Florida's Space Coast Report
One Hour East of Orlando
Captain Rodney Smith for Florida Guidelines (888) 800-9794

An exodus of fingernail length silver minnows swarmed around my legs like I was a mooring buoy in a rough sea. But the ocean was mysteriously calm, so calm in fact, the sky and beach seemed one. Barefoot, I crept gingerly across coquina and worm rock reef with my 8 wt. Redington flyrod gripped in my right hand. Every few of yards, I'd stop to take a couple of brisk casts, then continue moving carefully towards the end of the reef. Suddenly, a huge silvery eruption of minnows, water and tarpon broke the ocean's flatness barely a long cast from where I stood. I took a deep breath and made a quick cast in their direction, realizing these tarpon were huge and my 8 wt. was too light to temper their power. But I thought, "What the heck!" Is not fishing great!

The weather has been hot for a few days then mild for a couple. The Indian River Lagoon system is experiencing high water levels because of the all the heavy rain we experienced in July and July. Redfish catches are a day to day proposition. Early mornings and late in the evening before sundown are the best times to fish for reds. Pigfish are prefect baits to catch bragging-size spotted sea trout, thought these summer trout will often have worms. Ladyfish, pushing five pounds, are attacking glass minnows. Mangrove snapper and snook are hanging near structure and can be caught on live baits or top water plugs. A few tripletail, kingfish, and jack crevalle are hanging near the Port Canaveral channel.

Earlier this week James, our sixteen year old, and friend, Sam, fished Satellite Beach from a fourteen foot American Eagle canoe. They chased and caught twenty pound plus jack crevalle from a large school that was feeding on massive pods of menhaden just beyond the reef. Around mid day, with temperatures in the mid nineties, a few dozen midsize to large tarpon and several black tip sharks join the jack crevalle in mad frenzy feeding. To say the boys were excited about their day on the water would probably be an understandment.

Earlier this week a Smith family discussion surrounding the topic "Why do we fish?" Interesting, thought stimulating, it seemed in summery was the desire to be outdoors playing guessing games with Mother Nature and weather; and the thrill we received from finding, tricking, catching, preparing, and eating fish; along with a strong 'hunting and gathering' instinct were at the center core of our piscatorial ambition. I personally believe it's the lessons I learn about life itself that continue to fuel my guiding-angling spark.

Wishing we were fishing....

Rodney Smith

Florida Guidelines
One Hour East of Orlando