|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
Excellent summer fishing continues along Florida's space coast.
Redfish have been consistent and some big tarpon have moved
into the area. This pattern should continue throughout the next
few months. Despite some erroneous reports to the contrary,
there is no oil in our area and the fishing is great.
Lois and her granddaughter Alexis caught a variety of fish on their
trip to Mosquito Lagoon. We began the day by catching a couple
redfish. You Alexis did a fine job fighting the fish but had no desire
to hold them up for photos.
As the sun got higher and fish began exploding on the bait
schools, Alexis went to work with her own rod and reel and
proceeded to cast to and catch over a dozen fish, hooking and
loosing many more.
Last week, I had Japanese fly angler Hiro on board for three days.
We had excellent weather and each day brought shots ad
hundreds of redfish. Early in the morning, Hiro got multiple bites
from redfish on topwater slider flies. Unfortunately, none
connected with the hook. This is quite common with redfish as
they often create a wake when charging a surface fly that pushes
the fly away as they attempt to grab it. Ladyfish provided an
exciting interlude between attempts at redfish. On the third day,
Hiro still had not hooked his target species. As the day began, we
found some schools of redfish crashing mullet against a sand bar.
Hiro hooked up but the fish shook loose. We tried a different spot
where he landed a redfish on a crab fly.
He spent the remainder of the day throwing multiple flies to
schools of giant redfish. He finally hooked one on a black crab but
it came off after several minutes.
The next day, Rich and his son Rich JR., were casting to schools
of redfish at dawn. Junior was using a DOA Baitbuster and
hooked three fish which all managed to come off before he landed
them. Dad landed the first fish and both guys caught several reds
before the day was through.
Some large tarpon have made their way into the Lagoon system
and can be found rolling through mid morning in 6-8 feet of water.
While there are some 10-20 pound fish mixed in, most of these
fish are from 40-100 pounds and are too large to be landed in a
reasonable time with conventional redfish and trout tackle. To
target these fish, you will need 20 pound braided line on a heavy
rod with 60-80 pound leader. Live baits can be used but will often
be eaten by ladyfish or catfish before the tarpon get to them.
Casting single hook artificial lures like the sinking Baitbuster at
rolling fish is the most effective tactic.
With water temperatures between 85 and 95 degrees, fish can
often die of stress if fought for prolonged periods. During the past
few weeks, I have seen numerous large redfish and even tarpon
floating dead. It is important to use proper tackle and fighting
techniques to make sure these trophy fish survive release.
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