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Mosquito Lagoon – Saltwater Fishing Report – March 18, 2009

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Spring is poking its head at us here on the Mosquito Lagoon! Spring time weather here on the Mosquito Lagoon has made the past few weeks of fishing just awesome. Epic! Beautiful days outside along with some spectacular fishing trips makes for great memories and experiences to remember for a long time to come.

Warmer days and water levels rising along with shifts in the winds and weather patterns have caused a few changes in the fishing. With the shift in winds now coming from the south a bit it is causing the water levels to come up some. Not much but enough. This is opening up new feeding grounds to the fish. Along with the water coming up a bit the water temperature has climbed a good amount too. Fish are getting more active with this. Along with the fish getting spring fever bait fish are following the same path. Making this a symbiotic relationship between them. I see the fishing improving as the next few weeks approach.

Reds and trout have been landed in great numbers over the past couple of weeks using shrimp sight fished to either schooling fish or singles. Schools have been the most dominant ways of find redfish. Some schools I have seen have been in excess of a few hundred of reds in them. A sight to see! However the past several days we were able to seek out many single tailing reds throughout the entire Mosquito Lagoon. Up in extremely shallow water have been very nice trout. Trout in excess of 30 plus inches are becoming very aggressive. Live mullet or soft plastics seem to be working the best for them. A well worked top water plug can also be a choice selection for big trout too. Smaller trout can be caught in good numbers in a little deeper water lines along edges, drop offs and grass beds. Use free lined shrimp or gulps.

The key here is to find areas that over the past several weeks/months that have been untouchable to say by either boats or even fish due to low water levels. These areas where bait are now up in and moving around will attract all the great signs. Areas where just a few weeks ago were dry. Birds feeding, bait fish active, predators about looking for a meal and constant movement of life in the area. There will be reds and trout checking this out. It is in their nature. Search new areas as always with a little patience and stealth and this will lead you to a days worth of success.

I look forward to seeing you out there on the water.

Tight Lines!

Captain Drew Cavanaugh
Florida Inshore Fishing Charters
Cell/352-223-7897
drcfishmaster@cfl.rr.com
www.floridainshorefishingcharters.com/

Cold Weather Mosquito Lagoon Fishing – Jan 20, 2009

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

With the recent snaps of cold fronts that central Florida has been having the fishing has snapped too. It has snapped into a good thing, winter red fishing on the Mosquito Lagoon is here! By this I mean it is changing and you too should change your tactics. A sunrise start is not always the ticket.

When cold weather moves into the area the fishing on the lagoon tends to change a bit, for the good and even sometimes the GREAT! The fish will bunch up into large schools and will move into the shallow warming waters of the flats throughout the day. Remember the key with this are that fish are not mammals…they are cold blooded animals that will adjust to their surroundings. They need to warm up and then get active.

As the days warm up, the fishing will pick up. Take your time when fishing colder days. Fish tend to be a bit more sluggish. Let them see your bait, let them think the bait is slow or worn down, a free meal. You almost can not work it slow enough. Sight fishing is always my favorite choice but working white holes and bars can produce very good numbers of fish too. Throw shrimp or plastics into the holes and work areas thoroughly but slowly. Adapt to the days surroundings. Remember sun rise will warm western banks up first and as the day progresses it will warm eastern banks.

Redfish have been seen and caught in good numbers on the flats using live shrimp. Schooling reds are what I personally have been seeing. Some schools I have hooked into have had over 200 fish in them, and even more, these are just what I have been able to see. Along with a few singles here and there tailing and feeding happily. However, the exciting thing are the amount of trout I have been seeing. Gator Trout if that.

The other day we were poling a flat edge that went from about 10 inches to about 18 inches along an area of about four football fields in size. On the out side of this area it is about 2-3 feet deep.(A drop off ledge nearby) We saw over 30 plus trout in this area. I know you are saying wow….30, not that many! Well these trout looked to me to be each over 30 plus inches with some that looked like a yard sticks. The unique thing was that they were moving along with finger mullet along the edges of this flat. Just back and forth. There must have been at least 10,000 mullet in that particular area. This is what I would call a food source for these trout. Or I like to call them “The Special Forces” of the Mosquito Lagoon. Now mixed in with these fish were several single medium slot reds and a bunch of lower slot trout. The key with attempting to land a true gator trout out there is big time patience and just keep trying. Just do not give up. Again, soft plastics or live shrimp work very well in this situation.

I look forward to seeing you all on the water this year. Again I want to wish every one a happy and productive new year.

Tight Lines and Happy Fishing!
Captain Drew Cavanaugh

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Guide
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Mosqito Lagoon – Jan 3, 2009

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

The start of the new year has turned out to be really great. The weather is working out well and tagging right along with it is some really awesome fishing. The past several weeks have actually been really, really good. Almost everyday I was on the water with a client and pretty much an overall success was accomplished. Even a few days fished for myself just to keep in touch with these beauties of the back waters. I am always following the feeding patterns and habits of these beautiful creatures of the flats we like to call game fish.

The past days and weeks have produced(and continue to produce) exceptionally great catches of redfish, trout, black drum and even a few mixed bag fish. Let’s start of with the redfish bite. Reds have been roaming the flats early and throughout the morning/day. I have been getting most of them in the upper and a bit over the slot size by throwing a live shrimp at them or a Gulp in the white color. Nothing like sight fishing one of these bull dogs of the flats. Making your light tackle scream like the devil. A few reds were landed the other day with an imitation shrimp on fly with a client from South Dakota. Approach these fish slowly and you should be able to get close to them. As always with redfish…You know what I am going to say-Stealth and Distance and let’s throw in a dash of Patience. This is the KEY to success for these troopers of the flats.

Now moving on to some trout. I do not mean just any trout, I mean TROUT. Very nice trout have been seen and caught using top water and live shrimp. Even a couple have been caught using the free-lined live mullet tactic. If you are able to get within sight of these smart fish with the right light conditions you can see and land a few of them by sight fishing them. Most the trout are between the 3-7 lb class with a few over 8lbs or so on the skinny water side of things. They are seen roaming grass flats and lurking among the sand holes in search of an ambushed bait. A good Skitter Walk in a mullet pattern will work well too.

Black drum have been thick throughout the entire Mosquito Lagoon. The fish are getting a lot of pressure and are becoming very skittish when approached. I find that a small shrimp will work on a 3/0 or so circle hook. Gulps work very well too for these fish and tend to stay on a good amount of time as well. Look for these fish roaming the flats VERY early then moving off to deeper edges for protection and food.

As long as things continue weather wise the fishing should continue to improve along with it. Call today to book your trip of a lifetime and get out there and see the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River like you have never seen before.

Happy New Year and Tight Lines!

Captain Drew Cavanaugh
Florida Inshore Fishing Charters
PO BOX 881
Edgewater, FL 32132
Cell/352-223-7897
drcfishmaster@cfl.rr.com
Light Tackle Fishing Guide On The Mosquito Lagoon
Specializing In Fly Or Spin
www.floridainshorefishingcharters.com/

Mosquito Lagoon – Dec 22, 2008

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

This week has been just off the wall. Not just the fishing but the weather has been awesome! This is why we are here in Florida. Next week should be close to the same with just a few degrees cooler.

Big redfish are roaming the flats of the Mosquito Lagoon and can be caught with extreme patience. The key is stealth, as always. Live shrimp and small blue crabs are your best bet. Search shallow water flats early and just work them through out the morning/day. Approach the fish and try to figure out their game plan. Meaning, try to determine which way they are working and cast in that direction giving you enough room for your presentation not to scare them.

See you on the water!

Captain Drew Cavanaugh
Florida Inshore Fishing Charters
PO BOX 881
Edgewater, FL 32132
Cell/352-223-7897
drcfishmaster@cfl.rr.com
Light Tackle Fishing Guide On The Mosquito Lagoon
Specializing In Fly Or Spin
www.floridainshorefishingcharters.com/

New Smyrna Beach – Saltwater Fishing Report – Dec 7, 2008

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

Tails, Tails and Even More Tails!

No, Not Tales, Fish Tails! That’s right redfish are tailing every where on the Mosquito Lagoon. The reds are starting to bunch up in their winter styles and getting out early you can see these wonders of nature tailing in the shallows of the Mosquito Lagoon at day break and beyond. The main key with these fish are as always to approach them with extreme caution and patience.

The winter or cooler months of fishing with me are my favorite times to fish out here. The weather is PERFECT! Shallow water, well I love it too! I go light…VERY LIGHT! This alone for one will allow you to draft less and two can make polling a lot easier. The majority of the fish my clients and myself are catching are in 10-15 inches of water and I am able to pole up to within just a few feet of them. The best choices for baits are a nice live shrimp, blue crab or even if you have some lady fish from the summer time. Make your casts count. The fish in shallow waters like we have now can tend to be very spooky.

The other fish I have been seeing and catching in good numbers are BIG TROUT! I mean BIG! A few have been 30 plus inches. These fish need to be approach with stealth plus to get them. Top water and live mullet are your best choices. Please handle these beauties with extreme caution so they may be released with ease.

Call today to book the trip of a lifetime with me. I look forward to seeing you on the water.

Captain Drew Cavanaugh
Florida Inshore Fishing Charters
PO BOX 881
Edgewater, FL 32132
Cell/352-223-7897
drcfishmaster@cfl.rr.com
Light Tackle Fishing Guide On The Mosquito Lagoon
www.floridainshorefishingcharters.com

Mosquito Lagoon Dec – 1, 2008

Monday, December 1st, 2008

The fishing over the past couple of weeks has turned out to be great. I am seeing quite a few fish all over the Mosquito Lagoon…No particular places, just shallow waters mostly. The fish are cruising banks as the sun comes up to warm themselves and I have been throwing shrimp and cut mullet at them. As always use stealth and a mixture of patience is required.

Trout, and I mean big trout are seen roaming the flats. I was able to have a client the other day sight fish a nice 30 plus inch trout 10 feet from the boat with a shrimp in an open sand hole. The trout are very spooky so use extreme stealth with these fish. Do not get upset if you sneak up on one and are not able to land it before they see you…Theu did not get that old by being caught.

Captain Drew Cavanaugh
Florida Inshore Fishing Charters
PO BOX 881
Edgewater, FL 32132
Cell/352-223-7897
drcfishmaster@cfl.rr.com
Light Tackle Fishing Guide
www.floridainshorefishingcharters.com

Mosquito Lagoon – Nov 14, 2008

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing, this is what central Florida is all about. The Redfish Capital of the World, The Mosquito Lagoon. The fishing on the Mosquito Lagoon has been tremendous, not just this past week but all year so far. Within the past several days I have seen so many fish on the flats moving and feeding it is like being a kid in a candy store. Redfish are moving along the flats in extremely shallow waters and hugging banks and corners. While big trout are lurking just behind them in the ambush spots such as sand holes and deep pockets within the grass.

Fish the reds with stealth and caution and you should have no problem landing a few. If sight fishing use shrimp or Gulps! or even some smaller mullet pieces. The big trout on the other hand are a whole other ball game. Try top water or free line a live mullet. Please do remember here on the east coast of Florida trout are closed and are to be released.

Captain Drew Cavanaugh
Florida Inshore Fishing Charters
PO BOX 881
Edgewater, FL 32132
Cell/352-223-7897
drcfishmaster@cfl.rr.com
Light Tackle Fishing Guide
www.floridainshorefishingcharters.com

Mosquito Lagoon – Nov 8, 2008

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

The past few days have proven to be exceptionally great days for getting out on the water to catch some fish. The weather patterns have been holding steady and the fish are beginning to show signs of winter patterns.

Slowly I am seeing more and more schools of redfish. Some of theses schools on the Mosquito Lagoon are between 1-25 fish and I have seen others up to 40-50 fish. Most of them are the smaller reds but with seeing this this tells me more are to arrive soon and this is to become the normal thing for the next several months.

Approaching redfish and (ALWAYS BIG TROUT ALL YEAR) this time of year requires a certain combo of key ingredients. These would be patience, stealth and distance. Be patient when stalking fish in shallow water. They are much better at hearing/seeing you then you might think. Stealth is the biggest one…Think of it as you sneaking up on a turkey or deer…Takes some slow movement and time to do it. The distance thing on the Mosquito Lagoon is a given to those of you who have been out here and who have fished it…It is very shallow and fish will be away from the boat. A goo thing to do is to practice in your yard or on the water with a target to cast to.

Sight fishing redfish this time of year I like to use either nice size live shrimp or Gulps!. Sometimes a smaller piece of mullet but it does make some more noise however is productive if placed correctly.

I look forward to seeing you out on the water applying these tactics.

Thank You For Letting Us Be Of Service To You.
Captain Drew Cavanaugh
Florida Inshore Fishing Charters
PO BOX 881
Edgewater, FL 32132
Cell/352-223-7897
drcfishmaster@cfl.rr.com
Light Tackle Fishing Guide
www.floridainshorefishingcharters.com

Mosquito Lagoon – Nov 5, 2008

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

The last couple of days the trout bite turned on like a rocket lifting off to the moon. Now do remember trout are closed here in this area until the beginning of next year. The top water bite has been the best…With it lasting well into the day. Soft plastics and jigs have been producing quality fish too. Start fishing bars and deep waters, then switch to the flats as the day warms…

Captain Drew Cavanaugh
Florida Inshore Fishing Charters
PO BOX 881
Edgewater, FL 32132
Cell/352-223-7897
drcfishmaster@cfl.rr.com
Light Tackle Fishing Guide
www.floridainshorefishingcharters.com

Mosquito Lagoon – Nov 3, 2008

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

The fishing on the Mosquito Lagoon has been great the past several days despite the winds and bad weather conditions. With the NE winds the best option is to get behind protected waters and fish them to you advantage. Free-line mullet or cut bait will work fishing sand holes and banks. Sight fishing should begin to improve greatly as long as the water stays clear and the clouds are gone. Redfish are slowly gathering for their grouping of schools for winter like fishing.

Trout are on the move and are every where…However, please remember the season for the Mosquito Lagoon closed November 1st, 2008 and does not re-open until January 1st, 2009. Trout are active hitting all kinds of bait…My favorite has been top-water or the Berkley Gulp! shrimp pattern in white.

Thank You and go and catch some fish.
Captain Drew Cavanaugh
FLORIDA INSHORE FISHING CHARTERS
www.floridainshorefishingcharters.com