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Explorations Fishing Report

Capt. John Kumiski
October 22, 2017
Titusville - Saltwater Fishing Report

Explorations Fishing Report

Thank you for reading this Explorations fishing report.

Happy Thoughts- apparently bored for a few minutes, I googled "happy thoughts". This awesome website came up- www.bakadesuyo.com/2012/08/here-are-the-things-that-are-proven-to-make-y/

Monday- Wednesday
It was get the old car ready to sell (yes, the Sienna van that has served us so long and well is for sale. See the details here- https://orlando.craigslist.org/cto/d/for-sale-1999-toyota-sienna/6347466695.html) and get the new car (Susan's old RAV4) ready for towing.
I dropped the new trailer hitch for the RAV4 on my right elbow, mashing it against the concrete. YOUCHIE!!!! It seems OK though. And now the RAV4 has a trailer hitch and it will pull the Mitzi. So everything is good.

FISHING! As reported last week, this writer has had a hard time of it in Mosquito Lagoon lately. It was time to do some exploration.

Thursday found me travelling to New Smyrna Beach to Spruce Creek Park, where an Ocean Kayak was launched. I used to fish Spruce Creek literally a generation ago, but hadn't been in about 20 years. My preference for fishing there was a low outgoing tide, so of course I found high incoming water. That water was brown but clear. But there was so much of it- the entire marsh was flooded.

Was that fish breaking? I cast a jig to where I saw what I assumed were mullet, and was rewarded with a solid strike. Ladyfish. There were quite a few of them. Getting action was a novelty and I enjoyed it until it stopped.

I floated with wind (plenty of that) and tide, catching the odd ladyfish, to the railroad bridge. I went ashore under the bridge for a leg stretch and some casting. Before long a freight train came.

I don't know that I have ever been that close to a speeding train. Superman I am not. The ground shook, the noise level was at 100-plus decibels, and I was quietly terrified. And, I did not get a bite there. So I got back in the kayak and started heading back the way I had come.

Someone in Volusia County promotes an event called Biketoberfest. Out on the water the noise from the Harleys riding up and down US 1 was almost as loud as the train. No offense to bikers, but it's like a Biblical plague of motorcycle noise there.

After the tide turned I had steady action on the jig the whole way back- more ladyfish, including a couple in the 24 inch range, a nice crevalle jack, a half dozen trout to 16 inches, and a couple lovely if diminutive redfish. Considering what last week's fishing was like, and due to incessant east winds I can't get out on the Atlantic, it was entertaining if unspectacular fishing.

Friday, encouraged by Thursday's modest success, I tried launching at Tomoka State Park. Like Spruce Creek, the tide was high and still coming in, and the water was very brown. Also like Spruce Creek, the hum of Harleys filled the air. Unlike Spruce Creek I did not get a bite. I did see a couple baby tarpon roll and a few mullet jump. That was it.

Tomoka is bigger water than Spruce Creek. When I go back I will use internal combustion.

Show and Tell Seminar October 21
In spite of the small craft advisory, Mark Frank, my only attendee, and I toured the Mosquito Lagoon in my Mitzi. We started at Haulover, went as far south as the Biolab boat ramp. It was WAVY on the west side!

We crossed the lagoon and went north, all the way to River Breeze. The cleaner water is up north. Most of the boats were south of Haulover, fishing in the mud.

It was a challenging day for a boat tour. The manatees are still thick, like mines in the water. Be careful when boating out there.

And that, dear reader, is the Exploration fishing report! Thanks for reading!

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John Kumiski
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