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Indian River Lagoon & Banana River

Capt. John Kumiski
August 3, 2000
Titusville - Saltwater Fishing Report

This week's report on the upper Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon

from Spotted Tail, updated 8/3

Outstanding Catch Dept.- I found a full can of Budweiser in the Atlantic Ocean the other day, off the beach from Cape Canaveral. What can I say? I've only been out scouting twice since getting back from Canada.

I attended the DOA Writer's Bash at the River Palms in Jensen Beach last weekend. Fishing was a trifle slow for this time of year. Although many nice fish were caught, no truly trophy fish were boated. Top tarpon was about 90 pounds, caught by Larry Larsen on a Terror-Eyz. Top snook was about 15 pounds, caught by Mark Nichols, likewise on a Terror-Eyz. The big trout was about six pounds and was fooled by a DOA Shrimp. Kris Thoempke got the big flounder, five pounds, on a Terror-Eyz. If you haven't been to River Palms I suggest you visit Jensen Beach and check it out. Last year the big snook at this gig weighed in at a whopping 26 pounds. I was there and photographed it. The number there is 800-305-0511.

I have scouted the Indian River in the Titusville vicinity. All of the redfish are still sitting right where I left them in June. How considerate of them to not move!

I hope to visit Mosquito Lagoon tomorrow, where I suspect I'll find the same situation. It's seriously summertime now, so start your trips early in the day.

I had been getting reports of huge numbers of jacks, ladyfish, and trout working under flocks of terns in the Banana River north of the Pineda Causeway. I visited there the other day but found nothing. Maybe it was the southeast wind. We then went through the Port Canaveral locks out onto the ocean. We saw one small tripletail, one large barracuda, and very little else. We did see two big schools of eight to ten pound crevalle in the Port.

Fishing is great and I love my work!

Capt. John Kumiski


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