|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 near
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
Winter has arrived early here in central Florida. With temperatures
the next couple days twenty degrees below normal fishing will be
best during the middle of the day. For the past couple weeks, wind
and clouds have been our biggest challenge. The redfish have
been tailing and willing to eat. For most anglers, casting in the
wind makes accuracy difficult. Fortunately, the seatrout bite was
outstanding prior to the latest cold snap.
On a cold, windy and rainy morning last month, Ralph, and Sal
caught too many trout to count using a DOA Deadly Combo. With
no rain gear, the cold drove them to call it quits early.
The middle of the week brought some nice weather with sun and
light winds. Danny had shots at redfish and big trout throughout
the day. He hooked several nice trout on five inch Cal's.
Thanksgiving day, Paul and his daughter Ashley, visiting from
California, had a great morning catching dozens of seatrout with
the Deadly Combo. We went on to the flats and found some big
schools of tailing black drum along with scattered redfish. Paul
landed the biggest fish of the day, a nice black drum.
By Saturday the weather had taken a turn for the worse. Teen
anglers Conner and Austin were hoping for some redfish and
wanted to go despite the poor forecast. The morning began
cloudy but calm and the redfish were happy and tailing. Conner
landed a redfish right off the bat. The rain soon began falling and
the wind picked up. With no rain gear to wear, both guys tried to
stick it out but the cold got the best of them and I took them in.
Since it was so early, I went back out to see what I could find.
Spotting the fish was tough but I did find some groups of happy
tailing redfish and landed five on three inch Cal tails.
Last week Dean and Doug fished with me on another blustery
day. With plenty of sun, spotting the fish was the easy part,
casting was tough. Both guys landed a nice redfish and had
plenty of shots throughout the morning.
After their five hour trip, I went back out to do a bit of sight fishing
myself. Within an hour, six redfish to 32 inches were landed on a
3" CAL tail and a black 1/4 oz jighead. The fish are definitely
hungry and eating.
So far this week, high winds and cold have kept me off the water
but things look to be improving as the week goes on. The redfish
and drum will continue to form their winter schools. Casting at
schools means your accuracy does not have to be as good as
when casting at singles. However, spook one fish in the school
and they will all take off. Sometimes they stop and settle down,
sometimes they do not. Approach schools with extreme caution
and stealth and pick your shot carefully. Small baits such as the
DOA shrimp and crab are my pick when the winds are light. When
it starts blowing, a three inch tail on a jig will cast better.
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