|This is an archived Mosquito Lagoon flats fishing report from
Capt. Chris Myers. I specialize in sight fishing the flats for redfish,
drum, and trout in central Florida. I offer half and full day fishing
trips for one or two anglers with light tackle and fly. Fishing is
close to Orlando, Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, and New
Smyrna Beach. If you would like to book a charter or need more
information, you can contact me at 321-229-2848
Both the weather and the fishing have been spectacular the past
two weeks. The redfish continue to tail aggressively throughout
the day and have been our main target. Fishing has been about
as good as it gets and it has been a sight fisherman's paradise.
Some areas are holding schools of up to several hundred fish
while other locations have singles and small groups. The best part
has been that nearly all the fish have been feeding when we find
them. They are still targeting small crabs and shrimp. You can
often see the shrimp skipping across the surface as they try to
I have been on the water nearly every day for the past two weeks
with clients using both fly and spinning tackle. While there have
been an abundance of fish, the catching success has varied. For
the fly anglers, the key to success is getting the fly to the fish
quickly. Too many false casts, and the fish will spook before your
fly hits the water. For the spin tackle anglers wanting to sight fish,
casting accuracy will determine how many you will catch.
Last Friday, Kevin has shots at dozens of schools of redfish tailing
on the flats at the beginning of the day. He landed one nice
redfish and had several come unhooked.
Monday, I was on the water before dawn with Dan, his wife, and
son to watch the launch of the space shuttle.
We began fishing shortly after liftoff. Both father and son landed a
After dropping off my clients, I called Capt. Drew to meet me at the
ramp for a couple hours of fun fishing as the weather was perfect.
I tried several lures on tailing redfish and found the clear DOA
shrimp to be the most effective.
On Tuesday's fly fishing trip, Rich had shots at tailing redfish all
day long but never quite got the fly to them and did not hook up.
Wednesday, I fished with Jason, Erin, and six year old Jake. After
watching some dolphins and manatees, we hit the flats and were
soon surrounded by schools of redfish. They all caught their first
Mosquito lagoon redfish.
Yesterday, Rich returned with his son Mike for another attempt at
catching a redfish on fly. Again, we encountered school after
school of tailing redfish but the fly never quite got to the fish. As
the day progressed, the wind began to pick up and both guys
opted to switch to spinning gear. After several bites on the clear
DOA shrimp, Rich finally landed a redfish.
Next week will start with some high winds but hopefully we will
soon return to the perfect conditions we have been experiencing
during the past two weeks. Most of the fish have been in
extremely shallow water while feeding. Noise on the deck of the
boat, trolling motors hitting the bottom, and too many boats in one
area will quickly turn them off. Poling, drifting and wading will get
you much closer to happy fish. Once you are in range, speed and
accuracy are the number one keys to success. The longer you
wait, the more time the fish have to sense your approach.
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