Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Redfish And Black Drum Alive And Well

Central Florida Fishing Report posted February 17, 2010

There is still much speculation going around about the effects of the big freeze we
experienced at the beginning of the year. While the full extent of the damage may not
be known for quite some time, I can say with confidence that the populations of adult
redfish and black drum are alive and well. We have been seeing hundreds of fish
each trip roaming the shallow flats. From big schools of redfish and drum to singles
and small groups, the fish have been active, feeding, and generally happy. The
weather has been the biggest foe with temperatures on many days 15-20 degrees
below average. Water temperatures during the past week have been staying around
50 and the fish do not seem to mind at all.

On a trip last week, Canadians Emile and Serge joined me on a blustery day. The
wind were topping 20 and the flats were dirty. With only one other boat in sight the
entire day we had the water to ourselves. Both guys caught several nice redfish
including an 11 and 22 pounder.

man with nice red


This past Sunday, I went out on a windy 33 degree morning with my Friend Capt.
Drew. We started spotting tailing redfish almost immediately and they were willing to
eat a three inch DOA CAL in Arkansas Glow. We visited four spots and found three of
them full of redfish catching multiple fish along the way.

Capt. Myers redfish

Monday brought some of the nicest weather we have had in quite some time. Sunny
skies and light winds made for some excellent sight fishing. Wilson and Tyler had
spent the previous day at the Daytona 500 and wanted to experience the Mosquito
Lagoon before returning to Pennsylvania. As soon as we started fishing, we found
ourselves surrounded by schools of fish. Tyler hooked up with a redfish on his first
cast. Wilson landed his first red a while later. They had steady shots at redfish
throughout the day including some schools of 20-30 pound fish.

Yesterday, 16 year old Cameron joined me on his first trip to Mosquito Lagoon. An
experienced offshore angler, he wanted to try some inshore sight fishing. The skies
were clear but the wind blew hard the whole day. Despite having to battle the wind,
Cam made some great casts to tailing fish and landed four redfish from 27-41 inches.

boy with nice redfish

young man, big redfish

Water levels in Mosquito Lagoon remain much higher than normal for this time of year.
Most of the redfish we have been finding have been in 12-18 inches of water with
plenty of grass. High winds have made casting light baits difficult but a 3 inch CAL tail
on a 1/4 ounce jig works well. The key when using a setup like this with an exposed
hook is to not let the bait settle down in the grass until it is near the fish. On days with
lighter winds, the DOA shrimp will be hard to beat.

Capt. Chris Myers
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters

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