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Another Central Florida Fishing Report

Capt. John Kumiski
April 18, 2020
Titusville - Saltwater Fishing Report

Another Central Florida Fishing Report
Thank you for reading another central Florida fishing report. Given the self-quarantine I'm working under, readers will likely see a string of these.
Due to weather and other constraints, only got out twice this week.

Monday– took a kayak to a spot in Mosquito Lagoon I hadn't been in a while. Weather was cloudy with some breeze, water color was a thickening green. I was not expecting much.

The water color was a thickening green…
Slowly coasting along a lee looking, I came close to running a redfish over- could have touched it with the paddle. It was the color of a brick, easy to see even though stationary. I backed up a few feet and hit it on the back with a DOA Shrimp. It struck in the middle of my wincing. I caught it!

The bait was a DOA Shrimp.
I'd like to be able to say, "Yeah, it was like that all day. I thought it was the old days." Shots were hard to come by. I had six good ones in five hours, got two more fish. On the last one I was using a gurgler. The leader was in the rod. The fish slurped the fly less than 15 feet away, and I caught that one too.

The leader was in the rod when this fish struck.
I'm not always that competent.
On the way home I thought it a rewarding day.

SR 419 paddle launch.
Friday– Susan dropped me off at the 419 bridge crossing at the Econlockhatchee. Weather was cloudy and windy, water was low and clear. A vast majority of the fish seen were exotic species, Plecostamus and Tilapia. There were some mullet. Redbreasts were spawning. I've seen the beds more packed together. Tilapia are spawning too.

Redbreasts are spawning.
I did not see many bass and only got one small one on a mouse fly. I paddled more than fished. I took pictures more than I fished.

Coreopsis growing along the Econ.

Water hemlock growing along the Econ.
Last week I wondered where all the alligators went. I got that answer today. Probably saw 30 gators. The smallest was about seven feet long. The biggest ones didn't even move when I approached. I could feel Godzilla thinking, "It's gonna take something bigger than you to make me move."

This critter did not want to move. I saw bigger ones.
When I got to the take-out at Snow Hill Road there was a new sign there.

Susan picked me up about 3 PM.
Last week this observer reported sending emails to the Seminole County Sherriff and my county commissioner about motorboats on the Econlockhatchee. Sgt Chris Stronko, SCSD, sent me this email-
"…we were able to locate the registered owners of the tags you provided. We don't believe the young men who belonged to the boats were involved. For whatever it is worth, we had the full support of their parents. According to their story, the two young men were travelling in a group of 4 surface drive boats and stated they do not go west of the bridge. Further, the young men stated they saw the other pair of boats who they believe were the violators. In addition, there are signs being made to indicate paddle craft launching only for that landing which should be installed in the next week or so. Please feel free to contact me via email or phone if you have any additional concerns. Thank you."
As long as the stupid boating behavior stops I have no conditional concerns. I was glad to see it was important enough to the Sheriff's office that they stayed on it and got back to me about it.
Life is great and I love my work!
Every day is a blessing. Don't waste it- Go Fishing!
John Kumiski, author of Fishing Florida by Paddle- An Angler's Guide
Purchase Fishing Florida by Paddle- An Angler's Guide at www.spottedtail.com/fishing-florida-by-paddle/
All content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2020. All rights are reserved.

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