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Orlando Fishing Guide
Light Tackle and Fly
Mosquito Lagoon & Indian River
Orlando Area Winter Fishing Report for February 19, 2008
The winter fishing and catching in the Mosquito Lagoon have varied with the weather during the past week.
Last Monday, I fished on a breezy day with Scott, Tom, and Smitty from Maryland. We found a school of big
redfish at our first stop but, with the sun still low, the guys had a tough time seeing them and could not quite get
a cast in front of the school before they vanished. At our second stop, we had two bites from black drum but the
fish shook free before we landed them. This was followed up by a couple of redfish that Scott landed. The third
flat produced two progressively bigger redfish, one for Smitty and the biggest one for Tom.
Tuesday and Wednesday brought a cold front with high winds and rain.
Thursday was the coldest day of the week with the temperature still at 38 degrees when Blaine and Rick from
Indiana stepped onto my boat at 8am. Despite having great visibility, we didn't see a lot of fish but the guys did
have shots at small schools of redfish, a few large schools of drum, and singles and pairs of redfish from 5-20
pounds. Rick used a 3 inch DOA CAL in the new watermelon seed color to fool the only redfish we caught all
Friday was a bit warmer and I was joined by the father and son team of Pat and Matt from New York City. Matt
started the day off on a good note landing an 18 pound black drum.
Unfortunately, Matt forgot his polarized glasses and as the sun got higher, he had a hard time seeing the fish.
Throughout the day, we encountered schools of redfish including one that was holding fish of 15-30 pounds, as
well as numerous single redfish and large trout. The lures never quite seemed to get into the fish's strike zone,
however and the drum turned out to be the only catch of the day.
Saturday, the weather was perfect. Calm, sunny, and near 80 degrees. I fished with Rich from Connecticut who
was enjoying a break from the sub-freezing temperatures. His first cast to a school of fish resulted in a redfish
around 17 pounds, his biggest ever.
He followed this up at our second stop by catching another redfish and a trout on a DOA CAL. Rich had some
shots at some 30 pound reds but they were put on alert by a boat that drove up on us and would not eat. Rich
spent the rest of the day casting to numerous redfish, black drum, and trout, and managed to land three more
reds before we reluctantly called it quits.
By Monday, the nice weather was gone. The winds ahead of an approaching cold front were topping 20 and the
clouds were rolling in. Jeff and Vick were some hard core anglers who wanted to give it a try despite the tough
conditions. Many of the spots we fished Saturday were no muddied up by the wind. We did not see a lot of fish
and many that we did see were only a few feet from the boat. The guys each caught one redfish and had a few
bites before an approaching storm cell chased us back to the ramp.
As the winds calm down and the temperatures rise over the next few days, look for the fish to be back on the
shallow flats searching for small crabs. If you are getting good presentations to fish but they will not eat, try using
the smallest lure you can effectively cast. Fly fishermen will have good success throwing tiny crab patterns in
olive, black or brown. If the water is calm, you may need a leader of 12 feet or more to keep from spooking the
If you are looking for an Orlando fishing guide for your winter fishing trip, or any time of year, contact Capt. Chris
to reserve your date now.
|Orlando Fishing Guide
Capt. Chris Myers
Fly and Light tackle Fishing Mosquito Lagoon
Inshore, Light Tackle, Backcountry
|This is an archived winter fishing report for the Orlando, Mosquito Lagoon, and Central Florida area. We
have excellent winter fishing here for redfish, trout, and black drum. I specialize in sight fishing the flats of
Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River with fly and light tackle. This is the best winter fishing near Orlando,
Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Cocoa Beach, Titusville, Disney World, and
Kissimmee. See my Central Florida Fishing Guide home page for more details or call 321-229-2848