Port Hot, Lagoon Not
Capt. John Kumiski
May 9, 2010
Orlando - Saltwater Fishing Report
Orlando Area Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 5/9/10
Mother's Day, 2010
I hope all you readers had the sense to let all the mothers in your lives know how important they are to you today. Of course that's something we should all be doing every day.
Fishing this week- I wanted to go out early in the week but the wind was howling so I did not.
Rodney Smith joined my on Thursday for a day out of Port Canaveral. The weather was beautiful and it sure was nice to be out there again.
We hadn't even cleared the jetties and Rodney had a tripletail on a DOA Shrimp. I got a flounder on a CAL jig.
Later on we found a large school of Spanish mackerel in Canaveral Bight. I was not familiar with the bait Rodney was using. It worked well. I used a Sting Silver (Haw River Tackle Company) and caught a load. The fish were small to average sized for Spanish, no brutes.
We went out to the tip of the Cape. I got a whiting there on a CAL jig, a fatty. We didn't see much activity out there and the sea breeze had come up. We looked for more trips on the way back in but didn't see any. The boat was on the trailer at about 1 PM.
Friday Dr. David Dietz and his friend Joe joined me for a day on the Mosquito Lagoon. Dave was a fly guy, Joe used spin. Both types of tackle were equally ineffective.
We did not see nearly as many fish as I had been seeing. Early on some low overcast rolled in out of the northwest. Combined with the wind and a low fish concentration we did not see very much for the first couple of hours.
The clouds burnt off and the wind died at almost the same time. When these two phenomena stopped, tails began appearing immediately. Dave had some excellent shots and made two perfect presentations with a small crab pattern. Both fish ignored him. He did, however, find a hardhead cat that thought the little crab fly was delicious. The fish was released none the worse for wear.
The crash of the spinning lures certainly did not appeal to the fish. We tried mullet chunks, not that they hit the water more delicately. They did not work, either.
When the sea breeze came up the tails went down. We tried an edge where the big reds often lurk. We saw a total of eight, all well over 20 pounds, and got a couple casts off. They weren't having any. We tried chunking them while we took lunch but that did not work, not even for a catfish.
We only had a few more shots in the afternoon. When we got back to the boat ramp at 4 PM the hardhead was all we had to show for our efforts. Tough day.
Life is still great and I still love my work!
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