The fishing in June has slowed down a bit since the last couple months, but not a whole lot. Mosquito Lagoon, North Indian River, and Banana River still has a good Sea Trout bite with Redfish dominating in the N. IRL and Mosquito Lagoon. We are now in the Summer pattern stage where the days are hot and the afternoon storms start popping up. Because of that, the water level is high causing the fish to spread out a little more. Trout can still be found on drop offs and on 1-3ft grassy flats with sand holes around, some Redfish will be mixed in there as well. Redfish can be found closer to the shoreline crashing on baitfish. Any weedless baitfish or shrimp pattern fly or artificial lure will do the trick. Try to “match the hatch” as best as possible.
Juvenile Tarpon have been showing up in some creeks along the Lagoon system, Mamie Sheen came down from Maryland to specifically target small Tarpon on the fly rod. She got about 10 fish to eat, jumped about 4, but landing only 1. Biggest fish she jumped was about 15lbs but she ended up landing the smaller fish. For her first time Tarpon fishing and trying to remember all the things you need to do when you are fighting a Tarpon, I’d say she did a great job.
Johann got his dad Edgar the greatest gift a fisherman could ask for, a guided fishing trip to the Mosquito Lagoon! This was the first time either of them fished the area and also the first time that they have ever fished with artificial lures. Both caught plenty of Sea Trout and Redfish using D.O.A. Baitbusters and CAL Shadtails. It’s always a pleasure to be on the water witnessing a father/son team enjoying a great day of fishing!
Ted Smith and his father-in-law Jim were another pair of first time Mosquito Lagoon anglers. After a quick tutorial of how to work a D.O.A. Jerkbait and Baitbuster, they were catching fish in no time.
Fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon, and Indian River has still been consistent, so get out there and catch em’! Remember to stay hydrated while out on the water and be safe out there!
-Capt. Willy Le