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bad weather; redfish and seatrout- Orlando area fishing report 1

Capt. John Kumiski
January 23, 2011
Orlando - Saltwater Fishing Report

bad weather; redfish and seatrout- Orlando area fishing report 1/23/11

The Report from Spotted Tail 1/23/11

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On February 22 I'll be speaking to the Florida Fly Fishing Association in Cocoa.

Between King Day, computer work, a speaking engagement, and some nasty, rainy weather, I only got out one afternoon all this week.

Signs of spring- red maples are not only flowering, I found some seeds yesterday. At Lake Mills Park I noticed a bush starting to leaf out.

The Tri-County Fly Fishers meeting went well. There were a lot of people there. They asked lots of questions, keeping me on for a couple of hours. I'd like to thank Ed Rapisardi and the rest of the club for having me up to the Villages. I had a good time, guys, thanks!

The Report-
John left the house at 11 AM, kayak strapped to the roof. His destination was the Indian River Lagoon. A three-weight fly rod was in the back of the van.

When he got to where he was going something was wrong. The weather was beautiful, warm, sunny, no wind. But the place just didn't look right, feel right. After considering for a moment, he went elsewhere to try a spot he hadn't fished in a couple of years.

The water was dark, dirty. John paddled the kayak halfway around the pond. No fish were showing. He decided to try wading, blind casting.

He perused the contents of his fly box, then chose a chartreuse rattle rouser. He carefully tied it onto his leader. He cast it several minutes without success, remembering good days there, wondering if any fish were in the pond now.

Suddenly a fish crashed against the shore, 150 feet away. John started working his way towards it. A fish spooked off from John only a few feet away from him. At least he knew there was still one fish left in the pond.

A few more minutes of uneventful casting went by. Suddenly John's line came tight. It was a redfish, a nice one. John wondered if he should have brought something beefier than a three-weight. But before long he was releasing a 28 inch fish.

Several more bites came in rapid succession. It was as if a school of fish had swum up to John. He released three more fish in the next ten minutes. Then the bite slowed.

He could hear another fish crashing periodically at the far end of the pond. He got back in the kayak and paddled over, then got out and started wading and blind casting again. He was looking for that fish.

He noticed a couple of tiny ripples working along the shoreline. John made a cast out in front of them. When the ripples got near the fly John twitched it. The ripples turned into a boil and the line came tight. Minutes later he released a 26 inch redfish.

He kept blind casting. Bites came steadily, from both redfish and seatrout. The best fish of the day then struck.

It was a trout, a gator. The rattle rouser was hooked in the bottom jaw. The fish fought strongly, splashing, diving, running, but the little rod soon wore it out. John admired the 28 inch fish briefly. Enormously satisfied, he turned it loose.

Smiling, John got back in the kayak. The day, the place, felt like a Louisiana bayou. He partly paddled, partly floated back to the car.

John will be tying more rattle rousers today.

Embrace simplicity.

Life is great and I love my work!

Life is short- go fishing!

John Kumiski

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