July Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 2014

Tarpon fishing is now in full swing in my region which is why you will see more Tarpon photos from me this time of year than Redfish. Don’t get me wrong, Redfishing is a blast and still good right now, but I like to take advantage of the few months a year that the Tarpon can be sight fished on the flats, plus I think the Redfish need a break for a little bit.

Water level in the Lagoons this month remain high and the visibility is impressively clear. Sea grass is another thing that is making the marine life very happy right now. We’ve lost a lot of our sea grass in the Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River and Banana River due to the freeze we had back in 2010 followed by back to back algae blooms in the Summer months. Most of our productive grass flats especially in the Indian and Banana Rivers had turned into an underwater desert and the fish left those areas because of lack of food. But now, I’m seeing a very nice comeback with both grass and marine life in those same areas that were ghost towns 2 years ago.

Here are some stories and photos of this months anglers and their catches.

Roman and his 10 year old son “Nacho” from Uruguay enjoyed a great day casting and jumping a few Tarpon in the morning followed by some redfishing in the afternoon. Roman would cast to and hook the fish then hand it off to his son to fight and reel in to the boat. Great father and son day!
Tarpon fly fishing guide
Mosquito Lagoon tarpon
Mosquito Lagoon Fly fishing guide

Kathleen and Mark work with Patagonia www.patagonia.com and were in town for the ICast fishing tradeshow in Orlando, FL. We had tough full moon fishing conditions this day, the fish were there but extremely spooky. This was Kathleens 2nd time fly fishing so she was amped up catching small Sea Trout. Mark had shots at schools of Black Drum finally getting one to eat after changing flies a few times and figuring out how to present the fly.
Fly fishing Mosquito Lagoon
Cocoa Beach fly fishing
Black Drum on fly

Kristen Mustad who is the president of Nautilus Fly Reels www.nautilusreels.com invited Mirjana from Fly Fishing Europe www.flyfishingeurope.de on a day with me while they were in town for ICast. Mirjana had multiple eats from Tarpon and Redfish but hooks kept pulling out. Kristen got on the bow for a few minutes and got a little Redfish to boat. Also, congrats to Kristen and the crew at Nautilus Reels for winning Best in Show Fresh and Saltwater Reel at ICast/IFTD 2014
Nautilus fly reels
nautilus reels
fly fishing Cocoa Beach Florida
Nautilus Reels CCF X2 Silver King ICast 2014

RW and his wife Lynn joined me in the Mosquito Lagoon to target Redfish. They had a great time sight casting D.O.A. Shadtails to schools, crawling, and cruising fish from 5 to 30lbs. The smaller ones were the more cooperative ones this day.
Mosquito Lagoon redfish guide
Mosquito LAgoon Redfish guide

Dominic joined me to specifically target tarpon on the fly. Lots of shots were had at rolling and laid up fish, but the thing with Tarpon fishing is that everything has to align perfectly in order to get the fish to eat, and landing one.
fly fishing for tarpon
Mosquito Lagoon Tarpon fishing
Cocoa Beach Tarpon fishing

And some miscellaneous photos of fishing with my friends.
Cocoa Beach Tarpon
Mosquito Lagoon Sea Trout
Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing guide

Tarpon fishing will remain good all through August so check back next month for some new actions shots of jumping Tarpon and stories of my anglers!

Thanks for visiting NativeFlyCharters.com

Capt. Willy Le
NativeFlyCharters@gmail.com
321-303-7805

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June Fishing Report 2014

While the redfish, Sea Trout and Black Drum bite remains good, the Tarpon fishing is on top of the list right now which is what I mainly focus on during the Summer months. Tarpon fishing with a fly rod is challenging but can be very rewarding once you get the bite. It definitely takes a lot of patience making lots of casts to rolling fish without getting a nibble, or even staking out and waiting a long time for the fish to come into casting range. There are tricks to enticing a Tarpon to track the fly and then eating it. Presentation, and fly placement are the main key as well as quick casting and distance. When targeting the laid up fish, a good pair of Amber or copper polarized lens will help see the fish laying up just beneath the surface especially in the stained waters in my area. I use RCI Optics with a Copper SRG lens www.rcioptics.com.

Here are some photos and stories of my clients for the month of June.

Regular client Chip Watson from Vero Beach, FL. just took on fly fishing at the beginning of this year. After some quick instruction on how to feed the juvenile Tarpon that we were on, Chip got his first Tarpon on fly.
Mosquito Lagoon Tarpon guide

A couple weeks later, Chip returned and caught his first Redfish on fly along with a few others.
Indian River Lagoon Redfish
Fly fishing Indian River Lagoon

Leslie from Titusville, FL. got her biggest redfish to date on a D.O.A. Lures Shadtail.
Mosquito Lagoon redfish florida sports woman

Riccardo came all the way from Panama with his family to visit Disney World but he arrived a day early to fish with me hoping to catch his 1st Redfish on fly which he did, he also jumped some tarpon along the way.
Mosquito Lagoon Tarpon guide
fly fishing for tarpon
Mosquito lagoon redfish guide

David from Merritt Island, FL. had a great day sight fishing Redfish in the Mosquito Lagoon using D.O.A. Shadtails.
Mosquito Lagoon guides
Cocoa Beach guides
Orlando flats fishing guides

Adam from Rockledge, FL. got 2 days of good backcountry Tarpon action.
Tarpon guide Cocoa Beach
Tarpon guide Mosquito Lagoon
Tarpon guide Sebastian
Tarpon fly fishing guide

Josh from Lake Mary, FL. got his first Tarpon on fly.
Mosquito Lagoon Tarpon
Cocoa Beach Tarpon fishing
fly fishing for Tarpon

Tom from New Smyrna Beach, FL. with a Black Drum caught on a D.O.A. Softshell Crab
Mosquito Lagoon Black Drum

Of course sometimes I do get to fish while scouting out some areas to take clients the following days.
fly fishing for Tarpon
Mosquito Lagoon Redfish on fly
Mosquito lagoon fly fishing guide
Snook on fly
Indian River fly fishing
fly fishing for Mosquito Lagoon Sea Trout

This Summer has started out great for sight fishing with the water still clean and the fish being plentiful.

Thanks for visiting my blog, til next month!

Capt. Willy Le
321-303-7805
nativeflycharters@gmail.com

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May 2014 Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

The beginning of this month has been a windy one, really tough conditions and fishing was inconsistent.  Now the wind finally stopped blowing towards the middle of the month which made the fish(and myself) very happy.  Tons of mullet has moved into the Lagoons making the topwater bite excellent for the most part of the morning.  Redfish, Sea Trout, Bluefish, Jacks and Lady fish were blasting the MirroLure Top Dogs and Top Pups.  When the topwater bite slows down, switch to soft plastics.   D.O.A. CAL shadtails and jerkbaits are my favorites.  Colors working well lately are Fiji Chix, Bayou Tiger, Silver Mullet, and Green Back.  To see what colors those are, here is the link to D.O.A. Lures Color Guide.

On the fly side, sight fishing for Redfish and Sea Trout has been excellent with the occasional Black Drum.   Baitfish patterns are working well around the mullet pods in deeper flats, and shrimpy or crabby patterns have been getting the bite on the shallower flats.   Lately, the Sea Trout ranging from 20″-30″  have been cooperating better than the Redfish.   Water clarity is very clear, which makes it easy spotting these fish with a good pair of amber or copper colored polarized lens.  (I wear RCI Optics and am very pleased with the clarity of the advanced lens technology.)

Doug from New Hampshire made some great presentations to some laid up Sea Trout enticing them to eat.  Had a few redfish eats but none came to the boat this day.
Mosquito Lagoon flyfishing guide
Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing guide

Jason and his buddy from Atlanta, Ga. had to deal with some tough conditions but managed to pull some redfish and trout to the boat using D.O.A> Shadtails.
Mosquito Lagoon guide
Orlando flats fishing guide

Ben and his Dad John from Jupiter, FL. joined me to celebrate Johns birthday on the Lagoon. This was their first sight fishing experience for redfish, it took them a bit to get used to spotting the fish but later got the hang of it.
Mosquito Lagoon fishing
Indian river guide

Nick and Robert from Orlando, FL. experienced some good sight fishing opportunities in the Mosquito Lagoon, the Sea Trout were chewing the D.O.A. jerkbaits and shadtails good this day.
Indian river flats fishing guide
Banana River Flats fishing guide
Cocoa Beach flats fishing guide

Vu’s wife surprised him with a gift certificate for a full day fishing trip with me in the Mosquito Lagoon. He invite his father Nuoc along on the trip. These two were hardcore anglers, they casted topwater lures and soft plastics all day long taking no breaks. I always enjoy having die hard anglers aboard the boat. It really paid off for them with some expolosive topwater action and with Vu’s personal best Sea Trout that ate a D.O.A. Shadtail.
mosquito lagoon flats fishing charters
cocoa beach flats fishing charters
Orlando flats fishing charters

Kevin from Melbourne is new to the saltwater fishing game. He got a little taste of some topwater action on a 4 hour trip, a nice redfish was on for a while until the hook pulled, but he got this good looking trout first thing in the morning.
Melbourne flats fishing charters

A pretty exciting day for Jack and his wife Toni from Connecticut. This was their first Florida fishing experience, and a pretty good one at that. Beautiful weather, schools of hungry Redfish, Black Drum and Sea Trout kept Jack busy all day. Jack was fishing while the Manatees and Dolphins around the boat kept Toni busy. Highlight of the day was when Jack hooked into a 20lb+ redfish on an 8wt rod and fought it for about 30 minutes until the hook pulled. I managed to catch some photos of the battle. Jack did get the Drum Slam this day all on fly.
Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing guide
cocoa beach fly fishing guide
indian river fly fishing guide
orlando fly fishing guide
mosquito lagoon redfish on fly
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Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing

Some industry News:
I have resigned my position as a Simms Ambassador and joined the team at Patagonia. Simms is a great company that make excellent gear, but I felt like I fit in more and can relate to the Patagonia lifestyle. It was a personal decision, no hard feeling to anyone. Visit www.patagonia.com to see all the fresh new gear for all your flyfishing and surfing needs.
Willy Le  Patagonia Native Fly Charters

Native Fly Charters is also teamed up with Cortland Lines. Pretty impressed with Cortlands new lines. Visit www.cortlandline.com to check outwhat they have.

Thanks for visiting NativeFlyCharters.com! Keep an eye out for next months report mid June.

Capt. Willy Le
321-303-7805
NativeFlyCharters@gmail.com

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April 2014 – Space Coast Fishing Report

This months fishing has been up and down in the Space Coast area lately. With late cold fronts moving in and a lot of windy days, the fish have not been acting like they should be this time of year. One Day the fishing is hot, the next day it’s not. Hopefully the weather pattern will be more consistent soon and the fish will be happy fish again.

Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River, and Banana River still have plenty of fish around, but as stated above, they have been here one day and somewhere else the next. The best way I’ve been finding Redfish and Sea Trout is to fish areas with plenty of mullet, which most of you already know. The topwater bite early in the morning has been good, and when the sun gets a little higher make the switch to a weedless jerkbait or shadtail for better results while sightfishing. On the fly rod, I have crab and shrimp patterns tied on that have been getting the bites.

Fly anglers Miles and his dad Bud from Georgia joined me on one of those better days in the Mosquito Lagoon, they had plenty of shots at laid up and cruising Redfish, getting a few fish to bite and only landing one of the smaller ones. This was the 1st Lagoon trip for Miles, so this fish is a little special.
Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing

Oliver and his buddy came down for Spring Break and had a fun day catching redfish and sea trout using D.O.A. Shadtails on a windy Mosquito Lagoon day.
Mosquito Lagoon redfish
Mosquito Lagoon Sea Trout

Louis invited his dad Brian down from Connecticut for his 1st saltwater fly fishing experience. The winds was blowing way too hard for the Mosquito Lagoon flats so we tucked in the back country for some snook and tarpon action. Had a few tarpon bites but never came tight, small snook and jacks were keeping them busy.
Indian River snook on fly

Scott and Paul got some good eats on the fly rod this windy day in the Lagoon but none came tight. They did have some fun on the spins rods though.
Mosquito Lagoon Redfishing

Dave from Vero Beach with his biggest redfish to date caught in the Mosquito Lagoon using a “Gold Rush” D.O.A. Shadtail.
Mosquito Lagoon guide

Indian River Redfish

Trevor from Philadelphia sight fished some nice Sea Trout and Redfish using D.O.A. Shadtails in the Indian River Lagoon
Indian River Sea Trout
Indian River Redfish

Sergio from New York takes his family to Florida every year to enjoy a week of Disney World. One or two of those days, Sergio comes to visit me in the Mosquito Lagoon. This year he brought his son Jacob one of the days so Jake can catch his 1st Redfish. Mission accomplished, a happy kid and a proud father! Jacob even got to watch the Atlas V rocket launch when we got back to the ramp.
Mosquito Lagoon redfish guide
Mosquito Lagoon guides
AtlasVrocket

Day 2 – Sergio on the bow with a fly rod for a 1/2 day while son Jake is at Magic Kingdom with mom and sis. Great vacation for Sergio and his family, see you next year buddy!
Mosquito Lagoon fly guide
Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing guide

Roley and Rick from Miami, FL. had lots of redfish and sea trout action using D.O.A. Shadtails. Here’s Roley with one of the bigger fish of the day.
Mosquito Lagoon guide

Now is the time that Tarpon in the Space Coast will be starting showing up. As it starts getting warmer and Summer approaches, it will only be getting better! This year will be involved in a Tarpon Genetics Recapture Study taking DNA swabs from every tarpon over 30″ that is boated on my boat. For more information on this study, visit: TarponGenetics@myFWC.com.
Mosquito Lagoon Tarpon guide

- Capt. Willy Le
nativeflycharters@gmail.com
321-303-7805

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March 2014 East Central FL. Fishing Report and News

Spring has officially sprung, but it still feels like Winter with what is hopefully the last cold front of the year which just moved in last night greeting us with some 25+mph Northerly winds today and temperatures in the 50′s.

Looking back to the last few weeks, the weather has been fantastic and so has the fishing! Redfish in the upper slot to over slot range have been schooled up and roaming the flats in the Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River Lagoon, and Banana River. They have also been enjoying the 80 degree temperatures that we’ve been having and happily tailing in shallower flats which made for exciting sight fishing.

Sea Trout have also been around sunning themselves in some shallow water. They can be tricky to sight fish for but if you make a quiet approach at them and a soft presentation, you may have a chance.

Rob from Melbourne, FL. joined me in the Indian River Lagoon for some Sea Trout, Snook, and Pompano action using D.O.A. 4″ Shrimp and a 2″ Shrimp on a jighead for pompano.  Rob even caught his biggest Sea Trout on fly this day.

Indian River Pompano
Indian River Sea Trout
Indian River Sea Trout
fly fishing for Sea Trout

Bruce from Oregon had some fun pulling on some Redfish and Sea Trout on his first time to the Mosquito Lagoon using D.O.A. Shadtails.
Mosquito Lagoon Redfish

Tom who just moved to New Smyrna Beach from Kentucky caught his biggest redfish to date this day. Was tough dodging some thunderstorms but we had some small windows to sight fish.
Mosquito Lagoon fishing

Mike Neeley from Jacksonville joined me for 2 days in the Mosquito Lagoon. First day was windy and rainy so Mike popped some fish on D.O.A. Shadtails. Day 2 was the total opposite, sun was out and winds were light so Mike and Kirby stuck with the fly rods. Both caught Redfish on fly but the highlight of the day was Mike’s biggest Sea Trout that he’s ever caught on fly.
Mosquito Lagoon guides
Mosquito Lagoon Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing for Redfish
Sea Trout on fly

Peter from New Jersey had a tough time adapting to the style of saltwater fly fishing. After a quick lesson in the morning, he started to get the hang of double hauling towards the end of the day. He had shots at Redfish and Sea Trout all day missing some Redfish that ate the fly but did land a nice Sea Trout.
Cocoa Beach fly fishing

Josh from Oregon made some great casts at some tailing redfish in the Mosquito Lagoon, and here are the results.
Mosquito Lagoon guides
Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing guide

This past weekend my buddy Honson Lau and I fished a fly fishing tournament over on the West Coast of FL. called the Salty Fly held at Little Harbor Resort in Ruskin, FL. This 2 day event is known to be the worlds largest fly fishing tournament in history. The first day is tournament day where the most combined inches of 2 redfish and 1 sea trout take the win. The second day is a poling/casting competition which is optional.

This tournament is loads of fun and is open to the public. If you haven’t been to one, you are missing out on a great event at a very nice venue. There were 100 teams entered this year where my team “RCI Optics” came in 4th place. Big thanks to Sam Root and all of the sponsors involved to make this tournament happen. I’m definitely looking forward to next year. For more info on the Salty Fly Tournament visit: www.saltyflytournament.com.
Salty fly 2014 top 5 results
Salty Fly 2014 4th place team RCI Optics
Salty Fly 2014 redfish
salty fly 2014 redfish 2
salty fly 2014 sea trout
salty fly 2014
salty fly 2014
salty fly 2014

Thanks for visiting NativeFlyCharters.com!

- Capt. Willy Le
nativeflycharters@gmail.com
321-303-7805

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February 2014 Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report and News

It’s been a pretty busy and exciting month so far for Native Fly Charters. Beside breaking in the new boat, the fishing has been really good!

Redfish are now schooled up in big numbers in the North Indian River, Banana River, and Mosquito Lagoon. They will cooperate if you approach them quietly and keep your distance. The lure that has been working best for me and my clients is a D.O.A. Shadtail rigged on a 1/8oz weighted hook. Any color will work, but we’ve been throwing whites. Fly fishing for these schools are possible but you need a super long cast to increase your chances, otherwise once the school gets too close to the boat, they will take off the other way. Baitfish patterns have been working well for these fish. For most of my fly anglers, I would mainly target tailing and cruising single fish instead of the schools just to get some one on one action.

Sea Trout have also been abundant on the flats. They are extremely spooky but aggressive eaters. If you can place a lure or fly in the zone without them scooting off, you will most likely get them to eat.

Black Drum have been around one day and gone the next. They have been pretty inconsistent and hard to feed at times. I don’t know what their deal is, but I don’t like it! That’s probably why I love to target them.

Martin from South Carolina joined me earlier this month on a day that never stopped raining on us. But that did not stop the fish from chewing. Some very nice Trout and Redfish were caught and once the opportunity came, Martin whipped out the fly rod and caught a little Red to end the day.
Mosquito Lagoon sea trout
Mosquito Lagoon redfish
Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing

Andrew from Utah got his first ever Redfish this month. It took a while to adapt to the saltwater style of fly casting, but he got it down later in the day and had lots of shots at tailing and laid up redfish.
Mosquito Lagoon guide

Mike from Montana also got his first ever Redfish that he worked very hard for. Windy conditions made casting tough, but he managed to feed a few tailing fish a fly.
Florida fly fishing guide

Dale and Robb had a great day in the Mosquito Lagoon this day. Weather was perfect in the morning then started to get windy later in the day. They caught some hefty Redfish that were tightly schooled up in the hundreds on D.O.A. Shadtails.
Mosquito Lagoon redfish
Cocoa Beach redfish
Mosquito Lagoon redfish guide

Dave and Kim who I’ve met at the D.O.A. Lures events came down from North Carolina to do some camping and fishing in FL. This day started out good, but wind and clouds made things tough later in the day. Always a fun time having them on the boat!
Mosquito Lagoon fishing
Mosquito Lagoon Trout

On some days it’s way too windy and cloudy to fish the Mosquito Lagoon, so plan B would be to tuck way back in the backcountry for some small Tarpon and Snook. Mike and Al from the North East had to do just that. Al hooked an fought a nice snook on fly until it wore through the 30lb leader. Both jumped a few Tarpon, had over 20 eats, and finally landed one. That’s Tarpon fishing no matter what size.
cocoa beach tarpon

Of course I get to have my own fun and fish with my friends once in a while so here are some pics of that.

Christian Yergens
Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing

Erin and Billy
Mosquito Lagoon guides

Erin
Mosquito Lagoon Redfish

and myself.
Cocoa Beach fishing guide

Here is a video I put together of when I picked up my new boat from the Maverick factory and taking it for a spin.

I will be down at the Miami Boat Show on Feb. 13 – 16. If anyone has any questions on the new Maverick HPX-S, there will be one there at the Maverick booth along with the other HPX models, Hewes, Pathfinder, and Cobia. I’ll be bouncing around from the Maverick booth to all of the Shimano venders, so if you see me, come say hello and I’ll be happy to answer any questions or just talk fishing!

Have a great day everyone and thanks for visiting the blog!

- Capt. Willy Le
321-303-7805
nativeflycharters@gmail.com

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January 2014 Mosquito Lagoon Report

Happy New Year everyone and thanks for visiting NativeFlyCharters dot com! This year is going to a special one for all my regular clients and new. Starting this year, we will be deck out in a brand new new skiff by Maverick Boat Company. A 2014 17′ Maverick Mirage HPX-S powered by a Yamaha F70. This skiff is a bit bigger then my old Maverick HPX-T and has more deck space for the comfort of 2 anglers up on the bow. It rides incredibly soft and dry, but best of all, it will still get skinny to reach those belly crawling redfish that we get into in the Summer time. If you fish an area that requires a lot of shallow water running, the HPX-Tunnel is the perfect skiff, but if you are looking into running tight creeks and shallow water and still take on some open water chop, look into the HPX-Sub6. I’ve been running the demo HPX-S until my boat is done being built (which will be very soon) and I am nothing but excited to own one and rig it up for the “Native Fly” style of fishing! I’ll have more details and photos of the new HPX-S soon enough.

On to the fishing, the water has been pretty clear in all 3 lagoons. With the cooler temperatures, the fish have been feeding best late morning to afternoon. Redfish are schooled up and big Sea Trout are scattered around in the shallows soaking up the sun. Black Drum can also be found in a few areas. If you can find a day where the winds are not howling 20mph, these fish should be easy to find if you know where to look, but I do NOT recommend burning the flats to do so. The push pole is your best friend!

Scott Winstead from Michigan joined me for a fly fishing trip in the Mosquito Lagoon. It was an action packed day with lots of tailing and belly crawling redfish that were aggressively taking well placed flies. The new Maverick HPX-S demo boat is shown in the pictures.
Mosquito Lagoon HPX-S
Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing
Moquito Lagoon guides
Scott had shots at some big Sea Trout but the one that fell for the fly was a nice medium sized one.
Mosquito Lagoon Sea Trout on fly

Andre from Orlando, FL. loves to fish but does not get to go out enough. He had a much needed day of catching some over slot redfish this day in the Lagoon using D.O.A. CAL Shadtails rigged on a weedless OWNER Twistlock hook.
Cocoa Beach redfish
Cocoa Beach guides

Kershal Barfield from Stuart, FL. has been fishing with me for the last couple years on the day of his birthday with his dad, last year he got a big redfish, this year he caught a monster Seat Trout measuring at 29.5″ on a D.O.A. CAL Shadtail! Happy Birthday Kershel!
Mosquito Lagoon charters
Mosquito Lagoon Sea Trout
Some redfish made it to the boat as well.
Cocoa Beach charters
Cocoa Beach guide

Of course I get to have some fun in between trips and catch a few along with my buddies!
Cocoa Beach fly fishing
mosquito lagoon charters
Mosquito Lagoon guide
Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing

Thanks again for visiting the Native Fly blog, be sure to check back on updated reports and some detailed images of the new Maverick HPX-S!

- Capt. Willy Le
NativeFlyCharters@gmail.com
321-303-7805

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December 2013 Mosquito Lagoon fishing report

It was a windy Thanksgiving week and end of November. I’m thankful that it finally calmed down for a bit going into December making it fishable out in the Lagoon systems. Once the wind laid down and the sun popped out after weeks of wind, rain, and cool temperatures, it was a whole new world out there. The fish are now out and about sunning themselves in shallow water. Since it has been slick calm conditions lately, the fish have been extra spooky and some say that they have been having a hard time catching them. There are a few things to remember that might increase your chances of catching fish when they are being like that in cold/clear water.

1. Scale down your lures/flies so that it will not make loud plops when casting
2. Keep your distance when sight casting to fish. Stay as far as you can but make sure you keep a distance that you feel comfortable enough to make an accurate cast.
3. Slow down your retrieve
4. Use natural colors and nothing bright and flashy.
5. Use a push pole and not a trolling motor to keep stealthy, if you do not have a poling skiff, get out and wade.

Keeping those simple steps in mind can help increase your chances of catching spooky fish in the Winter time when temperatures are a bit cooler and water is clear.

Kyle and his Dad Kevin joined me on one of those windy days. D.O.A Shadtails in natural colors worked well for them.
Mosquito Lagoon fishing
cocoa beach fishing
orlando fishing

Kelly coming in from Canada was in Orlando for a work conference and had a little bit of time to sneak out and fly fish the Lagoon with me. We got rained on for most of the morning, but did have a few opportunities where the sun peaked out enough for Kelly to get some shots in.
Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing

Jeff from California has never caught a redfish before, he can now scratch that off of his list of species to catch on fly.
fly fish Cocoa Beach

Tim comes down from the Panhandle of Florida once a month to fish with me. Every time he comes down, he tends to beat his personal record redfish on fly or catch a new species on fly. This time, he beat his redfish record.
fly fish mosquito lagoon

Tim was generous enough to let me get in on the action since we had big redfish swimming all around the flat. Thanks Tim, catching that fish felt good!
fly fish mosquito lagoon

Of course I do enjoy a day off fishing with my buddies and fellow guides. Billy Rotne and I took a day to enjoy some top notch Mosquito Lagoon sight fishing and shot some video of our adventure which I have posted in my last entry and in my video section if you would like to check it out: http://nativeflycharters.com/wordpress/videos/

Here’s a photo of Billy from that day.
mosquito lagoon guides

As long as we have good sunny days and light winds, fishing in all 3 lagoon systems should be very productive all through the Winter. This is one of my favorite times to sight fish for laid up Sea Trout and Redfish along with Black Drum roaming the flats.

- Capt. Willy Le
321-303-7805
nativeflycharters@gmail.com

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Mosquito Lagoon Guides Day Off

I get a lot of people that ask me “what do you like to do when your not guiding?”. Most people think that since I am a full time fishing guide, the last thing I want to do is fish.

For some guides/captains yes, but for me and a handful of others, all we can think about is going fishing on our days off. It’s a great way for us to get in on the action on the pointy end of the boat. It’s also a great way to stay on top of the fish and know how they are acting for upcoming charters.

I made a short video of a day off with fellow Mosquito Lagoon guide Capt. Billy Rotne….enjoy!

- Capt. Willy Le
www.NativeFlyCharters.com

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Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River, Banana River Report and News November 2013

Fishing in the Central East region of Florida during the month of November, you can expect some cold fronts beginning to move in, drier air, windier days, and schooled up fish. The water in the Lagoons are starting to clear up and water level is still pretty high as of now. With the water being so high, it gives fish a chance to spread out and seek refuge further back in hard to reach places like small creeks and way back in the mangroves. Take your time looking for these fish quietly either with a trolling motor or even better, the good ol’ push pole. Don’t be “that guy” that burns fishable flats and shorelines on full plane looking to bump up fish, you will just tear up the grass and put more pressure on fish that you are trying to catch. Stealth is the most efficient way to catch fish.

This time of year, redfish and sea trout are starting to focus more on crustaceans like shrimp and crabs, but if baitfish are present they will still munch on them. This is when I use smaller soft plastic lures and flies when sight fishing. The D.O.A. 3″ Shrimp is a highly effective lure around this time along with any small shadtails rigged weedless like a D.O.A. 3″ CAL. Since the water is cleaner, I like to use more natural colors and nothing too flashy.

3″ D.O.A. Shrimp in “Galaxy Glitter”

Here is a photo of a redfish cruising along a shallow bank looking for small crabs and shrimp, you can expect to see a lot of this when water levels are high.

In the beginning of the month when baitfish were more plentiful, topwater lures such as the “Top Pup” by MirroLure was getting some explosive strikes for Nick this day.

Andy fed some flies to a few Banana River redfish on this drizzly, gloomy day.

Don from Texas didn’t let this windy day bother him. 3″ D.O.A. Cals fooled some redfish and trout on leeward shorelines.

Eric fed this Mosquito Lagoon Black Drum a 3″ D.O.A. Cal in “Arkansas Glow”…a pretty hard thing to do on artificial baits.

Strategic Anglers Custom Lures is a custom lure company that is owned and operated by one man. His lures are originally hand crafted and specially painted for big game species. I had a chance to test a prototype lure of a smaller version designed for inshore and offshore fish that key in on smaller baits. The “Micros” is designed to mimic finger mullet, sardines, pogies, threadfins, and many other small fin fish. You can custom order any patterns you need for your area from solid black to detailed paint jobs down to the scale. For more info and to see more of his work, check out: www.strategicangler.com



Lastly, I would like to announce that I will be upgrading my 2003 Maverick HPX-T, to a brand new 2014 Maverick HPX-S. The HPX-S is a top of the line technical poling skiff designed for shallow water and stealth. While testing out the protoype HPX-S with Maverick’s president Scott Deal, we took it to the elements in the Mosquito Lagoon. It handles the chop very well while running, a smooth dry ride. On the pole, I was pretty impressed…quiet, straight tracking, spins quietly on a dime and poles very well in the wind. The draft is under 6″ with 2 anglers and gear. This skiff paired with the F70 by Yamaha Outboards was beautiful! Jumped up on plane quickly with the stock 3 blade prop and reached up to 40mph wide open.

I am more than excited to start running my charters in this new skiff because of the soft ride, more deck space, and more dry storage compartments. Stay tuned for updates on the build process of my customized 2014 Maverick HPX-S.



Look forward to seeing some Black Drum showing up along the flats along with schools of Redfish as well. Also as Winter approaches and water clears up, big “Gator Trout” will be laying in shallow water sand holes soaking up some sun.

Thanks for visiting NativeFlyCharters.com!

-Capt. Willy Le
nativeflycharters@gmail.com
321-303-7805

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