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East Central Florida Fishing Report
I’ve been cleaning the garage. Susan has retired, and talk of moving has started, so why wait?

I have a lot of old plugs. Being treble-hook averse, I never use them. Researching ways to sell them I came across a unique Christmas gift for fishermen on Etsy…

In that “sell things” vein, I have the following brand-new-in-the-package High Roller lures for sale for $15 each including shipping-
-Florida Special, two

Florida Special

-Rip Roller, two

Rip Roller

-High Roller, two

High Roller

-Chug Roller, two

Chug Roller

Will sell the lot for $100.

Speaking of Christmas gifts, Fishing Florida by Paddle is sure to please that paddling fisherman on your gift list!

Sunday and Monday

Chris was happy to get this trout!

Chris Kent, a fly caster from the DC area, joined me for some sight fishing on the Indian River Lagoon. Wasn’t the joke on us? The water was even higher than it had been, and sight fishing with the wind and clouds was close to impossible. Everything that makes sight fishing hard was in play. Chris had a handful of decent shots over the two days, got one nice trout, hooked and lost a redfish, and got laughed at by all the other fishies. Tough, tough fishing.

He’s hooked up to a redfish. The joy did not last.

Thank you for fishing with me, Chris!

Wasn’t planning to fish, but the morning was so pretty that I loaded up the kayak, launching it on the IRL at the crack of noon at the place Tammy and I fished the previous week. The water was higher, dirtier, and almost all the bait and fish were gone. Blind casting for three hours netter me one dink trout and one low-slot redfish.

The afternoon was spectacular, with diving pelicans and cruising dolphins. Was glad I went.

In spite of the gale force winds and heavy overcast, son Alex and I launched the Bang-O-Craft on the St. Johns and ran up the Econlockhatchee. I figured we wouldn’t get a bite, but we got some small fish- a crappie, a bluegill, a couple small bass, and several redbellies. The birds on the St. Johns were thick, beautiful. It beat staying home.

And that is this week’s north Indian River Lagoon System Fishing Report. Thanks for reading!

Life is great and I love my work!

Life is short- Go Fishing!

John Kumiski, author of Fishing Florida by Paddle- An Angler’s Guide

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