The fishing in Mosquito Lagoon a couple weeks ago was a little weird. Plenty of Redfish were around, but they just did not eat as well as they have been in the previous months. Perfect placements with a lure or fly would be rejected by most of the fish. Maybe it was the new moon, or the abundance of mullet around who knows, but I’m glad that things changed for the better this past week! The fish started eating aggressively again and being very cooperative. Water level is high so the fish are more spread out, shorelines and sandbars would be a great place to look. I’ve been having my anglers throw D.O.A. Baitbusters early in the morning and retrieving it on the top resulting in some exciting topwater blow ups by Redfish and big Sea Trout. Once the sun gets a little higher we would switch over to D.O.A. CAL 4″ Jerkbaits rigged weedless. For flies, EP Baitfish patterns, Clousers, Seaducers, and Sliders in tan or white have been doing the job.
Glen from Pittsburgh joined me on his first trip to the Mosquito Lagoon, he used his Smallmouth Bass and Walleye fishing skills to catch him some nice Redfish and Trout. He was amazed of how hard a Redfish can pull!
Panos came back down from NYC with his buddy Riley. Riley who is from Utah does a lot of fly fishing for trout back home and wanted to try out some saltwater fly fishing. It took him a little bit of getting used to double hauling but eventually he got it down and caught some Lady fish and Trout on fly. He did get a few shots on Redfish but it just didn’t happen. Panos sight fished a monster Trout on fly until the wind kicked up so we opted to use spinning gear the rest of the day catching some Redfish and giant Trout!
This past Saturday, Ryan and his dad Ron from Wisconsin joined me for their first trip to the Lagoon. The Redfish and Trout bite was really good for them. They both caught Redfish that were schooled up, cruising and tailing along with some nice Trout in the deeper holes.
Ryan also booked a trip for Sunday but this time bringing his brother Rob for some fun on the Lagoon. Tropical Storm Beryl was off the coast of North Florida which was going to give us some wind and rain later in the day. It was still pretty windy that morning but that did not effect the fishing at all. It actually made the fish a lot more aggressive! Both caught Trout, plenty of upper slot Reds and even a nice Flounder made it to the boat!
Once I got home and cleaned the boat, I took advantage of the surf that Tropical Storm Beryl was bringing to the Cocoa Beach area. After about a 2 hour surf session behind the house, I got out to snap some photos of my neighbors having some fun.
-Capt. Willy Le