|Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters
New Smyrna Beach Fishing Guide
Light Tackle and Fly Fishing
Mosquito Lagoon & Indian River
April 26, 2009
|This is an archived fishing report for New Smyrna Beach and the surround inshore salt waters of east central
Florida. If you need a New Smyrna Beach Fishing Guide or want to book a back country light tackle or fly fishing
charter, call me at 321-229-2848. I am a professional full time fishing guide specializing in sight fishing the flats
of Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River for redfish, tarpon, trout, and drum.
Large schools of silver mullet are flooding into Mosquito Lagoon and the game fish are enjoying the new food
source. Seatrout can be seen blasting the bait schools along the edges of many flats. The redfish are taking
advantage of the mullet and pinfish as the water temperatures rise into the mid 70's. While the wind has made
some days difficult, the fishing remains solid.
Last Sunday, John and his son Nick took their first trip to Mosquito Lagoon. Nick caught a couple redfish in the
15 pound range but it was John who hooked up with the big fish of the day, a 38 pound redfish.
Using the DOA Deadly Combo they landed numerous trout as well, which were shadowing the mullet schools.
Wednesday, Jim and John joined me on a breezy morning. Neither guy had any fishing experience but Jim was
soon hooked up with his first redfish.
The weather quickly deteriorated as clouds moved in followed by high winds. We saw a couple schools of large
redfish but could not stay with them. We spent the rest of the morning trying to stay out of the wind while
targeting trout. The fishing was slow in the areas we visited.
Thursday, Mark, a fly angler from Massachusetts, started the day with shots at some large schools of redfish
tailing and finning in very shallow water. We had perfect weather with no clouds and calm wind. As the sun came
up, we encountered small groups and single redfish as well as a few large trout. We took a short break from
sight fishing to allow Mark's daughter, who has come along for the ride, to catch a few seatrout. We ended the
day with shots at some huge schools of redfish. This was Mark's first time sight fishing the flats and never quite
got the fly to the fish but he had fun trying.
Jeff and John joined me on Friday for a half day trip. It was another perfect weather day on Mosquito Lagoon.
We began by using a Chug Head and CAL tail combo to catch a few trout as the sun came up. We then found a
school of big redfish and both guys enjoyed some drag pulling action from fish in the 20 pound range.
After the big reds moved on, they used the Deadly Combo and a CAL tail on a jig to land numerous trout around
the mullet schools.
Saturday, the wind was blowing again but the skies were still clear. Arizona resident, Will wanted to fly fish for
reds. We found several schools of finning reds at the first stop we made but did not connect. Will had steady
shots at fish throughout the day, both reds and large trout. The steadily increasing winds made fly casting tough
but he stuck with it. He had several follows and had a couple giant reds try to eat the fly as he was lifting it out of
the water. Unfortunately, the fly never seemed to be in the right place at the right time and Will did not hook up.
Now is a good time to sight fish trophy seatrout on the flats. This is some of the most challenging fishing as
these fish can be difficult to spot and are very wary. If you can get a bait into their sand hole before they become
aware of your presence, they are willing to eat a variety of lures. Soft plastic jerk baits and shrimp are very
effective. Use barbless hooks to make releasing these big female easier as they frequently take the baits deep
in their mouth. Shallow flats with plenty of sandy holes and mullet are good places to look.
|New Smyrna Beach Fishing Guide
Capt. Chris Myers
Fly and Light tackle Fishing Mosquito Lagoon
|This is an archived Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report from Capt. Chris Myers. I offer fly and light tackle fishing
charters in the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon for redfish. I specialize in sight fishing the shallow flats of
east central Florida. Please visit my current central Florida Fishing Report for the latest conditions. You can
find more information on my the home page at - Mosquito Lagoon Redfish Charters