John Kumiski

Captain John Kumiski about to release a nice redfish.

Captain John Kumiski
Experienced, Licensed, Insured
Member, Florida Guides Association
USCG License #732039

Captain Kumiski specializes in the Indian River Lagoon system that offers some of Florida's finest saltwater action in sight of the launch gantry of the Space Shuttle. Depending on the season, you'll fish the Mosquito Lagoon, the Indian River, the Banana River and other waters that make up the 156 mile long estuary.

Sight fishing in clear waters for trophy redfish, seatrout, snook, tarpon, jack crevalle and many other species offers challenges in a unique setting. It's a fine four season fishery. Winter can be the hottest season of the year when winds abate. Those willing to fry in summer find action and less competition with night fishing as a cool option. Spring and fall offer action due baitfish migrations in the nicest weather of the year.

JOHN KUMISKI is a US Coast Guard licensed captain and inshore fishing guide. His writing and photography appear regularly in Saltwater Fly Fishing, American Angler, Florida Sportsman, Tide, and other outdoor publications. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Flyrodding Florida Salt- How and Where to Catch Saltwater Fish on Flies in the Sunshine State, as well as Fishing the Everglades- A Complete Guide for the Small Boater (both published by Argonaut Publishing Company), and Saltwater Fly Fishing, which took a first prize in the annual Florida Outdoor Writers Association Excellence in Craft Competition. He holds a flycasting instructor certification from the Federation of Fly Fishers, and is a two term past president of the Backcountry Flyfishing Association of Altamonte Springs

  • Sight fishing for Redfish and Seatrout
  • Mosquito Lagoon
  • Indian River (also snook and baby tarpon)
  • Banana River (also snook and baby tarpon)
  • The Land Captain Special, sign fishing from the car on dike roads of the Merrit Island National Wildlife Refuge
  • Baby Tarpon, Sebastian River -- Summer, Fall
  • Port Canaveral Smorgasbord -- Summer, Fall
  • day, many different species available
  • also under lights in the cool of the evening
  • Cape Canaveral--Summer, fall
  • Jacks, Spanish mackerel, cobia, tripletail
  • Indian River Power Station -- Late fall, winter, early spring
  • Ladyfish, crevalle, sometimes snook and baby tarpon
  • Banana River Manatee Refuge (no motor zone)
  • Redfish & seatrout all year
  • Black Drum during winter
  • Snook, baby tarpon, crevalle during summer.

More Than Fishing

In addition to the fishing, Florida's wildlife offers an extraordinary aesthetic experience. Birders enjoy snowy egrets, reddish egrets, great blue herons, white and glossy ibis, roseate spoonbills and dozens of other species.

Dolphins are seen on almost every trip. Manatees aren't unusual. The chance to safely check out an American Alligator offers its own thrills.

Birding, sight-seeing, wildlife watching and photo trips are available by arrangement.

  • Custom Trips Our Specialty.
  • Time limited? We can do 3/4 and 1/2 day trips. So let us know what you want we'll see you get it if it's possible.
  • Included in the $325.00 day fee
  • Boat to match the day -- Dolphin Backcountry 16', Monark 14' or Old Town
  • Tripper Canoe
  • Licenses, tackle, lures, flies, bait, etc. Plus lunch
  • Fly casting instruction on request.
  • Reservations & Cancellations
  • A $100.00 deposit, payable by check, or major credit card reserves your date or dates. This is fully refundable until SEVEN days before the reserved date, after which no refund will be given. Exception--weather cancellation as determined by the guide with your safety and comfort in mind. Rain checks are, of course, available.

Do Bring

A brimmed hat, Polarized sunglasses and sunscreen and favorite tackle. This can include waders on some trips, but please! No felt soles.


If you'd like more information about charters, or if you'd like to receive the Argonaut Publishing Company catalog (loaded with information that will make you a better fisherman), John can be reached at P.O. Box 940153, Maitland, FL 32794-0153, or call/fax at (407) 834-2954, or E-mail at CIS 73742,100. He looks forward to fishing with you!


Flyfishing for Redfish The complete guide for flyfishermen to catch Red Drum on flies.

Saltwater Fly Fishing A valuable guide for coastal flyrodders of all backgrounds as it delivers a delightful blend of inshore and offshore fly rod how-to.

Flyrodding Florida Salt What dozens of top guides say about the best places and techniques.

Fishing the Everglades Whether you take a day in a motor skiff or a two week long canoe expedition ...