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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

Mosquito Lagoon – Sept 21, 2008

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Well the past week has had some great improvements in not only the fishing but the weather as well. ever since TS Fay moved in and out the fishing had changed a bit. However now that the water levels have subsided a bit it is beginning to return to normal conditions.

Redfish have been on the flats pretty much everywhere there is bait. Look for schools and singles roaming the shallow waters of the northern end of the Mosquito Lagoon. They will hit anything from live mullet to shrimp to throwing a Gulp at them. Just remember to approach this fish with ease. They do scare very easy.

Trout are moving along the bars and drop offs. Pig fish still work but are getting rather large to use. Try using a popping cork tipped with a shrimp. I like to use a top water plug and fish the edge of the bars.

Capt. Drew Cavanaugh
FLORIDA INSHORE FISHING CHARTERS
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Mosquito Lagoon – Sept 15, 2008

Monday, September 15th, 2008

This weekend the winds laid down enough to be able to get into open waters and be able to do a bit of sight fishing. The area known as Georges Bar on the north end of the Mosquito Lagoon seemed to be the place to be. From the area of Middle Island towards the east and west banks are loaded with nice trout and several redfish. The trout are hitting a wide selection of baits; from top water early to popping corks with live shrimp. If you can find decent size pig fish these a re the real tickets. However piggies are starting to get rather big this time of year. Fish the outside bar drop off towards the flats. The redfish are roaming the extreme shallows in search of mullet and bait fish. I use either cut bait or live shrimp and sight fish them. Also on another note, please remember that the area known as Tiger Shoals is a “Pole and Troll” zone only. During the recent High winds the Orange Balls that mark the west line boundary must have blown away or have just been submerged. I witnessed multiple boats running these flats over the weekend and this is just not good. This area has come back so much we do not want it to be destroyed again. Please visit my site at www.floridainshorefishingcharters.com and then go to the links section and click on the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge link and visit the “fishing Regulations” link of their sight to read the rules of fishing the Mosquito Lagoon/Refuge. It explains clearly the pole and troll rules along with all the regulations to fish this area. Remember this does us all good for our future of this National Park.
Thank You
Capt. Drew Cavanaugh
FLORIDA INSHORE FISHING CHARTERS