|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
December turned out to be the coldest in recorded history here in
central Florida but we still managed to have some excellent
fishing. While the cold snaps were frequent and severe, they were
not as prolonged as last January and I have not seen any
significant fish kills. The water is crystal clear and redfish, black
drum and huge seatrout can be found in schools throughout the
During mid December, I made a trip to Mosquito Lagoon with
fellow guide Capt. John Kumiski on a frigid morning. With the
water temperature at 46, we did not expect to find any happy fish.
To our surprise, the fish we found were a bit sluggish but willing to
eat our flies. During several hours of fishing, we landed 18 redfish
with 13 of them on fly. We used mostly black or olive redfish
worms or crab type patterns.
The following day, the weather had warmed significantly and I
took a canoe trip with friend Capt. Charlie Imwalle. We had an
excellent day targeting redfish and black drum on fly.
Mid-month charters brought varying levels of success. We saw
plenty of redfish on each trip but they were very shallow and
required quick accurate casts to get a bite.
The past week, another strong cold front drove many of the fish
off the shallow flats and into deeper channel, sloughs and edges.
Even with water temperatures at the beginning of the week in the
lower 40's, the fish were often fighting over the baits.
Malcolm and Wayne were visiting from South Africa and wanted to
try targeting some redfish. They had an outstanding day of catch
and release action landing at least twenty redfish and several
nice trout on 3" DOA CAL jigs.
The following day, I was joined my Maureen with her son Michael,
12, and Brittany, 17. It was another banner day with thirty redfish
landed and released.
The following two days were a bit tougher due to thick cloud
cover. We saw plenty of fish but many were nearly under the boat
by the time we noticed them.
At the end of the day on Thursday the clouds finally parted but the
wind began picking up. At our last stop before heading in, Fred
talked me in to making a few casts with him. A nice trout was
willing to eat my 3" CAL.
Friday, we barely saw the sun all day but we did see hundreds of
fish. Ray got a Mosquito Lagoon slam landed several redfish and
drum, along with a couple seatrout.
This month, anglers should expect more top notch sight fishing.
Weather is the most influential factor during the winter. Because
of the shallow depths of the Lagoon system, water temperatures
can go up or down significantly in a short time. Sudden drops will
chase most of the fish off the shallows but they will return as soon
as the water warms. Small lures and flies are the key to success.
The colder the water, the slower the presentation should be.
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