Mosquito Lagoon Redfish
As the days start to get long the fishing seems to be improving. Days where the sun comes up and it stays nice and hot out until the storms move in and things cool off. Perfect! Just outstanding days of fishing are among us here. Hot summer days here in Florida bring on chances of catching tarpon, snook, trout, black drum, jacks, lady fish, and of course redfish too. There is truly no better place on earth to fish than that here in east central Florida on the Indian River and the Mosquito Lagoon.
Now summer time means early sunrises. Early sunrises mean early starts. Early starts means getting out here early! Beat the fish and the crowds. Redfish can be seen feeding aggressively very early as the sun breaks the horizon on numerous flats all throughout the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River in the New Smyrna Beach area down into to the Titusville and Mims areas as well. Several of these fish will be in the 5-25 pound range depending on where you are fishing at that point in time. The key as always, I cannot stress this enough, is STEALTH, PATIENCE and DISTANCE. Take your time when approaching fish that are feeding in very shallow water as to they WILL scare very easily. As always your best approach when sight fishing is to use your push pole and stalk the intended target from a distance. Again think turkey! Use your trolling motor to make up time and distances not to try to get on top of a feeding red drum in 12 inches of water. It will make a whole bunch of noise and scare everything around you. Use a soft attack along with a very well placed cast and this should entice a hit or ten. The top three baits here the past few weeks have been a well place small blue crab in the 1-3 inch diameter range. A D.O.A. plastic shrimp. Last but not least the D.O.A. Shallow Runner Bait Buster in several different colors will work. There is of course always the use of a piece of cut mullet and or lady fish on a 3/0 circle hook. On the fly side of things a well-placed cast with a crab patterned fly on a number 4 size hook will work just as well too. The key with everything above is that the tail does eat. You have to get it, the bait or lure, in front of them and without scaring them with the cast. Practice is one of the best tools out here. However the results can be very rewarding.
Numerous trout can be caught along the drop offs along the flats in the 3-5 foot depth range. Use D.O.A. CALS or a popping cork with a plastic or shrimp below to get results. Watch for pods of baitfish and you will most likely find the trout. Along with trout in that area you will sometimes encounter several lady fish and a jack or two as well. As always with all of your catches, be sure to handle them with extreme care for a safe and successful release of them.
Captain Drew Cavanaugh
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