Thursday, December 01, 2011

Indian River Lagoon Fishing Report 11-27-2011

Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters
Capt. Chris Myers
November 27, 2011

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

This past week brought some excellent fishing to Mosquito Lagoon. Calm winds, clear water, and hundreds of tailing redfish made the sight fishing about as good as it gets. The redfish could be found in groups of 10-200 slowly roaming the flats feeding on small shrimp and crabs.

Tailing Redfish in Mosquito Lagoon

My clients for the day were new to sight fishing and found it challenging to cast to the schools. Combine an adrenaline rush with a lack of casting practice and even a group of 100 fish can be hard to hit. The DOA shrimp did hit its mark several times and resulted in instant bites.

The following day, a dozen redfish came to the boat. Some were caught on a black and purple bunny booger fly and the rest on the 1/4 ounce DOA shrimp on watermelon holographic.

On Wednesday, I had Dean from Rhode Island on board. He was an excellent caster and, as luck would have it, the weather turned sour and most of the tailing fish vanished. We saw tailing fish four times during the cloudy and windy morning and Dean put the DOA shrimp on the mark every time and was immediately hooked up. He also used a 4inch CAL tail to land several trout, a flounder, and another redfish.

The day after Thanksgiving, the wind was blowing when we arrived and by mid-morning it was blowing at a sustained 21 mph. Throw in lots of clouds and some dirty water and our hopes of sight fishing were dashed. I put on a couple 5.5 inch DOA CAL tails, added a Woodies Rattle, and had Mike and his son Brian cast in areas we hoped were holding fish. Soon, Mike was hooked up with a nice redfish on his Arkansas glow colored bait.

Things were slow the rest of the morning but Brian finally landed his first redfish right before we headed in.

A front will be moving through on Monday followed by some much cooler weather the remainder of the week. This may help clear up the algae bloom which is still causing cloudy water in many places in the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River. The tailing redfish action should remain excellent through December and the schools should get even more plentiful.

Upcoming Seminars and Events
December 8 - 6:30 Shad and Crappie Round Table
Mosquito Creek Outdoors will be hosting a roundtable discussion on shad and crappie fishing with local experts. Bring your questions or knowledge to add to the mix.

December 15 - 6:30 - Shad and Crappie Derby Captains Meeting
With the 2012 Shad and Crappie Derby set to open on December 17, Captains Tom Van Horn and Charlie McCullough will be speaking about how to catch shad and crappie at Mosquito Creek Outdoors. Come and register for the event to be eligible for one of the many prizes. The derby runs through March 17, 2012.

Old Florida Outdoor Festival - February 10-12
Apopka will be holding the first Outdoor Festival with lots of fishing, hunting, and outdoors exhibitors and events. Some fishing celebrities will be in attendance. There will also be country music concerts and other events.

Changes to Spotted Seatrout Rules

The FWC, in its meeting last week, decided to make changes to the spotted seatrout rules as well as the redfish limits. The closed seasons fro trout will be eliminated starting February 1, 2012. The daily bag limit will be increased to 6 fish in the Northeast Region. Commercial fishing for trout will be extended to 5 months and 2 anglers on a single boat can harvest 150 fish to 24 inches. The only way this can be stopped is to get the Governor and the FWC Commission to change trout to gamefish status which prohibits sale. Several of the current commissioners who support more commercial fishing will be up for reappointment next year including the chairman who led the charge on this latest proposal. Please encourage Gov. Christ to appoint members who are more in line with conservation and recreational fishing.

The redfish bag limit was also increased to 2 fish in the northeast and northwest regions but will remain the same from Volusia County south.

Capt. Chris Myers
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters

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