Monday, March 12, 2012

Central Florida Sight Fishing 3- 2012

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report
The Mosquito Lagoon fishing has been excellent the past couple weeks. Clear water has allowed us to sight fish for redfish, drum, and seatrout on the shallow flats when the sun was out. The fish have been plentiful but will not stick around an approaching boat for long. They are eager to eat, however, and well placed casts have resulted in lots of hookups. A black redfish worm has been working well for fly anglers. The DOA Baitbuster, a 5.5 inch CAL in golden bream or the 3 inch CAL have all caught numerous large trout and redfish.

Dave and Mark got to fish on two of the best weather days during the past couple weeks. We didn't get as much sun as we hoped but we still saw multiple large schools of redfish. Fish were caught on both fly and spin gear.

Jason and Dave had to brave some high winds but enjoyed an excellent day of catching redfish and trout. The golden bream CAL with a Woodies Rattle accounted for most of the fish.

This week, I fished with Canadian angler Pascal on a cloudy and windy day. Sight fishing was tough but he did manage to land several drum along with some trout. He nearly had a redfish several times to complete his slam but each one got off before he landed them.

Thursday's anglers had shots at well over 1,000 fish in large schools. Unfortunately, they were never able to get a bait in front of a fish. After dropping them off, I went out to do some prospecting and discovered several spots holding large seatrout. I caught nearly a dozen using an ultralight rod, 5lb braid, and a DOA 5.5 inch CAL with a Woodies Rattle. I also caught some on a weedless soft plastic topwater bait that may be available later this year.

With water temperatures in the middle to upper 70's on most days, the pinfish and other baits are returning to the flats. Topwater baits are already producing good bites and will only get better during this month. This is a good time of year to catch a trophy sized seatrout in less than 2 feet of water. On bright sunny days, you can sight fish them in the shallow sand holes. When clouds are present, you will never see them until it is too late. If you must blind cast, make long casts targeting sandy areas. Many big trout will run directly at the boat after they strike. If you feel the slightest bump, reel quickly or you will miss lots of bites. Big trout are much more delicate than redfish and must be handled with care. Have you camera ready before taking them out of the water. Trout have large mouths and often are hooked inside the mouth. Using barbless hooks and having a dehooking tool will help ensure a successful release.

Captain Chris Myers

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