Last Saturday, Jeremy and Mike from Minnesota, wanted to find out how our redfish compared to their walleye. The day started a bit slow and some nearby storms threatened to run us off the water. The guys finished strong, however, getting nine redfish to the boat with several of them over 30 inches.
Monday, Gary from West Virginia joined me for a fly fishing trip. We found a school of big redfish early and Gary tossed an EP mullet pattern to them and hooked up a 36” fish. Despite breaking the tip of his flyrod during the fight, we still landed the fish for a few photos.
I fixed Gary up with one of my flyrods and, during the next few hours, he had shots at multiple redfish but it just didn't work out like we had hoped. Gary had to leave early so I dropped him off and headed back out alone to test out a new crab fly I had tied. I found a few black drum and hooked one up on my second cast.
Shortly after landing that fish, I noticed some dark storms building near the ramp so I headed for shelter.
Tuesday, Capt. Ron Presley and I went scouting for big tarpon in the Indian River. We checked several spots and never saw one. They should be showing up any day now and will remain until the first cold front of fall.
Thursday, Fred and his son Foster joined me on Mosquito Lagoon. Despite some menacing clouds, we were able to fish long enough for Foster to land his biggest redfish to date, 33 inches. We saw quite a few fish but could not convince them to bite. Weather forced us to call it an early day.
Friday's weather was not much better with clouds, fog, and more wind. John and Mark Pretola had hopes of fly fishing for redfish. With poor visibility, we spent quite a while searching for some tailing fish. High water had many of the flats too deep to see tails or backs and we saw only a few fish flee from under the boat. Since we could not find any cooperative redfish, we went in search of black drum. We found them happy and tailing and both father and son caught their first two drum.
The sun finally came out and we had some shots at a group of large reds but did not hook up.
Saturday, I joined Capt. Keith Kalbfleisch on his new bay boat out of Port Canaveral. We ran the beach almost to Melbourne before finding and schools of menhaden. We saw only a few tarpon and kingfish and caught one small king and a shark. An uncharacteristically slow day along the beach.
With the hot months of summer upon us, the topwater bite will end early but the fish will continue to feed throughout the day. As the water temperature rises, move out to slightly deeper water to search for the redfish and trout. Areas with two feet of water and a mixture of grass and sand holes regularly hold fish during the middle of the day.