Fishing Reports by Captain Michael Bales

About The Author: Captain

Company: HotFish Charters

Area Reporting: Charleston South Carolina

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.

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Charleston Redfish Action! (5/30/2018)
[Charleston,SC] Excellent fishing In and around Historic Charleston South Carolina.
Charleston winter redfish report (1/23/2018)
[Charleston,SC] Crazy weather is gone and the redfish are eating.
2015 Fishing Season has started! (6/26/2015)
[Bristol Bay,AK] Alaska Fly Fishing in Bristol Bay is red hot for the start of the 2015 season.
Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report - May 2, 2011 (5/02/2011)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] The fishing on Mosquito Lagoon is in full summer mode!! Topwater redfish and baitfish invasion!
Sprint time Redfish show their tails!! (3/28/2011)
[Orlando,FL] Spring conditions have returned and the fishing is heating up as well. Warm sunny days and light winds have made for some great fishing on Florida's east coast.
Fantastic spring Redfish Action on Florida's East Coast! (3/02/2011)
[Orlando,FL] Spring conditions have arrived, the sunny skies and warmer days have the fishing action turned on!
Redfish on the flats of Mosquito Lagoon. (2/03/2011)
[Orlando,FL] Redfish continue to roam the flats of Mosquito Lagoon making the perfect target for the light tackle or fly fishing angler. Sight fishing conditions are perfect for these Bruisers on the flats and inshore backcountry!
Winter Flats Fishing Action. (1/06/2011)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Mosquito Lagoon redfish & trout fishing is excellent this time of year. Clear, Low water conditions make for excellent sight fishing!
Light Tackle Winter time redfish on Florida's Space Coast (1/06/2011)
[Orlando,FL] The fishing on Mosquito Lagoon has been excellent in the past few weeks. Record days of redfish & trout are being caught all over the Indian River system.
Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report - November 28, 2010 (11/28/2010)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Stalking & Catching Mosquito Lagoon Redfish on fly or light tackle while fishing the flats of east central Florida!
Awesome Flats Fishing on the Mosquito Lagoon (5/18/2010)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Mosquito Lagoon redfish action is heating up! The mullet have started to arrive in massive numbers!
Shallow Water Redfish continue to show their tails!! (4/30/2010)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Get out early for Tailing Redfish on the Mosquito Lagoon. Low light daybreak conditions produce FISH!
Sight fishing at its Finest!! (4/27/2010)
[Orlando,FL] The sight fishing for redfish in the Mosquito Lagoon has been FANTASTIC! The last few weeks have produced numerous days of tailing, happy fish on Florida's Space Coast.
Fantastic sight fishing for Redfish on Florida's East Coast! (4/10/2010)
[Orlando,FL] Spring has arrive, warmer water temperatures and happy tailing fish on the flats of Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River.
Redfish in the Spring on Mosquito Lagoon (3/23/2010)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Warm, (Dare I say Spring-like?) Conditions have the redfish and trout eating!
Hot action in the Florida Backcountry. (3/04/2010)
[Daytona Beach,FL] Fishing between the weather fronts can prove extremely productive during winter!
Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report - February 25,2010 (2/25/2010)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Winter time redfish on the Mosquito Lagoon. Between weather fronts the fishing has been outstanding.
Florida Fishing Report-Mosquito Lagoon (2/11/2010)
[Orlando,FL] Winter-time Redfishing in central Florida can be excellent between these fast moving weather fronts. Pick a good day of weather and get out there for some fine action!
Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report - Jan. 20, 2009 (1/20/2010)
[Orlando,FL] Post freeze Mosquito Lagoon Florida fishing.
Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report - Jan. 1, 2009 (1/01/2010)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Crazy weather, dropping water levels & temps, and REDFISH!
Florida Fishing Report-Mosquito Lagoon (12/12/2009)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Low, Clean and Clear.... Winter conditions are returning!
Fall Fishing Time on Mosquito Lagoon (11/27/2009)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Cooler temperatures and Schooling redfish!
Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report - November 11,2009 (11/11/2009)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Windy Redfish days on Florida's space coast!
Mosquito Lagoon October 28,2009 (10/28/2009)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Pre-fall patterns on the mosquito lagoon!! The mullet are here.
Mosquito Lagoon Fish Report (9/19/2009)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Mosquito Lagoon in the Fall! It just doesn't get any better.
Alaska for the Summer! (6/24/2009)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] I'm off to Alaska for the Summer, already missing the lagoons!
Mosquito Lagoon Fish Report (5/10/2009)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Windy Days and Summer temperatures. Time to get out there.
Mosquito Lagoon April Report (4/14/2009)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Nasty April weather and Happy fish on the good days! Mosquito Lagoon fishing action is a fast as these winds if you pick the right day!
Mosquito Lagoon Pre-Spring Fishing (3/18/2009)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Spring Fishing on the Mosquito Lagoon is AWESOME! Time to go out and catch yourself a Florida Redfish!
March Fishing (3/02/2009)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Schools of Reds abound in the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon.
February Fantastic Fishing (2/16/2009)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Winter time redfish on the flats and the backcountry.
Think Like a Fish! (1/29/2009)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Fishing winter fronts in Florida can be challenging, Try to adapt your approach to the fish AND the conditions.
Holiday Week Report! January 1st Happy New Year. (1/01/2009)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Holiday Fishing on the Mosquito Lagoon has been fantastic. Redfish, Trout and Black Drum on the flats.
Redfish and Black Drum on the Mosquito Lagoon (12/18/2008)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] The Mosquito Lagoon is HOT! Fall & Winter aresome of the best times for sight fishing this amazing fishery.
Redfish Action! (12/07/2008)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Morning Tailers on the World Famous Mosquito Lagoon!
Fishing the fronts! (12/02/2008)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Frontal Fishing can be tough but watching the weather pays off!
Fall is here! (11/16/2008)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Redfishing on the north end of the World Famous Mosquito Lagoon!
Mega-Trout and Redfish.. (5/01/2008)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Just had to share a photo of this enormous Trout caught on a recent trip.
Shallow schools of Redfish (4/17/2008)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Mosquito Lagoon Tails. Rapidly changing weather! Fishing still great.
The great redfishing Continues. (2/13/2008)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Fishing remains hot on the north end, the open lagoon has been tough with the winds, but the next few days should be excellent!!
Winter Redfish!! (1/15/2008)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Schools of Red!!! The winter is here and the fishing is excellent!
Sight Fishing Heaven! (11/28/2007)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] The water has started to drop and the fishing is great!!
The greast fishing continues!! (10/27/2007)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Fishing the Front! Jerk baits are the key producers.. Also Big fish on topwater!
Mosquito Lagoon!! (9/29/2007)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] The mullet are here and the redfish are EATING....
The Wind Is Your Friend (9/01/2007)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] The Wind is your friend!!!! Call now to book your trip. The fishing continues to be excellent!!
AUGUST Redfish! (8/31/2007)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] The fishing on the north end has been exceptional this week!!
Another fantastic morning! (8/22/2007)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Topwater Reds! The early morning bite continues to be hot!
Summer Action! (8/08/2007)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Summertime TROUT for the boys from GA! North End Mosquito Lagoon.