November 2014 Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report & News

This month was a special one for me and my business. As most of you may already know, I have been waiting patiently for my new custom skiff to be be built by the masterminds at Maverick Boat Company. Well the time had come earlier this month and I got to take home my brand new 2015 Maverick 17 HPX-V! Here’s what I have to say about it:

I’ve ridden in a few 17HPX-V’s so I kinda knew what I was getting into. I fish and guide in waters anywhere from Mosquito Lagoon down to Fort Pierce and occasionally the Florida Keys and Tampa Bay. So I needed a skiff that can handle crossing some bigger waters and fishing oceanside as well as getting skinny in the Lagoons and backcountry.

This 2015 Maverick Mirage 17 HPX-V is the skiff of choice for me. It rides incredibly soft and dry in big waters, can handle fishing off the beaches and Oceanside and will get skinny enough to chase those tailing fish on the shallow flats. The thing I love most about the 17- HPX-V is its performance on the pushpole. The skiff is dead quiet poling in the wind, tracks very well, and spins quick and effortlessly which are all the traits you need to stalk those spooky fish and position your anglers for that “perfect shot”.
Maverick HPX-V
Maverick HPX-V

I rigged my skiff as simple as can be. No trolling motor or power poles. I like to keep them as light as possible, which is the reason I opted for the Yamaha F70 instead of the F90. The hull and console is a custom color (Castle Tan) with and all Wheat colored deck and non skid. I got the removable cooler/seat option and added a removable casting platform that I can interchange with a platform with a cage for rough Oceanside waters.
FLats boat
edson wheels
flats skiff
tnt custom boat works

Performance wise, this skiff how it is rigged will run 40mph and drafts shallow enough for me and the waters I fish in the Mosquito Lagoon. I’d say around 8″ give or take with me on the platform and an angler on the bow.
maverick HPX-V

The trailer is set up for dry launch by Ameratrail trailers. That means i do not have to submerge the trailer to launch or load the skiff, that will keep from saltwater corrosion and rust to form on the trailer and should make it last a lot longer.
Ameratrail trailers
Maverick boats
Ameratrail trailers

For more info on Maverick Boats, visit their site at: www.maverickboats.com

FISHING REPORT:
Winter is now in effect with the first couple “real” cold fronts to hit Florida mid this month. With the dropping air and water temperatures, different species of fish will react a certain way in the Central East region. The Redfish and Black Drum will start to school up on the flats, Sea Trout and Snook will be up in the shallows sunbathing, while Tarpon become more elusive. The water will start to clear up making it ideal for sight fishing opportunities, but with cleaner water means spookier fish. That’s when we switch up tactics and go to stealth mode with our approach and equipment.

After I took delivery of my new skiff and got it rigged and ready to take out on the water, I was able to run my first couple trips with friends, return clients, and new clients. Here are their stories.

Brad from Colorado who is a regular customer wanted to be the first customer to slime up the new boat ever since I told him about it. Well he was and he did it good! Despite the super windy conditions, we hid in a protected area all day where Brad went 3-3 on Tarpon, 1 Snook, and 1 giant “gator” Trout all on fly. He also made a delicious Key Lime pie which was a great way to celebrate his victory!
Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing guide
merritt island fly fishing guide
cocoa beach fly fishing guide
orlando fly fishing guide
mosquito lagoon gator trout
key lime pie

Dr. Fritz from Germany is on a 2 week vacation with his wife and son touring around every coast of Florida. He managed to sneak a 1/2 day trip in while visiting Cocoa Beach. Conditions were windy out of the north with air temperatures in mid 60’s for the high. Dr. Fritz hoped to catch his forst tarpon and redfish on fly, but his hopes dropped after seeing the weather forecast that morning so we decided to go later in the morning and let the sun heat things up a bit. The new skiff was amazing crossing the white capping open waters to get to some protected little areas where we might find a Tarpon or two. We found them. Dr. Fritz went 3-3 on Tarpon and got 2 Redfish on fly, he was a very happy camper and so was I.
Mosquito Lagoon redfish on fly
fly fishing for tarpon

While I was in between boats, I am lucky to have friends that welcome me aboard theirs. Here’s a redfish that I needed to catch or I would have gone nuts from being off the water too long(2 weeks). I was fishing with my buddy Billy Rotne on his skiff.
cocoa beach redfish

Here’s a photo of my buddy Rick Worman helping me slime up my new skiff with a Snook on fly.
snook on fly

I am very pleased with my new Maverick HPX-V, it does everything that I want it to do, for what I do. The little time that I’ve spent with her so far, I think I am in love.
florida fly fishing guide

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

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October 2014 Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

Hello and Welcome to Native Fly’s monthly fishing report and news. October is one of my favorite months to fish. Mullet are plentiful in the Lagoons and the predators are not too far away from them. We had a great Summer this year with good weather, water conditions and good fishing, it seems like Fall is going to be just as good. Water level has still been on the high side this month due to all the rain we’ve gotten all Summer. Water clarity is fair to good in most cases depending on what area you are fishing.

With the water being so high, I’ve been able to fish further back in the backcountry hiding from society finding plenty of hungry fish, mostly redfish. Sea Trout have been a little tough and hard to find lately due to murkier water, but the Tarpon and Snook have taken their place. Since the beginning of the month was still Summer-like conditions, the tarpon bite was excellent. Towards the end of the month, we had a few fronts move in just enough to push them where ever they go hiding during the colder months. Snook are definitely showing more of themselves lately in the areas that were hit the hardest during the 2010 freeze, which is the northern part of the Indian River, the Banana River and Mosquito Lagoon, most of them in the 15-25″ range but that’s a great start.

Ming and Don from Canada had a great day fly fishing. It was their first time fly fishing in saltwater so it took a while to adjust, but once they did, the juvenile tarpon kept them busy through out the day as well as a couple redfish.
mosquito lagoon tarpon on fly
cocoa beach tarpon on fly
mosquito lagoon redfish on fly
mosquito lagoon fly fishing guide
cocoa beach fly fishing guide
orlando fly fishing guide
tarpon
babay tarpon on fly

Jack from South Carolina got his first tarpon and snook on fly this day.
snook on fly
baby tarpon on fly
mosquito lagoon fly guides
cocoa beach fly guides

Don and Greg came up from South Florida and also got into some Space Coast snook and tarpon action. Don got his first tarpon on fly.
mosquito lagoon snook on fly
mosquito lagoon tarpon on fly
tarpon on fly
fly fishing for tarpon

Francis from British Columbia joined me for two consecutive days for his first time fishing in Saltwater. He slammed out 3 different species on fly, tarpon, snook, redfish, but we could not get the sea trout to bite. Out of all of those species, he said Tarpon is his favorite to target.
tarpon on fly guide
fly fishing for tarpon
fly fishing for snook
cocoa beach snook on fly
fly fishing for redfish
mosquito lagoon redfish on flyguide

Jesse from North Carolina came down at one of the weirder moments in the Mosquito Lagoon. We found lots of tailing fish, but were very hard to feed using artificial lures. Smaller redfish and sea trout came to the boat, and of course the bigger ones got away. That’s fishing!
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Justin from Titusville joined me on a quick trip in the way backcountry to find some hungry shoreline redfish.
cocoa beach fly fishing guide

Well, I am sad to announce that I have sold my 2014 Maverick HPX-S…but happy to announce that I have a new Maverick being built at the moment. Before the new owner came down from South Carolina to pick it up, we made a quick trip for a wet test/fishing test. Carlos is very happy with what the HPX-S can do, and I know he will be taking good care of it.
maverick hpx-s
merritt island fly fishing guide
space coast redfishing guide

Of course I had to let him pole his new boat around while I get a chance to catch a few.
mosquito lagoon guide

Stay tuned to next months report when I have my new 2015 Maverick 17’HPX-V and see how I customized her.

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

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September 2014 Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

Welcome to Native Fly’s monthly fishing report and news.  This month has started out great in the Indian River, Banana River, and Mosquito Lagoon.  I’ve been spending time in all 3 lagoons and have been finding plenty of fish activity.  Luckily we have not had any bad signs of algae blooms this year in the Space Coast area.  Water clarity remains fair to good in most areas and excellent closer to the inlets.  Water level is high due to the wet Summer that we had.

The Tarpon action still remains very good.  They are happily taking well placed flies if they are presented right.

Redfishing is good and getting better as Fall approaches.  The big fish are starting to get aggressive and smashing any lure or fly in sight.

Sea Trout have been plentiful but acting like Sea Trout.  They are very aware of their surroundings, stealth is the key to catching those big laid up fish.

Regular customer Brad Wherry from Colorado has only been fly fishing for 11 months now.  I have watched him progress since the 1st day he has fished with me.  This day he got a Redfish/Tarpon/Sea Trout Slam on fly which was pretty exciting.  Sea Trout was small, but it completed the slam!

Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing guides
fly fishing tarpon
Mosquito Lagoon tarpon
mosquito lagoon sea trout

Hunter from Tallahassee, FL. does not get to do much sight fishing back home. On this day he had a great top water bite early in the morning and later when the sun was high, sight fished several Redfish and Sea Trout using D.O.A. 3″ Shadtails.
Banana River redfish guide
Cocoa Beach fishing guide
mosquito lagoon sea trout

Corey and his dad Ed from New Jersey joined me on a 1/2 day trip in the Mosquito Lagoon. This was Ed’s 1st time fishing the flats. Both Corey and Ed caught Redfish and Sea Trout using D.O.A. 3″ Shadtails.
Mosquito lagoon redfishIndian River guide
Mosquito Lagoon redfish

Daniel from Norway is very new to fly fishing. While staying in Cocoa Beach, FL. on vacation, he snuck away for a 1/2 day to learn some basics and better his technique. Daniel was a great listener, therefore learned very quickly. He managed to go 1 for 2 on small Tarpon and hooked a very nice Redfish but popped off after a short battle. We will see more of Daniel for years to come.
Tarpon on fly

On an off day, i fished with a good friend and great photographer Dominic Agostini. visit his work at www.dominicphoto.com
Maverick HPXS
Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing guide
Cocoa Beach fly fishing guide
Orlando fly fishing guide

Here are some random photos from fishing with friends.
Banana River tarpon
indian river snook
fly fishing for triple tail
triple tail on fly
indian river sea trout

I also got to fish the flood tides for the first time up in St. Augustine with my buddy Billy, I made a little video of the action. It’s always nice to see different areas once in a while.
To watch in HD quality please click on this link: Florida Flood Fly Fishing from Willy Le on Vimeo.

Thanks for visiting NativeFlyCharters.com. Until next time…

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

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August 2014 Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

Welcome to this months Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River Lagoon and Banana River Lagoon fishing report. HOT is one word to describe the month of August, not just the temperatures but the Tarpon fishing all throughout the Central East region of FL. I’ve notice a huge comeback with the Snook and Tarpon since the freeze back in 2010 that wiped out almost every tarpon and snook in the estuaries state wide. I’m seeing good numbers of them almost everywhere that I’ve been looking and that is a great sign for the future!

The Redfish and Sea Trout are also happy and spread out in all 3 Lagoons. Redfish can be found tailing super early in the morning at first light in shallow grass flats waiting for a well placed fly or D.O.A. Shrimp or 3″ Shadtail. You can find Sea Trout around the mullet pods and are happy to take topwater plugs like MirrOLures Top Dog or Top Dog Jr.

Here are the stories and photos of this months anglers:

Carlos and Jennifer from South Carolina came down to fish for 5 days. It was a pleasure having them on the boat and they will fish non stop sun up to sun down rain or shine! Within the week, we ventured off to 3 different bodies of water doing everything from sight fishing tailing redfish, casting mangrove shorelines for snook, chasing tarpon big and small, and chasing Jacks when they would bust bait on the surface. Lots of fish were caught during the week, but the most memorable ones were Jennifer’s big Sea Trout that ate right next to the boat and Carlos’s 1st Tarpon on fly. We even witnessed an Alligator sneaking up to a laid up Sea Trout in shallow water that was pushing 10lbs and snatching it right from the grass. Like National Geographic style!
Mosquito Lagoon Sea Trout
Mosquito Lagoon redfish
Mosquito Lagoon Redfish guide
snook on fly
Tarpon on fly
Mosquito lagoon tarpon
Mosquito Lagoon alligator
Indian River alligator
Banana River Alligator
Florida Alligator
Alligator vs sea trout

Brad from Colorodo has only fly fished for 10 months now, he went 2 for 6 on Juvenile Tarpon with me this day.
Tarpon on fly
fly fishing for tarpon
mosquito lagoon tarpon guide
baby tarpon

Walt from Pennsylvania got his first taste of saltwater fly fishing this day, he also went 2 for 6 on juvenile Tarpon making the Tarpon his first saltwater species on fly. Not a bad way to start the addiction!
cocoa beach tarpon guide
cocoa beach tarpon fishing
indian river tarpon guide

As always, I like to sneak out with friends as much as possible on my down time. Exploring new areas and finding new fish is a never ending hunt for me.
Tarpon on fly
fly fishing for tarpon
nautilus reels
false albacore on fly
tarpon
redfish on fly
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cocoa beach fly fishing guide

And a video of myself and buddy Capt. Rick Worman in the search of untouched Tarpon.

The search for Tarpon on the fly from Willy Le on Vimeo.

Even though the fishing is hot, don’t forget about the temperatures so take some breaks and drink some water or Gatoraid if you are gonna be out all day, there have been a couple times where I almost got to the point of feeling very light headed and passing out while poling the boat mid day these past couple weeks, heat stroke can happen to anyone so be safe!

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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
mosquito lagoon fly fishing
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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