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 Nov 6, 2006; 03:02PM - Johns Lake
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
 Author E-mail:  Tim@bassfishingfl.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Today I was out on Johns Lake for a few hours. It has been awhile since I had been out here as the fishing had really dropped off with the high water temperatures. Today the waters were perfect, starting the day out right at 70 degrees and when I pulled off the lake 4 hours later, the temps had barely made a move. The day had started out in the cut to the Horseshoe, with no real signs of any schooling action, I had started chunking a spinner bait, and as I would retrieve it, I could feel the line drop off as it would get smacked but no hook ups, even with the trailer hook. I made a quick switch to the Mepps Mino and that was the ticket for the rest of the day.

Picking up 5 real quick bass in the first half hour I knew it was going to be a good day out there. I sat the Mepps down and tossed a 10 inch worm, Black with red flake for a few to try to get some deep water action in the cut, with only one serious bump which hooked up, a nice 4 pounder and that was it. Switching back to the Mepps and moving around the lake, working scattered grass beds and shallow waters, the Mepps Mino was the definite ticket as the total for the day was 16 bass to the boat, 3 more that shook off and of course the typical pickerel.

With the cooler water temperatures finally here, the action has definitely improved greatly. There was minimal schooling activity in scattered areas of the lake from the Horseshoe area to the cut going into Clear Lake, I did see two smaller schools in the main lake area and noticed in increase in size in bait fish pods.

Till my next report, Tight lines and great fishing!
Capt Tim Fey
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 Nov 5, 2006; 08:50AM - Mosquito Lagoon Report
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt. Chris Myers
 Author E-mail:  info@floridafishinglessons.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: The high winds, clouds, and rain during the past week made the sight fishing conditions along the east central Florida coast less than perfect. The fish, however, did not seem to mind a bit. The cooler water temperature has brought about a significant increase in the amount of schooling redfish. I have also been seeing an increase in the numbers of tailing redfish during the past few weeks. This means it is time to bring out the soft plastic crabs and shrimp. There are still plenty of mullet around, however, and with the fish feeding aggressively, almost anything you throw to them will work.

Monday's trip to the Mosquito Lagoon was a perfect example of the variety of the redfish diet this time of year. I landed ten redfish and had quite a few more bites on a variety of baits. The gold DOA Baitbuster is still drawing aggressive strikes from redfish of all sizes. I have been working this bait on or just under the surface with a moderate and steady retrieve. After catching a few fish on this bait, I began experimenting with other lures. The fish responded well to everything I threw at them. The DOA crab, a Captain Joe's Shredder, a CAL jerkbait, and a green/white bendback fly all landed fish.

Thursday, I returned to the Mosquito Lagoon with the hope of spending the day fly fishing. The wind and the clouds were more of a factor than I had anticipated. I switched from a 7 to a 9wt flyrod to overcome the stiff breeze but the cloud cover made it difficult to spot the fish until they were only a few yards away. I managed to land two redfish on a green/gold #2 bendback pattern before switching over to spinning gear. Seven more reds were brought to the boat on a gold 4 inch CAL jerkbait and the gold Baitbuster. I spotted quite a few large trout in shallow sand holes but with the poor visibility, most of them saw me before I saw them.

As we progress through the cooler months, tailing redfish will become a common occurrence in the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River. These fish can be some of the most aggressive feeders but can also be the most difficult to hook up. When the fish are rooting in the grass attempting to dig out a crab or shrimp, they are often oblivious to their surroundings. If you are quiet, you can get extremely close to these fish without spooking them. Because they are so focused on the bait in the grass, it is often difficult to draw their attention to your bait. I like to cast past the fish, bring my bait directly in front of their nose and let it lie still until the fish raises it's head. A slight twitch of your lure at that moment will usually draw an instant strike. Using small crab or shrimp imitations works well. Some anglers prefer to add a rattle to their baits to draw the fish's attention.

Capt. Chris Myers
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 Nov 3, 2006; 04:14PM - Lake Toho
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
 Author E-mail:  Tim@bassfishingfl.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Today we had a 4 hour run out on Lake Toho. Water temperature started out at a cool 72 degrees to start the day, and finished the day at 72. Finally cooler consistent water temps to help get the bass active and feeding up. This trip was part of a 10 boat deal and everyone had high hopes the winds would hold off till we were finished up. We started out with a quick run to the mid lake area working isolated hydrilla patches in deeper water and after 20 minutes and no activity we made the move back to the northern end of Lake Toho. This was the move that made the day.

Positioned in a cut with a good breeze coming thru, bait fish were being pushed down the cut and along the grass edges, and yes, this caused the bass to school up good. We had one small school move in on us and roughly an hour later another good sized school followed right behind in the same path. Although even with the schooling activity the numbers were not high like we had hoped, with 7 bass making it to the boat and a few others missed, but the action was steady. Bass were feeding, but they were mouthing the baits, so the bite was not very aggressive as we had grown used to.

Word at the ramp at the end of the day was everyone boated about the same amount of bass, numbers were 5 to 11 bass per boat which made for a great day on the water for the entire group, all of which said they had a great day on the water. Winds did hold off pretty much most of the time, and started to pick up as the trip ended. Big bass of the trip came in at just over 5 pounds, with our big one coming in at 4.2 pounds. All the bass caught were very healthy and of course released alive after pictures, for you, the next angler to enjoy catching them.

Till my next report, tight lines and great fishing!
Capt Tim Fey
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 Oct 28, 2006; 05:39PM - Butler Chain
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
 Author E-mail:  tim@bassfishingfl.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Thursday we were out on Butler Chain with David for what turned out to be some tough fishing. From bluebird skies to party cloudy, and little to no breeze at times, the bass definitely did not want to play as they had in days past. We had started out on Lake Chase, working a deep water drop off area for a few with no luck. Making the long move to Little Lake Down, we did manage to pick up two bass, one on a drop shot and the other on a shiner. Making the move out to Lake Down, David picked up 2 small ones on a rattle trap before we made the move to Lake Louise and trying some buzz baits and toads. I tried working a buzz bait across the top of the eel grass and turned to look behind the boat when the buzz bait got hosed by a descent 3 pounder.

Friday we were back out on Butler with Frank and Tom from the Villages. Again starting out in Lake Chase with no takers, we moved into Lake Blanche where Tom managed 3 quick keepers before the bite in there died off. The winds were starting to pick up, so I made a move into Lake Louise, where the guys were tossing spinner baits and working them thru the eel grasses, were again, Tom picked up 4 more good bass, leaving Frank scratching his head, Tom would simply cast in right behind Frank to catch the fish for the day. Water temps were a comfortable 74 degrees and the bass definitely played a lot better today. Cooler water temperatures have helped to turn these bass back on and things will only get better.

Till my next report, tight lines and great fishing!
 Oct 28, 2006; 09:38AM - East Central Florida Report
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt. Chris Myers
 Author E-mail:  info@floridafishinglessons.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description:
The first significant cold front of the season arrived this week dropping water temperatures in the Mosquito Lagoon into the lower 60's. The change has signaled the redfish to begin schooling and sent the big trout into the shallows.

This week began with a nearshore trip with Capt. Ron Presley on board his Pathfinder 22 as we searched along the beached south of Port Canaveral hoping to find a tarpon feeding frenzy. We covered over 20 miles of beach and saw little to no activity. We spotted a few rolling tarpon near Satellite Beach and tossed out a few baits. Capt. Ron hooked a tarpon in excess of one hundred pounds that quickly came off. A few minutes later he landed a large spanish mackerel which would be our only catch of the day.

The cold front arrived Monday and high winds forced me to reschedule my Tuesday charter. By Wednesday, the winds had calmed and the skies were clear. Paul Huffman and I took a trip to the Mosquito Lagoon. We saw schooling reds, tailing reds, and big trout throughout the day. Again, the gold DOA Baitbuster accounted for eight redfish and one big seatrout.


Thursday, I returned to Mosquito Lagoon with the intention of fly fishing. Just as I arrived, the clouds rolled in and the wind picked up. I caught one red on a green and white bendback before going back to the spinning rod. I landed four more reds to 35 and another nice trout using the Baitbuster, a Capt. Joe's Shredder, and a DOA Crab.


If you are looking for east central Florida's ultimate sight fishing challenge, trophy seatrout will provide multiple opportunities throughout the winter months. Although they are often caught making long blind casts, sight fishing for big trout requires stealth, good eyes, and a quick accurate cast. These masters of camouflage are ambush feeders and lie motionless waiting for a passing meal. When you spot them, you often have only a few seconds to make your cast before they discover your presence. I encourage you to practice catch and release with these big fish as they are the breeding stock that keep out fishery healthy.



Capt. Chris Myers
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 Oct 21, 2006; 08:39PM - East Central Florida Report
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt. Chris Myers
 Author E-mail:  info@floridafishinglessons.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: The mullet run is in full swing both in the Lagoons and along the beach. On the inside, redfish, trout, and
ladyfish are gorging themselves on finger mullet. The key has been finding the small mullet. Find these, and
there will be fish nearby. Topwater plugs and DOA Baitbusters have been bringing fish to the boat. Along the
beach, there are plenty of bluefish, some snook, tarpon, redfish, spanish mackerel, jacks, flounder, ladyfish,
and sharks. The mullet along the beach come in waves. Some days may be much more productive than
others. Again, find the bait and there should be fish nearby. If there is no bait around, chances are the fish are
not there either. The cold front which will arrive early next week should bring a big push of mullet south along
the beach. Now for the catching reports.

Darrin Heim from Washington state and Mike, a local angler, joined me for an afternoon of fishing the
Mosquito Lagoon. We arrived to find whitecaps and clouds, not the best sight fishing conditions. We gave it a
try and saw a few fish but we had no luck hooking up. Near the end of the day, we decided to anchor up and
put out some cut ladyfish as a last resort. In 30 minutes, three nice reds came to the boat.


A few days later, Dave Haddock joined me for what we hoped would be a morning of catching tarpon in the
Indian River. The big tarpon were not around but we did find plenty of small poons. We spent several hours
casting a variety of lures at them. I managed to put one fish in the air on a DOA Tiny Terroreyz but that was our
only action. We left the tarpon and Dave was able to fool a nice snook on a DOA shrimp along with a couple
trout. I used the gold Baitbuster to catch a trout and a red but could not fool the snook.


Last Friday, I fished with John and Mark from Colorado and their friend Mike. The morning began with some
thick fog. We stayed close to the ramp until it lifted and the guys caught a few trout on the DOA Deadly
Combo. When the sun came out, we moved over to Mosquito Lagoon to look for some reds. Our first three
stops proved uneventful. After much searching, we finally found some fish and they were able to land eight reds
to 34'.


This Tuesday, Mike Pollock invited me to fish on board his new skiff, a 16' Hells Bay. We spent a few minutes
casting to some uncooperative snook and then took off to explore some back country areas of the Mosquito
Lagoon. Heavy clouds limited our sight fishing abilities but we did manage to catch a few fish and see some
big trout. Mike's girlfriend Jackie sight cast to this red with a black and silver jerkbait.


Thursday, I fished outside Port Canaveral with Capt. Tom Van Horn. Using live mullet we netted inside the
Port, we landed seven flounder and lost at least that many. We ran down the beach a bit but the mullet schools
were not around.

Friday, Capt. Ron Presley and I went looking for big tarpon in the Indian River. After searching a few spots
without seeing one fish, we changed gears to redfish and trout. We found some nice schools of small mullet
and Ron used the gold Baitbuster and sight cast to a big trout and two nice reds before we headed in.

For Saturday's charter with Bo and Luke from Ft. Pierce, I returned to the same area and they began the day
using topwater plugs for 8 trout. As the sun came up we moved closer to shore and Bo was able to land a
decent snook, broke off another and fool a red for an Indian River slam. Bo used a white shad tail to fool the
fish.



Capt. Chris Myers
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 Oct 17, 2006; 12:24PM - Butler Chain
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
 Author E-mail:  tim@bassfishingfl.com
Report Description: Today we spent doing some scouting on Butler Chain. Started out working different areas up in Lake Chase, catching a few good bass on a mixture of lures. Spinner baits, rattle traps and senkos. Did manage one good bass on a toad early on, but the was the only top water action I was able to muster up. From there I moved into Lake Blanche, working flooded timber and grass beds, picking up 3 more descent bass, had one that would have been close to 5 pounds, but 5 feet from the boat, I noticed she had locked down on the blades of my spinner bait, giving her some slack in hopes she would turn into the hook did not work.

Made a move into Lake Isleworth to end the days action, picking up 2 more bass for a total of 11 for the day. Water temps were holding steady at 77 degrees and waters were looking very good. All bass today came in water from extremely shallow to 6 foot.

Talked with a few others at the ramp, and they had said they spent their time down by Lake Down area, working spinner baits and rattle trap to catch their fish. Sounds like a consistent pattern throughout the chain right now. Two other gentlemen hit up he specks, drifting Lakes Tibet and Chase catching 14 of hat they called medium sized specks, but a good day. With the waters finally in the 70s, the bite should really start to pick up, key to today was working the breezy side of the lakes, winds have been fairly consistent the last few days and bait fish were starting to stack up.

Till my next report, tight lines and great fishing!
 Oct 12, 2006; 08:06PM - Butler Chain
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
 Author E-mail:  Tim@bassfishingfl.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: The last few days we have had runs out on Butler Chain, although we have had cooler nights and the waters have cooled down nicely, starting the day out with a surface temperature in the upper 70s, the bass have not turned on just yet. We have come across a lot of good sized schools running in 12 to 18 foot of water, but very little if any schooling action has been seen on the lakes we have been hitting. Little Lake Down and Lake Down have seen the deeper water schooling with us picking up a few here and there. Today we started the day on Lake Pocket, working shoreline and lily pads we had several serious blowups on a Gitem Toad but hook up were missed. From there Lake Blanche, which has been producing as of late yielded a few descent sized bass this week.

Lake Chase was the lake to be fishing, working spinner baits and toads, this lake has woken up with some good action. Fishing wind blown side of the lake is the key. Working grass beds and the edges and working slowly, areas close to drop offs, even a slight drop off has held some bait.

Lake Louise has been doing good with Carolina rigged lizards, working slowly thru the eel grass in 6 to 9 foot of water. Bait fish pods have been getting pounded a lot as of late with the diving birds so keep your eyes open.

Till my next report, tight lines and great fishing!
 Oct 6, 2006; 07:10PM - East Central Florida Report
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt. Chris Myers
 Author E-mail:  info@floridafishinglessons.com
Report Description: Wind, wind, and more wind. That was the dominant factor in this weeks fishing adventures.

Visit my website at http://floridafishinglessons.com/FishingReport.html for pictures from this week.

Tuesday, I fished the Mosquito Lagoon hoping to find some hungry fish for my upcoming charters. I found a school of slot sized fish right away and caught one on a gold Capt. Joe's Shredder rigged weedless before moving on to another area. My next stop held a few cruising singles and I caught 2 more slot reds on a gold DOA 4 inch jerk bait. As the wind picked up, I switched over to the gold DOA Baitbuster which has been very productive the past month. I caught one over slot red and lost two more before calling it a day as the cloud cover thickened and the water became choppy.

The next two days, I fished with Marshall and Gary from south Florida. High winds and a white capped Lagoon limited our fishing options. We decided the most comfortable and easiest way to deal with the conditions was to put out some bait and let the fish come to us. Wednesday afternoon, we fished only two spots and caught six reds from 26-32 inches on cut ladyfish. Thursday morning, we managed to get in a half hour of trout fishing
and the guys caught 8-10 trout using a rootbeer DOA Shrimp under a Cajun Thunder float. As the wind increased, we tucked into a lee in the Indian River and caught six more redfish from 25-31 inches. A quick stop in the Mosquito Lagoon yielded two more redfish. Despite the adverse weather, Gary and Marshall landed 14 reds in two days and we had a few more that got away.

Although the water level in both Lagoons is continuing to recede, the winds of the past few days dirtied the water on all but the shallowest flats. As soon as the wind subsides, however, the sight fishing should be outstanding.

Capt. Chris Myers
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 Oct 1, 2006; 07:46AM - East Central Florida Report
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt. Chris Myers
 Author E-mail:  info@floridafishinglessons.com
Report Description: The tarpon have returned! With the cold fronts pushing further and further south, they won't stay around long but it will be fun while it lasts.

You may visit my website at http://www.floridafishinglessons.com/FishingReport.html for pictures of fish from this week.

Sunday, my Indian River charter with John and Jason Brandt began with the beautiful sight of large tarpon rolling all around us. The father and son team were excited, as was I, but the tarpon were not as cooperative as we had hoped they would be. John put a fish of about 70 pounds in the air on a rootbeer DOA TerorEyz and another struck a live bait we were drifting behind the boat while we cast lures. No tarpon were landed but were certainly saw plenty of big fish. We searched around for some reds but only saw a few so we decided to go after some trout. Using a DOA Deadly Combo, they caught at least 30 trout which were holding in 2-4 feet of water around schools of small mullet. Near the end of the day, I spotted a school of larger redfish cruising along the edge of the flat. John was able to get a gold DOA Baitbuster in front of the fish and was hooked up instantly. The 34' fish topped off a good day of fishing.


Monday, I returned to the same area but a stiff breeze was keeping the tarpon down. I saw a few fish rolling and the Terroreyz launched another 70-80 pound fish into the air but the fight was short-lived. I had some rod bending action with ladyfish until the wind died down and the tarpon began to show themselves. During the next several hours, I used the TerrorEyz to get three bites, jumped two fish and landed one around 50 pounds.

Tuesday, Captains Ron Presley and John Kumiski invited me to join them on board Capt. Ron's Pathfinder for a nearshore trip out of Port Canaveral. We hoped to find a feeding frenzy of large fish feasting on mullet. We saw a few mullet schools, a ton of scattered menhaden, but no preadators. We ran almost to Melbourne before giving up without a bite. The following day, Capt. Kumiski travelled to Ponce Inlet where he went 4/5 on tarpon including a fish of over 200 pounds.

Wednesday, George Wessell treated his son Kyle to a fishing trip in Mosquito Lagoon before Kyle is deployed with his Army unit to Iraq. Heavy cloud cover dashed our hopes of sight fishing for redfish. After several hours of blind casting with only one nice trout landed, George and Kyle elected to try their luck with some cut ladyfish. Between catfish bites, they were able to land six nice redfish to 34'.


Thursday, my wife and I planned on paying a visit to some Indian River tarpon. The wind had the river in whitecaps when we arrived and the few tarpon we saw were well out of reach. After several hours with only one redfish and a few ladyfish caught, we gave up on the tarpon and moved over to Mosquito Lagoon. We saw quite a few fish but with the wind and clouds, most of them saw us about the same time we saw them. Julie was able to land one nice redfish before we called it a day.


Friday, I was joined by Frank and Wendy from Boynton Beach. We planned on targeting the tarpon but the wind was still not in our favor. We left the Indian River after having caught only two trout and moved over to the Mosquito Lagoon. We began to see redfish right away but the fish at our first stop proved to be very spooky and only gave us a few shots. We moved around a bit and Frank was able to connect with his first red caught while sight fishing. He fooled that fish and one other with a gold DOA Baitbuster.



Wendy had one fish break off and landed another that proved to be the biggest of the day.The water levels in the Lagoons has been dropping steadily during the past few weeks and should concentrate the fish which have been scattered as of late. The lower water should also improve visibility and the sight fishing.


Capt. Chris Myers
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