Orlando Kayak Fishing- Orlando area fishing report 1/30/11
The Report from Spotted Tail 1/30/11
On February 22 I'll be speaking to the Florida Fly Fishing Association in Cocoa.
Sadly, the Mitzi sat in the yard all week. The Ocean Kayak lived on the roof of the van all week, though!
Monday we went to the Banana River Lagoon, launching at about 9 am. The water surface was like a sheet of glass, reflecting the low overcast in the sky. I paddled to the first spot, where not a sign of life showed itself.
The second spot was a large flat that had a few, widely scattered large redfish tailing on it. I got a decent shot at exactly one and he fled in terror when the fly (a black and green clouser minnow) moved.
The third spot beckoned.
Upon arriving there I again found widely scattered tailing reds. The first one I threw to spooked off the fly. The second was cruising in water so thin its back was showing. Even with the overcast I could see it plainly and managed to get the fly right in his face. He ate it.
He couldn't get good purchase in the thin water so he didn't fight very well. But he was fat, around the 20 pound mark. It was around noon and certainly nice to finally deskunkify, especially with a fish like that.
In the next hour a couple more shots followed. I convinced another tailer to eat. He was smaller, around 14 pounds, but fought harder in slightly deeper water.
By now the sun had come out and it was easy to see it was well into the afternoon. There was a long way to go so I turned the bow of the kayak south and started the return trip. I only had three unsuccessful shots the entire way and with some sore buns put the 'yak on the roof of the van at about 430. No black drum and only a handful of trout were observed the entire day.
Friday again saw 'yak and I at the Banana River Lagoon, launching at about 10 am. The sun was out, gloriously so. Not a single cloud marred the sky. The breeze was chilly and at the edge of practical kayak fly fishing, speed wise.
Found a tailing red within sight of the van, wasn't ready. By the time I got so the fish had disappeared.
Shortly afterwards I found a big slob red tailing in about a foot of water. I waded to it and cast a bunny booger about a half a dozen times. Missed every one, and finally spooked the fish. It turned out to be by far the best shot of the day, and set the tone for the day too.
Hours later I found some black drum in dirty water, hard to see because they weren't tailing. I finally got a bite from one and missed it. It was the only bite of the now rapidly aging day.
I saw a few tailing reds on the way back but did not get a shot. No trout were found. No humans were found, either. Altogether a glorious, if not fish-filled, day.