|Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters
Guided Fishing Trips Near Orlando
Light Tackle and Fly
Mosquito Lagoon & Indian River
March 3, 2008
|The weather has been hit or miss the last couple weeks forcing me to cancel or reschedule several trips and
more unfavorable weather is on the way here tomorrow. We have managed to get in a few trips, however, some
more successful than others.
On the 21st, I fished with John and his daughter Kristin on a cloudy and windy day in Mosquito Lagoon. The pair
managed to catch seven redfish and a black drum all while it was raining. Due to the rain, we did not break out
Sunday the 24th, Peter, from Michigan, came to Mosquito Lagoon to catch his first saltwater fish on the fly.
Again, it was overcast and a bit windy but we did manage to spot quite a few fish. Peter used my TFO 7wt and a
black crab pattern to land two black drum and had a redfish hooked up that did not make it to the boat.
The following day, the weather had improved significantly. Brain and Jeremy from Orlando had shots at both
redfish and big trout all day in both large schools, singles, and small groups. We used the new Morning Glory
DOA CAL tail which the fish were eager to eat as long as it was in front of them. We did get a couple redfish and
a nice trout to the boat and had a few LDR's (long distance releases). Almost all the fish we saw were extremely
shallow with the big trout concentrated in the sand holes.
Tuesday, we arrived to find heavy fog and winds much higher than we had anticipated. When the fog finally
cleared, the clouds moved in. Alex and Susan were on their first saltwater fly fishing trip in less than desirable
conditions. When we did spot the fish, they were nearly under the boat and casting to them in the wind was
difficult. We spent a good portion of the day practicing casting and did not catch a fish. Hopefully, we will get
another chance on a nicer day.
Friday, Bob and Tony from Maryland joined me for their first sight fishing trip. This was a new style of fishing for
them and they were not used to casting to fish they could see. Our first stop revealed a school of over 100 large
redfish. Although it sounds like it would be simple to catch them, combine some adrenaline with some rusty
casting and it can be a challenge. It only takes one errant cast to spook the entire school. If you spook them too
many times, they may decide to stop feeding. After a couple hours of trying, Tony hooked into a nice redfish
which measured 34 inches.
Throughout the day, they had shots at other schools of redfish, black drum, and some single reds. Bob landed a
trout but that was the only other fish caught.
We are now in to March which can be one of the windiest months of the year. The fish don't mind the wind but it
certainly makes spotting the fish and casting to them more challenging. Take a few minutes out of a windy day
you are not fishing to practice your casting accuracy and you will be rewarded with more fish when you are on