Cold, then Hot, on Mosquito Lagoon- Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report
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Last Friday night my phone rang. Bob Colley wanted to go fishing on Saturday. Let's go!
Saturday morning found us out on the Mosquito Lagoon. One of us held a fly rod, the other a push pole. The wind was blowing from the south. Other than that it was pretty darn nice out.
I went to several spots where I had been finding fish. The fish mostly weren't there. We did not convert any of the few shots we had. Bob had had enough by 1 PM, so we went back to Beacon 42 and loaded the boat. Skunktrooski!
Tuesday morning Bill Kirby joined me for a day's fly fishing. There wasn't a breath of wind. There were more tailing redfish than I've seen in at least a decade. It was simply extraordinary.
Bill used one of my old standbyes, an unweighted grizzly Seaducer. Every time Bill presented it properly a fish nailed it. It was an outstanding morning.
Around noon a light breeze came up. Down went every tail! We managed one more fish after that. The flat where the fish were still has dirty water. That, combined with the clouds, made them very hard to see.
The boat was back on the trailer at 3:30.
Tom Van Horn called me to tell me shad fishing south of SR 46 has been excellent. Friday afternoon I went there, intending to walk up the river bank to the Econ and fish my way back. The water is too high to do that, at least with the amount of effort I had budgeted. So I fished just south of the bridge.
Those shad were flapping like crazy, but in spite of changing flies four or five times I didn't get one. I did get three solid crappie, though, and a small channel cat. Yes, on fly. No, I never did that before. It was a new fish for my life list.
I met Phil Woodham at the boat ramp when I got back. It was good to see him. It had been a long time. He looked good.
He likewise said shad fishing has been outstanding. He and his friend Fred had stopped shad fishing and had gone catfishing. They had some fat cats, a few pushing 20 pounds. Keith Sutton, where are you?
And that, friends, is this week's Mosquito Lagoon (and elsewhere) fishing report! Thank you for reading!
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About The Author: John Kumiski
Company: Spotted Tail Charter Service
Area Reporting: Florida's Space Coast
Bio: Guiding fly and light tackle anglers on Florida\'s Space Coast for over 20 years.