Autumnal Equinox Mid-Florida Fishing Report
We checked out some widely spaced fishing spots this week. And the equinox is September 22! So we have an autumnal equinox mid-Florida fishing report.

For those of you who did not take my earth-space science class back when I was teaching, you can get a superior explanation of this important pagan holiday here…

Monday
Son Maxx was home from Connecticut and son Alex was home from Alaska. They wanted to go fishing, so we tied some plastic boats to the roof of my car and went to Spruce Creek. I would not say the fishing was red-hot, but there was definitely some fishing.

We got there on a low outgoing tide. Almost immediately Maxx got a flounder on a jig. It wasn’t very meaty so we released it. Then while Alex explored the islands and oyster bars near US 1, Maxx and I cruised around the margins of Strickland Bay to see what could be seen. There were some fish in the shallow water but we kept blowing them out. They were seeing us first.

Autumnal Equinox Mid-Florida Fishing Report
Maxx battles the beastie…

I finally spotted a redfish with its back out of the water while it was still 100 feet away. Maxx handled the fishing rod competently, and was rewarded with a nice red that took his shad bait. A short time later we found another one. Maxx hooked that one too, but it came unbuttoned on the way in.

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…and he successfully landed and released it!

In the meantime Alex had some bites and caught a few small snook with his fly rod. Then he got a redfish too.

When we got back together the tide had turned and the flow had reversed. Alex got a redfish on an articulated trout (as in rainbow trout) streamer, fishing around an oyster bar. Maxx ended up getting another red, too. So all-in-all it was a good day, if not wildly productive. The boats were back on the roof about 2 PM.

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Redfish on an articulated fly. Why? WHY, I say?

Thursday
Wednesday while looking for new places to fish I learned of Bulow Creek, near Ormond Beach. I called Alex and recruited him to explore with me the next day.

We launched the kayaks off of the side of High Bridge Road and went exploring, casting as we went. Before 10 minutes had passed I had released a 16” trout and a 12” snook, both taken on a Clouser Minnow. Changing flies did not help my luck! My total for the day would include a mini mangrove snapper and two more diminutive snook.

Alex used both a DOA Deadly Combo and the fly rod. He got the fish of the day with a 5 pound snook. I didn’t get to see it as we were not in close proximity at the time. But he did get several other fish that I did see, including the snook in the photo and a trout that was the twin of the fish I got.

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The snook in the photo was larger than any I got.

I like the area and think it has great paddle fishing potential. It’s a long drive for us, though, so it’s not a place I would visit often. If you live up that way you might want to check it out.

Friday
I got a tip that there were tarpon around the bridges in Melbourne. Being a fool for tarpon, I planned to meet Tammy at the Front Street ramp at 0830. Surprisingly, she was a no-show.

So were the tarpon. I was not surprised at that, though.

The water didn’t look terrible and there was some bait, but I neither saw nor caught any fish. On the ride home I wanted to check the Port St. John and Kennedy Point boat ramps. Both were closed. Brevard county, you are failing your boating population by not getting these facilities open again!

And that was how my fishing week ended.

And that is the Autumnal Equinox Mid-Florida Fishing Report! Thanks for reading!

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John Kumiski
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