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Central Florida Fishing Report
Thank you for reading this central Florida fishing report!

Changes are coming to recreational seatrout harvesting rules. Here in east central Florida, the bag limit changes from four to two, and the slot changes from 15-20 inches to 15-19 inches. There’s more. The new rule goes into effect on February 1. For more info click this link-

Having done all of all the chores I could stand by noon, I took lunch, then hooked up the trailer of the Bang-O-Craft. Having CS Lee Park ten miles from my front door is a beautiful thing!

In the St. Johns small fish were crushing tiny fry minnows. I used small tackle and caught a bunch of them- largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegills, and redbreast sunfish. No striper hybrids. Got several doubles, even mixed species doubles. Love those tiny swimbaits, and my little fry minnow flies. Enjoyed the afternoon right to sunset.

Ricky waited patiently at the boat ramp. Having driven right past the exit I was a few minutes late, even though our start time was 930 AM (!).

We launched his boat and were off to chase the wily pompano. You won’t mistake a pompano for a tarpon on the end of your line. You won’t mistake one for tarpon on your dinner plate, either. And for such a small fish they sure do fight hard.

Ricky poled while I manned the bow. He wanted to sight fish them. I actually had a few shots and had a couple fish show interest in the jig, but no eats.

When we anchored up by a deeper cut our luck changed. Casting jigs into the deeper water brought bites from pompano, and crevalle, and ladyfish. I got a croaker and Rick got a bluefish.

Rick’s favorite jig worked well!

I tried the fly rod and got a pompano almost immediately. Got ladyfish, jacks, and a blue runner too.

I caught a pompano on fly!

Basically we caught fish all day long, often enough to keep our interest up. When we got back to the boat ramp (after sunset) Rick put the seven pompano we had kept into my cooler, and off I drove into the darkness.

Detail of the fly in question.

Got up early and drove to CS Lee with a bucket, a knife, some bags, and a cutting board. Filleting fish first thing in the morning is not something I do often (thank goodness) but I kept thinking how delicious they would be. I gave one to my aunt and a couple to neighbors.

There were a lot of trailers in the lot. Something good is going on.

The trolling motor on the Mitzi was old and ugly. I took it off and started the installation of a brand new one.

We had grilled pompano for dinner. Nothing should taste that good. Thank you, Rick!

Finished the trolling motor job. If anyone wants the old one (free to good home) contact me before Thursday.

Put a kayak up for sale on Craigslist, among other things.

Had to test the trolling motor of course, so I towed the Mitzi to Titusville. After launching in the Indian River Lagoon I put the motor through its paces. I am happy to say it seems to be quite an upgrade over the old one!

They were all nice but this was the best.

Part of the program was to see how the fish react to it. They can hear it, of course, but that did not keep me from catching several seatrout to about four pounds. The lure was a RipTide Sardine. Quite a lovely morning it was.

Life is great and I love my work!

Every day is a blessing. Don’t waste them- Go Fishing!

John Kumiski, author of Fishing Florida by Paddle- An Angler’s Guide
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Hey Cap....I tried reaching you via your “contact form” on your website...and keep getting an error message. I’ll try a direct message via this website.

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i have a photo of the fly on my phone that i got in a text message. i have emailed it to myself three times. it has yet to arrive. so please be patient- i really am trying
No worries! I’ve yet to catch a pomp on fly. Tied tiny clausers, etc just very curious on size of that fly. You can direct load the photo from your phone if you save or copy from text then hit orange button Upload a File. But if it’s a secret recipe then please don’t worry!
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