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Daytona Beach Fishing Guide
Daytona Beach Fishing Charters
Light Tackle and Fly
Mosquito Lagoon & Indian River
September 17, 2009
Daytona Beach & Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report for September 17, 2009
With the water level having risen over a foot during the past several weeks, the redfish have plenty of
areas to visit that were inaccessible during the summer. Many of the large redfish have moved to the
deeper basins for their spawn. When you can find the reds on the flats, however, they have been willing
to eat a variety of lures. Much of my time the past couple weeks has been dedicated to chasing tarpon.
You can find at least a few every day and some days they are quite plentiful. I have gotten them to eat
flies as well as the DOA Baitbuster, holographic shrimp, Terror Eyz, and BFL. There are only a few
weeks left to consistently find them in our Lagoons so keep your eyes open and be prepared with the
On September 3rd, I visited one of my favorite tarpon spots in the Indian River and was pleased ton find
some large fish rolling. My first bite came on the BFL and the second on a Baitbuster but both fish shook
free. Some early morning storms chased me off the water before I was ready to go.
The following day, I returned to the same spot and got the first bite on the BFL just as the sun was
rising. A short time later, I jumped two more tarpon over 75 pounds on a sinking Baitbuster. By 9am, they
stopped showing so I pulled the boat out and drove to Mosquito Lagoon. I found an area holding some
5-10 pound tarpon in two feet of water. I jumped several on fly, landed 3 on the holographic shrimp and
shallow Baitbuster and lost many more.
Last Monday, I had a charter with Curt and Zach. We started off targeting the smaller tarpon in Mosquito
Lagoon. As we pulled up to the spot, we encountered a large tarpon swimming on the flat with its tail out
of the water. Unfortunately, we could not get close enough to it for a good shot. The smaller tarpon,
however, were plentiful and cooperative. Within five minutes, Curt landed one and lost another on the
holographic shrimp. The tarpon kept them busy for the next hour or so providing dozens of shots. We
also encountered schools and single redfish on the flats as well as some jack crevalle crashing the
mullet along the edges.
Tuesday, I told my friend Dave about the excellent tarpon fishing in the Lagoon. When we arrived at the
spot, the wind was howling and the tarpon were nowhere in sight. We checked several other places and
found two small fish rolling. Both of them ate our holographic shrimp but shook free. The redfish were
few and far between but we each caught one on a 4 inch CAL. After a few trout, I decided to try the
tarpon spot one more time. As we were moving the shoreline, I spotted a tarpon around 70 pounds
swimming towards the boat. I had the smallest rod on board in my hand and did not have time to grab a
bigger one. I pitched my CAL in front of the fish and he ate it less than five feet from the boat. In a few
seconds, the fish had ripped off nearly 100 yards of my ten pound braid as it raced for deeper water.
The hook lodged perfectly in the corner of the tarpon's mouth keeping it from wearing out my 30 pound
leader. With the small rod, however, I was unable to put enough pressure on the fish to turn it. Dave
snapped some pictures as the fish towed us around and over a half hour later it was over as the hook
broke at the bend.
The following day, I had a trip with Bob and John. They wanted to target big tarpon so I took them to the
northern part of Mosquito Lagoon in Edgewater. There had been lots of big fish there recently but, on
this day, we saw less than 20. Both guys jumped a large fish, however, using a sinking Baitbuster.
John's came off quite quickly but Bob's stayed hooked for ten minutes and provided us with some great
jumps before it wore through the 60 pound leader.
This Monday, I again encountered a big tarpon swimming near the shore where I was looking for smaller
fish. It eagerly ate my holographic shrimp but my small rod was no match for this fish and it quickly came
off. The smaller tarpon were crashing minnows and I landed two on fly, two on the tiny Terror Eyz and
lost many more. Four redfish ate a gold and glow DOA shrimp and one more took a Baitbuster. I finished
up with a few trout for a successful day on the Lagoon.
Tuesday's charter with Parker started off with some tarpon fishing. Unfortunately, he did not hook a
tarpon but a redfish grabbed his tiny Terror Eyz. Heavy clouds made sight fishing difficult but Parker did
land his biggest redfish ever of 24 and 16 pounds as well as a few trout.
Yesterday, although the weather was perfect, the fishing was a bit slow. I found a single large tarpon
swimming south in deep water right on the surface. I followed this fish for a mile before I could get in
front of it. As I pulled a gold and green Baitbuster across it's path, the fish charged the bait and several
seconds later the 90-100 pound tarpon was ten feet in the air. I got a few more jumps out of it but, within
ten minutes, it wore through 80 pound leader. I managed a few more bites out of some smaller tarpon
but nothing to compare to the first bite of the day.
With the fall mullet run beginning, the game fish are feeding heavily. Fishing the bait schools can result
in a wide variety of fish being caught. When fishing around thick school of mullet, try using a lure that is
brightly colored so it stands out from all the other bait in the water.
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Capt. Chris Myers
Fly and Light tackle Fishing Mosquito Lagoon
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