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  1. Default Mosquito Lagoon 2009 report

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

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

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

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

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

    Happy New Year and Tight Lines!

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

  2. Default Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report/01-12-2009

    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 with the changes coming on it is still awesome weather conditions for sight fishing the Mosquito Lagoon.

    The fishing has been really good. Redfish have been roaming the flats early and staying on them throughout the day and morning. Along with the redfish I/we have been seeing(and landing) numerous trout. Again I say trout...NICE TROUT. We saw some trout that looked like a yard sticks swimming by. Very nice indeed. Most of the trout that have boated and released have been in the 18-26 inch range with a few over that size. Some of these fish have been caught on top water but most with live shrimp or a free lined mullet. These fish are onto you before you know it. Approach them with that extra love and tenderness of stealth.

    Redfish are still being caught using the sight fished shrimp. These fish are roaming in schools and are getting to become very spooky with the pressure from the holiday weeks along with the combination of great weather days of fishing. A strategically placed one(shrimp) I might add. Remember take your time and it will pay off. Soft plastics like a gulp will work extremely well too.

    Black drum are still being found within the Mosquito Lagoon. However these fish have had so much pressure they too are very spooky as well. If you are able to get up on these fish use a smaller sized hook and cast well in front of them as to not scare them with the cast. They will do the flock of birds thing...One turns, they all turn and then they are gone on you.

    Call today and book a trip of a lifetime to Fish the World Famous Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River. Known as the Redfish Capital of the World. Home of the best light tackle backcountry inshore saltwater flats fishing Florida has to offer.

    I look forward to seeing you on the water. Tight lines and great days ahead!

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