Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report with Captain Chris Myers (Mar 17, 2012)

March 17th, 2012| No Comments

The view from Mosquito Lagoon with Captain Chris Myers

The first two weeks of March have been complete opposites. Last week we experienced high winds and lots of clouds every day except one. This week was a flats fisherman’s paradise with calm winds, clear skies, and thousands of happy fish in shallow water. While we caught fish on every trip, even during the windy days, it was much easier and productive this week.

I stared last week with Dave. Despite a forecast of winds between 20 and 30mph, he still wanted to venture out for what would be his only chance to fish Mosquito Lagoon. Fortunately, my boat handles rough water quite well and we found ourselves the only anglers on the flat. We spotted a few fish and a couple schools but nothing like we were hoping for. Still Dave got his first few redfish.

The following day it was nearly as windy as I set out with Neal. Clouds were hampering our sight fishing and the school of large reds we were on kept managing to sneak out of our view. It was a tough day fishing but Neal’s first and only redfish topped the 20lb mark.

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, March 17 2012

The next three days I spent fishing with injured veterans from Afghanistan. Wounded Warrior Outdoors is a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic outdoor adventures to injured active duty personnel. The participating soldiers come directly from military hospitals and the activity is part of their ongoing rehab. If you want to thank a soldier for their sacrifice, I highly recommend supporting this program.  I had the pleasure of fishing with Jacob and Seth, both Marines, for what was their first saltwater fishing trips. We did not get the best of weather and had to spend much of our time hiding in protected areas in the northern Lagoon. We were able to get some calmer weather the second day which allowed the guys to experience sight fishing for tailing drum. They caught a variety of fish over the days including redfish, black drum, trout, bluefish, ladyfish, jack crevalle, and more.

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, March 17 2012

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, March 17 2012

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, March 17 2012

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, March 17 2012This Monday, the winds subsided, the skies cleared, and the sight fishing was red hot. Richard and his son Ryan landed double digit redfish on DOA CAL tails before finishing the day with some seatrout on the Deadly Combo.

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, March 17 2012Tuesday, Nick and I found ourselves surrounded by hundreds of tailing redfish throughout the morning. Every cast that landed on target resulted in a bite. The schools eventually moved off and we spent the remainder of the day with non-stop shots and single redfish.

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, March 17 2012Billy and Frank experienced similar conditions the following day. The three inch DOA CAL in the new Bloodworm color resulted in multiple bites. Later in the morning, we found some incredible seatrout action catching and releasing over 30 fish.

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, March 17 2012Irl was my final client this week. Tailing redfish again greeted us at first light. He used a silver and green bendback fly to fool several reds. Irl had some shots at black drum and 20-30lb redfish during the day but could not convince them to eat.

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, March 17 2012Schools of finger mullet are pouring back into the Lagoon and the pinfish are making their appearance as well. Topwater baits will produce, but most areas have lots of floating grass that lifted up off the shorelines as the water levels rose. For tailing reds, the 3- and 4-inch DOA CAL has been very effective along with the 3-inch shrimp. Fly anglers should use an unweighted fly that will land softly when casting to tailing fish on calm mornings.

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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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