Brevard Kayak Report June 2016

Brevard Kayak Report June 2016
Brevard Kayak Report June 2016  Trout time with

We live on one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world with non-tidal lagoons that span for miles. From mangrove forest and open flats to tidal regions (close to inlets) and swampy salt ponds. It truly is a special place! Please do your part; leave with more than you brought, and have fun with our way of life. For you must use a resource to understand, love, and fight for it. I will keep you up-to-date on any water quality issues that could be affecting popular areas, but do to become more informed. As of writing this the Banana River Lagoon north of 528, and Indian River (about the same area) have seen the water clean due to persistent south (spring) winds. Brown (algae) Water still lingers in Sykes Creek, Barge Canal, NMZ (associated closed areas too), North IRL, and Mosquito Lagoon. We have seen it push closer to Ponce as the clean water moves north. Is it nice to see clean water after 6months of brown? Yes. Does that mean all is good? In no way shape or form is all good. We must commit to decades of work to see a better lagoon situation. Please practice best known Catch and release techniques. I have also been giving the fish kill areas a rest, and will continue to do so for months to come.

If you have not taken part in the ridiculously great Sea-trout fishing that has enveloped the entire region then you need to come out and get some. With average sizes well within the slot range and increasingly larger trophy trout being caught every day the fishery looks solid. With an aggressiveness that might rival a Parana, stunning good looks, and a willingness to smash a lure multiple times until they find your hooks the sea-trout has all the makings of fun fishing. By far the best and most productive way to fish summer trout is a topwater plug in low light conditions. A few rules: loud rattle in chop/little or no rattle in calm, sea-trout love to eat sea-trout (trout imitating plug), and walking the dog is a must. Look for juvenile tarpon and snook to be prevalent around flowing water after the rains stop, ditches, canals, and other backwater areas. Small offerings are best, and a fly rod can be deadly on these exciting fish. White is almost always a good color for them.

Tarpon have begun to flood¬†the near-shore beaches of Brevard‚Äôs¬†coast. The hot spot now is South¬†Satellite/Indialantic, but with the¬†water temps climbing and loads¬†of bait schools available the entire¬†coast could fire of at any minute.¬†Just drive the beach and listen to the¬†dock talk to pin down the masses¬†of bait, diving birds, free jumping¬†tarpon and even rolling fish. Live¬†pogies (Atlantic Menhaden) on a¬†6/0 attached to your main line will¬†60-100lb. leader will get you hit.¬†Free-line these baits hooked in the¬†tail or slow troll them hooked in¬†the nose. Look for the tarpon to¬†‚Äúroll‚ÄĚ and break the surface of the¬†water; this reveals their location¬†and direction of travel. From the¬†very early stages of their life cycle¬†tarpon roll to take in oxygen from¬†the air (very few fish do this), and¬†they continue the behavior till death.¬†Be sure to book your summer dates¬†with to get¬†in on the fun!

Capt. Alex Gorichky

Space Coast Fishing Guide
Kayaks By Bo Team Paddler
Contact Capt. Alex @ 321-480-3255