Still Hot Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

Sunday, 12 Feb, 2017
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Still Hot Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

Incredibly, this week was even better than last week. Thus the still hot Mosquito Lagoon fishing report.

Upcoming Events-
- On-The-Water Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishng Seminar March 4. Click this link for more information...

SuperBowl Sunday Fran and Christian Allen, fly fishers from Massachusetts, joined me for a cloudy half day on Mosquito Lagoon. We spooked all the fish off the first spot. We just could not see them.

            The second spot produced a handful of seatrout, some of which were decent if not huge. Fortunately my anglers did not object to casting blindly.

            At the third spot Christian got a bite. His response? "That's not a seatrout!" He was correct, as a 26 inch red had taken the fly. It was a short, sweet trip, and that fish was the culmination.

On Monday David Waring and his friends Ryan and Dan, all engineers from the Seattle area, joined me for some Mosquito Lagoon light tackle action. Redfish, seatrout, and black drum, all on either DOA CAL Shad or RipTide Sardines, came into the boat in spurts all day long. Dan posed with a couple of his fish!

Tuesday I went scouting out of River Breeze. I did not find fish everywhere I looked, but I certainly found fish. The water is getting really low.

Wednesday Coloradoan Donald Nunn joined me, again on Mosquito Lagoon. It was the slowest day of the week fishing-wise, but he still got several redfish and a couple nice trout, all on my favorite artificial baits (see above).

Took Thursday off.

Friday Billy Vail, a fly fisher from South Bend, and Billy Vail, a student in Jacksonville, joined me out of River Breeze. We got trout and reds more or less continuously all day, with the best fish coming on the last cast of the day. The fish was a lovely 27 inch seatrout. If I could script every day that's how it would play out.

On Saturday Mic Lauric and his friend Brian, fly fishers from Atlanta, joined me for a day of kayak fishing out of a busy River Breeze Park. Somewhat inauspiciously I got the first two fish just a few minutes from the launch, a fine trout and a slot red, on a Polar Fibre Minnow. On the rest of the way to the spot I had in mind we saw very little. Even my spot was slow at first- all the fish were at the far end of it.

            Without the gruesome details, they had at least three doubles. Mic sent me the following email- "Thank you.  Can't wait to do it again. Please send pics when you can. We want to braggggg..." Flies were synthetic minnow imitations. The fish were definitely on the feed. There goes that they don't bite good on the full moon nonsense.

So, that is the still hot Mosquito Lagoon fishing report!

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Fishing Water Report
Part of Florida's Indian River Lagoon system, Mosquito Lagoon lies between the sand dunes of Canaveral National Seashore and the marshes, hardwood hammocks, and scrub of the Merritt ... moreIsland National Wildlife Refuge. Its protected shallow waters are the permanent home to some of the largest redfish and seatrout in Florida. Other fish species of interest to anglers here include black drum, jack crevalle, bluefish, snook, tarpon, flounder, and more. It's an awesome place to fish!

Fly fish or use light tackle for redfish, seatrout, snook, tarpon, black drum, and more on the waters of the Mosquito Lagoon. Everybody should be able to enjoy fishing here!

In addition to the various species of fishes, the Merritt Island NWR contains over 1000 species of plants, 68 amphibians and reptiles, 330 birds, and 31 mammal species. During a day's fishing you can expect to see bottle-nosed dolphins, the West Indian manatee, a wide variety of birds, and quite possibly an American alligator. Even the inevitable slow fishing days exhibit a fascinating display of wildlife.
Reporting Outfitter
Look no further than Capt. John Kumiski’s Spotted Tail Fly Fishing Charters for thrilling guided fishing trips in both salt- and freshwater. We’re only one hour’s drive from Orlando, ... moreFlorida! We fish on the Mosquito Lagoon, the Indian River Lagoon, the Banana River Lagoon, the near-coastal Atlantic waters, and the St. Johns River system. John’s anglers have been catching fish on central Florida waters for over 25 years.

Fly fish or use light tackle for redfish, seatrout, snook, tarpon, black drum, and more on the waters of the Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River Lagoon, and Banana River Lagoon.

Or you may prefer to fish the near coastal waters of the Atlantic Ocean for tarpon, snook, cobia, king mackerel, sharks, and many other species. Or maybe a day of fishing for bass and bream is more your style.

Spotted Tail Fishing Charters supplies all fishing tackle for both fly and light tackle. We also supply the flies, lures, or bait, and all necessary licenses* and permits.

Fish from our skiff, or by kayak or canoe.

We love experienced fly anglers, but are equally happy taking beginners or children. Everyone should be able to enjoy a day on the water!

Do what thousands of other happy fishermen have done and make your next Orlando fishing trip one to remember with Spotted Tail Orlando Fishing Charters, the most enjoyable and educational fishing trips in Orlando.
Reported Trip
  • redfish, seatrout
Saltwater Fishing Trip By Skiff In Lagoons We fish Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River Lagoon, and Banana River Lagoon near Orlando, Florida.... more

This is our most popular trip, available year-round and appropriate for all ages. We'll accomodate both fly fishers and conventional tackle anglers. We mostly sight fish in shallow water for redfish and seatrout. We may also encounter black drum, baby tarpon, crevalle jacks, ladyfish, bluefish, and others. The reds average about five pounds, but could be over 20. The trout average about is 15 inches, but could hit 30.
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