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Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon Fishing Report 32914

The Mitzi is still for sale! It’s just had an annual service, and at that time the hours were 984.

The weather man was SO bad this week. But Miguel Cabrera made a TON of money.

Monday was overcast and windy. I worked on the book for a while, then went for a walk. Posted the neighborhood walk photos as a blog www.spottedtail.com/blog/neighborhood-walk-photo-essay, and posted another blog on When to Use Small Lures www.spottedtail.com/blog/use-small-lures.

The forecast for Tuesday included high winds and lightning. Tammy and I were supposed to go fishing, but we called it off Monday night based on the forecast.

Never call off a fishing trip because of a forecast!

There was no wind, no lightning, and not a drop of rain fell. I went for a bike ride after working on the book a while. Then I posted a blog about the bike ride www.spottedtail.com/blog/todays-excursion-bicycle.

Wednesday was very windy and overcast and I had honey-dos to do. Keep that honey happy, I say.

I decided Wednesday night, based on the forecast, not to go fishing Thursday.

Never call off a fishing trip because of a forecast!

It was overcast all day but there was no wind. I took turns working on the book and kicking myself for not going. I also posted another blog, What to Do When a Big Fish Dives Under the Boat http://www.spottedtail.com/blog/big-fish-swims-boat/, because this happened on my last charter and the fish broke off.

I also posted a blog on the great blue heron http://www.spottedtail.com/blog/great-blue-heron/

The forecast for Friday included wind and lightning. Friday morning the sun was out so I tossed the kayak on the chariot and drove to River Breeze. There was a river breeze when I got there but the sun was still out. I started paddling and looking. I continued paddling and looking, and paddled and looked some more. Finally I ran over a redfish. Other than a few mullet it was, up to that point, the only animal life I saw in the water- not a ray, not a crab, nothing.

While I ate lunch a small stingray swam by. Paddling in a canal I saw a blue crab. In the last possible place for a redfish to be I saw one tailing. Was I surprised? Not too much to stop the boat and make a cast though. The cast was decent and the critical moment was but a second away when a gust of wind lifted the paddle off my lap and dropped it on the boat. The resulting thud was loud enough to scare every fish for a half mile and certainly spazzed out the one I was working on. And that was it for the day. The boat was back on the roof at 2 PM.

Saturday morning I drove to Parrish Park, windshield wipers on the entire way, watching the lightning flash. “He’ll never want to go out,” I thought. As we were discussing it 20 boats went roaring by, a tournament I didn’t know about. That settled things, and I drove home again, having lost the charter.

And that is this week’s Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon fishing report.

In spite of weeks like this one, life is great and I love my work!

Life is short. Go Fishing!

John Kumiski