|Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters
Guided Fishing Trips Near Orlando
Light Tackle and Fly Fishing
Mosquito Lagoon & Indian River
April 5, 2008
|Last week brought some unseasonably cold weather to east central Florida. When I met California resident Jim
at the ramp at 8 AM on Tuesday, the temperatures were still in the 40's. The wind was blowing at 20 and we
knew we were in for a tough day. Jim had hoped to fly fish the Mosquito Lagoon but we opted to use spinning
gear due to the weather. We found several schools of redfish and some black drum as well. Casting was tough
and the fish were in a bit of shock from the sudden temperature drop. Jim managed to fool one redfish with a
Wednesday, it was a bit warmer but the winds were still howling. It did not look like a good start for my two day
charter with Dan, a fly angler from New Jersey. Dan is a certified casting instructor and elected to stick with the
fly despite the challenging conditions. He landed his first two redfish on the fly. The first on a tan and gold
bendback, the second on a black crab pattern. Dan also had shots at some big trout that did not eat and had a
few more redfish bite.
The next day, Dan and I arrived to find slick calm water and mild temperatures. Our first stop was holding
several schools of finning redfish. After casting several different flies to the schools with no bites, Dan finally
hooked up on the first redfish of the day with an EP pinfish fly.
Our second stop was holding numerous large seatrout along with some redfish. Dan cast the pinfish fly to a trout
we spotted lying in a sandy spot. We were able to watch the fish inhale the fly. After a few quick photos, it was
released to fight another day.
Throughout the day, Dan had consistent shots at redfish and large seatrout. He landed three more redfish and
had a few more bites where the hook did not find it's mark.
This Wednesday, I went fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon for the first time in over a month. The big trout were
more cooperative than the redfish and I caught five of them over 24 inches on both fly and DOA CAL/Chughead
combos. A redfish and black drum on fly completed the slam.
Thursday, I was joined by Doug and Jason for a fly fishing trip. The water had risen significantly overnight but
the day started warm and calm. We came upon a nice school of upper slot redfish. Jason hooked up using the
EP pinfish. The fish made a run towards the boat forcing Jason to reel as fast as he could to keep up. When the
fish saw the boat, it made a quick turn. Before Jason could release the handle, the line came tight and broke the
leader. We had more shots at redfish and big trout before coming upon a large school of black drum just as the
wind started to blow. Jason hooked one on the first cast using a small brown and black crab.
Doug took over and made some great casts to the drum but we could not get another bite. The winds continued
to increase and clouds rolled in putting an end to our sight fishing.
Friday, Michigan residents Ray and Gus made their first trip to Mosquito Lagoon. At our first stop, we were
greeted with schools of both redfish and drum. Gus hooked up but the line broke when one of the many fish in
the school ran into it. Before long, we had a double header of drum and redfish.
They continued casting to and catching both redfish and drum until the only other boat within a mile decided to
move about 60 feet in front of us with his trolling motor while inquiring if we had seen any fish. We all shook our
heads in disbelief and moved on to find another spot to ourselves. While they found the casting skills necessary
for successful sight fishing a bit more challenging than they had expected, both guys fooled redfish using DOA
CAL tails and had consistent shots at tailing reds throughout the day. The steady 15-20 mph winds made
casting difficult but we ended the day having landed between 10 and 15 fish.
Water temperatures have risen into the 80's and more baitfish return with each day. The rising water levels has
the fish searching areas they have not been able to access for months for new sources of food. The best bite as
of late has been the large trout. While the redfish and drum can be picky on some days, the trout are eating well
if you can get a lure or fly to them before they see you approaching.
Only two more weeks until the Coastal Angler Magazine Fishing and Boating Expo in Melbourne. There will be
seminars each day on both inshore and offshore topics. Capt. Tom Van Horn and I will be manning the Mosquito
Creek Outdoors Angler Skills Center.
|Your Florida Saltwater Fly Fishing Guide
Fly and Light Tackle Fishing in Mosquito Lagoon
|This is an archived Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report from backcountry fishing charters guide Capt. Chris
Myers. I offer light tackle and fly fishing charters in the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon for redfish,
seatrout,black drum, tarpon, and more. The flats fishing is great all year long. Located on the east central
coast of Florida, the Mosquito Lagoon is famous for sight fishing for redfish. My flats fishing charters are
designed for one or two anglers and provide all licences, baits, and tackle. Please visit my current central
Florida Fishing Report for the latest conditions. You can find more information about my fishing charters on my
the home page of my website by visiting - Mosquito Lagoon Flats Fishing Guide