My ol' friend and fishing buddy, David Lowery, and I decided to try something a little different: fish the Kissimmee River. We both had fished the river before (and did catch some bass), but that was several years ago.
The Kissimmee River crosses Route 60, about 15 miles west of Yeehaw Junction. There are two boat ramps to launch from immediately after crossing the bridge. The first ramp is a little easier to launch from because it has deeper water for your boat. The second ramp is down the down, past the first ramp and easy to access, just not as deep.
Well, we got our boat in the water, life jackets on, everything secured, headed south, start looking for the lily pads and started fishing. It was a pleasant day (as is any day on the water). It seemed as if the air was a little cooler, the humidity was down and there was no rain.
Both sides of the river produced about the same number of fish, and the size of the fish were the same (nothing big), but you had something pulling on the other end of the line, and that's what it's all about.
Bait wise, we used worms, senkos, spinner baits, and crank baits, all colors and sizes. They seemed to bite better on the bait that had some green mixed in with the regular color.
In a three mile stretch that we fished, we probably saw three other boats that were fishing.
Unfortunately, the day did not end like it started. Around noon, all hell broke loose!
We were drifting along the outside of the lily pads when an air boat came close to us and then cut right in front of us to where we were fishing. The air boat was following the lily pads all along the shore line, weaving in and out of the pads, making certain that the fish would be gone for us.
Now, I enjoy riding in air boats, but I can't understand how grown folks continue doing what they do when they are on the water.
In years past, I (and others) have had this type of water craft come as close to me as the same distance when you're casting for bass. Now, that's not enjoyable.
Air boats: please keep us in mind. We enjoy our fishing as much as you enjoy your water- craft. The water belongs to all of us. Let all of us enjoy it. Courtesy goes a long way. Most air-boaters understand the meaning of courtesy and we fisherman appreciate those folks.
Thank you for understanding.
Have fun, stay safe, enjoy, and "Go Catch A Big'un."
Joe Kubik is a tournament fisherman and former Charter Captain. Joe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org