Noodled Seatrout Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report
Capt. John Kumiski
March 6, 2016
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Fishing Story of the Week
It's been way too long since we had a fishing story of the week. I am the principal in this one, too.
Sunday Tammy and I went kayak fishing out of River Breeze. The water is no longer clean up there. I went to a hole I know and started casting blindly. A couple of small reds were caught and released. Then I saw what I mistakenly thought was a crawler red up near the bank. I waded into range and made a few casts. The fish did not respond to the fly at all. Stranger still, it didn't change its position.
Starting to think it was distressed I waded still closer. It turns out to be a really nice trout, six or seven pounds. Curiosity driving me, I got closer still. Now in range to simply strike like a blue heron, I reached down and grabbed the fish.
It wiggled and broke my grip, but could not swim away. I just picked it up again, while fumbled for the section of nylon cord I keep for such occasions.
I went noodling for trout in the Mosquito Lagoon! The fish I grabbed was boatkill!
The poor fish had been hit by a boat and had four prop cuts, starting on its head and moving down its port side. Somehow, it wasn't yet dead. I cut its gill arches and carried it around on the string for the rest of the day.
At the boat ramp as I was cleaning the fish I could hear some of the folks in other boats saying, "Wow, look at the size of that guy's trout!" I didn't have the heart to tell them I caught it with my fingers, hardly more difficult than picking up a squashed 'possum off the side of the road. Tammy and I had a good laugh about it afterwards.
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As already noted, on Sunday Tammy and I went kayak fishing out of River Breeze. So far as I could tell, all the clean water that had been in this part of the lagoon is gone. Now it looks as nasty as the rest of the lagoon.
I got a handful of reds blindcasting a streamer. Three were short, two were low-end slot fish. One short trout took the same fly. Tammy got a redfish on a jerk bait, a fish she spotted and cast to. No one else we saw had anything. The day was absolutely perfect, the kind of weather you dream about, but fishing was slow. The water finally was at a winter level, though, nice and low. Now if the algae would just disappear...
Having three fishing charters scheduled for this week, Tuesday I used the Mitzi and went scouting out of River Breeze. I could not find any clean water, and ran aground twice. The water was very dirty, as the algae-laden water from the south lagoon drained north towards Ponce Inlet as the water level dropped. I saw exactly two fish and did not get a bite, and wondered how my fishing season can possibly work when the place I fish is apparently ruined, at least for the foreseeable future...
Wednesday's charter was a fly caster who lives in Virginia, Dr. Ross Thomas. We launched at C.S. Lee Park on the St. Johns River. A strong bite of hybrid stripers kicked off our morning. Minnow imitating streamers tossed on sinking lines worked very well, as we were into double digits numbers-wise, fish that ran two to three pounds.
When that action slowed we went shad fishing. By now the wind had come up, about 15 knots from the north, making fishing more challenging. Ross got a couple shad on a green shad fly. We went up the Econ to try for bass and bluegills but the water is still too high and we did not raise a fish. Still, we had a good day. As Ross wrote, "Good fishing, excellent conversation and a splendid time. Left 'em with some sore mouths too! Thanks and we will fish again!"
Thursday's charter was Mr. Tom Finger and Mr. Bob Trapp, both of whom live in central Florida. They had also booked me for lagoon fishing, but also agreed to try the St. Johns. The striper bite was not as hot as the previous day, but we still got ten or twelve on DOA CAL jigs on which were threaded 3" DOA CAL shad.
Again, when the striper action slowed we went shad fishing. Using 1/16th ounce crappie jigs with 1" curly tails rigged in tandem they caught shad steadily for three hours or so. Tom got at least one double hookup on his line, and as a team they had several doubles, good, steady action. As Tom wrote, "Thanks for the pics and a GREAT day. We will be in touch."
Friday's charter was set on fishing Mosquito Lagoon. My report and the weather forecast caused him to cancel the day. :-(
Because no one signed up for the Show and Tell seminar, Thursday night I booked a charter for Saturday, Mr. Dave Phillips. We launched at Haulover Canal. We circumnavigated the lagoon, going as far south as Max Hoeck Creek and as far north as River Breeze. We saw lots of disgusting-looking water. I hit the bottom numerous times because I can't see it. We did, however, get five trout in eight hours on artificials, the largest of which was about 20 inches.
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