt roads run along the banks of the Indian River Lagoon and the Mosquito Lagoon, giving wading anglers good shots at fish during the cooler months. Sometimes you can see them tailing from your vehicle!

Most anglers use eight weight tackle, but if you cast well a six weight is usually plenty. Since you’re almost always fishing in knee deep water or less, floating lines perform best. My own leader preference for reds and trout is a 10 to 12 foot leader with a 12 or 15 pound fluorocarbon tippet. For snook and tarpon a heavier bite tippet is necessary.

Although they are fish and so can get moody, neither redfish nor seatrout are normally terribly fussy eaters. Both species usually feed opportunistically on a variety of baitfish, shrimp, and in the case of the redfish, crabs. Consequently, flies that imitate these preferred foods usually work well.

Flies should range in size from #4 to about 1/0, and should be carried in a variety of versions, from unweighted to weighted with 1/36 ounce lead eyes. Weedguards on some flies are an absolute necessity. Favorite patterns include Clouser minnows, Seaducers, bunny strip flies, Borski sliders, Merkins, bendbacks, Dupre spoonflies, and other popular saltwater patterns. I would be remiss if I failed to suggest carrying some poppers and sliders. Seatrout in particular are often suckers for a well placed surface fly, and the strikes are frequently spectacular!

When sighting conditions are poor an attractor pattern like a popper or a spoonfly is a good choice for blind casting. While this is my least favorite way to fish, if you can’t see it’s your only option. Make long casts and cover as much water as you can with your offering. If the fish are concentrated in an area this can work quite well.

The preferred method involves moving slowly (whether in a boat or on foot) looking for fish to which you can cast. While you may find a good number of seatrout in one area, they tend to not be schooled up, especially the larger ones. The redfish could be in any kind of numbers arrangement, from singles to schools with hundreds of fish.

Neither of these fish is particularly aggressive most of the time, so accurate casting is a must. Try to anticipate where the fish is going and put your fly there, allowing the fish to encounter it. If you hit the fish on the head, or draw the fly to it, it will usually spook. How you present the fly is usually very important.

Try to do your fishing during the week. The Mosquito Lagoon in particular is a popular fishing destination for local anglers and it gets busy on weekends.

Titusville is a popular place to stay for anglers fishing this area. The Fly Fisherman (321.267.0348) can supply any tackle needs you may have, as well as offer good advice.

The Indian River Lagoon offers an outstanding four season fishery. Any angler who enjoys the challenge of sight fishing for big redfish should give it a try.

Capt. John Kumiski (407.977.5207, http://www.spottedtail.com/) has been guiding fly fishers in this area for over 20 years. His latest book is titled Redfish on the Fly.

Hot Trout Bite on Mosquito Lagoon This Week

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Hot Trout Bite on Mosquito Lagoon This Week

The Report from Spotted Tail 5/14/11

Upcoming Events-
-Space shuttle Endeavour’s launch, Monday, May 16, 8:56 a.m.
-On May 21, Fly Fishing for West Coast Tarpon seminar at Mosquito
Creek Outdoors, starting at 10 AM. Tom Van Horn will also be giving a
tarpon seminar aimed at east coast fish.

On Monday I finally got onto the Atlantic, accompanied by Scott
Radloff. Our goal was to find some bait, then search for tarpon first
and giant crevalle second.
We found bait, both mullet and menhaden, near and past
Cape Canaveral. While we were fishing around the mullet we noticed a
very dark spot moving north off the beach. It turned out to be a
school of crevalle, not giants but rather fish of about five pounds.
There were thousands of them.
We chased them up the beach for several miles. We didn’t
count but we caught a lot on DOA CAL jigs.
When we finally gave up on them we fished around the
menhaden schools they had led us to. The bluefish were thick, but
there was not much else. We saw one shark and three or four barracuda,
nothing more. All we caught were blues.
It turned out to be a 50 or 60 fish day, but nothing
spectacular in the way of size. Still, it was beautiful out and even
the smaller fish were quite entertaining.

On Tuesday I was back in Mosquito Lagoon, joined by fly fishing
Canadians Mark and Cody Zimmer. We found loads of big redfish tailing.
They would not take any of the flies we tried. We had a bright moment
when Mark cast a crab fly into a small school of big tailers and his
line came tight. The fish he caught was a red of maybe 16 inches. In
the middle of all those big ones, too!
Cody wanted a fish bad so the last 30 minutes we chunked
with mullet. He got a four pound and a six pound trout, then a red of
about 15 pounds.
Again, it was a beautiful day and tons of big fish were
spotted, but it was frustrating not being able to convince them to eat
anything.

Wednesday Steve Kas and Jim Trub came up from Boca Raton, bringing
Steve’s Archer Craft. I joined them and we went looking for all the
fish I’d seen the previous day. They flat out disappeared. We looked
from Pelican Island to Georges Bar and saw one redfish all day.
On the bright side the trout bite was pretty strong. We
got a couple dozen to about 20 inches by casting jigs around the
outside of several different bars.
Still, they wanted redfish. It was maddening not being
able to find any after seeing so many the previous day. Ya shoulda
been here yesterday!

Spotted Tail was on the Mosquito Lagoon again on Thursday, joined by
Karl Dienst and his friend Brad. Tossing DOA Shrimp and CAL jigs we
got a lot of trout, ranging from eight inches to almost 20.There were
a lot of ladyfish around, too. We concentrated on trout fishing most
of the day. With about an hour to go we went looking for reds. We
found a few slot fish and Brad got two on ladyfish chunks.

On Friday Jim Shwartzentruber and his friend George, fly casters from
Utah, joined me hoping to bag a big red or two. It was not to be. We
searched all day, me poling and them blind casting with a black bunny
fly, and saw maybe a dozen reds. Once the wind started cranking the
fishing got very tough too. They did get three or four decent
seatrout, but again, those were not the target.

I hope the reds start cranking again like they did on Tuesday. I have
every day this coming week booked up.

Embrace simplicity.

Life is great and I love my work!

Life is short- go fishing!

John Kumiski
http://www.spottedtail.com/

All content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John
Kumiski 2011. All rights are reserved.

Summer Inshore Saltwater Charters/Daytona/Orlando

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

April has had a great steady bite and super weather with Seatrout continuing to be my main attraction. However with summer coming soon we will be hunting Redfish again on Mosquito Lagoon. The Reds will begin to spread out in small schools and single fish again as the water warms, fishing with live and fresh cut baitfish will become the main technique for Reds. The flats of Mosquito Lagoon will be alive with large schools of mullet which attract the attention of Reds and Trout as the grazing baitfish flush shrimp and baby crabs out of the grassy bottom making for easy meals for the game fish. Backcountry mixed bag fishing also remains good through the summer for a more easy going style of fishing catching lots of different types of saltwater fish. Here are a couple of pictures of clients from recent charter trips, Lorin with a great Seatrout and Dr Ray and Jeff with a double on hard fighting Jack Crevalle.

Come fish with me on beautiful Mosquito Lagoon, summer is coming soon with its beautiful calm mornings and the surface of the inshore saltwater lagoon is alive with marine life. By late morning we usually have a great cooling easterly sea breeze which feels great on a summer day. As we are out hunting for fun saltwater fish we will be seeing lots of wildlife up close and personal near the boat with Dolphins and Manatees on just about every trip. If you are looking for a little challenge, we will go for Redfish and Seatrout on the grass flats by sight fishing in 1 to 2 feet of water, as I pole my boat over the clear shallow waters, we will hunt for Mosquito Lagoon Redfish. If you are looking for a more laid back trip, summer is a great time to try one of my Indian River Backcountry trips in the north end of the Lagoon, this is mixed bag fishing for Seatrout, Redfish, Black Drum, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, & other saltwater fish. On the average summer Backcountry trip we catch 10 to 15 or more different species of fish. You never know what will bite with this type of fishing, mainly drift fishing while free lining live shrimp on light tackle make for lots of rod bending and drag pulling. Fun for experienced anglers and an easy way for less experienced anglers to be successful at catching lots of fish.
. We will pick the best choice of which type trip will be the best for “catching” on your day out with me depending on your preferences for a fun day.

MY BOAT COMFORTABLY ACCOMMODATES 1 TO 4 ANGLERS
Located close to DAYTONA BEACH, NEW SMYRNA BEACH and ORLANDO, FLORIDA.
Feel free to contact me at any time with questions you may have about my fishing charters.
CHILDREN ALWAYS WELCOME – FAIR PRICES
Capt. Michael Savedow
Edgewater River Guide, Inc.
386-689-3781
email> EdgewaterRiverGuide@cfl.rr.com
website> http://www.EdgewaterRiverGuide.com