Drew Cavanaugh

May 29th, 2009

May is a time of year here on the Mosquito Lagoon when life comes to life and the action takes off like a rocket soaring to the sky! I mean things start to explode into action - big action. Bait fish are moving through the area by tens of thousands, birds are showing up by the hundreds, fish are moving over the grass flats feeding vigorously, manatees are in large numbers along with dolphins and so on and so on. It is the prelude to an awesome summer and fall of fishing here. No other place on the planet does this happen like it does here on the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River.

After last weeks rains the area has changed, a metamorphosis to say. Spring has fully turned into summer and out of this has arisen a wealth of great fishing. Early morning the past several days has been on fire if you are able to get to the right spots before first light to see this happen before your eyes. By right spots I mean they are really almost every where. Fish, all reds, trout, tarpon and snook have reached out to explore their new feeding grounds. Like kids on christmas morning. Let me tell you, they are happy, they are excited and they are feeding. As the morning goes by the fish seem to be getting more aggressive as noon approaches.

Trout are hitting both top water and pig fish at early day light along grass flats with drop offs and ledges. Then as the day goes by plastics worked along the white holes will produce strikes with them. Redfish are tailing and feeding along banks and shorelines leading into new territory that for months was inaccessible due to the extreme low water conditions out here. Reds are hitting soft plastics and a well placed shrimp for those who want to sight fish them. Reds this week have also been taken by fly, crab and shrimp patterns work the best. Of course a live mullet or mud minnow will always grab the attention of a beautiful gator trout and a stout redfish. Look for those sand holes within grass flats. Smaller tarpon have been seen and caught around moving water with a good amount of bait fish near them. Snook have been moving into the area as the water temps begin to rise into their realm of enjoyment. Pinfish,live shrimp and soft plastics work well for snook. As the summer comes on the snook bite will turn into great action. Tarpon are going after smaller plastics worked slow. As always year around out here on the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River remember ...Stealth, patience and distance will be the key to your success.

It is no wonder at all why Florida is the fishing capital of the world. Along with the Mosquito Lagoon being the Redfish Capital Of The World what a great combination. There is no other place on this planet that the fishing is so good and more people enjoy this fabulous activity by the thousands or even hundreds of thousands each and every year continuously. Or at least not without spending thousands upon thousands upon thousands of dollars to get there along with long and grueling travel conditions. Florida is a close and basically it is a fun destination to go to for family fun and enjoyment. There are so many things to do also along with Florida's great fishing and water resources - great beaches, excellent sites to see, culture events, fine dining, wildlife, and just so much more that I could go on for ever. Or for anything at all just to get outside for a while and take it all in. So for a world class fishing experience of a lifetime this is no doubt the place to be and to catch that memory of a lifetime. I hope to see each and every one of you on the water.

Tight Lines!

Captain Drew Cavanaugh

Florida Inshore Fishing Charters - Oak Hill - Edgewater - New Smyrna beach

Fish the World Famous Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River. Known as the Redfish Capital of the World. Home of the best light tackle backcountry inshore saltwater flats fishing Florida has to offer.

Light tackle fishing guide specializing in fly or spin for redfish, trout, snook and tarpon.

Captain Drew Cavanaugh: 352- 223-7897

Fish Species: Redfish
Bait Used: Fly & Plastics
Tackle Used: Fly & Spin
Method Used: Sight Fish
Water Depth: 1-3 feet
Water Temperature: 76+
Wind Direction: SE-SW
Wind Speed: 5-15 knots
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Drew Cavanaugh

About The Author: Captain Drew Cavanaugh

Company: Florida Inshore Fishing Charters

Area Reporting: Mosquito Lagoon/East Central Florida

Bio: 20 Years plus of inshore fishing experience along Florida\'s east coast. Specializing in back country light tackle flats fishing at its very best. Located just 45 minutes east of Orlando. we supply all licenses and tackle. Call today for the trip of a lifetime...

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