The Mid-October Saltwater Orlando Area Fishing Report
First, upcoming events-
-October 25, Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishing Seminar. Learn more at http://www.spottedtail.com/mosquito-lagoon-show-and-tell-fishing-seminar/
-October 26 Mosquito Lagoon On-the-Water Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, learn more at http://www.spottedtail.com/mosquito-lagoon-on-the-water-show-and-tell-fishing-seminar/
The mullet are not in anywhere near as great numbers as I thought last week. Sadly.
The season's first cold front came in over the weekend.
On Monday Rodney Smith and I went fishing out of Port Canaveral. I had a jacket on, since it was about 60 degrees when I launched the boat. The wind was about 10, NE. Our first order of business was to run north along the beach, looking for the schools of mullet I knew would be there. They weren't. Off the cape we looked for the menhaden schools that had been there. They were gone.
Rodney started off fly fishing, using a small Clouser Minnow. He took a fish on each of his first seven casts. When that slowed we tossed jigs up into the surf line, steadily catching ladyfish, bluefish, small jacks, and a few Spanish mackerel.
After a while the smaller sized fish ceased being entertaining, so we went looking for bigger fare. Off Cocoa Beach there were some menhaden schools. They were thick, and I wanted to net some. It was too deep. My net doesn't sink fast, and in deep water the pogies just swim out from under it when they see it coming.
We each put a finger mullet on and tossed them by the menhaden. It didn't take long for my line to come tight. A Monster tarpon tailwalked past the boat, shaking its head, rattling its gills. The 80 pound leader, apparently damaged by a bluefish, broke.
We hooked several 50-100 pound class sharks, but had no more tarpon bites.
We checked for mullet along the beach again before we went in, but they were still not along the beach. Waaagh!
Wednesday I went to Playalinda and got my Golden Age pass http://www.doi.gov/tourists/get-a-pass.cfm, the best thing about aging. It gives you free access to all national parks and monuments for the rest of your life. I hope I live long enough to get my money's worth from it!
I stopped at the beach and talked to some gentlemen who were fishing there. One, a fly caster from the Seattle area, had gone through lots of flies and had a blast with jacks, ladyfish, and Spanish mackerel, right from the beach.
I launched the boat at the south end of Mosquito Lagoon and explored it pretty thoroughly. In spite of the glowing reports I had been getting I saw very little and did not get a bite.
After pulling the boat I drove to Port St. John and launched in the Indian River Lagoon to check it out down there. The result was identical. In both places the water was high and dirty. If you prefer to sight fish you're pretty much out of luck. Most years at this time the power plant is killing it but I did not see a fish or get a bite there, either.
Friday I met angler Steve Gibson and we launched the boat at Kennedy Point, intending to fish the Indian River Lagoon. We worked it hard for six hours, and Steve did get some kind of slam, getting a redfish and a snook on a Zara Spook and a seatrout on a streamer fly. We won't go into their size, but we did not take any pictures. Suffice to say all three together would not have made much of a meal.
So although I didn't exactly kill it this week, that is the Mid-October Saltwater Orlando Fishing Report.
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About The Author: John Kumiski
Company: Spotted Tail Charter Service
Area Reporting: Florida's Space Coast
Bio: Guiding fly and light tackle anglers on Florida\'s Space Coast for over 20 years.