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Central Florida Fishing Guide
Light Tackle and Fly Fishing
Mosquito Lagoon & Indian River
August 23, 2009
|You have reached an archived saltwater fishing report from Capt. Chris Myers, Central Florida Fishing Guide. If you
are searching for an inshore light tackle or fly fishing charter near Orlando, Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, or New
Smyrna Beach, call me at 321-229-2848. I am a full time fishing guide specializing in sight fishing the flats of
Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River for redfish, drum, trout, and tarpon. See my Central Florida Fishing Report for
the most up to date information. Don't miss out on the great fishing central Florida has to offer all year long.
The past two weeks have offered some very good fishing opportunities except for a few days of windy weather caused
by a passing tropical front. Nearly every day brings legitimate chances to catch multiple species such as redfish, black
drum, seatrout, tarpon, snook, and jack crevalle.
Last Monday, Jim and his son-in-law Brian drove up from Melbourne to target large redfish in Mosquito Lagoon. Prior
to spotting redfish, we encountered a large school of black drum and Brian landed what would turn out to be the only
fish of the day.
For the next six hours, we fished multiple schools of large redfish throughout the mosquito Lagoon. Unfortunately, they
turned out to be easier to find than to catch. The most frustrating part of the day came when Jim made a perfect cast to
a school of about 200 giant red drum. Just as the fish were approaching his bait, a bird flew over the school. The water
erupted as the shadow from the bird spook the entire group.
Wednesday, I went tarpon fishing with my friend, Capt. Drew. We did not see as many as I had found several days
earlier but they were more willing to bite. Throwing a black and gold DOA Baitbuster, I got five bites, jumped three, and
The following day, I went back to Mosquito Lagoon to explore some areas for Friday's trip. I spent a couple hours
looking for tarpon and finally found them in 8-10 feet of water. These fish were from 60-100 pounds but they were
spread out over a large area making shots few and far between. After the tarpon quit rolling, I used a holographic DOA
shrimp to catch redfish, snook, and seatrout.
Friday's trip was with Rob and Alan from Wales. Once they saw their first 100 pound tarpon rolling, they were intent on
hooking one. Again, the fish were spread out and they saw many that were just out of reach. They both had several
good shots but did not get a bite. They caught a couple jacks and ladyfish and then we tried for some snook. We saw
a few but did not hook up. The flats offered multiple shots at redfish throughout the day and both guys caught trout on
CAL jigs along the edge of the flats. At our final stop of the day, we found a hungry school of redfish. They landed five
all over 30 inches.
Saturday was a crab trap cleanup coordinated by the wildlife refuge. Over 75 abandoned crabs traps were recovered
Sunday, I traveled to Stuart in advance of the DOA Outdoor Writers Festival. I once again had the honor of being
invited to participate as a guide in this annual event. A front had kicked up the winds and I was forced to hide in the
backwater bays of the St. Lucie River. I saw none of the hundreds of tarpon that were there a couple weeks ago. I
spent the day skipping a holographic DOA shrimp along the mangrove shorelines and caught 16 snook.
Monday brought more wind and limited our fishing opportunities. Stephanie, from Sport Fishing Magazine, and John,
from Seaguar Fluorocarbon, were my guests for the day. The company was great but the fishing was tough. We
Stayed near the shoreline in the Indian River most of the day. We ended up with only a few trout and a snook caught
Tuesday, I hosted Blair Wiggins, of the TV show Addictive Fishing, and Will, from Frogg Toggs products. Facing
another windy day, we decided to fish for snook and tarpon around the bridges of the St. Lucie River. Using the DOA
Baitbuster and Terror Eyz, we all landed some large snook and lost several others.
This Thursday, Doug and his 11 year old son Chase hired me to show them how to catch more fish in Mosquito
Lagoon. We saw hundreds of redfish and black drum roaming the flats. Chase, who fishes as good as many adults,
fired off a cast with a silver mullet DOA CAL and hooked into his biggest redfish to date.
On Friday's trip, Neal began by throwing a shallow running Baitbuster to some large redfish. He had several fish blow
up on his lure as he worked it along the surface and even had a large red hooked up for a few seconds. Before he
could land one, several boats drove by spooking the fish. We tried looking for tarpon but saw only a few. The flats,
however, we alive with redfish and black drum. Neal had shots at hundreds of both and landed a redfish on a four inch
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