Redfish & More/Daytona/NewSmyrna/MosquitoLagoon/Florida

August 7th, 2011

August is here and it has been a fun summer of inshore saltwater fishing here at Mosquito Lagoon and New Smyrna Beach Florida, Redfishing has been consistent with several good Reds and Trout on most of my flats fishing trips. We are still fishing around the many big mullet schools which abound on Mosquito Lagoon this time of year which attract the game fish early in the morning, after the sun is up we switch to sight fishing the flats after visibility into the water become better. Mixed bag river fishing trips are always fun for an easier type of fishing with lots of action. Here are several pictures of happy clients with their fish caught in the last couple of weeks.

We even had a surprise 35 lb. Tarpon landed by Nathan recently after an hour fight on light tackle on one of my mixed bag trips.
Come fish with me on beautiful Mosquito Lagoon for flats fishing, we will target Redfish and Seatrout. This type of sight fishing can be challenging and very rewarding when you hook up with a drag pulling Redfish or Trout. Good for experienced anglers or less experienced anglers looking for a new fishing challenge. Summer will be winding down into autumn soon. Fishing on the grass flats by sight fishing in 1 to 2 feet of water is loads of fun as I pole the boat over the clear shallow waters hunting for fish.. As we are out catching 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 more laid back trip, this is a great time to try one of my Indian River Backcountry trips in the north end of the Mosquito Lagoon, this is mixed bag fishing for Seatrout, Redfish, Black Drum, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, & other saltwater fish. On the average 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. CALL ME ANYTIME AT 386-689-3781
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

What’s biting offshore in Fort Lauderdale?

July 18th, 2011

We stared the trip out by catching a few live baits like speedos and hard tails so if we decided to go wreck fishing we had the right bait to produce fish. As we trolled north from 90 – 200 feet of water we caught several Bonita up to15 lbs. and a few kingfish up to 12 lbs. Brad and Chad wanted to try some different kinds of fishing so we went wreck fishing. Our first two spots we hit, one in 245 feet and the other in 168 feet, had no action. Therefore, we ran a little further north to a wreck in 300 ft of water and the other in 200 ft of water where we got some nice bites. Chad’s son was the first one up using a live Speedo, Brad’s son landed a 60lb. Warsaw grouper. After seeing that Chad’s 14-year-old son caught that, Brad said it is my turn so we made another drop. This time I could tell it was a different kind of fish so Brad had a little battle in front of him the whole time. Brad was fighting it and he was yelling and screaming, but he caught himself a nice Amberjack weighing in around 60 lbs. We were already late getting back to the dock if we were to pick up and leave our good fishing, but I really wanted to catch Chad a fish, so I told Paul, let’s try one last time. It was worth it. As soon as the bait hit the bottom, Chad was in the fighting chair battling with a big fish from the deep. Another big grouper! What a day, and a lucky group of guys!

Tight Lines!
Capt. David Ide
Lady Pamela 2
954-761-8045

Special Alert: Fly Fishing Pyrenees Tour Open Space

July 8th, 2011

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Sportfishing in Fort Lauderdale June 2011

July 5th, 2011

Check out Steven & his grandson’s Great Grey Hammerhead Shark they caught on June 19th, 2011 while Deep Sea Fishing in Fort Lauderdale aboard the Lady Pamela fleet!
What’s biting offshore in Fort Lauderdale?

June 19th

On Sunday, Steven and his grandson came fishing aboard the Lady Pamela IV with John, Jose, Rick and Rob from 1-5PM. Steven was from Texas and had been deep sea fishing a few times before, but no luck with catching any big fish. We wanted to put Steven on the fish so we started the trip trolling two planers and four top baits. There was a lot of seaweed around and it is hard to troll when the conditions are like this. We started to catch some Bonita and had a few kingfish bites. I got tired of cleaning all the seaweed off the lines so we got the kites ready with some big shark bait rigs to switch things up. Steven and Jose helped reeling the trolling stuff in and we stopped in 150 feet of water right in front of Port Everglades and popped two kites up with live cigar minnows and threadfin herring that we caught in Miami a few days before. The wind was blowing south east at 15 MPH as we got the spread out. All of a sudden a little storm rolled in from the west and I had to position the boat around and head into the wind. We sat like this for 30 minutes before I reeled in the kites because the wind was up and down. We kept the big shark baits out, I told Dave, the mate, to get the snapper rigs ready, and we were going to catch our people some eating fish because the fishing was a little slow. While Dave was inside I saw our bobber go down and I gunned the boat ahead to set the hook. Dave came running out to see what was going on and I was telling everybody to reel in the other bait so they would not be tangled in the rod that we had the fish on. Steven jumped into the fighting chair, got all strapped in, and went to battle. I have been fishing for many years out here I have never seen so much line pull off the reel in one shot. We hooked the fish in 110 feet right off Fort Lauderdale beach and the fish ran to 650 feet of water. For one hour we never saw the fish, when we did in was a true sea monster. It was a 12 ½ foot Great Gray Hammerhead Shark. Steven was very tired and so was the shark. The shark was dead when we pulled it through the transom door into the boat. It took all six guys to do so and I threw my back out in the process. The fish weighed close to 750 lbs. It was awesome.

Tight Lines!

Capt. David Ide

www.ladypamela2.com

954-761-8045

Lady Pamela II Ultimate Fighting Chair
Lady Pamela Fishing Fleet

Our fleet of fine sportfishing vessels has expenaded. We currently have the following boats running out of beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, catering to all of your fishing needs:

Lady Pamela I- air conditioned, fully equipped 41′ Hatteras. Limit 6 people.

Lady Pamela II- a sistership to Lady Pamela with South Florida’s ONLY Articulating Fighting Chair Suspended over water!

Lady Pamela III- This is an exciting option for our drift fishermen. A Coast Guard documented 43′ Stapelton that roams the reefs. Limit 22 people.

Lady Pamela IV- This is our Flagship…a stunning 46′ Hatteras, fully equipped with top of the line gear, fully air conditioned, and extremenly comfortable.

Lady Pamela V- a true speedster, built to get out to the furthest fishing grounds…FAST! This gorgeous 36′ Invicible with over over 900 HP flies!

Lady Pamela I

Lady Pamela III

Summer Redfish catching/MosquitoLagoon/Daytona/Orlando/Florida

July 2nd, 2011

Water levels have finally started to rise here on Mosquito Lagoon as our long awaited summer rainy season has arrived with regular afternoon rains. Most mornings have beautiful calm conditions with a little coolness in the air for the first couple of hours after the rain the evening before. The higher water on the flats will open up much more fishable water for me as grassy shallows which have only had a few inches of water over them the last few months now are deep enough for the Redfish and also us in my boat to be on the prowl hunting our prey. Also these newly flooded areas are flush with Redfish food because they have been to shallow for the fish to graze on for so long now allowing for many baby crabs, shrimp, and marine invertebrates to grow un harvested by the Reds. The last couple of weeks since my last report have seen many good trips with Reds on the flats by targeting the large mullet schools which gather in shallow water to avoid the Dolphins and larger predators of deeper water. Also when available, fishing live Pigfish baits for Seatrout on the drop offs, edges, and holes. My Indian River Backcountry mixed bag trips have been loads of fun with lots of action from Trout, Jacks, Ladyfish, and sometimes a couple of Black Drum, Flounder, Reds, and more with 10 or more species of saltwater fish on most backcountry trips. As we are out having fun catching fish we will be seeing lots of wildlife up close and personal near the boat with Dolphins, Manatees, and many types of water birds on every trip. Here are some pictures of clients from the last couple weeks trips with some beautiful Redfish and Seatrout caught here with me on Mosquito Lagoon and Backcountry.

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. Call me anytime at 386-689-3781.
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

Lady Pamela II Sportfishing Newsletter

June 27th, 2011

June 17What's biting?60 lb Mahi - Mahi

Today we had to run to Miami in the afternoon around 3pm because we had a fishing tournament on Friday morning so our three boats the Lady Pamela 1, 3 and 4 along with two other fort Lauderdale charter boats headed down that afternoon on the way down we all stop an caught lie bait like cigar minnows and threadfin herrings with some small blue runners mixed in there. Once catching all this live bait we headed to Stiltsville which are houses in the middle of Biscayne Bay five miles from the mainland and tied the boat up and cooked a nice dinner.

June 18

This morning we all woke up around six and got the boats running and ran 6 miles to dinner key marina where there were 30 charter boats all pulling in at the same time to pick up our clients. It was a little busy trying to find our people because everybody was schedule to a pacific boat once getting all this started out we were off to the races. We ran out of fisherman’s channel and started fishing as soon as we got to a 100 feet of water. We were fishing six lines with fresh Bonita strips and sea witches. The Bonita’s were solid we must have caught 25 Bonita that day trolling an a few short king mackerels that we had to throw back. Then around 1 PM we had a nice bite on the long right rigger bait the line was scream in off the reel the girl Sam jump into the fighting chair and reeled in a 40 lb. wahoo a reel nice fish. The wind was out of the south east at 5 mph an fishing was a little slow for the fish we want to catch so we decided to go into the shallows witch are 15 to 30 feet an get up into the tower of the boat that is 30 feet above the water an look for cobias because they counted in the tournament. It’s a little late for them to be in there this time of year but it was worth a shot it wasn’t a hour and we saw a 50 lb. cobia but we lost him in the grass flat and when we were trying to find the cobia we saw a sailfish in the sand so we threw every type of live bait we could sardine, threadfin, ballyhoo, pilchard, goggleye, the fish would not eat we started to pick up an run to make the weight in and my friend Wally saw another sailfish 100 yards off my bow we caught get there before him he hooked the fish an caught him it is cool to see the sailfish in that shallow water like that.

Tight Lines,

Capt. David Ide

Lady Pamela 2 Sportfishing Charters

www.ladypamela2.com

954 761 8045

Fishing Fleet

Our fleet of fine sportfishing vessels has expenaded. We currently have the following boats running out of beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, catering to all of your fishing needs:

Lady Pamela I- air conditioned, fully equipped 41′ Hatteras. Limit 6 people.

Lady Pamela II- a sistership to Lady Pamela !

Lady Pamela III- This is an exciting option for our drift fishermen. A Coast Guard documented 43′ Stapelton that roams the reefs. Limit 22 people.

Lady Pamela IV- This is our Flagship…a stunning 46′ Hatteras, fully equipped with top of the line gear, fully air conditioned, and extremenly comfortable.

Lady Pamela V- a true speedster, built to get out to the furthest fishing grounds…FAST! This gorgeous 36′ Invicible with over over 900 HP flies!

Huge Hammer Head
Lady Pamela 2 Hammerhead
Shark
30lb Wahoo off Fort Lauderdale

Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding the fishing excursions we offer. We can be reached at 954-761-8045

Captain David Ide & Crew

Lady Pamela II Sportfishing Charters

www.ladypamela2.com

954-761-8045
888-761-8045 toll free

DaytonaBeach/NewSmyrna/MosquitoLagoon/Florida

June 13th, 2011

Catching has been great the last few weeks here on Mosquito Lagoon, I have had many fun Redfish and Trout trips on the flats with up to 8 to 10 Reds on some trips along with many Speckled Trout on some trips also. We are targeting the Reds mainly with fresh cut mullet baits which can make for an easier style of fishing for anglers with less flats fishing experience. When available we may try live Pigfish for the Trout off the edges of the flats. My Backcountry mixed bag trips have had nice summer action with lots of fish and fast action, although a smaller average size of fish, what makes this style of fishing so fun is the constant bites from many species of saltwater fish. Here are a few pictures of clients with fish from the last couple weeks trips. Some nice Redfish from the flats. From the Backcountry a nice Black Drum and Trout.

Come fish with me on beautiful Mosquito Lagoon for flats fishing, we will target Redfish and Seatrout.This type of sight fishing can be challenging and very rewarding when you hook up with a drag pulling Redfish or Trout. Good for experienced anglers or the less experienced anglers looking for a new fishing challenge. Summer fishing on the grass flats by sight fishing in 1 to 2 feet of water, as I pole the boat over the clear shallow waters hunting for fish, by late morning we usually have a great cooling easterly sea breeze which feels great on a summer day. As we are out catching 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 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 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

Redfish/DaytonaBeach/Orlando/NewSmyrna/Florida

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

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

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/

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