I got out three days this week, and even had a charter. Things are looking up, look out!
Tuesday son Maxx and I took a canoe out onto the Mosquito Lagoon. While it was a beautiful if slightly breezy day, we certainly picked the wrong spot. The water was high and dirty. We found a few baby tarpon rolling but did not see any fish other than that and did not get a bite, a very sound skunking.
Thursday Dr. Rigo Carnejo and his seven year old son Christian spent a day with me. Rigo had told me he wanted some action for his son. We started out on the Atlantic, out of Port Canaveral. While we hooked a couple fish, and landed the five pound crevalle that whacked the jig on the first cast, it was too rough out there for us to stay without a compelling reason. Apparently the mullet run is finished because there definitely were no compelling reasons.
I pulled the boat and we went to the Indian River Lagoon. We first visited the power plants. There were lots of ladyfish, perfect for a seven year old. We then went looking for other opportunities. With one big exception we didn't find any. That exception was a 40 inch, 25 pound redfish that Christian got on a chunk of ladyfish. Nice going, Christian!
About 2 PM I spotted breaking fish and high-tailed it over there. Ladyfish were chasing finger mullet and were feeding very aggressively. Rigo tossed a fly rod popper while Christian tossed a DOA Bait Buster. I don't know how many fish they caught but it was just crazy. Talk about making a mess of the boat! Rigo got the bonus of a six pound sailcat on a popping bug, a wonderful exclamation point to a fish-filled day.
Yes, I was being slightly facetious there.
Friday Scott Radloff and I went out of Port Canaveral. It was just as rough as the previous day but I didn't have a seven year old aboard so we went for it. We looked long and hard, from the Cocoa Beach Pier to the end of the buoy line to around the tip of the cape, and didn't see much. We got a few bluefish, a ladyfish, and a dozen or so small jacks. We didn't see any mullet, or any other kind of bait. Still, the bluefish I broiled that evening was quite delicious and the day in the boat certainly beat a day sitting at the computer.