Short Central Florida Fishing Report 
Thank you for reading this short central Florida Fishing Report. I got out two days this week.
Tuesday I took a kayak to the Indian River Lagoon, launching at Patillo Creek. Some stuff that had caught my eye a couple weeks before needed exploration. I was out two hours, paddled maybe four miles and saw one fish. I also caught a short seatrout by blind casting. There is no seagrass at all. The fishing was definitely not great.
It was a gorgeous day and I had time, so I went to WSEG and launched there. On the bright side the water was relatively clean. I could see the bottom in 15 inches or so of water. On the other hand, not a blade of grass did I see.
I explored around several spoil islands. I did not see a fish but got a short redfish and several short seatrout by blindcasting. One good thing about the fishing not being good- you end up having the entire place to yourself.
Wednesday afternoon I took the Bang-O-Craft to CS Lee park, hoping to get my first shad of 2020. The parking lot was deserted, never a good sign. I hit one on my second cast, and caught three in about 40 minutes on little crappie jigs. Mission accomplished! The next three hours I got one smalllll crappie, the only bite I got. The fishing was definitely not great.
And that’s my short central Florida fishing report. Thanks for reading 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
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Orlando Area Fishing Report

Upcoming Events-
– Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Clean-Up, February 9, 2013. Contact Nancy Corona, 321-861-0668 or
-Titusville Surf Fishing Workshop, Wednesday, March 6, 6-8 pm. There are several other surf workshops coming up along the Space Coast in the next two months. For more information please email Rodney Smith
Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, MINWR, March 2; On-the-Water Show and Tell Seminar, March 3

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Tuesday’s out-of-the-box thinking led to some excellent fishing.

I left the house at close to three o’clock in the afternoon, heading to River Breeze, armed with a kayak and a three-weight. After paddling to the fishing spot I was happily surprised to see redfish tailing all over the place. It was cold and windy- I was not expecting this.

tailing redfish mosquito lagoon, orlando area fishing report

The first two clumps of tailers refused the fly, which led to a change. Three fish were boated and released before sunset, an outstanding evening’s outing.

Wednesday morning found me in the same spot with the same tackle. The tailers were gone. At a different spot a trout chased several mullet to the surface. Some blind casting with a minnow imitation led to two missed strikes, and the capture of two nice trout. The bigger of the two was at least two feet long. A redfish fell for the fake, too.

mosquito lagoon seatrout, orlando area fishing report

On the way back to River Breeze I found some more tailing redfish, and managed a nice one on a little shrimpy looking fly. It was a beautiful if chilly morning. The fish were just icing on the cake.

Thursday I launched at KARS Park as the sun came up. It was a gorgeous morning. There was no one else there, which made me think I wouldn’t find any fish. I paddled quite a distance, and loaded the kayak back onto the chariot at 1 PM, not having seen a single fish. Won’t be going back there for a while.

Friday Dr. George Yarko joined me for some Mosquito Lagoon fishing. We went to where all those fish were last week, didn’t see any. When I started up again the steering cable went. We drifted most of the way back to Haulover, casting DOA Shrimp. We got a load of trout, mostly shorts. I cleaned two fish for Mary Jo, who was glad to get them.

And that is this week’s exciting version of the Orlando Area Saltwater Fishing Report.

Life is great and I love my work!

Life is short. Go Fishing!

John Kumiski

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