Monday, June 01, 2009

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Better Each Day

Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters
Capt. Chris Myers
Fishing Report and Newsletter May 30, 2009

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

Last week brought 15-30 inches of rain to east central Florida as a storm system camped out on top of us all week. Charters were cancelled and fishing the flats was out of the question. The influx of water raised the level of the Lagoon over one foot giving the redfish plenty of new places to roam. When we were able to return to fishing this week, the weather was great but the fishing was hit or miss. The redfish and big trout were gone from the areas they had been frequenting before the rain.

Monday, I made my first trip to the flats after a week's layoff looking for some fish for the following day's trip. I ran into my friend Capt. Drew who was out doing the same. We joined up and managed to find a few schools of redfish, plenty of trout, and even saw out first tarpon of the season along the edge of a flat. We landed several redfish on a variety of lures including the DOA 4" CAL in silver rush color, the DOA Tough Guy pinfish and a small EP pinfish fly.

The following day, Andy joined me for his second trip of the year. This time he brought his wife, Lynn. At our first stop of the day, Andy threw a silver rush CAL to a school of redfish and was quickly connected to a 35" fish.

Unfortunately, the school moved off before Lynn could get a shot. As we were travelling to our next spot, we noticed some fish feeding on the surface in 6-7 feet of water. We stopped and threw out of 3" CAL tails and caught numerous trout. The action through mid day was slow with only sporadic reds spotted roaming the flats. At our last stop, Lynn caught a redfish and trout, Andy landed two reds, and then he completed his slam by catching a snook on a CAL tail.

Thursday, I fished Mosquito Lagoon with Capt. Drew again. We started off the morning catching a couple small tarpon on DOA Tiny TerrorEyz and jumping a couple more. We caught plenty of trout and had shots at some nice snook that refused to eat. The redfish were few and far between in the spots we visited. I hooked a couple on a Silver Mullet CAL before we were run off the water by a storm.

Friday, my charter cancelled so I decided to go back out for some more tarpon action. This time, I tied a #4 brown and gold clauser on my 5wt flyrod and quickly landed to tarpon and jumped two more before the bite slowed. I used the same fly to catch a redfish and a trout for a flyrod slam.

The water is slowly receding and, as soon as it does, the redfish bite should be outstanding. Trout will remain plentiful and with the schools of glass minnows getting bigger each day, the chances for ladyfish, jacks, and tarpon and snook will only get better each day.

Mosquito Creek Angler Improvement Class
June 13 will be the third in a series of flats fishing classes at Mosquito Creek Outdoors in Apopka. Capt. Tom Van Horn and I are the instructors. This next class will focus on how to fish the flats with soft plastic baits. Using the indoor kayak pool at Mosquito Creek, I will be demonstrating specific techniques that have been proven to be successful. Learn how to select the proper baits and what to do with them to catch redfish, trout, drum, snook, and tarpon. Even if you missed the first three classes, you can still attend this class as each month is a different topic. Registration is not required and the classes are free.

Capt. Chris Myers
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters

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