Mosquito Lagoon

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Location:
Titusville, FL
United States United States
Coordinates:
28.78931, -80.6679
Depth (max):
25 Feet
Description:

Mosquito Lagoon is part of the Indian River Lagoon system and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. It extends from Ponce de León Inlet in Volusia County, Florida, to the north end of Merritt Island. It connects to the Indian River via the Haulover Canal. It also runs next to the Canaveral National Seashore on Cape Canaveral and the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. The Kennedy Space Center is located on the lagoon as well. The Mosquito Lagoon stretches for 23 miles withing the boundaries of Florida's Canaveral National Seashore, then stretches off to the north even farther. Although it's not divided as such, it could really be considered two separate bodies of water at the north and south ends, so different are the fisheries. The line separating the two sections extends roughly from the town of Oak Hill east across the lagoon to the boat ramp at Parking Lot 5 at Apollo Beach. To the south of this line, miles of shallow, crystalline waters cover acres and acres of flats covered with lush beds of manatee grass. To the north, much more turbid waters flow around and through intricate mazes of tiny mangrove islands, oyster bars, holes and sloughs. Tactics and techniques for fishing these areas differ radically. As do some of the types of fish found in each.World Famous Mosquito Lagoon and it's amazing Redfish fishing, to the mighty Tarpon and Snook.

Aquatic vegetation:

Lush beds of manatee grass.

Cover/Structure:

Mangrove islands, oyster bars, holes and sloughs.

Tips/Tactics:

First of all, sightfishing in the north end is difficult, with the exception of redfish tailing around oysters. The water is often too dirty to spot fish. The best strategy to use when fishing the lagoon north of Oak Hill is to find locations that are likely to hold fish on any given tide, then work them over well with flies that push water, make noise, or better yet, both. Sometimes you actually can see fish piling into bait. Jack crevalle and bluefish don't have very good manners while eating, and the noise they make can often be heard from quite far away. Besides that , the mullet fleeing in terror sends a clear signal to fly fishermen: toss the feathers over here and get into the action.

Shallow points near deep water access that has moving water will often hold gamefish, regardless of the tidal stage. This type of structure can be found on both sides of the northern lagoon. On the eastern side, the Eastern Channel has many such areas. One of the best known spots is the bar extending west from Turtle Mound. On the western side, many of the spoil islands along the Intracoastal Waterway also have these types of fish attractors.

Oyster bars often attract fish on rising tides. Reds will be found tailing around these bars, a clear enough signal for most of us. Seatrout like the oysters, too. The bars provide shelter for both shrimp and finger mullet, items high on the list of favorite trout foods. Sheepshead are also likely to be found around oysters, cruising for crabs or other crustaceans. Sheepshead take flies only in the rarest circumstances, though. We've also caught flounder around the periphery of these oysters. Evidently they lie camouflaged on the bottom, waiting to ambush passing minnows.

There are many small tidal ponds and creeks in the north end of the lagoon. On falling tides, water must drain from these places. That water carries with it all types of edible goodies, and fish stack up in these outflows waiting for the smorgasbord to wash their way. If the tide is falling, look for these features. Fish them hard.

The Western Side

Along the western side of the lagoon, the Intracoastal Waterway stretches off to the north and south. North of the National Seashore boundary, the western shore is dotted with homes. Many of these homes have docks extending out into the water. These docks provide excellent habitat for snapper, drum, and sheepshead, and more than a few of the docks also harbor some nice trout and snook.

On the lower tide stages, fish have been forced out of the shallow areas into deeper holes. Fishing these holes with sinktip lines and large flies produces. Seatrout, redfish, snapper, drum, sheepshead, bluefish, flounder, jacks, ladyfish, sometimes snook, and rarely tarpon, all can be found in these deep holes.

One of the best features about fishing up in this area is that once you get your boat off the main channels and into some of the backwaters, you could be anywhere you care to imagine yourself. The maze of islands lends an air of remoteness to a fairly well populated area. Several campsites will be found scattered among the islands here for those who would like to stay overnight. A free backcountry permit is available at the Canaveral National Seashore Visitor Center, south of Turtle Mound.

Don't think that the fishing at the north end of the lagoon is limited to those with boats, either. Waders have access to the water at the Visitor Center off A1A, at the Eldora House, at Turtle Mound, and at the boat ramp at Parking Lot 5 at Apollo Beach. This parking area allows access to the extensive grass flats of the southern Mosquito Lagoon.

The Crystal Clear Southern End

Along the west side these are several access points for wading anglers. Along the southwest side of the lagoon is a dyke road. A sign for the NASA Atmospheric Sciences Research Station marks the turnoff off of S.R. 3. North of Haulover Canal off S.R. 3 are some unimproved ramps which also provide wading access. These are marked along the road by small, brown boat ramp signs.

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Boat Ramp, Parking (car/truck), Parking (boat/trailer), Picnic Area, Power Boats Allowed, Swimming Area, Disabled access, Shore fishing access, Restrooms, Beach, Fly Fishing, Wading, Floating, Bait shop on site, Marina
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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 06.01.14

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.30.14

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.01.14

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.15.14

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.18.14

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.12.14

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.29.13

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.23.13

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.24.13

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.17.13

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 09.30.13

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.19.13

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.11.13

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.07.13

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.28.13

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.22.13

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.20.13

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.13.13

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.06.13

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.31.13

  Orlando Saltwater Fishing Report A blessed Easter to all the Christians out there. I hope the pagans and infidels have a nice day too.   We caught a few fish this week. On Monday three gentlemen, led by Mr. Peter Scribner, joined me for an eight hour kayak fishing extravaganza out of River Breeze. It was a beautiful day but windy and not at all warm. It was beautiful out if you didn’t mind the chill wind. We had to do some searching, as...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.10.13

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.24.13

  Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report Upcoming Events- -Titusville Surf Fishing Workshop, Wednesday, March 6, 6-8 pm. There are several other surf workshops coming up along the Space Coast in the next two months. For more information please email Rodney Smith irlcoast@gmail.com -Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, MINWR, March 2; On-the-Water Show and Tell Seminar, March 3 What a week! Sunday morning found me at Parrish Park holding a c...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.22.13

Redfish Galore and More Fishing has been off the charts the past two months. Massive schools of redfish have been pushed off the flats and are aggressively chewing baits like they have been fasting for weeks. Bob and Rich Warner caught eight trout and many redfish up to 45 inches on a trip with me recently. I have been on the water every day last week and we had double and even triple hook ups every day. One of the reasons the reds are so schooled up is because the water had dropped...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.17.13

  Orlando Saltwater Fishing Report Upcoming Events- -Titusville Surf Fishing Workshop, Wednesday, March 6, 6-8 pm. There are several other surf workshops coming up along the Space Coast in the next two months. For more information please email Rodney Smith irlcoast@gmail.com -Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, MINWR, March 2; On-the-Water Show and Tell Seminar, March 3 MINWR Launch Complex Update- rather than clutter up this report...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.11.13

The weather has been excellent here in Central East Fl with highs in the mid seventies and lows in the upper fifties and the fishing has not been to bad also with many double digit days. The Redfish have been in schools from five to hundred in some locations through out the the Lagoon and munching fairly well. I have been locating the majority of fish in the sand holes and holding on the shallow mud flats gathering the warmth from the bottom. I have been catching them on all kinds...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.10.13

  Orlando Area Fishing Report Upcoming Events- -Titusville Surf Fishing Workshop, Wednesday, March 6, 6-8 pm. There are several other surf workshops coming up along the Space Coast in the next two months. For more information please email Rodney Smith irlcoast@gmail.com -Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, MINWR, March 2; On-the-Water Show and Tell Seminar, March 3 Blog Posts This Week: -Canoeing in Maine -Oppose the MINWR Launch Site -Trash Fish...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.04.13

  Orlando Area Fishing Report Upcoming Events- - Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Clean-Up, February 9, 2013. Contact Nancy Corona, 321-861-0668 or nancy_corona@fws.gov -Titusville Surf Fishing Workshop, Wednesday, March 6, 6-8 pm. There are several other surf workshops coming up along the Space Coast in the next two months. For more information please email Rodney Smith irlcoast@gmail.com -Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, MI...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.27.13

  Orlando Area Fishing Report Upcoming Events- - Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Clean-Up, February 9, 2013. Contact Nancy Corona, 321-861-0668 or nancy_corona@fws.gov -Titusville Surf Fishing Workshop, Wednesday, March 6, 6-8 pm. There are several other surf workshops coming up along the Space Coast in the next two months. For more information please email Rodney Smith irlcoast@gmail.com -Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, MINWR, March...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.20.13

  Orlando Area Fishing Report Upcoming Events- -Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, January 23-28, 2013 - Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Clean-Up, February 9, 2013. Contact Nancy Corona, 321-861-0668 or nancy_corona@fws.gov -Titusville Surf Fishing Workshop, Wednesday, March 6, 6-8 pm. There are several other surf workshops coming up along the Space Coast in the next two months. For more information please email Rodney Smith irlco...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.19.13

The fishing has been off the chain lately with big schools of redfish and trout eating bare hooks. Yes we have taken our share of trout on just a jig head. Most of the trout that eat a bare hook are on the small side but just the same. The water is so clean and the redfish schools are like looking into an aquarium at sea world. It is not uncommon to have ten fish fighting over your bait as you rip it through the school. Then when U least expect it the gator trout appears out of know wh...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.13.13

  Orlando Fishing Report Upcoming Events- -Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, January 23-28, 2013 - Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Clean-Up, February 9, 2013. Contact Nancy Corona, 321-861-0668 or nancy_corona@fws.gov -Satellite Beach Surf Fishing Workshop  January 16. There are several other surf workshops coming up along the Space Coast in the next two months. For more information please email Rodney Smith irlcoast@gmail.c...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.10.13

Jan 2013   Her we go to the start of a whole new year I hope every had a safe entry into 2013. The fishing so far this new year has been outstanding with several double digit days catching both redfish and trout with some nice flounder in the mix. With the water level and temps dropping the last couple of weeks has started to put the fish into their winter time patterns but I have a feeling that may be changing with the up coming forecast showing warmer than usual days in the...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.06.13

  Orlando Fishing Report Upcoming Events- -Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, January 23-28, 2013 -Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Clean-Up, February 9, 2013. Contact Nancy Corona, 321-861-0668 or nancy_corona@fws.gov -Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, MINWR, March 2; Mosquito Lagoon On-the-Water Show and Tell Seminar, March 3 Blog posts this week: Seven Must Have Lures for Winter Fishing in Florida’s Lagoons New W...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.30.12

  Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report A Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year to Everyone! Upcoming Events- -Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, January 23-28, 2013 - Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Clean-Up, February 9, 2013. Contact Nancy Corona, 321-861-0668 or nancy_corona@fws.gov Blog Posts This Week: -Enjoying Life on the Indian River Lagoon, guest blog by Rodney Smith -Tamlet Pitched a Fit, guest blog by Tammy Wilson Fishing only o...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.24.12

  Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report Merry Christmas to All, and a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year to Everyone! Upcoming Events- -Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, January 23-28, 2013 - Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Clean-Up, February 9, 2013. Contact Nancy Corona, 321-861-0668 or nancy_corona@fws.gov My bride had knee surgery. I spent most of this week taking care of her, as she can’t get around very well. She&...
over 1 year ago (12/18/2012)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.16.12

Written by Captain Tom Van Horn on   As everyone knows across America fishing conditions are tough in December, but thankfully we still have good fishing here in Central Florida. You just have to squeeze your play in between work and honey dos by dropping every to go fishing when the weather is nice. And at least we are still wearing our winter shorts and our T. Borski shirts. Water levels are falling in both the St. Johns River and the lagoons. These falling water levels w...
Capt Patrick Rood
almost 2 years ago (12/11/2012)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.11.12

  Daytona Bch,New Smyrna Bch and Mosquito Lagoon Report It's a little hard to believe that 2013 is almost upon us it seems as though 2012 just arrived but I guess we all get a little older again. We have had some strange weather so far with early cold fronts to warm days in the mid 80's but the fish seem not to complain. I have been finding alot of tailing fish across the whole Lagoon system it seems with the warmer water conditions that the Redfish and Trout are ho...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.08.12

  Orlando Area and Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report Upcoming Events- Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, January 23-28, 2013 Monday, quite a beautiful day, found me paddling the Ocean Kayak on the Banana River Lagoon in the no motor zone, hoping to find big redfish and black drum. Six hours of paddling later I had found none. There was no seagrass at all. It was hard finding the spots- without the grass there was no frame of reference. I saw three or four redf...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.25.12

  Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report Upcoming Events- Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, January 23-28, 2013 In this version of the Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, the water level in the lagoons is still unseasonably high. That, combined with the low angle of sun in the wintering sky, is making sight fishing in the lagoons difficult. That having been said, on Tuesday Cheryl, the official sister of the Spotted Tail and famous stained glass artist, joined me...
Captain Joe Porcelli
almost 2 years ago (11/18/2012)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.18.12

The fishing on the flats has been good for trout up to eight pounds the past few weeks. They are eating shrimp and finger mullet but that is not what we have been feeding them! We have been tossing ½ to ¾s of a Gulp sinking minnow in the watermelon color. Toss your baits in the white holes and at fish that are swimming off and you will be sure to hook up. This is Jen with a nice trout on her birthday. In the deeper water, say three to five feet you can find trout...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.18.12

  Orlando area and Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report Upcoming Events- Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, January 23-28, 2013 Last week I was off on a rant about pretentious marketing for beer. A forum reader responded- “You mention the beer label being pretentious and say it would be so even if it was on a bottle of wine. Well dear sir, beer is MUCH more complicated than wine, both in production methods and in complexity of flavor. Beer takes on a muc...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.12.12

Florida Keys Fishing Report, Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report Upcoming Events- Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, January 23-28, 2013 Last week I  asked readers if they had anything good to say about Keys inshore fishing. With one exception, no one did.  Here’s the rest of the report from the second half of my week long Keys trip. Sunday morning Dalen Mills and I launched our kayaks at Sombrero Beach on Marathon. It’s a lovely spot although not design...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 10.21.12

  Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report Upcoming Events- -Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, October 27. Click here for more information/registration -Mosquito Lagoon On-The-Water Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, October 28. Click here for more information/registration Blog Posts This Week-  -My Views on Politics -A Short Walk in the Woods -Tiny Tarpon (guest blog by Paul MacInnis) Bumper Sticker of the Week- Fishing was a tailingfes...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 10.18.12

As the temperatures in central Florida cool down the fishing has been heating up.  The lagoon has turned on like a light switch since the brown tide is long gone. The bait is thick and around them you will find the reds and trout not far away. Winter is just around the corner and the redfish will be adding to their fat layer preparing themselves for the cold.  Most of the redfish we have caught in the past few weeks have been on a half of a sinking minnow in white color. Because t...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 09.30.12

  Upcoming Events Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, October 27 Mosquito Lagoon On-The-Water Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, October 28   Fishing- Monday found the Mitzi and I out along the beach in Canaveral Bight. There was a north wind and some wave action. The boat took a breaker over the bow which was the most exciting thing that happened.             Quite a few mullet were there, n...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 09.10.12

Well it is hard to believe that we are already in Sept it seems as though the summer has flown by. I know that the big talk lately has been the algea bloom developing in the Lagoon System well i'm happy to say that it seems to be clearing out and should continue to do so through out fall. The red fish bite has been good along with some great numbers of trout being caught on a daily basis from New Smyrna south to Cocoa. Look for your red fish to be tailing in the shallow grass early...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 08.31.12

Central Florida Inshore Saltwater Fishing Report – August 31st, 2012 The past few weeks have been improving fairly well as far as to the fishing here in central Florida. Prior to the storm Isaac that came thru Florida, we had numerous shots at tarpon in the Indian River. Along with this there are several stray reds and trout among the flats. Jacks, lady fish and of course catfish are all by catch. The fish (tarpon) were happy and feeding as the sun breaks and as long as it remaine...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 08.12.12

  Well let's start with the water clarity in the lagoon system. Believe it or not it seems to be clearing up slowly and there is small pockets of clean water if you look hard enough. As far as the bite go's the fish are still there. Look for the bait and the structure whether it's bars or edges and you will find fish. I have been having great success on Red fish and Trout with top water plugs and ADL spoons as the sun gets a little higher. There has been some good numbe...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 08.07.12

Up Coming Event and Free Seminars Saturday August 11th , 10:00 to 12 Noon "Free Seminar" Class 7 of Fundamentals of Flats Fishing series,"Tackle Storage and Maintenance" instructed by Captains Tom Van Horn, Chris Myers, located in the Outback at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 170 South Washington Ave., Apopka Florida, www.mosquitocreek.com.www.mosquitocreek.com . Thursday August 16th - 6:30 P.m. to 8:30 p.m. "Free Seminars" "Snook Fishing Tactics"...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 06.27.12

  Above are Pete and Ryan Joseph Porcelli with a double header. They caught five fish in five minutes. Every parent needs to take their kids fishing, I can’t imagine my life without it. Rain, rain go away is what everyone is singing. Well, it gives us time to do maintenance on the boat and get things fixed. Before the rains, the fishing has continued to be awesome on most of our trips. The trout bite is still in full force and while you are fishing trout with Gulp sh...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 06.26.12

Mosquito Creek Outdoors Fishing Report, June 25, 2012 By Captain Tom Van Horn Up Coming Events and Seminars Saturday July 21st , 10:00 to 12 Noon "Free Seminar" Class 6 of Fundamentals of Flats Fishing series , "Catching and Using Natural Baits on the Flats" instructed by Captains Tom Van Horn, Chris Myers, located in the Outback at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 170 South Washington Ave., Apopka Florida, www.mosquitocreek.com. Thursday July 26th - 6:30 P.m. t...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 06.15.12

Above Sara Subasic (Birthday Girl) wish was to catch her first redfish on her birthday. Looks like she got her wish. The moon and the weather slowed the bite just a bit for a few days but now things are in full swing again. Today Michael, Tony and Chris caught thirty plus trout and three redfish. Trout have been chewing on my Power Baits like the finger mullet in black and white. That gives you both contrasts with any lighting, cloudy or sunny.  I usually start off wit...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 06.07.12

Greetings!     Come join us for our free Anglers Improvement Clinic schedule for Saturday at 10 a.m. at Mosquito Creek Outdoors in Apopka, Florida.  This months clinic is on rigging and using soft plastic baits for trout and redfish.   This free workshop is provided by Mosquito Creek Outdoors and Mosquito Coast Fi...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 06.04.12

Indian River Lagoon and Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report See the photos at http://www.spottedtail.com/blog   The Orlando Area Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 5.26.12   Sunday found fly fisherman Bill Schell (from Washington state) and I floating around in the Mitzi on the Mosquito Lagoon. The sky was unmarred by any clouds at all- pretty rare for this time of year.             Bill could cast. For fly gui...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.21.12

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report Upcoming Event- Inaugural Space Coast International Surf Fishing Tournament, Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27. For more information click here http://internationalsurffishingtournament.com/   Sad News- V...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.15.12

Yesterday we had the slowest day of the month with 8 fish. Wow, the trout have been big and fat. Above, you will see Paul with a nice one that he caught on a Berkley Jerk bait/Finger mullet. Bounce it off the bottom for best results and choose a jig head with a 5/0 size or bigger for good hook up ratios. It’s like using a 7” bait. It keeps the smaller ones from messing with you and gives the bigger fish a chance. If you spend your time catching 14” trout and un hookin...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.14.12

It's hard to believe that it is already the month of May but with May brings change to the Lagoon system. The fish are starting to get into their summer time patterns with the warm temps and higher water. Look for the schools of Red Fish to start splitting up into smaller pods or singles. They will be  holding on the shallow grass early then moving to deeper water as the day go's on. The Trout bite has been excellent for the last couple of weeks and I expect this to carry t...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.14.12

  Upcoming Event- Inaugural Space Coast International Surf Fishing Tournament, Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27. For more information click here ...   Fish of the Week- The Spotted Seatrout!   Tuesday Chris McClemmon joined mefor some Mosquito Lagoon fishing. I hadn't been out there in over a week. The numbers of redfish seem to have thinned some, at least where I had been fishing them. But the trout were on fire. Using a DOA CAL jerkbait Chris got 15...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.30.12

Monday- John Napolitano and son Alex joined me for a day on the Mosquito Lagoon, launching at River Breeze. What a day it was! Cold (high in the low 70s), windy (20-25 from the NW with gusts), it was a good day to fly a kite, not so good for fishing.  I was cold all day, wearing my raincoat with the hood up trying to stay warm.             To my surprise we saw a reasonable number of fish, even a few tailing reds. You needed a go...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.27.12

Big trout is what we caught yesterday and the day before and the day before. Along with some nice over slot redfish. The trout have been plentiful on the shallow flats in the Mosquito Lagoon. Yesterday Steve tossed Gulp Sinking minnows and minnow worms at big trout sitting, waiting to ambush bait. He ended up catching eight trout from 1.5 to 4 plus pounds. He and his son also caught ten reds between them to 33’’. You will see the reds on the same flats with the trout becaus...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.25.12

Greetings!   On May 5th we will have two Free Hooks Kid's on Fishing programs designed to introduce children to fishing and fun world of the outdoors. Both sessions are identical with the first  beginning at 11 am and the afternoon program beginning at 2 pm. The program is for kids between the ages of 6 and 16 and lasts about 1 1/2 hours. Hook Kid's on Fishing is presented by Anglers for Conservation and taught by professional fishing guides and other fishing indus...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.16.12

The Orlando Area Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 4.15.12 Happy Income Tax Filing Deadline Day! Upcoming Events/Volunteers Needed In celebration of Earth Day 2012, Anglers for Conservation is coordinating a series of Hook Kids on Fishing programs throughout the week of April 14-22. Volunteers are needed. This is the perfect opportunity to work within the fishing community while having a very rewarding experience. All volunteers’ will received a free Anglers for Conservation...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.16.12

Fishing Report April 15, 2012 Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, FL Upcoming Seminars and Events Saturday April 21st , 10:00 to 12 Noon "Free Seminar", Fundamentals of Flats Fishing Seminar 3 "Lines, Leaders and Practical Knots" instructed by Captains Tom Van Horn, Chris Myers, located in the Outback at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 170 South Washington Ave., Apopka Florida, www.mosquitocreek.com. Saturday April 28th- 9:39 a.m. Rod Crafters...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.11.12

Here we are already in the month of April this year seems to be flying by. The bait has moved in the ICW and Lagoon system with large schools of mullet moving across the flats.This is the start to the summer time pattern for our fishery with both Trout and Red fish being found mixed in with the schools of bait. Look for the trout to hold on the shallow grass flats early in the morning and moving to the deeper edges as the sun gets higher in the sky. These fish can be caught with several...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.09.12

Well the past few weeks have been just phenomenal here in the east central Florida back country waters of both the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River flats. Not only the fishing, but the weather too here in Oak Hill, Edgewater and New Smyrna Beach along with all of the Orlando area saltwater inshore fishing. You could not ask for better weather to be in, fish in or live in than that of the weather that has been here amongst us this winter and now spring time in all Florida. If things continu...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.09.12

Tragic news today, Jose Wejebe died in a plane crash. While it's sad when someone dies, given the choice I'd rather crash and burn than go at the end of a lingering illness. Most of us don't get to make that choice, though. In happier news, my Toyota hit 200,000 miles this week! Ride on! Blog posts this week- yes, we had them: I reviewed a great new slipper-like product called Snoozies- http://www.spottedtail.com/blog/snoozies-a-review/ Every f...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.08.12

    The Orlando Area Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 4.7.12   Upcoming Events/Volunteers Needed In celebration of Earth Day 2012, Anglers for Conservation are coordinating a series of Hook Kids on Fishing programs throughout the week of April 14-22. Volunteers are needed. This is the perfect opportunity to work within the fishing community while having a very rewarding experience. All volunteers' will received a free Anglers for Conservation fish...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.07.12

Today it blew like yesterday but that didn’t stop us from catching fish. Travis and Eric caught a bunch of trout but most were in the 14” class with few keepers. A few ladies showed up and gave us some high flying action. After that, we did get to sight cast to some redfish tailing as well as cruising. Eric is going to remember what that redfish looked like when he came up and ate the bait five feet from the boat. Stuff like that will never leaves your mind. Pick your m...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.02.12

The Mosquito Lagoon flats fishing has been about as good as it gets these past couple weeks. Except for a couple days of windy weather, both the conditions and the fishing have been outstanding. Anglers have been encountering from 500 to over 1000 fish per day. Our three springtime species, redfish, trout, and black drum, have all been cooperating. Both fly and light tackle anglers are having success on a variety of lures and fly patterns. Big schools of mullet have arrived in the lagoon an...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.02.12

Good Morning! No fools today, sorry. There are manatees swimming all through the lagoon systems now. They tend to hang out in the deeper water just off the edge of the flat. Please avoid running your boat in these places, unless you like colliding with 2000 pounds of ugly-cute critter. There was only one post this week, the fishing report. Lots of fish, not many big ones... Volunteers Needed In celebration of Earth Day 2012, Anglers for Conservation are coordi...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.30.12

 March was a fun fishing month with transition patterns here on Mosquito Lagoon Florida, early spring with the warm winter we had, some Redfish remain in their cool water schools, while others have left school, going out on their own in small groups, pairs, and singles. With mullet schools beginning to form on the flats, starting our summer type pattern. Redfish and Seatrout mix in with the grazing mullet as the vegetarian baitfish dig in the grass for algae, they are displacing shrimp...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.29.12

Greetings!   Mosquito Creek Outdoors Anglers Improvement Clinic.  At this free seminar we will be discussing the proper tackle selection and casting techniques for shallow water sight casting.  Come learn from the pro's on how to become a better and more responsible angler.   We will also be presenting our 2012 Shad and Crappie Derby Awards to the winners of th...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.26.12

Fishing Report March 24, 2012 Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, FL Upcoming Seminars and Events Saturday March 31st, 10:00 to 12 Noon "Free Seminar" Class 2 of Fundamentals of Flats Fishing series, "Saltwater Flats Fishing Tackle" instructed by Captains Tom Van Horn, Chris Myers, located in the Outback at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 170 South Washington Ave., Apopka Florida, www.mosquitocreek.com. Saturday March 31, 12 noon to 1 p.m. Shad...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.26.12

The Orlando Area Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 3.25.12 Dad-Was-A-Bad-Influence Dept: son Alex passed his US Coast Guard Merchant Mariner’s exam today. He will soon be able to carry passengers for hire, just like the old man! Congratulations, son! Tuesday the Brothers Klepacki joined me for some paddling and fly fishing in the no motor zone. I had been on such a good run. Tuesday crushed it. All the redfish that have been in the same spot for months left- zilch, zero, nada....

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.19.12

Spring Cobia and Kingfish Greetings! The spring near-shore and offshore fishing season has arrived, and now is the time to brush up on your skills for free.  Come join us at the Mosquito Creek Outdoors Anglers Improvement Clinic in Apopka for our round-table clinic on spring cobia and kingfish instructed by a panel of pro anglers including Captains Tom van Horn, Chris Myers, Chris Cameron, Steve Cha...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.18.12

  The Wind Finally Stopped Blowing: the Mosquito Lagoon and Banana River Lagoon Fishing Report   The Orlando Area Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 3.17.12   Last Sunday David Alan Roth, little known twin of the Van Halen lead man (I just made that up), and his friend Chad joined me for some flats fishing. It was a hard wind of 20+ coming out of the southeast, and it was solid overcast besides. Thank God fly poles weren't involved.   ...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.11.12

March 2012 It seems that we have gone straight from a winter time pattern to a summer time pattern another words we have skipped spring. Here in the Lagoon system the large schools of red fish have started to split into smaller groups do to the rise in water and warm temperatures . Look for the reds tailing and cruising in the shallow grass and also mixed in with the large schools of mullet. The trout bite has been very good with quantity and quality being caught. Look for the lar...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.11.12

The fishing has been really good on the lagoon this past week. Big schools of happy redfish and big trout are on the flats. We caught 30 plus redfish yesterday. The bigger trout will roam the shallow flats this time of year as well. Look for sand patches on the grass flats and you will see trout holding in them. There are also trout hiding in the grass that you won’t see, but make good blind cast targets. Fan cast ahead of your drift and you should produce some nice fish. Gul...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.04.12

  The Orlando Area Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 3.4.12   Spring is breaking out in central Florida! Azaleas are blooming, trees are leafing out, oranges perfume the air with their blossoms.   Fishng has been fantastic.   Monday's trip was a family affair. Pastor Louis Schulz, his son Chris, and the pastor's brother Chris, joined me for a day's fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon. It was overcast almost all day, and a soaking rain la...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.02.12

  March 2012 is here and spring fishing patterns are beginning, February was a great month for me with lots of fishing charters and many fish caught. We had the warmest winter in many years, expecting a great warm spring coming up. Here are some pictures of happy clients with some of the good fish we caught the last few weeks. Redfish hunting on the flats will continue this month, spring techniques will be a little different from winter as the Redfish schools will break up into sma...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.29.12

Wow, I am so glad the wind has calmed down. This past weekend it was blowing extremely hard and despite how hard it blew we still caught good fish. The redfish have been schooled up so nice. Yesterday we pitched shrimp in front of the first school we targeted and Melissa hooked up in just a few minutes of fishing. The water level had dropped out from the day before and it made the schools a little easier to find. They were not push button, so we had to work them like a chess match. Mark, Da...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.20.12

The past couple weeks have brought some changes to the Mosquito Lagoon which include a sudden rise in the water level along with some long awaited clear water. Since the water has cleared, the sun has been in hiding which has made the sight fishing difficult but not impossible. On days when it has been too windy to fish the flats, the St. Johns River has been providing some excellent fishing for American Shad on light tackle and fly. Shad are the freshwater version of a mini t...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.20.12

In my last fishing report I mentioned using the late Jack Gartside’s Gurgler for seatrout with great success. I went to Jack’s website (yes, it’s still up and running, you can see it here) to see if I tied it anything remotely like Jack did. It’s modified quite a bit. I suppose that’s to be expected. Fly tyers always modify stuff to fit their own needs. You tie these in the sizes and colors you need to match what your intended target is. For the seatrout I...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.20.12

The Orlando Area Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 2.19.12   Upcoming Events Dept- -Merritt Island NWR Show and Tell Seminars- March 3 and 4. Read More Here... (http://www.spottedtail.com/Seminar-MINWR-Show&Tell.htm)   Four days were spent on the water this week.   On Monday Pat Macginn and Richard LongItalianName (no, I can't do any better than that) joined me for some paddling on the Banana River Lagoon. Actually they mostly pumped their l...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.14.12

Fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon lately has been awesome, trout, redfish, black drum and a flounder here and there. Trout season opened January 1st, and we have been catching our share since. All my other charters I had last week caught many fish, fifteen reds was the slowest day 48 reds was the best. We are catching the numbers in the deeper holes where the water is a little warmer. But the bigger fish are coming out of the large schools. We have been bouncing Gulp shrimp rigged on 1/4-oz ji...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.07.12

The Orlando Area Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 2.5.12 Quote of the Week Dept. "The difference between a job and a career is the difference between 40 and 60 hours a week." - Robert Frost Upcoming Events Dept- -The Old Florida Outdoor Festival, February 10, 11, and 12th. I will be there in the Coastal Angler Magazine booth, Saturday from 10-2, Sunday from 12-2. Please come visit! I'd love to see you! -Merritt Island NWR Show and Tell Seminars- March 3 and 4....
Capt. Michael Savedow
over 2 years ago (02/04/2012)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.04.12

February 2012 starts with warmer than normal winter conditions here on Mosquito Lagoon, water temps have ranged from 61’ to 67’F the last few weeks, and the water level has been extremely low, our Redfish are still schooled up making for fun sight fishing on the calm mornings on the open grass flats, on windy days we are fishing spots in the lee of the islands out of the wind. Select live shrimp are the go to bait for sight fishing winter Reds, live finger mullet and cut mullet...
Captain Drew Cavanaugh
over 2 years ago (01/31/2012)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.31.12

January 31st, 2012 New Smyrna Beach Saltwater Flats Fishing Report Well now that we are into the New Year of 2012 here in east central Florida and great weather is amongst us the flats fishing of the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River has taken of tremendously here in the New Smyrna Beach, Titusville and Oak Hill areas of central Florida. Sight fishing the backcountry flats of the national park and refuge has begun to improve quite a bit, with water clarity getting into the optimal range...
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters Captain Tom Van Horn
over 2 years ago (01/31/2012)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.31.12

Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, February 2012 By Captain Tom Van Horn Upcoming Seminars and Events February 4th, 10 a.m. to Noon, Fundamentals of Flats Fishing Series, Class 1 of 8, instructed by Captains Chris Myers and Tom Van Horn. Located at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 170 south Washington Ave., Apopka, Florida. Visit www.mosquitocreek.com for more details. February 11th and 12th, Old Florida Outdoor Festival in Apopka, Florida. Come out a...
Spotted Tail Charter Service John Kumiski
over 2 years ago (01/30/2012)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.30.12

The Orlando Area Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 1.28.12 Upcoming Events Dept- -The Old Florida Outdoor Festival, February 10, 11, and 12th. I will be there in the Coastal Angler Magazine booth, Saturday from 10-2, Sunday from 12-2. -Merritt Island NWR Show and Tell Seminars- March 3 and 4. Read More Here... (http://www.spottedtail.com/Seminar-MINWR-Show&Tell.htm) Monetizing I hope that readers like yourself understand that writing two or three posts a week takes a...
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters/Capt. Chris Myers
over 2 years ago (01/30/2012)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.30.12

The past several days the fishing in Mosquito Lagoon has been about as good as it gets. The month overall has been up and down with some fantastic sight fishing and some days when the fish were few and far between. The warm and calm weather as of late has certainly been to the angler's advantage as the fish have been happy and tailing. The dead calm days have made the fish easy to spot but they are also easily spooked by unnatural noises. I saw hundreds of fish spooked by squeaky shoes...
Capt. Michael Mann
over 2 years ago (01/26/2012)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.26.12

Fishing has been amazing with warm days and light winds . We have had tailing reds all day and schools of hungry reds as well as trout . There is a lot of finger mullet which is unusual for this time of year but then so are temps in the 80s . You can catch fish using several different techniques from fly to live bait . Large trout up to 9 lbs have been caught using live finger mullet . This is a great time of year to catch fish no matter what your skill level is . Capt Mike Mann Fat...
Captain Joe Porcelli
over 2 years ago (01/23/2012)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.23.12

In the Mosquito Lagoon we took a few flounder in our mix this week on Gulp shrimp fished slowly on the bottom. Our targeted fish was trout but every now and again you would get that almost signature bite. Not much pull in the battle until you go to lift the flatty off the bottom. Then they seem to get the drift that something is going on out of the norm. You can take the flounder on many colors Gulp puts out but the rule of thumb is match the hatch. We have caught our share of trou...
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters Captain Tom Van Horn
over 2 years ago (01/18/2012)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.18.12

Mosquito Creek Outdoors Angler Improvement Clinic "Windy Winter Lagoon Tactics" Where: Mosquito Creek Outdoors 170 South washington Ave. Apopka, FL Driving Directions When: Thursday January 19, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST Add...
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters Captain Tom Van Horn
over 2 years ago (01/09/2012)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.09.12

Fishing Report January 06, 2012 Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, FL Upcoming Seminars and Events Saturday January 14th - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crappie Rally at Boat Tree Marina Sanford, 4370 Carraway Place, Sanford, FL 32771, (407) 322-1610 www.boattreemarina.com . "Free Seminars" Instructed by Captains Tom Van Horn and Charlie McCullough, "Catching American Shad & Crappie". Event includes seminars, sponsor displays, free lunch, giveaways...
Fat Fish Guide Service/Capt Mike Mann
over 2 years ago (01/05/2012)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.05.12

The bite is on caught 24 reds today all on artificial sight casting to schools and singles , if you want the best red fishing florida has to offer now is the time to come . It will only get better over the next week . The water is clear and cool with hungry fish . Book your charter now . look for us on Facebook under "fat fish guide service" for daily reports and photos . Getting Fat Ones Going Skinny Fat Fish Guide Service Capt Mike Mann 386-295-5991...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.03.12

The flats fishing in Mosquito Lagoon the second half of this month has been good. Redfish, trout, and black drum have been plentiful on the flats. The water clarity is still not what it should be for this time of year but there are places where you can sight fish. This week's cooler temperatures along with some nights in the 40's next week will hopefully kill off the algae that has been plaguing us for several months. While the fish have been feeding the last couple weeks, we ha...
Captain Michael Savedow
over 2 years ago (12/27/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.27.11

Here it is the 3rd week of December and we are still having 75 to 80 degree days, the warm weather has kept our fishing pattern in a late fall transition pattern with winter cold water not quite here yet. We do have small schools of quality Redfish up to 28 or more inches and loose knit groups near mullet schools. Seatrout catching has been good during this closed season month, the open season starts again on New Years Day. We have had some great sight fishing for Reds on the calm mornings...
Captain Joe Porcelli
over 2 years ago (12/26/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.26.11

Happy Holiday Due to the closed season of trout and snook, The most sought after fish in the lagoon the remainder of the month will be redfish. Trout are abundant though and can be taken on Gulp shrimp and shrimp. I like using Gulp for the trout and the other species that will roam the lagoon this time of the year. That is when I am sight casting or just covering ground. Todd and Josh from Michigan took 14 redfish and 14 trout on Gulp. Flounder are one of the species that you might catc...
Captain Chris Myers
over 2 years ago (12/19/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.19.11

info@floridafishinglessons.com http://www.floridafishinglessons.com 321-229-2848   The story so far this December has been one of weather and water. Neither one have been cooperating. The weather has been less than optimal for sight fishing. While there have been a few days with light winds and sun, there have been many more with one or both of those factors working against us. This time of year, the waters of the Mosquit...
Capt. John Kumiski-Spotted Tail
over 2 years ago (12/19/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.19.11

Central Florida Shad and Crappie Derby Kicks Off- Indian River/Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report The Report from Spotted Tail 12/18/11 First off, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! Since next Sunday is Christmas, I just may take a week off in the fishing report arena. Next, the really big news, the Central Florida Shad and Crappie Derby has kicked off. Charlie Mc Cullough has already caught a shad while fishing in the St. Johns River for crappie. Maybe it will be...
Capt. Nathaniel Lemmon
almost 3 years ago (12/12/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.12.11

Only a few weeks away from Christmas and the start of 2012. Cooler temperatures have taken a firm grip on our weather and the fish are in their winter transition mode. The beautiful thing about fishing in Florida is it’s always a good time to go; there’s always somewhere to fish and something to catch regardless of the weather. We have entered the time of year though that allows for the most catching per day. This month we can be catching anywhere from 10-4...
Spot N' Tail Charters
almost 3 years ago (12/12/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.12.11

  December 2011 With the holiday season upon us the main focus is gathering presents and scheduling dinners. But do not neglect the water this time of year this can be one of the best times of year to be on the Lagoon. As the cold fronts move south east across the state the water begins to cool allowing alot of the algae to die off and give us crystal clear water conditions. With the water becoming so clear that you can sight fish your choice of species and literally watch...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.07.11

Well the days of summer time are gone for now but will return in no time at all. The cooler days of winter are approaching and are here to stay for a few months. With this it brings clean, clear water and the water levels will begin to drop in depth taking feeding ground away from the fish. What does this mean? Excellent sight fishing days are amongst us. The redfish will begin to gather in large schools, the trout will show up on sand and grass flats and the bite will turn into magic. As l...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.05.11

The Report from Spotted Tail 12/4/11 Upcoming Events- Shad and Crappie Fishing Seminar, Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Thursday December 8 @ 6:30pm. Come on out and see us, and learn how to catch the elusive shad! Something incredible happened this week! I read some truly good news! One of my favorite columns to read on the web isn't about fishing, it's about football. Tuesday Morning Quarterback comes out every Tuesday during football season on ESPN.com, p.2. One of the many...
Captain Joe Porcelli
almost 3 years ago (11/29/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.29.11

The Lagoon has been producing redfish on the flats using Gulp shrimp in the natural color.  The shot above is Steve and Mike with two of fourteen reds they took on this morning. With all the wind sight casting was a bit of a challenge this week so blind casting was the sure bet.  We drifted across the sea pasture (flat) fan casting ahead of our drifts with good success. To add to your success make sure your lure (Gulp Shrimp) does not settle down in the grass before you start...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.29.11

The Report from Spotted Tail 11/26/11 The week was solid, if unspectacular. Monday morning found me launching my kayak at River Breeze, none too early I might add. At the boat ramp the water looked too deep for successful kayak fishing as practiced by me. At a spot where I seldom see fish I heard one crash along the bank. I had shots at three of the six redfish I saw there, getting the third on a #4 Estaz Crab. Getting out of the boat so I could see exactly what was going on was...
Capt. Michael Savedow
almost 3 years ago (11/27/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.27.11

  A warm spell in mid November brought back fall fishing patterns after a flash of winter type conditions early in the month. Redfish continue to be in very small schools, loose knit groups of fish, and singles. Mullet has been my bait of choice, either small live finger mullet or fresh cut, sight fishing on some of the beautiful clam mornings, and fishing sand holes, edges, and grass flats on the windy days of which we have had plenty. Redfish catches have varied from a dozen plus...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.22.11

Kayak Redfishing Again This Week- Indian River/Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report The Report from Spotted Tail 11/20/11 I’m smoking some salmon as I write this. Good eating, coming right up! Best wishes to everyone for a blessed Thanksgiving. Try making a list of all you’re thankful for. My own short list would be my wife, my boys, my health, my friends, the fact I was born American, and the wonderful way I get to earn such living as I make. Life is indeed  great!...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.16.11

Redfishing This Week- Indian River/Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report The Report from Spotted Tail 11/15/11 The gauge was at 1.5 all last week. I like it at 0.5 or lower, especially for paddle fishing. It has dropped the past couple days, though- good news! Why paddle all week? I had a kayak charter on Friday. Scouting was needed. Besides, I really like paddling. Wednesday found me at one of my favorite paddle spots on the Indian River Lagoon. Of course the water was too high. T...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.10.11

Fishing is good on the Mosquito Lagoon! The past couple months have brought some tough fishing conditions to Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River. A severe algae bloom clouded the water making sight fishing difficult, if not impossible, in most locations. Most of the fish retreated to deeper water. If you could see schools of fish along the edges of sandbars, they responded well to the DOA Baitbuster and the BFL 5.5 lures.     Some schools of big redfish were roaming a...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.09.11

The Report from Spotted Tail 11/7/11     We needed to scout on Monday, having been away for two weeks. Rain poured down most of the day. We didn’t go.   Tuesday an east wind of 20-25 met me at the ramp. Still the sun was out, so off I went.   I actually found some fish. The water had dropped since my last visit and in a few places it showed signs of clearing up a bit. Redfish were working along a few shorelines. I tried fishing while simultaneously poling. Ne...
Edgewater River Guide Capt Michael Savedow
almost 3 years ago (11/07/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.07.11

The chilly water fishing pattern is starting here this November on Mosquito Lagoon, the water temperatures are dropping, water clarity is improving and getting clear again. Had a great charter this morning with Harold and Dan from Jupiter, Florida, here is Harold with a nice 25" Redfish.       And Dan with another nice Red.     They caught 19 Reds total, with about half of them being slot sized fish and half were smaller "runt" Reds,...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 10.17.11

Well several weeks of weather changes have come and gone leaving us with optimal conditions for flats fishing. The temperatures have dropped and then come back up and are leveling off comfortably now. The water levels were high and now, after the massive rain storms we just had, are even higher. Not long before it drops for winter. The water clarity should start to improve with the fresh water added and a mixture of conditions happening stirring things to say. This has the fishing going up and...
AAA Fishing Guide Service
almost 3 years ago (10/14/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 10.14.11

    Wow what a blow we had last week. No name, just strong wind. The fishing was shut down for a day but back on track the next. I had Luke Scott Terry and John out for a gusty day and caught twenty + fish. We took shots at everything we could. We sight casted at six redfish that were tailing. OK we caught six of the reds we had shots at. The only reason we got to do that is we went in the lees of the islands. We caught the reds on Gulp shrimp in the natural color, hooked Capt...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 10.12.11

October 11th, 2011 New Smyrna Beach Fishing Report     Well several weeks of weather changes have come and gone leaving us with optimal conditions for flats fishing. The temperatures have dropped and then come back up and are leveling off comfortably now. The water levels were high and now, after the massive rain storms we just had, are even higher. Not long before it drops for winter. The water clarity should start to improve with the fresh water added and a mixture of conditi...
Edgewater River Guide Capt Michael Savedow
almost 3 years ago (10/11/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 10.11.11

We have been having some fun fall inshore fishing charter trips here at Mosquito Lagoon this October 2011, with the high water this time of year, we are targeting Redfish close to shorelines and on grass flats which are now good depth of 12? to 18?, many of the flats which held fish during the early summer now have deeper water over them, encouraging our north lagoon fish to seek out the shallower water that they prefer to feed in. As temperatures start to become milder here in East Central Fl...
Edgewater River Guide Capt Michael Savedow
about 3 years ago (09/16/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 09.16.11

The long Florida summer of 2011 is almost over and we are looking forward to a fun fall fishing season to come, cooler mornings will be feeling great !! We will be out on the grass flats of Mosquito Lagoon chasing Redfish and Seatrout, bait fish will be abundant as our fall mullet run is starting with migrating bait schools heading south through our waters. Backcountry mixed bag fishing can be very fun in the fall as lots of migrating inshore game fish move through our area following the bait...
AAA Fishing Guide Service Capt. Joe Porcelli
about 3 years ago (09/01/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 09.01.11

  The water has been extremely high even before the storms rolled buy. The reds have been tailing on some of the flats I have been fishing in the lagoon. The fish we are catching are feeding only when they get turned on. Just get the moon right or in front of the pushing front and the fish will start feeding. Watch the mullet, when they start to jump, pick up your rod not your sandwich. It’s not that when you are eating your lunch the fish knows you are off guard. Hunger pains are t...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 08.29.11

Redfish Near Orlando   August 29th, 2011 New Smyrna Beach /Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Reports       Well summer time has been here among us for some time now and the fishing has been great! This time of year can be outstanding if you work it to your advantage. With the higher water levels it does tend to make it a bit more challenging to locate your targets. Grass pads, dirty water and huge mullet everywhere add to the challenge. Now we all know the fish will still...
Edgewater River Guide Capt Michael Savedow
about 3 years ago (08/10/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 08.10.11

August is here and it has been a fun summer of inshore saltwater fishing here at Mosquito Lagoon and New Smyrna Beach Florida, Redfishing has been consistent with several good Reds and Trout on most of my flats fishing trips. We are still fishing around the many big mullet schools which abound on Mosquito Lagoon this time of year which attract the game fish early in the morning, after the sun is up we switch to sight fishing the flats after visibility into the water become better. Mixed bag ri...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 08.03.11

The redfish bite in Mosquito Lagoon is still extremely good. The   water clarity is very poor in many places making it tougher to spot the fish. Most mornings, you can find tailing fish or see them blasting mullet pods. As the morning moves on, the tails are less frequent and it is still hard to see in the water. By midday, you can spot the fish moving across the flat as long as the sun is out. Most of the fish we have been spotting are ten pounds and up making them a bit...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 07.21.11

We are almost halfway through what has been an unusual summer in Mosquito Lagoon. While the redfishing has remained consistently good, there are still no tarpon, and very few jacks, ladyfish, and other summer visitors. The only explanation seems to be the lack of glass minnow and pilchard schools. Why they are not here is anyone's guess. The trout fishing has dropped off a bit as well. Some of the spots that had been producing dozens of fish for great catch and release light tackle action have...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 07.19.11

July 19th, 2011 Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Fishing Reports     Well here we go again. Summer time is most definitely here in the central Florida area. The weather has been outstanding here the past weeks with a great outlook for the future as well. HOT! Very hot days by any definition can be the best way to describe it. With afternoon thunderstorms coming most every day this leads to a normal pattern for Florida with great charters in the mornings and a good afternoon to...
AAA Fishing Guide Service
about 3 years ago (07/18/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 07.18.11

  Fishing in the mosquito lagoon has been good for the most part with a low every once in a while. But no low for Aiden Anderson, he and Dad Mike and Brother Michael fished for Big redfish with me. Aiden had never caught a redfish until he came and fished with me that morning. His first redfish ever was a 52-inch fish, Wow that is a big fish. I told him your brother and dad caught 42 fish last time they had fished with me, but not that big. He did an awesome job and whooped the fi...
Edgewater River Guide Capt Michael Savedow
about 3 years ago (07/05/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 07.05.11

Water levels have finally started to rise here on Mosquito Lagoon as our long awaited summer rainy season has arrived with regular afternoon rains. Most mornings have beautiful calm conditions with a little coolness in the air for the first couple of hours after the rain the evening before. The higher water on the flats will open up much more fishable water for me as grassy shallows which have only had a few inches of water over them the last few months now are deep enough for the Redfish and...
Edgewater River Guide Capt Michael Savedow
over 3 years ago (06/13/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 06.13.11

Catching has been great the last few weeks here on Mosquito Lagoon, I have had many fun Redfish and Trout trips on the flats with up to 8 to 10 Reds on some trips along with many Speckled Trout on some trips also. We are targeting the Reds mainly with fresh cut mullet baits which can make for an easier style of fishing for anglers with less flats fishing experience. When available we may try live Pigfish for the Trout off the edges of the flats. My Backcountry mixed bag trips have had nice sum...
AAA Fishing Guide Service
over 3 years ago (06/03/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 06.03.11

  For the most part we should be on a steady pattern through the summer in the Mosquito Lagoon. The pigfish (bait) are getting about three weeks from being perfect size and the trout bite on them has been good. I don’t use them as much as some but we have great luck imitating the piggy. Gulp pogy’s work well this time of the year and if you bounce one off the bottom you will catch some trout. We do almost every time we use them. I had Henry Schmidlin and son in law Jay out for seve...
Edgewater River Guide
over 3 years ago (05/17/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.17.11

Redfish are taking up residence in their summer locations as the water temperatures and levels have risen on Mosquito Lagoon, Florida. Large schools of Mullet are gathering on the newly flooded flats to escape predators in the deeper water, making for good feeding by Reds and Seatrout on the smaller size mullet and the other small marine critters disturbed from their hiding places by the mullet milling about on the grass flats and edges. Our great summer live baitfish the baby Pigfish are star...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.16.11

Upcoming Events-   -Space shuttle Endeavour's launch, Monday, May 16, 8:56 a.m. -   On May 21, Fly Fishing for West Coast Tarpon seminar at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, starting at 10 AM. Tom Van Horn will also be giving a tarpon seminar aimed at east coast fish.   On Monday I finally got onto the Atlantic, accompanied by Scott Radloff. Our goal was to find some bait, then search for tarpon first and giant crevalle second. We found bait, both mullet and menhaden, near...
over 3 years ago (05/03/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.03.11

Another fantastic month of fishing on Florida?s Mosquito Lagoon this past month! The mullet have invaded the area and the redfish know it. They have been feeding heavily in the early morning making for some great topwater action!! The water temperatures have warmed up also making for a solid trout bite as well the last few weeks.     Live mullet or chunk ladyfish has been the light tackle bait of choice for redfish. Sight fishing cruising packs or single tailing redfish with a...
Edgewater River Guide Capt Michael Savedow
over 3 years ago (05/03/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.03.11

April has had a great steady bite and super weather with Seatrout continuing to be my main attraction. However with summer coming soon we will be hunting Redfish again on Mosquito Lagoon. The Reds will begin to spread out in small schools and single fish again as the water warms, fishing with live and fresh cut baitfish will become the main technique for Reds. The flats of Mosquito Lagoon will be alive with large schools of mullet which attract the attention of Reds and Trout as the grazing ba...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.25.11

The flats fishing has been excellent this month here in Mosquito Lagoon. The weather has been about as good as it gets as well. Schools of redfish have been roaming the flats and trout have been working mullet schools in slightly deeper water.   A couple weeks ago, Mike and his son Steven took a day of their spring break vacation to target some redfish. Both landed several nice reds with the 3" DOA CAL getting the most bites.   Josh and his father Tony enjoyed some great...
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters Captain Tom Van Horn
over 3 years ago (04/18/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.18.11

Upcoming Seminars and Events         Saturday April 23rd Free Parking Lot Marine and Tackle Swap Meet     9 am - 3 pm Kel's Rod and Reel, free marine and fishing tackle swap meet. Located at 430 SR 436 in Casselberry, Florida contact Terri at 407-834-3005 for more details.       Saturday April 30th Free Hook Kids on Fishing Program     10:00 - 12 Noon Hook Kids on Fishing Program       M...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.17.11

It is that time of year when the big reds become the main target. We catch some smaller ones along with some trout, but if you want a trophy redfish it is time to go get one. Check out our photo galleries and see some of these majestic giants. We catch them on blue crab, live pinfish or mullet, cut pinfish or their favorite cut ladyfish. We caught one on a top water plug this past week when a school of 100 fish started crashing mullet on the surface. If that don't get your heart pumping you...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.12.11

Only a few weeks away from the Easter holiday and it looks like everything will be early this spring and early summer. Baitfish have flooded the coastal waters in the region, water temperatures are solidly in the 70-80 degree range, and bigger tarpon are being spotted along the beaches and area backwaters. Water levels have risen over the past couple weeks with several inches of rain and in turn winter fish schools are breaking up and fish are moving into typical summertime patterns. The bite...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.11.11

The Report from Spotted Tail 4/10/11     Upcoming Events-   On May 7 I’ll be giving free fly tying lessons at Mosquito Creek Outdoors in Apopka, starting at noon. We’ll be tying Clouser Minnows. Come out and see us, and walk out with some new flies!   From the Mailbag-   “We enjoyed our trip last Friday! Thanks! Photo attached.” -Paul Parker   Mike with his first redfish ever.         This week, the fishing w...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.11.11

“They’ve gotta eat sometime.” We’re talking about fish here. Fish we want to, but can’t, catch. Uncooperative fish.     Compared to mammals, fish are simple creatures. A redfish brain, about the size of a garden pea, is not real good at analyzing things. In spite of this apparent simplicity, their behavior is maddeningly unpredictable sometimes. Have you ever asked yourself, “Why won’t they eat?”   When a redfish hatches from the egg it is hardly visible to the...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
over 3 years ago (04/05/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.05.11

Upcoming Events-     On April 9 I’ll be giving free fly tying lessons at Mosquito Creek Outdoors in Apopka, starting at noon. We’ll be tying wooly worms and wooly buggers. Come out and see us, and walk out with some new flies!   It’s April! Tarpon season is just around the corner and reports of caught keys and west coast fish have already come in. Spotted Tail will begin its month-long ode to the silver king at www.spottedtail.com/blog. Read the already posted blog...
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters Capt. Chris Myers
over 3 years ago (04/05/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.05.11

After another outstanding week of fishing last week, the weather took a turn for the worse this week forcing several trips to be cancelled. Five inches of rain fell during the week causing the water level in Mosquito Lagoon to rise dramatically. Some of the redfish schools are beginning to disperse, some seemed to have vanished altogether, and others are still holding the same areas they have been frequenting. Trout fishing has been improving each week. They have been both aggressive and goo...
AAA Fishing Guide Service
over 3 years ago (04/04/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.04.11

  I have been so busy it’s been a while since my last report. Been busy catching fish, lots of fish. Mostly redfish, they are schooled up with fish chasing bait like schools of jacks. The finger mullet have been pouring on the flats and the reds and trout are all keeping track. The bigger trout bite has turned on around the mullet schools. You always see escort trout when you fish the schools of reds but they are here in numbers. It is a good time for top water plugs but I usuall...
Edgewater River Guide Capt Michael Savedow
over 3 years ago (03/31/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.31.11

Backcountry fishing has been really great this March here on Mosquito Lagoon, we have been targeting the northern Lagoon backwaters at Edgewater. The spring shrimp run has the game fish keying in on live shrimp which has been our bait of choice on light spinning tackle. Seatrout have been one of the main targets with several slot sized Trout in the 15? to 20? range on most trips, also on some trips a couple of nice keeper size Black Drum or Redfish. The Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, & Bluefish...
AAA Hawgwild Saltwater Charters Captain David Rogers
over 3 years ago (03/30/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.30.11

The fishing has been great in the Mosquito Lagoon the past 2 weeks. We have been landing some nice redfish and trout. The fish of the week was 9 year old Will Goodman with a huge 6 pound plus trout. We also got many redfish in the 22 - 38 inch range. Most of the fish are eating artificial baits such as the MirrOlure MirrOdine 27 MR, Gulp jerk baits and Bitter's Naked Swimmer. Live shrimp are always a good backup plan. April - October are really good months to fish. The Cobia are running the be...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.28.11

The Report from Spotted Tail     Before anything else, could you please say a prayer for my friend Rick DePaiva. He needs some help right now, spiritual as much as anything else.   Upcoming Events- On April 9 I’ll be giving fly tying lessons at Mosquito Creek Outdoors in Apopka, starting at noon. We’ll be tying wooly worms and wooly buggers. Come out and see us, and walk out with some new flies!   The fish of the week is the peacock bass. Or maybe the kill...
over 3 years ago (03/28/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.28.11

Excellent fishing continues on the Mosquito Lagoon this past month as schools of Black Drum and Redfish continue to roam the shallow water flats and backcountry bays of the Indian River system and surrounding area. The mullet have started to flood in as the water temperatures continue to rise and the sunny spring time days have made for some excellent sight fishing conditions for wary trout and redfish!     Live shrimp and live mullet have been the light tackle bait of choice f...
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters Capt. Chris Myers
over 3 years ago (03/21/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.21.11

The fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon has been outstanding this month. Except for a few windy days early, the weather has been perfect as well. Most of the redfish are still in schools although some flats are beginning to hold singles. During this transition period between winter and spring, the fish have been moving around. Some spots may hold hundreds of fish one day and none the next. Find the right spot and catching dozens of redfish is easy. The fish have been biting well with the DOA shri...
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters Captain Tom Van Horn
over 3 years ago (03/18/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.18.11

Okay folks, as anglers living in Central Florida, we are very fortunate to enjoy the vast resources available to us. Now is your turn to pay it forward by volunteering to assist Anglers for Conservation (AFC) and Coastal Angler Magazine Orlando with three Hook Kids on Fishing Programs. After completing five hands on learning stations each kid receives a new rod, reel and tackle box, and they catch a memory for life.     Friday April 15th Sponsored by Mud Hole Custom Tackle, AFC...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.16.11

Emails from readers-     “I read with interest your blog on littering; that is one of my pet peeves. I also cannot understand how people can carry in, but not carry out. Long ago, I got into the habit of taking out more whenever I went fishing (trash, not fish). It’s not hard to do. I was inspired by your blog to start this habit in my new home. Monday and Tuesday, I fished the Banana River off the 520 causeway, near the hospital. I carried home a full trash bag each day. Als...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
over 3 years ago (03/11/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.11.11

The Report from Spotted Tail 3/11/11     Emails from readers- “I read with interest your blog on littering; that is one of my pet peeves. I also cannot understand how people can carry in, but not carry out. Long ago, I got into the habit of taking out more whenever I went fishing (trash, not fish). It’s not hard to do. I was inspired by your blog to start this habit in my new home. Monday and Tuesday, I fished the Banana River off the 520 causeway, near the hospital. I carr...
Edgewater River Guide Capt Michael Savedow
over 3 years ago (03/10/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.10.11

Spring has arrived early this March 2011 in East Central Florida, water levels are up on Mosquito Lagoon as well as water temperatures. Redfish schools have spread out through the flats among the islands in the northern Lagoon with the higher water. Schools of bait fish are starting to return from the south and along with them migrating game fish coming back into our backcountry area. We are also having a great early spring Seatrout bite, along with Bluefish, Ladyfish, and also a few Flounder....
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
over 3 years ago (03/08/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.08.11

Yes, we did some fishing this week.     On Sunday fly fisher Kevin Ferrell joined me on Spotted Tail. We launched at River Breeze. It was cool and a tad breezy but a lovely day. We saw quite a few fish. Kevin had plenty of shots. He scored a couple times, with a handsome seven pound red that ate a Mosquito Lagoon Special and a nice trout on a slider.       Kevin wrote, “It was real good fishing with you. Thanks for putting me on so many fish.&...
over 3 years ago (03/03/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.03.11

    The fishing on Mosquito Lagoon & Indian river this past month continues to be some of the best I?ve seen in years. Large schools of Black Drum and Redfish continue to make their presence known cruising the shallow flats in search of food. There is nothing better than sight fishing to tailing redfish in the mornings on a calm grass flat as the sun rises over the ocean. The weather has switched into spring mode with warmer temperatures and sunny days in the forecast, mak...
AAA Hawgwild Saltwater Charters Captain David Rogers
over 3 years ago (03/03/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.03.11

The fishing continues to be solid on the lagoon. The past week produced solid numbers of redfish. The size ranged from 22 inches up to 40 inches. We even landed one 'Slobberknocker' redfish. As the waters continue to warm look for many more pictures of giant reds. We have been catching all of the fish on artificial baits. The 'Naked Swimmer' by Bitters Better baits rigged on a 1/8 ounce weighted hook works great. The MirrOdine 27 MR is a fish slayer and the Gulp Shrimp on a 1/8 jig head works...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.02.11

Significant changes have taken place over the last few weeks but the one thing that has remained consistent is the excellent fishing on the flats. Just ten days ago, we were still experiencing frost in the morning and water temperatures in the low 50's. This week, the water was reaching 70 with air temperatures hitting 80. The white pelicans are flying off signaling an end to winter and the baitfish are getting more plentiful by the day. Huge schools of redfish can be found roaming the flats w...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
over 3 years ago (03/01/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.01.11

The Report from Spotted Tail 2/26/11     Upcoming Events   March 5- MINWR Show and Tell Fishing Seminar. See this link for details. http://www.spottedtail.com/category/Schools-and-Seminars-13    Last call for the Show and Tell Seminar! Prime slots still available!   March 6- Mosquito Lagoon On-the-Water Show and Tell Fishing Seminar. See this link  for details. http://www.spottedtail.com/category/Schools-and-Seminars-13   ...
AAA Fishing Guide Service Captain Joe Porcelli
over 3 years ago (02/28/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.28.11

Tony with a nice red   From Daytona Beach only 30 min. and from Orlando 1hr drive to some of the best flats fishing around. In the Mosquito lagoon the past few weeks the fishing has been phenomenal. We have been catching between 25 and 80 fish on our 6-hr trips. That is redfish, trout and flounder. The reds have been bunched up in the thousands along the flats edges. Because the water has been so low they had no choice but to be on the edge. Along with them are the big trout that e...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.23.11

I just put a short sleeve shirt on and am not wearing socks- and I’m still comfortable! Maybe winter is ending here finally.     I fished every day this week past so will just be hitting the high- and low- lights.   Monday Tim Dennin and his wife (whose name I already can’t remember a week later, very embarrassing) who we’ll call Brenda, spent the day in Spotted Tail. I picked them up at Turtle Mound. We found an extremely cooperative school of redfish and caught th...
AAA Hawgwild Saltwater Charters Captain David Rogers
over 3 years ago (02/23/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.23.11

The fishing on the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon has been great. The last 4 trips we boated over 100 redfish. The fish have been eating MirrOdine 27MR, Gulp on a 1/8 ounce jig head and Bitter's Naked Swimmer rigged on an offset 1/16 ounce hook. The fish have been between 22 and 28 inches. The schools have been very large and it has been a blast. The key is finding the areas with large mullet populations. We are also catching black drum suing a 4 inch Gulp Shrimp. Check out the websit...
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters Captain Tom Van Horn
over 3 years ago (02/16/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.16.11

Greetings!       Thanks you for signing up for the Second Annual Shad and Crappie Derby and joining Coastal Angler Magazine Orlando and Fishing Florida Radio for a fun filled shad and crappie season. You are receiving this message to keep you informed on derby events and news.       Sincerely,   Captain Tom Van Horn     Coastal Angler Magazine Orlando       This Weeks Mosquito Creek Outdoors Fishing R...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.14.11

The package of letters my mailman delivered from Jackson Heights Middle School was a bonus, one in which a hundred sixth graders thanked me for speaking to their classes on career day. One of the letters said, “Mr. Kumiski, I’ve never been fishing. Could you take me some time?”     It is a sad, sad thing when a 12 year old has never had the chance to go fishing. For ten plus years I was a teacher in the Seminole County school system, and there’s a lot of kids who never had...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
over 3 years ago (02/08/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.08.11

Upcoming Events     February 22- I’ll be speaking to the Florida Fly Fishing Association in Cocoa.   March 5- MINWR Show and Tell Fishing Seminar.   March 6- Mosquito Lagoon On-the-Water Show and Tell Fishing Seminar   Every day this week saw me on or in the water. Fishing wasn’t very good.   Monday I went scouting on the Mosquito Lagoon in the Mitzi. It was mostly sunny and at first there was no wind. I saw that and headed straight to a...
Edgewater River Guide Capt. Michael Savedow
over 3 years ago (02/07/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.07.11

We have had some beautiful calm mornings this early February 2011 allowing for some great Redfish sight fishing on the schooling Reds here on Mosquito Lagoon. On the days with more breeze in the air I have been taking clients into the protected backwaters for good Seatrout fishing, on these trips we have also been catching good numbers of smaller size Reds and a few nice flounder. On one recent Redfish trip my regular client Fernando from Miami had an exceptional morning, he caught approx. 25...
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters Captain Tom Van Horn
over 3 years ago (02/04/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.04.11

  Along with the arrival of last week's full moon, the crappie moved up into their shallow shoreline spawning locations. Once concentrations were located, many anglers limited out in less than an hour with many large females taken.       As always the case this time of year, a passing cold front made fishing challenging bringing plenty of wind, rain and colder conditions. As the weather settles this week, the larger females will move off of the beds and return...
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters Chris Myers
over 3 years ago (02/04/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.04.11

The flats fishing lately has been good, provided you find the right spot. With the fish mostly in schools, it can be either feast or famine. Some flats are holding schools of fish numbering in the hundreds while others have no fish at all. As is usual in the winter, weather is the most influential factor. Clouds and wind make spotting fish next to impossible. Sunny days allow you to spot fish from long distances. DOA shrimp and three inch CAL tails along with spinnerbaits have been the most ef...
over 3 years ago (02/03/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.03.11

The fishing on Mosquito Lagoon & Indian river has been nothing short of amazing these past few weeks! Schools of Redfish in large numbers are roaming the shallow water bays and backcountry mangrove shorelines searching for food during the warmer periods of the day. they have aggressively been feeding on shrimp, mullet, gulps and well placed fly patterns that imitate the same. We have certainly had an erratic weather patter for this time of year, but the forecast is for clear skies and mild...
over 3 years ago (02/02/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.02.11

February 2011     The winter fishing here in East Central Florida continues to be excellent. Redfish, seatrout, and black drum are my primary species this time of year and all three have been readily available on the shallow water flats of the Mosquito Lagoon. The water levels over the past two weeks have been low resulting in some great sight fishing opportunities. Schools of tailing redfish and black drum can be found on most days through out the Lagoon. Fish in the 5 to 15 p...
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters Captain Tom Van Horn
over 3 years ago (02/01/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.01.11

Upcoming Seminars and Events       Shad and Crappie Derby registration materials are available at all sign-up locations, so visit http:www.cfshadderby.com for details on the nearest sign-up location to you. Also, be sure to sign up for the free 2 months of Sea Tow, courtesy of Sea Tow Central Florida Lakes.     Saturday, February 5th, "Free Seminars" instructed by Captains Tom Van Horn, Chris Myers, "Winter Tactics for Redfish, Black Drum a...
Edgewater River Guide
over 3 years ago (01/31/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.31.11

The Seatrout fishing has been great this January 2011 on Mosquito Lagoon. We have been targeting the deeper holes and sloughs with Gulp shrimp jigs and live shrimp fished right on the bottom in the cold 50 F water conditions. On most trips the last couple weeks the fish count has been from 40 to 75 fish, mostly Trout, also a good numbers of fun small size baby Redfish, with a few Flounder and Black Drum thrown in the mix. Most trips have had several or more keeper Trout with many smaller trout...
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters Captain Tom Van Horn
over 3 years ago (01/24/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.24.11

Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, January 23, 2011       By Captain Tom Van Horn     Upcoming Seminars and Events     Shad and Crappie Derby registration materials are available at all sign-up locations, so visit http:www.cfshadderby.com for details on the nearest sign-up location to you. Also, be sure to sign up for the free 2 months of Sea Tow, courtesy of Sea Tow Central Florida Lakes.    ...
AAA Fishing Guide Service
over 3 years ago (01/24/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.24.11

This is the week I am usually snowboarding the slopes of WV but there are fish to be caught and faces to add smiles too.   Well, after the water got colder the fish moved deeper and so did we. Me and my Gulp that is. Bouncing Gulp baits on the bottom produced many fish for Kevin Pace and Anthony. They caught 65 trout 5 redfish and 4 flounder on light tackle. This type of fishing is one of my favorite ways to fish. On almost every cast in the right spot you will catch a fish.  ...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.17.11

The Report from Spotted Tail 1/16/11       Upcoming Events     On January 19 I’ll be speaking to the Tri-County Fly Fishers, the Villages, Florida.     On February 3 I start teaching the course, “Fundamentals of Flats Fishing” at Brevard Community College.   On February 22 I’ll be speaking to the Florida Fly Fishing Association in Cocoa.     Now for the report-     On Tuesday John Meyer joined m...
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
over 3 years ago (01/10/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.10.11

Mosquito Creek Outdoors Angler Improvement Clinics         2011 Clinic Schedule   Free Spin & Fly Fishing Classes         Become a better angler by learning from the pros.       Veteran lagoon fishing guides Captains Chris Myers and Tom Van Horn will provide instruction on the skills and techniques necessary to become a more successful angler through free seminars, provided as a service to you by Mo...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
over 3 years ago (01/10/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.10.11

My blog mentor (Keith Glines) told me to break my long blog posts up into several smaller blog posts. I’m not sure I like that idea but he’s the guru. This post is entirely about the week’s fishing.     Monday Spotted Tail was graced with a mother-daughter combination- an unusual occurrence- Christine and Ashley Mandeville. Christine is almost a homey, having grown up about 15 miles away from where I did. DAWchestah. She’s from Dawchestah, Mass! Ya gotta say it right, now,...
over 3 years ago (01/06/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.06.11

    Happy New Year!! Is it 2011 already? Time sure does fly.       The new year's fishing on the lagoon has been nothing short of fantastic. Record catches of trout and redfish have been the norm over the last few weeks of charters. Huge schools of redfish are in the Mosquito Lagoon and North Indian River, large schools of trout & black drum have also been spotted all month long. The cooler weather in late December made for some interesting and excit...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
over 3 years ago (01/06/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.06.11

Lucky anglers get that way because they operate efficiently. They recognize opportunities and act decisively when one presents itself. Let’s take a look at 13 tips that when incorporated into you everyday angling routine will make you one of the lucky ones.     1. Keep your spool full with fresh line. You can cast farther when the spool is full. Fresh line is stronger than old line.   2. Don’t use swivels, snaps, or other similar hardware. These devices have some...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.05.11

in this issue:   resolutions tree huggers Fishing Report Fly Tying Contest Addendum   Resolutions Happy New Year! It’s 2011. Many resolutions were made over the past few days. Most will be discarded before February first.   I’m going to learn to use Excel this year. I’m going to learn to type, actual typing, not the hunting and pecking that’s served me for the past thirty years. I’m going keep my weight below 175, by running and exercising at least three...
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters Capt. Chris Myers
over 3 years ago (01/05/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.05.11

December turned out to be the coldest in recorded history here in central Florida but we still managed to have some excellent fishing. While the cold snaps were frequent and severe, they were not as prolonged as last January and I have not seen any significant fish kills. The water is crystal clear and redfish, black drum and huge seatrout can be found in schools throughout the Lagoon.   During mid December, I made a trip to Mosquito Lagoon with fellow guide Capt. John Kumiski on a...
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters Captain Tom Van Horn
over 3 years ago (01/04/2011)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.04.11

Upcoming Seminars and Events     January 1, 2011 Shad and Crappie Derby starts at safe light. (Both shad and crappie derbies)     Saturday, January 22nd 11:00 - 2:00 PM, Free Crappie Rally at Boat Tree Marina Sanford, "Free Seminar" Instructed by Captains Tom Van Horn, Chris Myers and Charlie McCullough, "Catching American Shad & Crappie". Event includes sponsor displays, giveaways and a raffle with all proceeds going to Anglers for Conse...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.28.10

in this issue:   the holidays are here! black drum cheryl, glass artist a cosmic thought Fishing Report Fly Contest Winner, Fly Contest Cancelled   Yesterday was Christmas, no news there. When we watch TV now the ads will be about something other than Christmas.   I hope at least part of the day was holy for everyone. Even if you’re a pagan, the winter solstice was only a few days ago. The winter solstice! A GREAT reason for a celebration!   And o...
Edgewater River Guide Capt Michael Savedow
over 3 years ago (12/28/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.28.10

December 2010 has brought early winter conditions to East Central Florida with several below freezing nights and very cold water temperatures before the first day of winter. I am pictured with a frosty morning Redfish taken on a scouting trip right after the cold spell began. After the Reds and Trout got used to the cold water temps down in the high 40’s and low 50’s on the cold mornings, our early winter pattern of schooled up fish in the sand sloughs and pockets began to be the go to fishi...
AAA Guide Service Captain Joe Porcelli
over 3 years ago (12/20/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.20.10

Captain Joe Porcelli   386-314-5656 Central Florida Fishing Charters joe@captainjoeporcelli.com                                                                  ...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.13.10

Sudden death to his prey; Kevin wanted that fish!       in this issue   Tammy’s Story New Website Fishing Tip Fishing Report Fly Contest   Tammy’s Story In The River of Ghosts, Tammy Wilson uses words to paint a picture more vivid than pigments could. ” I am always taken aback when I arrive at the mound. I can never remember getting there, and yet know that I remember something, because I always remember the way. It is disorienting to say t...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters Captain John Kumiski
almost 4 years ago (12/09/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.09.10

Tammy Wilson and I “met” online. After some correspondence between us she graciously volunteered to show me some of her tarpon fishing spots. We met at a convenience store in Scottsmoor and immediately a mutual distrust was established.     Fortunately it was short lived. We became good friends and fishing buddies.   She is one of the most talented writers I know. Read her piece below and I’m sure you’ll agree. She says it’s one of her own favorites.   Th...
almost 4 years ago (12/07/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.07.10

Happy Holidays!!!!!     This time of year the Mosquito Lagoon is crystal clear and has half as many boats buzzing the flats due to the water level dropping to very low levels...   Redfish are in their winter patterns and schooling up well.. Not uncommon to see schools with close to 400 fish!!!! These fish eat really well if you do not spook them. Staying far enough away to not spook them but still able to pick off the fish in front or on the outside of the school is ke...
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters Capt. Chris Myers
almost 4 years ago (12/07/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.07.10

Winter has arrived early here in central Florida. With temperatures the next couple days twenty degrees below normal fishing will be best during the middle of the day. For the past couple weeks, wind and clouds have been our biggest challenge. The redfish have been tailing and willing to eat. For most anglers, casting in the wind makes accuracy difficult. Fortunately, the seatrout bite was outstanding prior to the latest cold snap.   On a cold, windy and rainy morning last month, Ralp...
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters Captain Tom Van Horn
almost 4 years ago (12/07/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.07.10

Upcoming Seminars and Events       January 1, 2011 Derby starts at safe light. (Both shad and crappie derbies)     Saturday, December 11th - 10: 00 - 12:00 PM, Shad & Crappie Derby Anglers Registration Meeting at Mosquito Creek Outdoors. "Free Seminars" instructed by Captains Tom Van Horn, Chris Myers and Charlie McCullough, "Preparing for the Shad Run & Crappie Season", anglers giveaways and more, located in the Outback at Mos...
Edgewater River Guide Capt Michael Savedow
almost 4 years ago (12/06/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.06.10

December is almost here and I have had some great trips during the end of November 2010 on Mosquito Lagoon Florida. On a charter with cousins Frank and Joe from West Palm Beach and Pennsylvania respectively we caught 10 Redfish including the 30? beauty Frank is holding in the picture, also caught several Seatrout along the way. On another trip a few days later Donovan and his friend Doug from Daytona Beach caught 6 big Reds along with 8 more smaller ones. Here is a picture of them with a doubl...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
almost 4 years ago (12/06/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.06.10

The Report from Spotted Tail 12/5/10     in this issue i mean who is posting* lives of a cell fishing conference fly rod leaders fishing report       i mean who is posting*   Last week I made an assertion that present day fish populations are two percent of what they were when Columbus arrived. I read this someplace years ago and couldn’t remember where. But I got a response that said this: “come on dude, these facts* and proof* i mea...
Edgewater River Guide Captain Michael Savedow
almost 4 years ago (12/01/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.01.10

  December is  here and I have had some great trips during the end of November 2010 on Mosquito Lagoon Florida. On a charter with cousins Frank and Joe from West Palm Beach and Pennsylvania respectively we caught 10 Redfish including the 30" beauty Frank is holding in the picture, also caught several Seatrout along the way. On another trip a few days later Donovan and his friend Doug from Daytona Beach caught 6 big Reds along with 8 more smaller ones. Here is a picture o...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
almost 4 years ago (11/29/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.29.10

The Report from Spotted Tail 11/28/10     in this issue:   Shuttle gremlins again Thanksgiving wrap-up fishing report Monthly Contest   Shuttle Gremlins The gremlins have been loosed again. NASA announced this week that the Shuttle launch so eagerly awaited by so many has been again postponed, this time until December 17. Darn those Klingons! There is another launch of a different vehicle scheduled for December 7. For those who would like to see a laun...
HotFish Charters Captain Mike Bales
almost 4 years ago (11/29/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.29.10

    Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report November 28, 2010     I hope everybody had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and didn’t put on too many pounds!! I know that I personally ate WAY too much food! I’ll need to put a few extra miles on the mountain bike in the coming days...before the Christmas food starts showing up!!   Tom from Oxford, MS with another lagoon redfish.         Larry with a nice tailer.     &...
AAA Fishing Charters
almost 4 years ago (11/29/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.29.10

Can you say Gulp! I knew you could, so get you some and catch fish like we do. Making believers with such a great product is not hard after a few nice fish in the box in a short time. Yeah, some days are a little slower than others but we are catching fish on Gulp when the live baiters don’t. A few reluctant guides don’t have the right stuff to fish with and suffer when their live bait has failed them. Covering ground with Johnson Silver Minnow spoons and Gulp shrimp has put fish in th...
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters Capt. Chris Myers
almost 4 years ago (11/22/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.22.10

The redfish action in Mosquito Lagoon was outstanding the first couple weeks of this month. With a recent spike in the water level, there have not been near as many redfish but the trout have been plentiful. That will change soon however, and it will be back to great tailing fish action.   Tim joined me for his annual trip to Mosquito Lagoon and at the first flat we visited there were redfish tails in every direction. He landed five and had at least that many come unhooked before they...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.22.10

  Klingons have no sense of humor; eat more mullet     in this issue Blessed Thanksgiving Space Shuttle Update Redo Redfish Rules??? Fishing Report New Monthly Contest   Blessed Thanksgiving   No news here, Thanksgiving is Thursday. I would like to wish everyone a blessed Thanksgiving. Please remember to count all your blessings, even the little ones.   Space Shuttle Update   A couple issues back I wrote that the Shuttle l...
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
almost 4 years ago (11/22/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.22.10

Second Annual Central Florida American Shad and Crappie Derby     For Immediate Release   Date: November 21, 2010   Contact: Captain Tom Van Horn, Coastal Angler Magazine Orlando   mosquitocoast@cfl.rr.com, (407) 416-1187 Coastal Angler Magazine Orlando, Fishing Florida Radio and our event sponsors proudly present the second annual, Central Florida Shad and Crappie Derby to be held during the months of January and February 2011 in the Greater Orland...
AAA Guide Service
almost 4 years ago (11/14/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.14.10

November 5, 2010 Find Mullet = Redfish ust a short drive from Daytona Beach and Orlando will bring you to some of the best flats fishing I have seen. Redfish waiting in the grass to have you drop a Gulp shrimp on their nose. They will eat it and strip seventy + feet of line from your ABU Garcia. Got to love that song. This scenario has played out about five times this week. Last week the moon was full and the fish foraged through the night. The mornings after many redfish would be laid u...
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters Captain Tom Van Horn
almost 4 years ago (11/08/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.08.10

Seminars and Events         Tuesday, November 9th, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Orlando Kayak Fishing Club Meeting (open to all) in the Outback at Mosquito Creek Outdoor in Apopka Florida.       Saturday, November 20th, 9:30 - 10:30 AM, "Free Seminar" Fishing with the Pros instructed by Captains Tom Van Horn and Chris Myers, Basic fishing open forum, followed by "Preparing for the Shad Run & Crappie Season & Shad Derby Meeting"...
Florida Inshore Fishing Charters Captain Drew Cavanaugh
almost 4 years ago (10/27/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 10.27.10

October 26 th, 2010 Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report     Well it has been a very productive past several weeks on the waters of both the Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River. The fishing has been outstanding and steady from the New Smyrna Beach backcountry area down through the deeper Indian River waters of the Mims and Scottsmoor area. Water levels have final stabilized and the clarity has returned as well making for good sight fishing conditions. As long as these conditions rem...
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters Captain Tom Van Horn
almost 4 years ago (10/19/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 10.19.10

Upcoming Seminars and Events       Saturday, October 23rd, 9:30 - 10:30 AM, "Free Seminar" Fishing with the Pros instructed by Captains Tom Van Horn and Chris Myers, Basic fishing open forum, followed by "Fall Fishing Tactics Redfish, Trout and Flounder" 10:30 - 11:30 AM in the Outback at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 170 South Washington Ave., Apopka Florida.       Tuesday, November 9th, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Orlando Kayak Fishing Club Me...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
almost 4 years ago (10/12/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 10.12.10

  Upcoming Events     -MINWR Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, October 23 You’ve heard about the Show and Tell Seminars. This is your big chance to attend. We tour the national wildlife refuge and discuss how and where to fish for reds, trout, and more in the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoons. It’s an all day event that costs $50. For more information see this link http://www.spottedtail.com/show&tell.htm or sign up here: http://www.spottedtail.com/shop/index.p...
AAA Fishing Charters Captain Joe Porcelli
almost 4 years ago (10/06/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 10.06.10

Jim Miller, Jason and Mike came out for their annual fishing outing and caught fifteen reds. Most of them were over slot fish, and most were sight cast to. We even got to (dance with rods) on a couple of triple-headers we caught.       The next couple trips I had we targeted trout etc. so we fished the river. We caught many nice size trout (three limits) and 90% of them were 2+ pounds. One gag grouper and a snook ars woopen made for a great day.      ...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
almost 4 years ago (10/04/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 10.04.10

  Upcoming Events     -MINWR Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, October 23 You’ve heard about the Show and Tell Seminars. This is your big chance to attend. We tour the national wildlife refuge and discuss how and where to fish for reds, trout, and more in the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoons. It’s an all day event that costs $50. For more information see this link http://www.spottedtail.com/show&tell.htm or sign up here: http://www.spottedtail.com/shop/index.p...
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters Capt. Chris Myers
almost 4 years ago (09/30/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 09.30.10

The remnants of tropical storm Nicole are travelling up the eastern coast of Florida bringing plenty of clouds and high winds. By this weekend and early next week, winds of 25-30 knots are forecast.  This may have an impact on the water levels in the Lagoons and will certainly make for some dirty water in some areas. The fishing the past couple weeks has been tough. When you can find the fish, they have been biting well. Most of the larger fish are spawning in deeper water. High winds and...
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters Captain Tom Van Horn
almost 4 years ago (09/30/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 09.30.10

Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast, September 30, 2010   by Captain Tom Van Horn     Upcomming Seminars and Events   Saturday October 2nd     10 AM - 5 PM, "Discover Fly Fishing Day" in the Outback at Mosquito Creek Outdoors in Apopka Florida. Guides, Professionals and Factory representatives will be on hand all day to introduce new comers to fly fishing and discuss casting, destinations, tactics, and...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
almost 4 years ago (09/27/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 09.27.10

  Upcoming Events     -MINWR Show and Tell Fishing Seminar, October 23 You’ve heard about the Show and Tell Seminars. This is your big chance to attend. We tour the national wildlife refuge and discuss how and where to fish for reds, trout, and more in the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoons. It’s an all day event that costs $50. For more information see this link http://www.spottedtail.com/show&tell.htm or sign up here: http://www.spottedtail.com/shop/index.p...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 09.22.10

 Asudden rise in the water level of the lagoon system has had a huge impact on the fishing the past week. While the redfish are biting aggressively, the challenge the past several days has been finding them in significant numbers. With lots of areas that have been nearly dry all summer now flooded, the fish have many more places to roam. Most of the fish have moved from the places they have been frequenting all summer long. The high water is cloudy in many areas and the grass which had...
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters Captain Tom Van Horn
about 4 years ago (08/30/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 08.30.10

Upcoming Classes, Seminars and Events       Wednesday September 8th, Seminar on the "Fishing Fall Mullet Run" at the Backcountry Flyfishing Association meeting, 6:30 PM, Harmoni Market, 2305 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, Florida 32804       Saturday, September 18th, 9:30 - 10:30 AM, "Free Seminar" Fishing with the Pros instructed by Captains Tom Van Horn and Chris Myers, Basic fishing open forum, followed by "Fishing the Fall...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 08.25.10

With one of the hottest summers on record here in Florida and water levels down a few weeks ago, now back on the rise, salinity levels returning to acceptable conditions, and last but not least, it is not cold out, the fishing here on the Mosquito Lagoon has been steady to great. The weather for sight fishing in Florida is by far perfect! Extremely hot days call for early starts to beat the heat along with getting into optimal position before the feeding frenzies begin. Water temperatures are...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 08.18.10

The summer fishing continues to be outstanding here in central Florida. Redfish have been providing the most consistent action with large schools being encountered on most days. These fish have been biting well and will chase down lures fished on the surface providing some explosive bites. There are a few tarpon around but they have yet to appear inshore in significant numbers.   During the first week of the month, I spent a couple days fishing with Capt. Blair Wiggins, host of the Ad...
AAA Guide Service Captain Joe Porcelli
about 4 years ago (08/18/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 08.18.10

August 15, 2010 The Lagoon is on fire     Fish are feeding both on the moon and tide change. That is if you are in an area that has tide moving the water. This week on the new moon the water came up a foot or so in the lagoon, = more playing field. I had Norbert Dean and his children (Theresa, Danielle, and Nick) out for a half day and they got to catch many fish. They caught a redfish in the first few minutes of fishing then it rained for just a bit. That did not dampen our sp...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 08.12.10

The dog days of August are upon us. While the temperatures are red hot, it has not slowed the fishing much on the coastal waters around Central Florida. Generally the heat affects fisherman more than it does fish. Redfish dominated the action over the previous month with nearly double digit catching almost every day. We fished for tarpon less in July, but the next two months are the best of the year. Speckled trout have been eating a variety of lures and baits early in the morning before layin...
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters Captain Tom Van Horn
about 4 years ago (07/23/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 07.23.10

Upcoming Classes, Seminars and Events         Saturday August 7th 9 a. m. to noon at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 170 S. Washington Ave. in Apopka Florida. Free seminar on "Snook Fishing Tactics" instructed by Captains Chris Myers and Tom Van Horn. Special guest instructor Steve Chapman from Fishing Florida Radio. Come learn the secrets to catching snook, and become a more successful angler.     First half hour is basic instruction and after...
Red Zone Charters Captain Shawn Williams
about 4 years ago (07/19/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 07.19.10

The hot July heat is here and the fishing has been excellent along Florida's Space Coast. Big schools of bull redfish have been consistent on the shallow water flat's of the Mosquito Lagoon. These fish can be found tailing and milling around the flat's first thing in the morning. Anglers have had the chance to sight fish to these brutes on light tackle all month. The bait of choice has been the Berkley Gulp Shrimp on a small jig head placed in front of the schools being carefully not to spook...
Tail Spotters
about 4 years ago (07/02/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 07.02.10

Trout is the game most anglers are fishing for now with pigfish and Gulp, my go to bait is the Gulp Jerkshad.. Work them on the bottom with a eighth ounce jig head when you are fishing in three feet or deeper. You can also work them on a float or clicker bead rig. You will also catch some bluefish, jacks and ladyfish in the mix fishing this way. We even caught a few snook in the lagoon this week in the lagoon.     Tarpon are at the jetties and the bridges in the Indian River an...
Florida Inshore Fishing Charters Captain Drew Cavanaugh
about 4 years ago (06/18/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 06.18.10

The past weeks of fishing here in the east central Florida area has been extremely great. On fire to be exact. Earlier sunrises and later sunsets mean more fishing time along with nice weather to deal with - no more cold! The warm weather arriving has also brought on tarpon, jacks, blues, lady fish and all of the other seasonal species which move into the lagoon and river here when summer time arrives. Along with these fish have of course been the outstanding year round bite of redfish, tro...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
over 4 years ago (05/31/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.31.10

Upcoming Events:   Coastal Angler magazine Boating and Fishing Expo June 12, 9 AM - 6PM Boaters Exchange, 2145 US 1, Rockledge FL   Speakers include Keith Kalbfleisch, Chris Myers, Rodney Smith, Ron Presley, Tommy Smith, Jerry Butz, Rich Lasby, and me. We hope to see you there!   Last week I stated that responsibility for the Gulf oil spill rested on all of us. Todd Fleming said, "As much as I hate to admit, we are all to blame for the Gulf oil disaster...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.27.10

The month of May brought continued great fishing the east central Florida. Schools of big redfish have been showing consistently and reds of all sizes are feeding on the wide variety of baitfish that have arrived this month. Trout, ladyfish, a few tarpon, and even some bluefish are feeding around the schools of bait as well. With the summer just around the corner, the tarpon fishing will only get better each day.   For the light tackle anglers, use lures imitating baitfish such as the...
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters Captain Tom Van Horn
over 4 years ago (05/24/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.24.10

This Week's Report       Again, gorgeous weather has set the stage for some outstanding fishing this past week, and although the seas will pick up some this weekend, it's a great time to hit the water and enjoy Florida for all its riches.   In the lagoons, the larger redfish have begun to form up into the summer breeder schools. In their traditional locations, groups of 15 to 20 breeder fish are developing some consistency if you know where to look. These breede...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
over 4 years ago (05/24/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.24.10

I've been out fishing once in the past two weeks, on the Mosquito Lagoon. Without visiting the brutal details, in spite of having some excellent weather, excellent anglers, and many excellent chances that day we got skunked. It looks like I will have to switch to using live bait exclusively. I don't want to do that. Maybe I just need to refill my jar of luck. It appears to be completely empty.   I am still sick about the Gulf oil spill. I've been watching fingers being pointed in the...
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters Captain Tom Van Horn
over 4 years ago (05/19/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.19.10

Special Announcement         Volunteers needed for two Kids Fishing Events   Volunteers needed to support the Teacher's Hands Fishing Rodeo. the event is scheduled for May 27, 2010 we will start at 9 am and the stations will be finished by 11 followed by fishing.   The address is: Teachers Hands Academy 9580 Curry Ford Road Orlando, FL 32825 If you would like to volunteer, please reply to mosquitocoast@cfl.rr.com or call me at (407) 41...
HotFish Charters Captain Mike Bales
over 4 years ago (05/18/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.18.10

Mosquito Lagoon fishing has continued to be excellent these past few weeks. The baitfish & mullet are starting to show up and the predators know it! The redfish and trout bite has been very consistent throughout the day. Topwater lures have been the ticket in the early morning hours pitched out along massive mullet strings on the lagoons. Any where you see this, you are sure to find trout and redfish willing to eat. The black drum bite continues to be going strong as well, these fish can b...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.18.10

The fishing the past couple of weeks has taken off fantastically. No doubt that it is here to stay for the long haul. From here on out it will continue to just get better and better as the warm summer days approach. Next thing you know it is July. Just awesome! There is nothing better than fishing in the summer in Florida. A few tarpon have been seen here and there in the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River which is a great sign. If these tarpon are seen in the lagoon and river they will be along...
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters Capt. Chris Myers
over 4 years ago (05/13/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.13.10

The mullet and other baitfish have been returning to the Lagoons of east central Florida in full force. With the influx of food, the predator  fish are feeding aggressively. Seatrout have become more plentiful and active and the redfish have begun feeding on the mullet as well.  With the water temperatures now in the mid 80's, the tarpon will begin to return and I saw the first one of the year this week. The giant redfish are schooling and we have encountered fish over 30 pounds rece...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
over 4 years ago (05/12/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.12.10

Mother's Day, 2010     I hope all you readers had the sense to let all the mothers in your lives know how important they are to you today. Of course that's something we should all be doing every day.   Fishing this week- I wanted to go out early in the week but the wind was howling so I did not.   Rodney Smith joined my on Thursday for a day out of Port Canaveral. The weather was beautiful and it sure was nice to be out there again. We hadn't even cleared the...
HotFish Charters Captain Mike Bales
over 4 years ago (05/03/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.03.10

Sight-fishing at its finest!! It’s as simple as that. The last few weeks have continued to produce excellent tailing Redfish and Black drum action in some massive schools along the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon flats, backcountry and mangrove shorelines. Most days have been spent casting flies or light tackle at tailing redfish throughout the day. Try using a live shrimp, Riptide realistic shrimp, or live blue crabs of about four inches for some explosive strikes!      ...
John Kumiski Spotted Tail Fishing Charters
over 4 years ago (05/03/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.03.10

May Day, 2010     There was a time (before my time) when May Day was a fairly big holiday. I wonder what happened to that? It seems like a good time to celebrate. Winter is over, mud season is over, the garden is planted, and summer is coming. Let’s bring back the May Day celebration!   One small way we can celebrate May Day is with the Tarpon Poem:   an ideal world hot sun, blue sky, clear, slick water sweat a graphite wand, a wisp of feathers a flas...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
over 4 years ago (04/28/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.28.10

For Sale:   Ocean Kayak Scupper Pro, in lightly and lovingly used condition. This designed-for-fishing, sit-on-top kayak includes premium seat, life jacket, and paddle. It’s been stored outside on a kayak trailer and under a tarp. The plastic is in good condition. All you’ll need to add is a whistle and water! Come out and see it, or call me at 407.977.5207  for more details. $350. I have two at this price. Shipping is not included. :-)   You can see this kayak knows h...
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters Capt. Chris Myers
over 4 years ago (04/27/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.27.10

Sight fishing for redfish on the flats of east central Florida continues to be excellent. Having shots at hundreds of redfish per day is the norm. Many of these fish are tailing throughout the day. There are a variety of small baitfish showing up in the lagoons but the small mullet have yet to arrive. As soon as they do, the trout fishing should improve dramatically. With water temperatures approaching the 80 degree mark, it should not be long before this happens.   Steve joined me on...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
over 4 years ago (04/26/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.26.10

For Sale:   Ocean Kayak Scupper Pro, in lightly and lovingly used condition. This designed-for-fishing, sit-on-top kayak includes premium seat, life jacket, and paddle. It’s been stored outside on a kayak trailer and under a tarp. The plastic is in good condition. All you’ll need to add is a whistle and water! Come out and see it, or call me at 407.977.5207 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 407.977.5207 for more details. $350. I have two at this price. Shipping is not included. :-)...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
over 4 years ago (04/19/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.19.10

Upcoming Events:     I'll be tying flies (and trying to sell books) in the Coastal Angler Magazine/Mosquito Coast Outfitters booth at the Apopka Foliage Festival on April 24. Come on out and see us!   For Sale: Ocean Kayak Scupper Pro, in lightly and lovingly used condition. This designed-for-fishing, sit-on-top kayak includes premium seat, life jacket, and paddle. It’s been stored outside on a kayak trailer and under a tarp. The plastic is in good condition. All yo...
Florida Inshore Fishing Charters Captain Drew Cavanaugh
over 4 years ago (04/14/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.14.10

April 12th, 2010 Orlando Flats Fishing Reports     Well the nice weather has finally arrived! I do not know about you but it is about time. It is as if summer time is indeed approaching. You can just feel this in the air. There is no better place on the planet to fish than here in the summers month of Florida and for that matter year round. The flats fishing and sight fishing is just outstanding along the east coast. No doubt what so ever. With this great change of weather has...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
over 4 years ago (04/12/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.12.10

  On Monday we had almost perfect weather- light winds, blue skies. I picked up flycaster Peter Bonde and his friend Jim at Turtle Mound at 730 AM. Almost immediately we found a school of redfish. We stalked and cast to them for almost an hour and then gave up and went elsewhere- no takers in spite of some excellent presentations.We tried several spots without success, finally ending up farther south in the lagoon. The were singles and pairs cruising and tailing in good numbers. Pete...
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters Capt. Chris Myers
over 4 years ago (04/09/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.09.10

Both the weather and the fishing have been spectacular the past two weeks. The redfish continue to tail aggressively throughout the day and have been our main target. Fishing has been about as good as it gets and it has been a sight fisherman's paradise. Some areas are holding schools of up to several hundred fish while other locations have singles and small groups. The best part has been that nearly all the fish have been feeding when we find them. They are still targeting small crabs and shr...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
over 4 years ago (04/06/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.06.10

First of all, a blessed Easter to all. For me as an angler, this day signifies the start of the summer fishing season. My good friend Rick DePaiva called me this week to tell me big tarpon have already started showing in Pine Island Sound.   I hate to sound like a geezer, but what the heck. Even if I don’t yet think of myself that way, it’s getting close and I’m sure that to the young whipper-snappers, I am one. Here goes…   My first fishing trip in the Mosquito Lagoon wa...
Captain Tom Van Horn Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
over 4 years ago (04/05/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.05.10

I can't help but get excited about the many different angling prospects spring delivers to the Indian River Coast of Florida. I'm always thankful for the chance to live, breath, and fish on these waters, and with the windy rainy March behind us, I'm ready to set the hook.     Some of highlights of fishing on Florida's east central coast during the spring are the weather is still cool and enjoyable, and as the waters warm up, the fish begin to shift into their prespawning feedin...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
over 4 years ago (04/05/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.05.10

First of all, a blessed Easter to all. For me as an angler, this day signifies the start of the summer fishing season. My good friend Rick DePaiva called me this week to tell me big tarpon have already started showing in Pine Island Sound.   I hate to sound like a geezer, but what the heck. Even if I don't yet think of myself that way, it's getting close and I'm sure that to the young whipper-snappers, I am one. Here goes.   My first fishing trip in the Mosquito Lagoon was in...
HotFish Charters Captain Mike Bales
over 4 years ago (03/29/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.29.10

Spring is just around the corner. Can you feel it? After this past winter, I am more than ready for a little more warmth and a whole lot less wind! The fishing here on Florida’s Mosquito Lagoon has been up & down the past few weeks. The story remains the same, If you get out between the cold fronts, the fish are generally willing to eat when you can find them. Locating them can be the tricky part, its seems during this time of year, You’re either on fish, OR looking for fish! Long sessio...
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters Capt. Chris Myers
over 4 years ago (03/29/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.29.10

It looks like the long cold winter may be coming to an end here in central Florida. The water temperature on the flats of Mosquito Lagoon broke the 70 degree mark yesterday and the manatee are beginning to return. Fishing for the past few weeks has been outstanding. We have been seeing hundreds of tailing redfish on each trip. Black drum have been plentiful as well. The baitfish schools will soon return and with them will come the trout, ladyfish and jack crevalle. April should be an exc...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
over 4 years ago (03/22/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.22.10

First day of spring today, always a wonderful day.     I spent the day in the boat yesterday, doing two rounds of the Mosquito Lagoon On-the-Water Show and Tell. The weather was beautiful and the event went well. All the participants told me they learned a lot! We watched a couple of guys pull in 20 pound plus reds out of the Haulover Canal.   New green is on all the trees, and the orange blossoms, while still in bud, are ready to open. In spite of that the forecast hi...
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters Captain Tom Van Horn
over 4 years ago (03/19/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.19.10

Up Coming Events   March 27th, Free Cobia and Tripletail seminar from 10 am to noon at Mosquito Creek Outdoors in Apopka Florida, 170 South Washington Avenue. For more details visit www.mosquitocreek.com/fishing.   April 24th, Free Hook Kids on Fishing Program from 10 am to noon at the Apopka Foliage Festival. After completing the five learning stations, each child will receive a free fishing rod, reel and tackle box. To preregister your children, visit Mosquito Creek Outdoo...
Captain Tom Van Horn Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
over 4 years ago (03/15/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.15.10

Hook Kids on Fishing Volunteers Needed       Volunteers are needed to assist with the Hook Kids on Fishing event to be held in conjunction with the Mosquito Creek Outdoors Family Outdoor Day and the Apopka Foliage Festival held on April 24th and 25th in Apopka. The HKOF event will be on Saturday, April 24th, from 10 am to noon and is free to all kids. After completing the five learning stations, each child will receive a free rod, reel and tackle box. We are anticipating...
Captain Tom Van Horn Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
over 4 years ago (03/08/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.08.10

Hook Kids on Fishing Volunteers Needed       Volunteers are needed to assist with the Hook Kids on Fishing event to be held in conjunction with the Mosquito Creek Outdoors Family Outdoor Day and the Apopka Foliage Festival held on April 24th and 25th in Apopka. The HKOF event will be on Saturday, April 24th, from 10 am to noon and is free to all kids. After completing the five learning stations, each child will receive a free rod, reel and tackle box. We are anticipating...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.04.10

The weather here in central Florida has been mostly cold and unpredictable but the flats fishing has been consistently good. Redfish and black drum have been abundant with most of the fish being found in schools of 25-200 fish. They have been willing to eat a variety of well placed small soft plastics and flies. Both the reds and drum have been feeding in very shallow water and have been extremely spooky. The fish must be approached slowly and quietly with your casts landing at least ten fee...
Florida Inshore Fishing Charters Captain Drew Cavanaugh
over 4 years ago (03/04/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.04.10

Well here we are almost to the end of the month and we are starting to warm things up some. There was a few days there where it was cold. Just not right for central Florida to say the least. Just not right at all. Now with air temperatures climbing back into the 60's and hopefully reaching a prime of the upper 70's not too far out this will continue to bring the water temperature up along with it. At least here in Florida more than the rest of the upper states it is really turning out to be ju...
HotFish Charters Captain Michael Bales
over 4 years ago (03/04/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.04.10

The fishing on the Mosquito Lagoon these last few weeks has been good. If you get out between these winter time cold fronts, the redfish have been cooperating quite nicely. Florida’s weather has continued to be some of the strangest I can remember, but large schools of Red?sh have been found all over the Indian River system this month. Black Drum also continue to make their presence known tailing happily most days.           My last week of trips have b...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
over 4 years ago (03/01/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.01.10

Something extraordinary happened this week- I had an idea! I thought I might try an on-the-water Show and Tell Seminar on the Mosquito Lagoon. It would be three people for four hours at a rate of $100 each. We would tour the lagoon in my Mitzi, stopping to discuss fishing locations and tactics. We would not be doing any actual fishing. If any readers out there have any questions or comments, or would be willing to sign up for this seminar, please email me at spottedtail@spottedtail.com. &#...
Captain Tom Van Horn Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
over 4 years ago (02/26/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.26.10

Volunteers are needed to assist with the Hook Kids on Fishing event to be held in conjunction with the Mosquito Creek Outdoors Family Outdoor Day and the Apopka Foliage Festival held on April 24th and 25th in Apopka. The HKOF event will be on Saturday, April 24th, from 10 am to noon and is free to all kids. After completing the five learning stations, each child will receive a free rod, reel and tackle box. We are anticipating over 100 kids and their parents to attend, so you assistance would...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
over 4 years ago (02/24/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.24.10

Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 2/21/10   Upcoming Events:   MINWR Show and Tell, February 27, $50 per person. See this link for details: http://www.spottedtail.com/show&tell.htm   This is the last week to sign up for the Show and Tell. If you want to learn your way around the wildlife refuge and learn how to fish in the IRL, this seminar is what you need.   On Friday Chris Myers and I had a two boat trip for a half day on the Mosquito Lagoon. Our an...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
over 4 years ago (02/22/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.22.10

Orlando Area Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 2/21/10 Upcoming Events: MINWR Show and Tell, February 27, $50 per person. See this link for details: http://www.spottedtail.com/show&tell.htm This is the last week to sign up for the Show and Tell. If you want to learn your way around the wildlife refuge and learn how to fish in the IRL, this seminar is what you need. On Friday Chris Myers and I had a two boat trip for a half day on the Mosquito Lagoon. Our anglers showed up a...
Capt. Chris Myers Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters
over 4 years ago (02/17/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.17.10

Central Florida Fishing Report posted February 17, 2010   There is still much speculation going around about the effects of the big freeze we experienced at the beginning of the year. While the full extent of the damage may not be known for quite some time, I can say with confidence that the populations of adult redfish and black drum are alive and well. We have been seeing hundreds of fish each trip roaming the shallow flats. From big schools of redfish and drum to singles and small...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
over 4 years ago (02/16/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.16.10

Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 2/15/10   Upcoming Events: MINWR Show and Tell, February 27, $50 per person. See this link for details: http://www.spottedtail.com/show&tell.htm My wife and I just came back from walking. Our original plan was to walk along the Econ but the water was so high that the trail was flooded. If you intend to go shad fishing (and I still haven’t heard any really strong reports) then expect high water. For you walkers, we ended up on the Florida...
Captain Tom Van Horn Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
over 4 years ago (02/15/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.15.10

Mosquito Creek Outdoor's Indian River Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, February 12, 2010 By Captain Tom Van Horn As in my last report, foul weather has been our dominant concern this past week on the Indian River Lagoon Coast of Florida, and the week ahead looks even colder. Although not freezing, back to back passing cold fronts have generated windy, cloudy and cold conditions, and as I sit here composing this report, snow flurries are predicted in north Florida. The good news is...
HotFish Charters - Captain Michael Bales
over 4 years ago (02/12/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.12.10

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report February 11th, 2010 Florida’s weather roller-coaster ride has continued here on the space coast! Warm days of 65F followed by cold fronts at 30F! As I write this report, it is a balmy 35F with the wind blowing in from the North at 10-15 mph. On the days when the weather will cooperate though, the fishing has been great! Schools of redfish, tailing reds, tailing and schooling black drum can be found all throughout the Indian River, Mosquito Lagoon and N...
Captain Tom Van Horn Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
over 4 years ago (02/08/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.08.10

Fishing Report February 5, 2010 Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, FL Well folks, after reviewing our January weather, the average wind speeds for the month were 16 knots. Finding a nice day to fish last month was a chore and this past week wasn't any better. To make matters worse, this coming weekend will be blown out offshore with winds gusting up to 20 knots on Saturday and 15 knots on Sunday. Another event closing down the south end of the Mosquito Lagoon and the down ra...
Florida Inshore Fishing Charters Captain Drew Cavanaugh
over 4 years ago (02/01/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.01.10

January 27th, 2010 Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Reports The weather for the beginning of this year had started off very poorly as we all know. Some of the coldest days and nights I have seen in my life here in Florida for a very long time. Not just cold but the length it lasted as well. I will not dwell too much over the extreme cold that we had or what it did and is doing to the fish populations because I am sure every one is aware of it at this point in time. However I would like to suggest som...
Captain Tom Van Horn Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
over 4 years ago (02/01/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.01.10

Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast, January 28, 2010 By Captain Tom Van Horn   Up Coming Free Seminars and Events Orlando Kayak Fishing Club Meeting February 2, 2010, 7 pm to 8:30 pm at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 170 S. Washington Ave., Apopka Florida. Seminar topic is American shad fishing and Shad Derby rules. For more details and directions to the event, visit Mosquito Creek Outdoors website at www.mosquitocreek.com/fishing. Introd...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
over 4 years ago (02/01/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.01.10

Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 1/31/10 We're now offering a 25% discount to active duty military personnel. Upcoming Events: MINWR Show and Tell, February 27, $50 per person. See this link for details: http://www.spottedtail.com/show&tell.htm Long time readers of this report will observe that the number of days I'm fishing is down quite a bit from years past. It's not that I wouldn't like to be out more. It's the austerity program. It's about a $20 round trip to the coas...
Spotted Tail / John Kumiski
over 4 years ago (01/26/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.26.10

Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 1/24/10 We’re now offering a 25% discount to active duty military personnel. Upcoming Events: MINWR Show and Tell, February 27, $50 per person. See this link for details: http://www.spottedtail.com/show&tell.htm The azalea bush in my mom’s front yard has blossoms opening. The red maples are starting to flower. Harbingers of the coming spring, the great rebirth where hope springs eternal! As I type this I’m listening to m...
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters Capt. Chris Myers
over 4 years ago (01/25/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.25.10

Central Florida Fishing Report posted January 24, 2010 It has been an unusual winter so far here in central Florida. The year began with a record breaking cold snap that lasted nearly a week. Water temperatures in the Mosquito Lagoon plunged to the 40 degree mark and stayed there for much longer than normal. As a result, some fish did not survive and thousands of green sea turtles had to be rescued. The hardest hit species seem to have been the snook and large seatrout. The snook population...
John Kumiski Spotted Tail Fishing Charters
over 4 years ago (01/25/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.25.10

Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 1/24/10 We're now offering a 25% discount to active duty military personnel. Upcoming Events: MINWR Show and Tell, February 27, $50 per person. See this link for details: http://www.spottedtail.com/show&tell.htm The azalea bush in my mom's front yard has blossoms opening. The red maples are starting to flower. Harbingers of the coming spring, the great rebirth where hope springs eternal! As I type this I'm listening to music. On at the mo...
Captain Tom Van Horn Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
over 4 years ago (01/22/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.22.10

Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing January 22, 2010 By Captain Tom Van Horn Up Coming Free Seminars and Events On January 23, 2010, 10 am Captains Chris Myers, Tom Van Horn and Charlie McCullough, Editor of Coastal Angler Magazine Orlando will be teaching anglers how to target and catch crappie and American shad. There will also be a Shad Derby meeting after the class for those angler wishing to register. For more details and directions to Mosquito Creek Outdoors,...
HotFish Charters - Captain Michael Bales
over 4 years ago (01/21/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.21.10

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report January 20th, 2010 What an Amazing few weeks of weather here in Florida! Record low temperatures have been upon us for the first two weeks of January and it has been down right FRIGID. I didn’t do much fishing but paid close attention to weather reports, being very concerned about all of Florida’s fisheries and the impact this weather would have on them. Snook in West Florida, Tarpon in the estuaries, Redfish in the lagoon? How would they survive...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters John Kumiski
over 4 years ago (01/18/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.18.10

Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 1/17/10   We have taken a few steps in an attempt to get the phone ringing. First off, we've lowered our rates. See this link for the new rates: http://www.spottedtail.com/BookingATrip.htm Next, we're now offering a 25% discount to active duty military personnel. So give us a call at 407.977.5207 and book a trip today!!! Upcoming Events: MINWR Show and Tell, February 27, $50 per person. See this link for details: http://www.spottedtail.com/show...
Capt. Chris Myers / Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters
over 4 years ago (01/04/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.04.10

Central Florida Fishing Report posted December 31, 2009 This is the final Mosquito Lagoon fishing report for 2009. Despite some challenging weather during the month of December, the redfish, trout, and black drum were all willing to eat. With most of the mullet having gone south for the winter, shrimp and crabs become the main forage on the flats. When I leave the house this time of year, I will have one rod with a DOA shrimp, one with a DOA crab, and a flyrod with a shrimp or crab pattern t...
HotFish Charters - Captain Michael Bales
over 4 years ago (01/04/2010)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.04.10

Mosquito Lagoon Fish Report January 1st, 2010 Happy New Year!! I wish you a safe, happy and hopefully prosperous 2010. I am looking forward to fishing with you this year and hope to see you out on the water soon!   Vincent with a nice redfish. Now onto the fishing, The last few weeks of weather here on the Mosquito Lagoon have been downright Crazy. Windy and Cold, Slick Calm, Foggy, you name it & we’ve had it. Hopefully the new year will bring some stable fishing conditi...
Captain Tom Van Horn / Mosquito Creek Outdoors
over 4 years ago (12/21/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.21.09

Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing December 18, 2009 By Captain Tom Van Horn   Up Coming Seminars and Events On December 22, 2009 Captain Ron Presley author of "Secrets of Florida's Master Anglers" will be available to autograph books from 10 am - 5 pm at Mosquito Creek Outdoors in Apopka Florida. The Secrets of Florida's Master Anglers is an excellent book for anglers of all skill levels, and it would make a great holiday girt for those anglers...
Captain Drew Cavanaugh / Florida Inshore Fishing Charters
almost 5 years ago (12/16/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.16.09

With the recent very strange weather patterns the Fishing has been not normal weather conditions for this time of year.  Water levels are still high however the clarity of it has improved tremendously. Searching protected banks the past few days we were able to produce some great trips out here. Trying hard to push with a stealth like movement down banks and focusing on fish movement can and will produce fish. Just take your time and try new things, this will sometimes provide you wilh...
HotFish Charters / Captain Michael Bales
almost 5 years ago (12/14/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.14.09

Mosquito Lagoon Fish Report December 12th 2009 Blustery fall conditions have dominated our weather patterns here on the Mosquito Lagoon this week. The wind & rain has finally, hopefully moved off!! The temperatures have ranged from the 50s to near 80’s, and the water levels are DROPPING! All this being said it looks like a great fishing week or so to come! Look for all of the lagoon species to be active with this weather break..Time to get out there.. Tony & Amy took a mornin...
Captain Tom Van Horn / Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, FL
almost 5 years ago (12/10/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.10.09

Fishing Report December 10, 2009 Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, FL Up Coming Seminars and Events On December 12th, Anglers for Conservation (AFC) will be conducting the Conservation Angler Certification Class at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 170 South Washington Avenue in Apopka, Florida. This free event is class 8 of our 8 series Fundamentals of Flats Fishing and runs from 10am - noon and the instructors are Captains Rodney Smith, Chris Myers, Ron Presley, Keith Kalbfleisc...
Captain Drew Cavanaugh Florida Inshore Fishing Charters
almost 5 years ago (12/09/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.09.09

December 8th, 2009 - Mosquito Lagoon & Indian River Fishing Report Well first off I would like to say happy holiday season to every one out there. Hope it will be a safe one for all and next year will be fantastic for every body as well! It has been a tough year for quite a bit of people but as many times I have heard we will make it through this. Things will improve. Fish on! With that said let's talk a little bit of fishing. By a little bit I mean just a bit. The weather the past sev...
John Kumiski / Spotted Tail Fishing Charters
almost 5 years ago (12/07/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.07.09

Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 12/6/09   On Sunday 11/29 I left here at 1130 and went to the no motor zone, kayak on top of the chariot. I got to the first spot and immediately I saw a giant black drum tail. The weather was awesome and I figured I was in for an epic afternoon. I made five casts to he drum. It spooked off the fifth. My prediction about the day’s fishing was way off, though. While I saw a few more fish, none were tailing and I didn’t get another shot. The...
Capt. Chris Myers / Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters
almost 5 years ago (12/07/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.07.09

December 5, 2009 Heavy rains the latter part of this week has kept most anglers off the water. Prior to the arrival of the storms, however, the fishing was good for tailing redfish on the shallow flats of Mosquito Lagoon. Georgia angler Ty, and his son Nick, used a 1/4 ounce DOA shrimp to land several redfish.   The seatrout were also cooperative and both father and son landed numerous fish on three inch DOA CAL tails. Last week, my wife and I got to spend the day on Mosquit...
HotFish Charters - Captain Michael Bales
almost 5 years ago (11/30/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.30.09

Mosquito Lagoon Fish Report November 27th, 2009 Fall conditions have returned to the Mosquito Lagoon this week. The weather has been somewhat moderate allowing for some great days on the water. Cooler temperatures are forecast for the next few days so this should really start to heat up the fishing. Water levels remain a bit little higher than average, especially with the recent rains. All of this change will make for some excellent red-fishing action! Several large schools of redfi...
Capt. Drew Cavanaugh / Florida Inshore Fishing Charters
almost 5 years ago (11/23/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.23.09

Capt. Drew Cavanaugh Mosquito Lagoon - New Smyrna Beach/Daytona November 20th, 2009 - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report The past few days here in east central Florida the weather on the Mosquito & Indian River Lagoons have been just outstanding! Awesome to be a matter of fact. Water temps are just hanging in there and the air temp is right there in the passenger side for the beautiful ride. For a while there we had extremely high winds day after day and now this, just perfect. Looks as if t...
Captain Tom Van Horn / Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
almost 5 years ago (11/16/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.16.09

Fishing Report November 13, 2009 Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, FL As you step outside here in Orlando, you will clearly notice winter is in the air. Earlier this week, squally conditions brought on by a late season tropical blow, Ida, settled in across Florida and the southeast states and was eventually pushed out into the Atlantic by a cold front. Although Central Florida did not experience a significant rain event, clashing barometric pressure systems created increase...
almost 5 years ago (11/11/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.11.09

Mosquito Lagoon Fish Report November 11th, 2009 Windy Days have dominated the weather this past week. Daily winds down on my dock have been 10-20 with gusts up to 30! This has made getting out on the water tough here on the Mosquito Lagoon. The forecast calls for some cooler temperatures in the days to come, and hopefully a little relief from these winds. Water levels also remain quite a bit higher than average but the water temp is starting to drop. As the water temps continue to cool, it s...
John Kumiski / Spotted Tail Fishing Charters
almost 5 years ago (11/10/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.10.09

Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 11/8/09 Upcoming Events Coastal Angler Boat Show and Fishing Expo, Sanford, November 28. I will post more information as I get it. I am scheduled to speak and of course tie flies. Long time readers of this report will remember I had problems with the engine on my johnboat. I broke down and brought it to a local mechanic. I was tired of using the boat to collect fallen leaves. I was hot to get it back and picked it up before they had water tested it. Sunda...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.09.09

November 7, 2009 Some high winds have descended upon central Florida and are forecast to remain with us for much of the coming week. The wind has made sight fishing difficult but we have managed to catch some nice redfish and seatrout despite the challenging conditions. Water levels are still quite high but the temperature has dropped significantly with yesterday morning's water at 66 degrees. Last week, prior to the arrival of the cooler temperatures, I made a trip to Mosquito...
Captain Drew Cavanaugh Florida Inshore Fishing Charters
almost 5 years ago (11/06/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.06.09

November 6th, 2009 - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report Well a taste of fall has arrived a few times here the past couple of weeks. One day it was hot - then the next day cold - then the next day hot and now it is cool again. Welcome to Florida! If the weather stays like this with mildly calm winds...It Would Be Perfect! However along with this has brought the winds and fronts. High winds seem to be coming here for the next few days for sure. A typical Florida front system passing on by. The pas...
John Kumiski / Spotted Tail
almost 5 years ago (11/03/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.03.09

Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 11/1/09 Upcoming Events Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Seminar, November 7. http://www.spottedtail.com/shop/?cart=145129&cat=13 I got out four days this week. The fish weren’t terribly cooperative. Monday Noel Keyes joined me for a days fishing on the Mosquito Lagoon. We searched high and low, from Tiger Shoal to Max Hoeck Creek. Visibility was poor, with lots of clouds. Fishing was real slow. We had three shots at redfish all day, and only got...
Captain Tom Van Horn / Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
almost 5 years ago (11/02/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.02.09

Mosquito Creek Outdoor's Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast, November 2009 By Captain Tom Van Horn   First and foremost, on November 28th, Coastal Angler Magazine Orlando presents the CAM Orlando Fishing, Boating and Outdoor Fall Festival to be held at the Barn in Sanford. The event features food, music, retail booths, seminars by leading local fishing experts, games, boat displays and much more, and the event is a fund raiser for our Hook Kids On Fishing Program. So far...
almost 5 years ago (10/28/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 10.28.09

The mullet run is underway!! They can be found north to the inlet all throughout the lagoon system. The fishing this week has been good in the mornings using topwater for trout and redfish. Anywhere you locate bait on the flats or grassy edges these predators will be lurking. Pay close attention to the bait pods as there are generally reds mixed in with them in the shallows. The lure of choice this week has been a skitter-walk in black/chrome and the Chug-Bug or soft plastics such as a...
Capt. John Kumiski / Spotted Tail
almost 5 years ago (10/27/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 10.27.09

Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 10/26/09   Upcoming Events     Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Seminar, November 7, with Capt. John Kumiski. http://www.spottedtail.com/shop/?cart=145129&cat=13 Spaces still available!   The wind howled like the hounds of hell this week.   OK, I'm exaggerating. It was windy though, out of the east, enough that combined with the lack of business, I only went out one day. That was on Wednesday.   The wind and...
Captain Tom Van Horn / Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
almost 5 years ago (10/26/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 10.26.09

Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report 10-23-09 By Captain Tom Van Horn   It's 21 days into my recovery from abdominal surgery and I'm feeling stronger and better each day. I've finally recovered to the point where I can start fishing again, but I still need another week or two before I start doing charters again. With that said, most of the information this week comes to you from my good friends on the water. Big Econ Gator On Monday, several of m...
AAA Hawgwild Saltwater Charters LLC
almost 5 years ago (10/20/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 10.20.09

The fishing has been great on the Mosquito Lagoon! We have been catching redfish, black drum and trout. The black drum schools are huge with schools numbering close to 1000 fish. An average day is 10-12 fish and many days we are landing 20 plus. With the cold fornts rolling through now the water levels will drop and the sight fishing will be awesome. Check out my website www.aaahawgwildcharters.com for more reports or call 407-405-0819 and book a trip....
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters/ John Kumiski
almost 5 years ago (10/19/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 10.19.09

Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 10/17/09   Upcoming Events Florida Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers Annual Conclave, October 23 & 24, at Ramada Celebration Resort, 6375 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee. Come out and see some of Florida ’s best fly fishers. I’ll be tying flies. Mosquito Lagoon Show and Tell Seminar, November 7, with Capt. John Kumiski. http://www.spottedtail.com/shop/?cart=145129&cat=13 I got out four days this week. On Tu...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 10.16.09

October 15, 2009   The fishing in Mosquito Lagoon so far this month has been challenging. The water is high and, in many places, cloudy making sight fishing difficult. On the positive side, the weather has remained unseasonably warm. This has kept the tarpon around as well as the large schools of baitfish. When you can find the redfish, they are willing to eat and I saw many tailing fish during the past couple weeks. Recent trips have resulted in varying levels of succes...
Captain Tom Van Horn / Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
almost 5 years ago (10/09/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 10.09.09

Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, October 9, 2009 Let me start by apologize for my lack of reports last week. I'm currently landlocked recovering from major surgery I received last week. Nonetheless, I'll be off of the water for the next several weeks, so the material within this report is generalized information provided by my good friends on the water. Before we get into the meat of this report, I would like to remind everyone about the free fishing se...
Captain Drew Cavanaugh / Florida Inshore Fishing Charters
almost 5 years ago (10/09/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 10.09.09

October 8th, 2009/Mosquito Lagoon/Indian River Fishing Report Well what can I say. We have gone back a few months in time to July it seems or even August. What do I mean? It is HOT! Humid and Hot! Record high temps here the past few days are not the usual for this time of year but dealing with them is a must. The weather two weeks ago seemed to be at the time a prelude for the fall/winter approach! Just an awesome feeling in the air. The winter is coming and will be here before we know it. H...
Spotted Tail Fishing Charters / John Kumiski
almost 5 years ago (10/06/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 10.06.09

Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 10/4/09   Upcoming Events   On October 17 I'll be holding a kayak fishing seminar at Lake Mills Park in Chuluota, limited to eight people. Cost is $100. http://www.spottedtail.com/KayakFishingSeminar.htm   On November 7 I'll be holding a Show and Tell seminar in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, limited to 20 people. Cost is $50. http://www.spottedtail.com/show&tell.htm   The beach has been a-happenin!  ...
Captain Tom Van Horn/ Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
almost 5 years ago (09/30/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 09.30.09

Mosquito Creek Outdoor's Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast, October 2009 By Captain Tom Van Horn For starters, I just wanted to inform everyone that I will limited to desk duty for most of October due to a medical procedure, so I will be compiling next months reports from information generated by my readers and friends. So, if your out on the water, shoot me an email about your results, and I'll include it in my next report. Shorter days and cooler nights are a sure sign fall...
John Kumiski/ Spotted Tail Fishing Charters
almost 5 years ago (09/29/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 09.29.09

Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 9/27/09 Upcoming Events   Starting on Tuesday Sept. 29 I’ll be teaching a five week class on flats fishing at Brevard Community College’s Titusville campus. 321-433-7513 On Saturday October 3 I’ll be one of several presenters at Andy Thornal Outfitters in Winter Haven, tying flies and giving seminars. http://www.andythornhill.com/Art_Of_Flyfishing_09/Art_of_FlyFishing_Festival_Page1.asp On October 17 I'll be holding a kayak fish...
John Kumiski / Spotted Tail
almost 5 years ago (09/22/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 09.22.09

Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 9/21/09, mostly on the Mosquito Lagoon. Monday, 9/14, Scott Radloff and I launched the Mitzi at River Breeze for some scouting. I had a trip Tuesday and wanted to find a few fish. We went as far north as JD’s Fish Camp, and as far south as Tiger Shoal. All the water around the Oak Hill area was very dirty, quite high. We only saw a couple of fish there. South of George’s Bank the water was cleaner but we still didn’t see very many fish. We g...
Captain Michael Bales - Hotfish Charters
almost 5 years ago (09/21/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 09.21.09

The summer season in Alaska has come to a close.. No more rainbow trout,  no more salmon,  arctic char,  grayling or dolly varden...(Until next summer).. It's time to move on to the fall & winter season here on the lagoons of Florida's space coast.  We had a terrific season fishing in Alaska this year, but now it is time for tailing reds in the super shallows.  The water conditions are excellent for catching redfish in the shallows.  As the fall continues to...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 09.17.09

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Guide - Capt. Chris Myers Fishing Report September 17, 2009 With the water level having risen over a foot during the past several weeks, the redfish have plenty of areas to visit that were inaccessible during the summer. Many of the large redfish have moved to the deeper basins for their spawn. When you can find the reds on the flats, however, they have been willing to eat a variety of lures. Much of my time the past couple weeks has been dedicated to chasing...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 09.14.09

September 12th, 2009/Report    Fall is starting to be felt in the air. The past several weeks you could just feel the ever so slight changes of the weather in your bones. Labor Day comes and goes, kids go back to school, football starts! It just sets things in motion for things to come. Not much but just enough to sense that things are very soon going to be turning a bit. Go from fall to winter fishing the flats in no time at all. Fishing has been very steady throughout the...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 09.03.09

Mosquito Lagoon Report Late August and September are typically the slowest months for the charter fishing business in this area. This gives me plenty of time to fish during what is one of my favorite times of year. That is exactly what I have been doing the past couple weeks. Variety is the name of the game and it is often fun to see how many different types you can catch in a day. Tarpon, however, are my main target and I spend most mornings targeting them. While they are fun to catch, they...
Saltwater Adventures of Central Florida--Capt Keith
about 5 years ago (08/31/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 08.31.09

East of Orlando--Atlantic and Mosquito Lagoon Report A good week both on the flats and on the open ocean. We caught king mackerel, cobia, and barracuda on the open ocean out of Canaveral, just 45 minutes east of Orlando, and some beautiful redfish on the flats of Mosquito lagoon and Indian river Lagoon. You can see pictures on my website, www.capt-keith.com. This is a great time to fish--get out there! Saltwater Adventures of Central Florida--Capt Keith Phone#: - 321-279-1344 Email:...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 08.25.09

August 23, 2009   The past two weeks have offered some very good fishing opportunities except for a few days of windy weather caused by a passing tropical front. Nearly every day brings legitimate chances to catch multiple species such as redfish, black drum, seatrout, tarpon, snook, and jack crevalle. Last Monday, Jim and his son-in-law Brian drove up from Melbourne to target large redfish in Mosquito Lagoon. Prior to spotting reds, we encountered a large school o...
Florida Inshore Fishing Charters / Captain Drew Cavanaugh
about 5 years ago (08/10/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 08.10.09

August 7th, 2009 Well you can most definitely tell it is summer time here in central florida. The weather is extremely hot and the fishing has been hot right along with it. The past few weeks have brought water levels to very low levels here on the Mosquito Lagoon. Some areas are at winter lows and with this it is pushing fish into confined spaces. This makes for a whole lot of pressure, not just for the fish but for the angler as well. As always with low water be careful on your navigation...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 07.20.09

July 18th, 2009- The World Famous Mosquito Lagoon! Here in central Florida you can definitely tell that summer time is here. It is hot out, that's why. Cooking! The humidity has taken over for sure along with temps rising fast and the sun beating down hard upon you. Sunscreen is a must along with a ton of water on board. Days on the water are early, so back to the saying - "The Early Bird Gets The worm", or the redfish is what I like to say. It is nice to hit the water every now...
Captain Michael Bales - Hotfish Charters
about 5 years ago (06/25/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 06.25.09

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 6/15/09 I'm off to Alaska for the summer as another season of guiding in AK has started! Remote tundra streams, large rainbow trout, Brown bears and float planes...It doesn't get much better than this! Fishing on such fabled waters as the Kvichak River, The Naknek river, Lower Talarik Creek and the American to name a few. This is truly a guide's dream, having the opportunity to take people on their fishing adventure of a lifetime. Whether casting dry flies to r...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 06.22.09

June 21st, 2009 First thing I want to say is Happy Fathers Day to all of the dads out there! Special Happy Fathers Day to my Dad as well! Let the games begin! Summer time is here. It is hot out too.The fishing is taking on a pattern of the weather - HOT! The fishing the past several weeks has just improved tremendously as time is going by. I see it getting better as it goes on. There have been some days that the bite is awesome at day break and then the days where we are landing fish after fis...
Captain Drew Cavanaugh
over 5 years ago (06/01/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 06.01.09

May 29th, 2009 May is a time of year here on the Mosquito Lagoon when life comes to life and the action takes off like a rocket soaring to the sky! I mean things start to explode into action - big action. Bait fish are moving through the area by tens of thousands, birds are showing up by the hundreds, fish are moving over the grass flats feeding vigorously, manatees are in large numbers along with dolphins and so on and so on. It is the prelude to an awesome summer and fall of fishing here. No...
John Kumiski-Spotted Tail
over 5 years ago (05/20/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.20.09

Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 5/19/09 We had the strangest weather today, but I get ahead of myself. I also saw my first tarpon this year, a good-sized roller in the Haulover Canal.Wednesday last week son Maxx and I went canoe fishing on the Indian River Lagoon. We found a bunch of tailing fish. I thought they were reds but they were black drum. We wasted 30 minutes throwing the wrong fly. When we switched to the redfish worm Maxx got bit right away but missed it. He got the crawler red tha...
Capt. Mike Bales
over 5 years ago (05/11/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.11.09

Windy Days have dominated the weather this past month. Summer Like temperatures have the bait-fish returning in massive numbers.. Its almost like summer started overnight. Several interesting trips this month include a few days fishing the Cobia migration along the beaches with some rather successful results. Anybody who loves to fish should get out there when possible to try and catch one of these tasty fish. They will easily take a swimming jig or fly if presented properly ahead and IN FRONT...
John Kumiski-Spotted Tail
over 5 years ago (05/05/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 05.05.09

Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 5/4/09 Tarpon Fishing! I’m trying to fill holes in my calendar for tarpon dates. I’ve got May 20-24, 28 and 29 open, as well as June 3-11 and 13-16. So let’s hear that phone ring! Book now before it’s too late!Upcoming Events- May 16 I'll be doing a book signing and fly tying demonstration at Andy Thornall Outfitters in Winter Haven. Call Allen Wyatt at (800) 499-9890 for more information. I fished three days last week, all by kayak.Tuesday I scouted along...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.28.09

Captain Drew Cavanaugh Report:The past several weeks have been very windy here along the east coast of Florida well in Florida in general. Winds have been shifting from one way to another without any warning from any one. On days when you are able to enjoy yourself and get away from protected waters fish are being picky. This is the time of year you must explore the waters you are fishing and use all of the patience you have stored inside you. The fish are always there and eat just like we do....
Captain Mike Baales - Hotfish Charters
over 5 years ago (04/14/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.14.09

April Fishing Report 4/13/9 Let's just say the weather here on the space coast has varied from pleasant boat-free backcountry tailing fish (more on that later) to ABSOLUTELY HORRID rainy and windy days. As I write this report the wind is howling at 30 mph and gusting to 50! With all of this crazy weather the water levels have fluctuated dramatically as well. Several charters have had to be re-scheduled this month due to this April weather. Mosquito Lagoon and the North Indian River continue to...
Captain Tom Van Horn-Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
over 5 years ago (04/10/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.10.09

Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, April 6, 2009By Captain Tom Van HornEvents and seminar Schedule:April 7, 2009, Top Water Plugs, Orlando Kayak Club meeting 7pm at Mosquito Creek Outdoors in Apopka Florida.April 11, 2009, Introduction to Saltwater Flats Fishing by Captains Chris Myers and Tom Van Horn, 10am – 12pm at Mosquito Creek Outdoors in Apopka Florida. This is the first of eight series classes offer at no cost by Mosquito Creek Outdoors and Coastal Angl...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 04.02.09

Mosquito Lagoon Report 4/2/09:The past few weeks we have had a change in weather patterns. Winds are shifting from their winter north directions to a south-southeast direction. Temps are coming up in the air as well with water temps rising too. Water levels have dramatically come up the past weeks. It always seems that this is an over night thing here on the Mosquito Lagoon. It happens so quickly. With the water coming up the fishing patterns have changed a bit. You can feel spring/summer in t...
AAA Hawgwild Saltwater Charters LLC
over 5 years ago (03/30/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.30.09

Mosquito Lagoon Report 3/27/09:The fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon has been very good. We are catching Redfish Black Drum and Trout. The Black Drum and Redfish are in large schools throughout the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon. The Black Drum are eating shrimp and the reds will take artificials such as Gulp Shrimp, Jerk Baits and Live Shrimp. Top water plugs are working well early. I am booking trips for April and if you would like to go call 407-405-0819 or visit my website at www.aaa...
Capt. Drew Cavanaugh
over 5 years ago (03/18/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.18.09

Mosquito Lagoon/Oak Hill:Capt. Drew Cavanaugh March 18, 2009 Mosquito Lagoon - Saltwater Fishing Report 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 patt...
Capt. John Kumiski
over 5 years ago (03/09/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.09.09

Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 3/8/09 We had great weather this week. Followers of this report may remember I had a show and tell last Saturday. Saturday evening right about dark one of the participants (named Rick) called me. He was at that moment sitting in his boat, surrounded by a school of tailing fish, didn’t know what they were or how to catch one. He wanted me to join him so I could help him. It wasn’t happening but I was certainly intrigued. Tuesday morning I went to the coordinat...

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 03.03.09

The fishing is going off in the Mosquito Lagoon! We have schools of Black Drum and Redfish everywhere. We are sight fishing in less than 18 inches of water and it is awesome! The weather is great and the is only getting better. As the waters warm the fish will become more aggressive and things will only get better. Most of the fish have been caught on live shrimp but Gulp baits are working well. If you want to have a blast come on and let's go catch some! Check out my website www.aaahawgwildch...
Capt Mark Thomas
over 5 years ago (02/25/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.25.09

March 2009 forecast: FlatsAction Charters w/ Capt Mark Thomas (407-325-8707) Location: South Mosquito Lagoon/ North Indian River While during January and February the Mosquito Lagoon and the North Indian River Lagoon water levels are as low as I have seen in years the fishing remains steady. The redfish are cruising down the edges of the bars and the trout are laid up in the pot holes and sand spots. Meanwhile the black drum continue to drive everyone crazy, as they do not feed well under pres...
John Kumiski
over 5 years ago (02/23/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.23.09

Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 2/21/09 Upcoming Events: On February 28 there will be a Merritt Island Show and Tell Fishing Seminar. Tour the wildlife refuge and learn the ins and outs of fishing for reds, trout, and other species in the Mosquito Lagoon and the north end of the Indian River Lagoon. Cost is $50 per person. You will learn more in one day during this popular seminar than you could in a year on your own! Visit http://www.spottedtail.com/show&tell.htm for more information and...
Capt Mike Bales
over 5 years ago (02/18/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.18.09

Mosquito Lagoon, located just south of Daytona Beach and minutes east of Orlando continues to prove to be one of the east coast’s premier fisheries.The past few weeks have our wonderful redfish in their winter patterns. Large Schools of redfish are ALL over the lagoon system this month. How spectacular it is to pole quietly onto a flat that has literally hundreds of happy redfish awaiting the stealthy angler. The north Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon are both producing excellent catches. The...
Capt. John Kumiski
over 5 years ago (02/16/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.16.09

Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 2/15/09 There were a lot of fish around this week. They weren’t biting too well. There was also a full moon. I don’t know of any scientific studies tying shallow water fish behavior to moon phase, but I’m blaming the moon for the lack of success. On Monday and Tuesday Dave Corddry and his lovely bride Donna (from Annapolis) joined me for some fly fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon. We fished from the Mitzi. On Monday we started in the Pole/Troll area. The sky wa...
Captain Drew Cavanaugh
over 5 years ago (02/11/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.11.09

Well what can I say. The weather is actually starting to feel really nice again. It would be very nice to just freeze this in time. Oh well, that wont work.The fishing over the last several days have been great. I mean you really can not go wrong on the water. The main key with this time of year is just to take your time and do not rush things. Search and destroy to say. Redfish are moving in BIG schools all over the lagoon. However the fish are getting very spooky when being approached. I am...
Capt. Drew Cavanaugh
over 5 years ago (01/30/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.30.09

With the past few weeks going up and then down then back up again in the weather department the fishing has remained pretty great for a few weeks now. Big schools and some smaller ones of redfish are moving all over the lagoon. There really is no one particular hot spot. The key is to find them and fish them. Simple....Well not quite. The redfish have been getting quite a bit of pressure between beautiful days and the low water the fish have been easy prey. The key is if you spend some time an...
Captain Drew Cavanaugh
over 5 years ago (01/20/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.20.09

Capt. Drew Cavanaugh January 20, 2009 Mosquito Lagoon: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...
Captain Drew Cavanaugh
over 5 years ago (01/13/2009)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 01.13.09

Capt. Drew Cavanaugh January 12, 2009 Mosquito Lagoon - Fishing Report The past few days have brought some changes to our weather patterns here in central Florida. The weeks leading up to this were basically epic to say the least. That is EPIC fishing and even EPIC weather conditions. Warm days in the upper 70's mean great days on the water. This beats the single digits I saw on the news in the upper mid-west, that is for sure. Like I have said before-this is why we are here in Florida. Even w...
John Kumiski
almost 6 years ago (12/08/2008)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.08.08

Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 12/7/08 Upcoming Events: 12/13, Fly Tying/Book Signing, Salty Feather, Jacksonville. Call them at 904.645.8998 for information. Please stop in and let’s swap stories! January 23, 24, 25, Fly Fishing Show, Somerset, NJ. I’ll be tying flies, signing books, and giving a program or two. If you plan on attending the show, please stop by and say hello!What a week! Arguably the best of the year. I love this season. The weather this week was, except for just a few mi...
Captain Drew Cavanaugh
almost 6 years ago (12/08/2008)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.08.08

Tails, Tails and Even More Tails! Capt. Drew Cavanaugh December 7, 2008 New Smyrna Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report 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...
Capt. Drew Cavanaugh
almost 6 years ago (12/01/2008)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 12.01.08

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...
John Kumiski
almost 6 years ago (11/17/2008)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.17.08

Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 11/16/08 Upcoming Events: 11/29, Fly Tying/Book Signing, Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka. MCO is turning this into quite an event. Call them at 407-464-2000 for information. 12/13, Fly Tying/Book Signing, Salty Feather, Jacksonville. Call them at 904.645.8998 for information. Come on out and say hello! This week’s question features tarpon fishing. For years, during May and June I have been going to Fort Myers, doing my tarpon fishing in Pine Island Sound and a...
Captain Drew Cavanaugh
almost 6 years ago (11/14/2008)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.14.08

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Capt. Drew Cavanaugh November 14, 2008 Mosquito Lagoon - Saltwater Fishing Report 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 extr...
Captain Drew Cavanaugh
almost 6 years ago (11/10/2008)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 11.10.08

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...
Captain Drew Cavanaugh
almost 6 years ago (10/06/2008)

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 10.06.08

The past several days on the Mosquito Lagoon has been an very unique time.First of all the fishing is great. The bending of poles is going on left and right. With the weather staying beautiful outside and fish moving in makes for great times. The flats of the Mosquito Lagoon have been acting very strange...But in a good way.The other day I am sight fishing with my Client Thomas Scoggins and we throw to tailing redfish. HOOK-UP! and BAM! We reel in a blue fish. Next cast same thing...Reel in a...

Fish

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Bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix)

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Drum, Black (Pogonias cromis)

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Drum, Red (Saltwater) (Sciaenops ocellatus)

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Flounder, Summer (Paralichthys dentatus)

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Jack, Crevalle (Caranx hippos)

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Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus)

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Snapper, Gray (Lutjanus griseus)

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Snapper, Mutton (Lutjanus analis)

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Snook (Centropomus undecimalis)

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Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus)

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Trout, Speckled (Cynoscion nebulosus)

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Guides

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AAA Hawgwild Saltwater Charters

he fishing? Want to know more about the fishing with Captain David? The Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River are home to some of the largest Redfish and Gator Trout that you can hardly imagine. Yo...
Winter Springs, FL, United States United States
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A Flataddicted Fishing Charter Inc

Fishing Orlando Florida and the World Famous Mosquito Lagoon for Redfish, Trout, Tarpon and Snook. Just 45 minutes East of Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studious and other attractions in Orland...
Orlando, FL, United States United States
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A Ultimate Professional Guide Service

Welcome to Harrison Fishing Lodge and guided fishing holidays provided by Harrison Bay Guided Services. Our full service sport fishing resort is located in south western British Columbia only 1.5 ho...
Kissimmee, FL, United States United States
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Baby Grand Sportfishing

Baby Grand is available for Half and Full Day Charters, Bahamas Trips, Tournaments, Offshore Legal Signings, Burials at Sea and Corporate Outings. Trips are based from the beautiful brand new Lake P...
Riviera Beach, FL, United States United States
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'Backcountry on Fly' Mosquito Lagoon Guide

Backcountry Fly fishing and Light Tackle Sport Fishing "Specializing in Fly Fishing for Redfish on the Mosquito Lagoon" Full-Time Guide USCG Licensed Master / Lifetime Waters All Inclusive / Per...
Titusville, FL, United States United States
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Captain Charlie Fishing Charters

Captain Charlie Clyne is a professional guide with over 30 year's experience in freshwater and saltwater fishing.
Jupiter, FL, United States United States
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CAPTAIN MIKE'S Charter Service

For the past 17 years Captain Mike has fished the waters of Mosquito Lagoon and the Northern Indian River near where he resides in East-Central Florida. Sharing his expertise with other anglers has...
Port Orange, FL, United States United States
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Capt. Chris Myers

Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters offers light tackle and fly fishig trips in Mosquito Lagoon for redfish, trout, drum, and more. Cast to fish you can see as your guide pushes the boat across t...
Orlando, FL, United States United States
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Capt.Steve's Central FL.Guide Service

Fish Central Florida Fresh and Inshore Salt Water Fishing Charters. CFLfishing.com offers freshwater & saltwater fishing Charters in Central Florida, St.Johns River and Lakes for Largemouth Bass ,...
Deland, FL, United States United States
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Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters

Rates : Charter rates include up to 2 anglers. If you have more anglers in your party, I can arrange for additional boats with quality licensed captains. Although I do not guarantee you w...
Longwood, FL, United States United States
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Cross Streams Charters

Central Florida Space Coast Fishing ! Sport fishing -- Light Tackle -- Spin -- Fly Trips designed for you!! Imagine yourself back in time in a prehistoric place. The sun is peaking its way over...
Cocoa, FL, United States United States
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Edgewater River Guide

FLORIDA SALTWATER INDIAN RIVER & MOSQUITO LAGOON BACKCOUNTRY FISHING TRIPS Also offering Indian River Backcountry Sightseeing Tours Hello, I am Capt. Michael Savedow. I invite you to join me on...
Edgewater, FL, United States United States
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Fat Fish Guide Service

Located just an hour from Orlando and 20 mins from Daytona is some of the best inshore and shallow water fishing light tackle and fly fishing in florida. Flats fishing in florida for red fish and tr...
New Smyrna Beach, FL, United States United States
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Fineline Fishing Charters

These Missouri River hills and the rolling prairie are the heart of some of the best hunting, fishing, and river recreation areas along the Lewis and Clark Trail. Scenic roads mark where Lewis and C...
Rockledge, FL, United States United States
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First Strike Guide Services

Lodging on Big Sissabagama Lake (Class A Muskie Lake) providing: * Opportunities to fish for Muskie, Walleye, Bass, Perch, Pike & Panfish. * Opportunities to Ice Fish or Snowmobile right out t...
Kissimmee, FL, United States United States
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FISHIN BUDDY CHARTERS

We live in Merritt Island, Florida, which means big redfish aren't far away! I am originally from Pocomoke City, Maryland where I learned to fish with my dad on the Eastern Shore. My love for fishin...
Merritt Island, FL, United States United States
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Fishing-Guy.com

Experience the thrill and excitement of cacthing trophy fish in and around the waters of Ponce Inlet, florida. Located on the east coast between Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach we are just one...
Daytona Beach, FL, United States United States
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Fishing with Captain Joe Porcelli

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing with Captain Joe Porcelli Redfish - Spotted Sea Trout - Snook - Tarpon - Flounder and World Record Black Drum Located within the greater Orlando area and just minutes fro...
Edgewater, FL, United States United States
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Flataddicted Fishing Charters

Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Fishing Guide, Captain Tom Carver. Fly Fishing and light tackle Central Florida fishing for Redfish, Sea Trout, Tarpon, Snook and more. Orlando inshore saltwater fi...
Orlando, FL, United States United States
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Flats Action

What's in store for you on your next fishing trip? When the weather cooperates you can expect to see one of Florida's most unique and diversified estuaries. On any given days charter you could enco...
Casselberry, FL, United States United States
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FlatsTime Lagoon Charters

Experience the best in sightfishing the shallow flats of East Central Florida's Space Coast with one of the most experienced guides in the area. If you're looking for big redfish this if the place t...
Cocoa, FL, United States United States
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Florida East Coast Fishing Adventures

Have a love affair with the tailing redfish by joining Captain Mark in his fully loaded 2004 Ranger 169 Ghost flats boat poling quietly on the shallow flats, sight fishing for redfish and trout. Sno...
Titusville, FL, United States United States
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Florida Flats Fishing

Experience the finest in flats fishing on east central Florida's coastal estuaries. Sight fish for redfish and sea trout on clear shallow flats or work mangrove shorelines for snook, tarpon and othe...
Indialantic, FL, United States United States
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Florida Inshore Fishing Charters

Welcome to the Web site of Florida Inshore Fishing Charters. A Mosquito Lagoon fishing guide charter on light tackle - fly or spin. We would like to invite you to fish The World Famous Mosquito Lago...
Edgewater, FL, United States United States
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Florida Sightfishing with Capt. Nathaniel Lemmon

Fishing the inshore waters of East-Central Florida for trophy Redfish, Seatrout and more
Edgewater, FL, United States United States
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Gator Rod Charters

With Central Florida Fishing Guide Service, you will enjoy Central Florida and Kissimmee fishing at its best. We are a Florida Fishing Guide Service, located near Disney, Epcot, Universal Studio'...
Apopka, FL, United States United States
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Greenwater Charters

Charter Fishing in Stuart/Jensen Beach Florida Fly and light tackle fishing inshore and near shore on Florida's Treasure Coast The diversity is astounding! Whether fishing the flats, the channels or...
Stuart, FL, United States United States
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HotFish Charters

Come spend a day with HotFish Charters Captain Michael Bales on a variety of waters in beautiful and sunny Central Florida. Only an hour’s drive from Orlando is some of the best Redfish and Ta...
Leesburg, FL, United States United States
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Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters

I'm Captain Tom Van Horn, and if it's a Central Florida fishing charter or outdoor camping adventure you are seeking, you've come to the right site. Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters prides itself in...
Chuluota, FL, United States United States
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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Guide

As a part of the 156-mile long Indian River Lagoon Estuary, the Mosquito Lagoon lies within the Meritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and offers excellent Fishing opportunities. These pristine wate...
Rockledge, FL, United States United States
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Mosquito Lagoon Redfish Guide Service

Fish Florida's famous Spacecoast, Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon With Capt. Larry L. Fowler. Enjoy the finest in custom tackle, fine quality Ranger Banshee Extreme Flats Boat, and the experience...
Titusville, FL, United States United States
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Native Sons Fishing Guides

We are glad you stopped by for a visit. Take your time, enjoy the adventure, and dream a little about Orlando fishing… and when you are ready for the dream to become a reality, give us a shout. C...
Merritt Island, FL, United States United States
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Pattern Setter Charters

Capt. Gus Brugger - Sebastians #1 Inshore Guide Service Guaranteed Catch!! Pattern Setter Charters is a full-time inshore guide service owned and operated by Capt. Gus Brugger of Sebastian Florid...
Vero Beach, FL, United States United States
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Phlats Guide Services

Light Tackle inshore fishing guide for snook, tarpon, trout, reds, peacock bass, largemouth bass. Live bait, fly fishing, artificial lures.
West Palm Beach, FL, United States United States
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Redfishing.Com

Mosquito Lagoon Charter fishing Guide for Central Florida East coast Inshore Light Tackle Flats Fishing and Saltwater Fly fishing Charters. Located just 45 min. from Orlando hotels, the Orange Count...
Orlando, FL, United States United States
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Red Zone Charters

Capt Shawn is licensed by the U.S.C.G, and a licensed Florida Fishing Guide by the Canaveral National Seashore. All of his trips are fully insured.
Titusville, FL, United States United States
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Saltwater Adventures of Central Florida

Imagine beautiful clear water, with a redfish tailing in only a foot of water ahead of you. Knowing how spooky the fish is, you sneak up to it, cast your lure, and watch him suck it down! You set...
Winter Park, FL, United States United States
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Skinny H20 Charters

Capt.Tony is a professional, full-time angler that has fished in East-Central Florida and the Mosquito Lagoon since 1990. For twenty years my passion has been sight fishing the shallow pristine flat...
New Smyrna Beach, FL, United States United States
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Spot N' Tail Charters

Join us for a professionally guided fishing trip on the world famous Mosquito Lagoon for a day of the most exciting redfish and spotted sea trout action available in the country. Mosquito Lagoon is...
New Smyrna Beach, FL, United States United States
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Spotted Tail Fishing Charters

Specializing in shallow water sightfishing with fly and light tackle for redfish, seatrout, tarpon, snook, black drum, and more in the Mosquito Lagoon, north Indian River, and Banana River (includin...
Chuluota, FL, United States United States

The Reel Fishgyde

Capt. Eric Taylor is a true native of Merritt Island, Florida. Merritt Island borders the world famous Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian and Banana Rivers. Climb aboard a Triton with a Merritt Islan...
Merritt Island, FL, United States United States
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Tom and Jerrys Guide Service

Tom and Jerry's Pro Guide Services is located in Kissimmee. We offer trophy bass fishing for armatures and professional anglers alike on many of the best bass fishing lakes in Central Florida. We ca...
Kissimmee, FL, United States United States

Lodges

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Night Swan Bed & Breakfast

Imagine... Crimson dawns, sipping coffee dockside, dancing dolphins and passing sailboats, warm evenings shared on the wrap-around porch, and the gentle creak of rockers and porch swings...The Night...
New Smyrna Beach, FL, United States United States

Tournaments

There are no tournaments associated with this fishing spot.