|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
A sudden rise in the water level of the lagoon system has had a
huge impact on the fishing the past week. While the redfish are
biting aggressively, the challenge the past several days has been
finding them in significant numbers. With lots of areas that have
been nearly dry all summer now flooded, the fish have many more
places to roam. Most of the fish have moved from the places they
have been frequenting all summer long. The high water is cloudy
in many areas and the grass which had been piled up along the
shorelines is now floating on the surface. The key to catching has
been to cover lots of water and be in the right spot at the right time
as the fish will certainly bite if you find them.
Near the end of last month, Capt. Drew and I took a trip to the
Indian River and we found a couple schools of large redfish
happily finning on the surface. I hooked several over twenty ponds
on both the DOA Baitbuster and BFL 5.5. Capt. Drew caught his
giant on a 5 inch DOA CAL.
A couple days later, I went up to the New Smyrna Beach area
looking for tarpon. I landed one on the BFL and had shots at
several more during the morning but the only bites I got were from
jacks and bluefish.
High winds kept me off the water much of last week but I was back
to work Sunday on a trip with Rick and Jackie. The first few hours
of the day were tough as we covered a lot of water and saw very
few fish. As I continued poling along the flat, we were suddenly
surrounded by schools of reds. Jackie landed her first few on the
CAL while Rick matched her fish for fish using the Baitbuster. After
those fish moved on I took us to another spot and again we
encountered a large school of hungry redfish. Both Rick and
Jackie used the Baitbuster to land more quality reds including
several double hookups. They enjoyed some spectacular surface
bites as the reds chased done their lures. You can some of the
action in this Mosquito Lagoon Redfish Video.
Dale and his wife joined me on Wednesday. We spent the first
part of the day catching ladyfish and then spotted some redfish
finning on the surface. On his first cast with a gold Baitbuster,
Dale was hooked up with his first redfish ever.
The action the rest of the day was slow as the fish were few and
Thursday, I fished with Mike and his son Micah. After a bit of
searching, we encountered a happy school of giant redfish. Mike
got the Baitbuster into them and was hooked up with a monster
Before we could get one for his son, another boat drove in on us
and chased the fish off into deeper water and we never saw them
again. As we traveled from spot to spot, we found a few redfish
but not in the numbers they have been the past several months.
High thin clouds made spotting them difficult and we never hooked
Yesterday was the toughest day of the week. I took Dan and Gary
to one of my favorite baby tarpon spots to start the day. It was full
of baitfish but the tarpon were nowhere to be found. After catching
a couple ladyfish and a small red, we moved on. We hit many
spots throughout the day but only one of them held redfish in any
significant number. Gary had a red slam his Baitbuster less than
five feet from the boat but it came unhooked after a short run.
They enjoyed a half hour of nonstop action with ladyfish but never
hooked into another red.
With high water and the redfish moving around, it will be
necessary to cover a lot of water to find the right spot. Nearly
everywhere you go, there are huge schools of mullet. Not all of
the bait schools are holding fish and having the right glasses will
allow you to see into the water so you can tell what you are
casting to. With lots of floating grass, topwater plugs are useless
in most places. Use a DOA Chughead or Baitbuster if you want
some great surface action. Diving birds can signal schools of
jacks and ladyfish which can provide some welcome rod bending
when everything else is slow.
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