Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report with Capt. Chris Myers (Dec 1, 2012)

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The view from Mosquito Lagoon with Captain Chris Myers

Fishing in Mosquito Lagoon during November offered some excellent sight fishing opportunities for redfish and large seatrout. Many of the redfish are in schools that range from 25 -200 fish. On calm days they can be found tailing on the shallow flats in search of crabs, shrimp, and marine worms. 

A school of tailing redfish is as close as you can get to a guaranteed bite. They will eat a variety of lures especially the DOA shrimp and the CAL series tails. The most important things is to use a quiet approach and do not land your lure in the middle of the school.

Big seatrout have been staging in sand holes and can be spotted on sunny days. The will respond to the same lures you use for redfish.

This is an excellent time of year for targeting redfish, trout, and drum with a flyrod. The two flies I use the most are the black redfish worm fly and a simple bendback pattern on #4 hooks. Casting is key and is far more important than fly selection.

November brought plenty of wind to the flats. The fish do not mind the wind and will still feed aggressively. Anglers, however, often struggle with their presentation when the wind is blowing. The toughest days were when there were clouds and wind making sight fishing virtually impossible. Under those conditions, blind casting in likely areas becomes the only option.

While redfish, seatrout, and black drum are the main species we will encounter for the next five months, there is always a chance to catch a flounder or two, especially in the northern regions of the Lagoon.

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, Dec 1 2012

Jim fished with me on a clear but windy day last month. He had shots at redfish throughout the day and caught some using a golden bream colored CAL tail.

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, Dec 1 2012

The next day brought some unseasonably cold temperatures but the redfish did not seem to mind a bit.

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, Dec 1 2012

Ryan’s first redfish cam on another cool morning from a school of several hundred fish.

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, Dec 1 2012

A three inch CAL tail was used to catch the first of Heather’s several redfish and trout this week.

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, Dec 1 2012

The next day, I was invited to fish with my friend Capt. Rick Grassett out of Sarasota, FL prior to my speaking engagement at the Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers Club. We fished the Gulf of Mexico sight fishing for tripletail. I caught a couple on fly but the larger fish would only follow, but not eat, my flies. I offered up a DOA shrimp which was quickly eaten by the two largest fish. Capt. Rick is alos an FFF Certified Casting Instructor as well as a DOA Lures Pro Staff Guide. If you are ever in need of a west coast guide, I highly recommend contacting him at

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, Dec 1 2012

Yesterday the redfish were tailing and the winds were light. Gregg and Ed encountered over one thousand redfish in multiple schools as well as some quality seatrout in the sand holes.

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, Dec 1 2012

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, Dec 1 2012

Here is Ed catching one of the smallest fish of the day.

The sight fishing for redfish and trout will be excellent during December. Clear water will allow anglers to spot the fish on sunny days provided they have polarized glasses. Copper colored lenses work best on the flats. On calm days, use small lures to minimize splash and avoid spooking fish.

Captain Chris MyersCaptain Chris Myers specializes in the finest inshore, flats and backcountry fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River, on Florida’s Space CoastClick here for more details

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