Mud Hole Rod Building Class coming to Orlando.

Mud Hole Tackle getting set for a rod building class.

Mud Hole Tackle getting set for a rod building class.

Ever want to build your own fishing rod?

Well you’re in luck. Mud Hole Custom Tackle is holding a Rod Building Class in Orlando Nov. 18 and 19. This is a day and a half event. The event costs $199, includes all supplies and is taught by top professional rod builders with extensive knowledge of all the state of the art techniques and components that build a top- performing rod.

I dropped in on the class back in September and was impressed. I plan to attend this class. I will get to customize my rod with the colors of my choice and I will receive a certificate upon the course completion. I already have a custom Mud Hole (MHX) Rod that I used to win the First Toho Big Fish Blast Woman’s Division, but you can never have too many rods, right?

The location of the class is at the Holiday Inn (UCF) on North Alafaya Trail, just off of State Road 50. Sign-up online at and look for the Rod Building Classes link.

The Toho Marine Wednesday Night Shootout tournaments are almost done for the season. The Classic will be held next Saturday, Oct. 28 with a launch at safelight and a 3 p.m. weigh-in. Only those who have fished enough tournaments all season qualify for the classic. Should be interesting to see how these anglers do during a day tournament against each other and not just the few hours in the early evening they usually compete in.

Results from the Oct. 11 tournament: First place and overall winners of the jackpot was the team of Joe Moore and Judy with a five-fish limit of 18.25 pounds. The duo of Charlie Harrelson and Mark Lundgren had 18.23 pounds, but due to the amount of boats that participated, the night only paid out one place. Sorry guys, oh so close! The Denali Rods Big Fish of the night winner was Dustin Tindal with a 5.81-pound Toho Piggy! Paul was the overall big fish winner for September with his 6.37-pounder and he picked up his new Denali Attax Series Rod from Toho Marine and Outdoors in St. Cloud.

Retired or happen to have Thursdays off? Well there is now a Thursday Morning Bass Blast from safelight until 11 a.m. Launch is at the Kissimmee Marina. The series will run through December with a classic Jan. 4. Go see Mark at Big Toho to register and for a bite to eat!

I checked in with Brian Pounds of Southern Fishing Charters. I haven’t done so in a while. Here is his report of the Mosquito Lagoon: The Northern Mosquito Lagoon had been good for Redfish, Trout and Juvenile Tarpon. The water is still super high from the storms and trying to find clean water from day to day is a challenge, but the Northern waters seem to be cleaner. On the windy days try using cut baits along wind blown shorelines and on clam conditions Gulp Shrimp on jigheads and gold spoons are working well. Don’t be surprised if you catch small snook on the artificial baits! There’s a few still roaming around.

If you are in the area of the Kissimmee Lake Front this Sunday there is an Enigma Fishing Tournament with a 3 p.m, weigh-in. Have a great weekend. Tight lines Friends.