Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Central Florida Sight Fishing 4-27-10

Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters
Capt. Chris Myers

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report April 27, 2010

Sight fishing for redfish on the flats of east central Florida continues to be excellent. Having shots at hundreds of redfish per day is the norm. Many of these fish are tailing throughout the day. There are a variety of small baitfish showing up in the lagoons but the small mullet have yet to arrive. As soon as they do, the trout fishing should improve dramatically. With water temperatures approaching the 80 degree mark, it should not be long before this happens.

Steve joined me on a cloudy buy calm Sunday morning recently. We arrived at our first spot to find redfish tailing in every direction. It didn't take long for him to hook up with one of them.

Monte spent several days fly fishing with me during that week. The winds were less than perfect but the redfish and drum were plentiful and feeding. An olive colored worm fly got the most bites.

Javier used a DOA shrimp in watermelon/clear holographic to fool several tailing redfish on his trip to Mosquito Lagoon.

Doug took shots at dozens of redfish with both the fly and DOA shrimp on his trip to Mosquito Lagoon. Unfortunately, neither landed in quite the right spot and he ended up getting shut out.

The following day, Steve had a couple fish eat the watermelon DOA shrimp but the came unbuttoned soon after. We spent most of the day working on fly casting and hit one more spot ahead of an approaching storm cloud. With no sun to help us see them, we ran over several dozen big trout lying in some shallow sand holes but Steve landed one of them on the DOA. It was nice to see some large trout that made it through the winter freeze.

With the winter cold fronts now behind us, we are looking forward to the calm winds of summer. As the schools of baitfish return, the trout, ladyfish and jack crevalle will provide plenty of action along the deeper edges of the flats. A 1/4 ounce jig head with a 3" DOA CAL tail worked in these areas can result in a variety of species.

Fly Fishing Seminars
Several people have been inquiring about the next fly fishing seminar at Mosquito Creek Outdoors in Apopka. There are two different seminars available. Introduction to Fly Fishing covers what you need to get started, where to fish, types of flies, and how to catch fish. Introduction to Fly Casting is a hands on class covering the fundamentals of fly casting. The fly casting class size is limited and both classes are free. If you are interested in attending a class, contact Rory at Mosquito Creek Outdoors at 407-464-2000. He is compiling a list of interested students and a class will be scheduled when there are enough requests.
Preparing your Boat
With the bad winter weather now behind us, more and more anglers are hitting the water. If you are a boater, you want to be sure your boat will get you safely back to the ramp if it has been on a long winter nap. New spark plugs are cheap and easy to replace. Lower unit oil should also be changed regularly. If your boat is hard to start in the morning, idles rough or backfires, it is probably time to get the carburetors serviced. A simply cleaning can make a world of difference. Water pumps and impellers are important for keeping your engine cool and are often neglected because they are out of sight. Failure to replace them regularly can result in serious engine damage if they stop working. Sacrificial anodes should also be checked and replaced, if needed. Neglecting a small problem can lead to expensive towing bills if you break down on the water.

It is often difficult to find a mechanic you can trust to do quality work at a reasonable price. I put a lot of hours on my boat in nothing but salt water and it is a constant battle to keep up with maintenance and repairs. For all my engine work, I take my boat to Chain of Lakes Marine in Sanford. Whether I need periodic maintenance or a major repair, I know the work will be done right and at a fair price. They repair all makes and models and I recommend them for all your marine mechanic work. Call them at 407-330-0900

Capt. Chris Myers
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters


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