|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
The mullet and other baitfish have been returning to the Lagoons
of east central Florida in full force. With the influx of food, the
predator fish are feeding aggressively. Seatrout have become
more plentiful and active and the redfish have begun feeding on
the mullet as well. With the water temperatures now in the mid
80's, the tarpon will begin to return and I saw the first one of the
year this week. The giant redfish are schooling and we have
encountered fish over 30 pounds recently.
In the last week of April, I had Jim and Doug on board for an
instructional charter. Faced with some windy conditions, casting
was tough but we encountered numerous tailing redfish. Jim used
a three inch DOA CAL bait in Arkansas Glow to fool a couple
The following day, the winds had died down and I went exploring
some different areas with Capt. Drew. We caught both redfish and
trout on DOA shrimp and CAL's.
By Friday, the wind was blowing hard again. Bob and Ricky had
shots at numerous redfish during the day but landed only one.
Saturday and Sunday, I fished with David and his son Zach. We
spent the first day trying to avoid the crowd from the tournament
boats in the area. Zach's first redfish ever was a twenty pound bull.
He also caught several seatrout with the largest around seven
The following day was much less crowded and we had plenty of
room to sight fish the flats. Zach landed four redfish to thirty
We spent the last hour casting to a school of redfish over twenty
pounds but could not convince them to eat our offerings.
Mike and Danny fished with me on Tuesday of last week. We
sight fished for redfish for a while getting shots at singles and
small groups. We then moved out to the edges of the flats and I
tied on some DOA Deadly Combos. Both guys caught some nice
trout until they were tired of reeling them in. We decided to give
the redfish another shot. Danny ended the day with an eighteen
This Saturday, British anglers Chris and Dave joined me in
Mosquito Lagoon. We began the day targeting a school of large
redfish. Dave hooked one that made several drag screaming runs
before it was cut off by another fish in the school. We had several
more shots at them but could not get them to eat.
Our second stop revealed some big schools of redfish in shallow
water. Chris quickly hooked up and landed one before some
inconsiderate anglers surrounded our boat and chased the fish
We tried some trout fishing in deeper water. While a few were
caught, and a few got away, we could not hit the magic spot. Chris
landed one more redfish before we headed back to the ramp.
I look forward to some great fishing in the next few weeks. With all
the baitfish around, the jacks, ladyfish, and tarpon will soon be
arriving. The topwater bite is improving each day, especially early
in the day.
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