Drew Cavanaugh

May 22nd, 2011 Mosquito Lagoon Saltwater Fishing Report

With very warm weather among us and summer time knocking at our door the fishing here on the Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River and along the beaches will pick up and go into full throttle. As the days continue to get hotter and hotter we will begin to see earlier start times and absolutely great days of fishing. As always, bring it on! There is no better place on earth to be fishing than here in central Florida right now and for the next several months.

Several weeks here now redfish and trout have been all over the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River. The bigger trout have been along grass flats and sand holes as the smaller trout are out along the ledges in areas of 2 to 4 feet of water. Look for bait pods of mullet and you will find the trout. Free lining a mullet or using a DOA Shrimp will bring on great results. Top-water plugs will always bring out fun times too. Please be sure to handle the trout as with all fish with extreme care. Most of the trout on the flats are in the 3 to 5 pound range lately.

Redfish are moving like soldiers on the shallow grass flats early and can be caught using a small live blue crab, live mullet or DOA CALS, DOA Shrimps and the cut baits as well. Sight fishing these beasts are allows the best way to go after them. Approach tailing redfish with caution and basically just take your time as not to scare them is the tactic to use. Properly placed casts and a soft presentation will definitely bring a fish or two in the boat. As the day goes on look for reds to move into slightly deeper waters and follow the bait pods there too. Along with the redfish several black drum are out there too. They will hammer the crabs and a well-placed live shrimp too.

A few small tarpon have been seen rolling in the river waters near New Smyrna Beach and throughout the Mosquito Lagoon. As the water temperatures begin to rise the fishing for them will improve.

Captain Drew Cavanaugh

Florida Inshore Fishing Charters


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Oak Hill/New Smyrna Beach - Florida

Fish Species: Redfish, Red Drum, Trout, Black Drum
Bait Used: Live Crabs
Tackle Used: Light Tackle-Fly Fishing
Method Used: Sight Fishing
Water Depth: 12-28 Inches
Water Temperature: 85
Wind Direction: SE-SW-NW-NE
Wind Speed: 5-15Knots
Kelly from Japan with a nice Mosquito Lagoon Redfish
Kelly from Japan with a nice Mosquito Lagoon Redfish

Nice Mosquito Lagoon Redfish by Rebecca on a crab
Nice Mosquito Lagoon Redfish by Rebecca on a crab

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Drew Cavanaugh

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Area Reporting: Mosquito Lagoon/East Central Florida

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