Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report - May 2, 2011
<p>Another fantastic month of fishing on Florida's Mosquito Lagoon this past month! The mullet have invaded the area and the redfish know it. They have been feeding heavily in the early morning making for some great topwater action!! The water temperatures have warmed up also making for a solid trout bite as well the last few weeks.
Live mullet or chunk ladyfish has been the light tackle bait of choice for redfish. Sight fishing cruising packs or single tailing redfish with a shrimp on a circle hook will also work. If you want to try artificial lures the DOA bait-buster and GULP jerk shad are still producing really well on the trout and redfish. The ever faithful small blue crab continues to produce some quality black drum when you locate fish. Try fishing the edges around 3-5 of depth and hold on. I like using a circle jig with the crab helping to keep it on the bottom where those larger drum are lurking.
The trout fishing has really been on fire along the deeper edges where bait is concentrated. A live mullet, croaker or jerk shad should work well. Look for areas with some depth and a bit of current and you'll surely find trout. The topwater chug bug is still producing well in the wind or under low light conditions with a nice 6 pound fish landed this week by Ron from Orlando.
Lot of great trips this past month with some great clients happily catching redfish, trout & black drum on the Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River and surrounding area. I love this time of year and look forward to fishing with all my clients from this month again real soon!
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About The Author: Captain Michael Bales
Company: HotFish Charters
Area Reporting: Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River
Bio: Native Floridian Capt Michael Bales has been fishing for over 25 years and full time professionally guiding for 10.I have been lucky enough to have fished and guided waters all over the world to include AK, the Rocky Mountain west, TN, NC, GA, and FL! Even a brief period as a Taimen and Trout guide while living in Europe! While not guiding in Alaska, you can find Capt Mike silently poling the waters of Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River Lagoon and the Canveral National seashore looking for Redfish or perhaps on the pristine flats of Homosassa in search of Tarpon. Having been an Alaska Professional Guide for 5 years guiding for all five species of Pacific Salmon, Steelhead, World-Class Rainbow trout and Halibut on Shelikopf straits in Cook Inlet. He has experience operating jet boats, float rafts and drift boats in remote coastal rivers of Alaska, as well as offshore boats and inshore boats in Florida.