Native Sons Fishing Guides, Central Florida & Indian River Lagoon Fishing Charters

Nov. 8, 2011 – Fantastic Fall Fishing

This beautiful fall weather and great fishing is making for some fantastic days on the water!  Schools of redfish and seatrout are schooling up on the flats throughout the area.   Our clients have been catching some of the biggest trout that we have seen in a while, as well as steady action from redfish.  Sightfishing and live-baiting with mullet has been a lot of fun as the waters are starting to clear up and the fish are actively feeding throughout the day.  The following are a few highlighted reports of the past couple weeks.

During the last two months Capt. Rocky has been limited in his guiding by his devious dermatologist while undergoing some long-needed skin treatments.  However the lure of the water proved to be too much at times and he would slip out to keep tabs on the fish. During one such trip, Rocky took Richard Leong and his friend Wilson to the Banana River near Cocoa Beach where they redfish and trout before the glare of the sun drove them from the water. Pictured below is Wilson holding his very first redfish. By the way, the forced sabbatical has ended and the crusty-skinned captain is cruising the waterways on a regular basis once again.

Mike and Mike from Milwaukee, Wisconsin flew down for some great warm weather fishing.  The duo chartered Peter for two days of fishing in hopes of experiencing some of the different types of fishing Central Florida has to offer.  One day was spent on the open water grass flats and the other day was spent both back in back mangrove creeks and islands and inside Sebastian Inlet.  The first day, the anglers caught redfish and trout on the flats until their arms were sore.  The Mikes boated 14 redfish up to 40 inches and 10 trout up to 24 inches on light spinning tackle. 

On the second day Capt. Peter took the anglers to Sebastian where they fished different environments.  The day was split with the first part of the trip back inside mangrove lined creeks pitching live shrimp under overhanging mangrove trees.  The second part of the day was spent casting live mullet at feeding redfish and trout along the edges of sandbars and mangrove shorelines.  The final tally of the second day was 10 nice trout (four over 24inches), two black drum, four redfish, and a bluefish.

Local legend, Mike Ramsey, retired FWC officer and fishermanextraordinaire, teamed up with Capt. Rocky for a fishing fest recently in thenorthern stretches of the Indian River Lagoon system. Both Mike and Rocky had agrand day chasing tailing reds and trading tall tails of past fishing exploits.Pictured with Mike below is one of the many redfish hooked and landed duringthe outing.

Dr. Ralph spent an afternoon flyfishing with Capt. Peter on the crystal clear grassflats near Sebastian Inlet.  It was a lot of fun sightfishing trout, redfish, jack crevalle, bluefish, and ladyfish.  Starting the trip off with spinning gear, Dr. Ralph quickly landed some trout (two of which were between 28 and 30 inches), and redfish.  After switching over to the fly rod, Ralph got one of the 30 inch trout to take a shrimp imitation, as well as smaller trout, jack crevalles, and bluefish.  They finished the day by staking off on the edge of a flat and sightfishing jack crevalles as school after school passed right under the front of the boat – its an awesome sight to see 10 big jacks fight over your fly five fee from the boat over and over again.  The final tally were numerous trout (three over 28 inches and one 30 incher), two redfish, and assorted jack crevalle and bluefish.

Dave Reinbold, recently driven south by the first big snows in Pennsylvania, found a gorgeous day last week and fished the Indian River near Titusville with Capt. Rocky. During his half day charter he landed a dozen dandy reds and five fine trout while enjoying some of the best fall weather under blue skies and calm winds. Pictured below is Dave holding one from his dandy dozen.

While in town for an alligator hunt with Capt. Peter, the Kerrie and Jim decided to do a little fishing during one of the afternoons.  Due to the weather, they were only able to fish a couple of hours in between rainstorms and that afternoons gator hunt.  Fishing the edges of sandbars and mangrove islands in the Banana River produced half a dozen trout up to 24 inches, and two redfish up to 32 inches. 

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