Saturday, April 18, 2009

Windy Fishing Tactics

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

High winds have continued to dominate our weather pattern here in central Florida. It has made fishing difficult on many days. Redfish, trout, and black drum are still around, if you can find them. Clouds and wind are not the desired conditions for sight fishing the flats.

Last week, Josh and Carrie were down from North Dakota and wanted to give the fishing a try despite a forecast of 20-25 mph winds. We did our best to stay out of the wind but it was nearly impossible. The only tactic we could use was to get as close to the shore as possible. Winds were sustained at 25 with gusts over 35. They did managed to catch some nice redfish in horrible conditions.

woman with redfish

man with redfish

The following morning, the temperature had dropped into the low 40's and it was still quite breezy. Jason and Blake didn't care about the cold and they were hoping the fish felt the same. We encountered plenty of black drum and a good number of tailing redfish. Jason wound up with a red, trout, drum slam with a few extras to spare.

man in sunglasses with red

man with black drum

Jerry and Alex joined me this week for another breezy day on Mosquito Lagoon. Jerry hooked a redfish early on and Adam followed up with its twin only to have his shake the hook right at the boat.

two guys with a nice redfish

Using DOA CAL jigs and the DOA DEADLY COMBO , they caught numerous trout of varying size along the edges of the flats. On a couple solo trips recently, I spent time in some areas I do not normally fish. The fish were not as numerous as I had hoped but they did respond well to a variety of flies and soft plastics. The 3 inch DOA shrimp in rootbeer holographic was eaten by several redfish and large trout. DOA shrimp in FiGi Chix, Glow/Gold Rush, and Morning Glory, also worked well. A small black crab fly was effective on the redfish as well.

Coastal Angler Magazine Fishing and Boating Expo
This weekend is the Coastal Angler Magazine fishing show in Melbourne, FL. I will be giving a seminar at 12pm on Saturday on "Sight Fishing the Flats". Other Speakers include Capt. mark Nichols, Capt. Keith Kalbfleisch, Capt. Tom Van Horn, Capt. Blair Wiggins, and more.
Fishing Outlook
A lot of people have been asking about the tarpon fishing. It is still too early to find tarpon in the Mosquito Lagoon, especially with our late season cold fronts. Redfish, trout, and black drum will continue to be our dominant species for the next couple months. The trout fishing is getting better each day and soon it will not be easy to catch dozens per trip. Have a dehooker like and ARC on board for some fast and furious catch and release action. The DOA Deadly Combo is almost a sure bet for the rest of the summer. Redfish schools are starting to break up but that means you will encounter singles and small groups more frequently. The DOA shrimp or a CAL jerkbait will be effective on the redfish.

Capt. Chris Myers
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters

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