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October Redfish, Trout and Sightfishing Forecast & Predictions

Saturday October 21, 2017

This October of 2017 has been a great time for fishing on the Mosquito Lagoon lately! Anglers are catching big bull redfish on top water plugs and finding large schools of spawning redfish on the deeper flats adjacent to sandbars and dropoffs (especially around bait pods). As the winter deepens we should be getting these monsters up on the backside of the flats wagging their tails like hand waving pageant queens in their limosines in the cool Florida winter sunshine (weird analogy eh?). With the cooler weather the redfish have become very active and eager to eat. I believe they are still in spawning mode and will remain that way thru the end of October and into November. If we have a mild winter, expect the spawn to continue for a few more weeks and then they should settle into a winter pattern that's exciting for fly fishermen on the warmer VERY shallow flats. As a shallow water guide, I have one of the best skinny water boats in the industry which is a must for many of the shallow water Lagoons in our are (particularly the Mosquito Lagoon).

Also keep in mind that as the winter materializes the fishing pressure usually decreases on the Mosquito Lagoon and redfish are more likely to be cooperative in the extremely shallow waters perimetering the waterways. The Indian River Lagoon and Banana River Lagoon comes to mind.

As always, call us and ask for Captain Gina to set up a fishing trip with one of our experienced Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Guides this winter. Mosquito Lagoon Trout Report

October Spotted Sea Trout Update

When you can find cooler waters in the Mosquito Lagoon, you'll often find some of the best sea trout fishing in the world. Since the constitutional net ban in the 1990's were implemented the trout fishing has rebounded back and our anglers are catching them by the bucket loads lately. Smaller trout are being caught on the transition edges of the flats where the water drops to 3-6 foot or more with small jigs, shrimp on popping corks or small topwater lures like the tiny torpedo. Larger trout are being caught in the shallower water when the water temperatures get comfortable enough.

The frost in on the pumpkin and the fall mullet run is in full swing! Look for the trout fishing to progessively get better and better as the fall fills in. October can still be warm during the day, but the trout are really fixated on the arrival of the finger mullet that are plentiful around the lagoon. Trout like to eat and finger mullet patterns are your best bet during this time of year. Fish around the edges of finger mullet schools and in adjacent shallow water. Early mornings and evenings are still a the best bet for the larger fish.

Sight Fishing Report on the Mosquito Lagoon

October Sightfishing Forecast and Report: Mosquito Lagoon

October has been one of the best months of the year for Redfish and will continue as the redfish flood the flats and school as they spawn and begin thier fall feed before winter approaches. Sightfishing can be challenging in October as the winds of change are coming and northeast winds often make it difficult for anglers to see redish either tailing or cruising in the murkier, chopped up waters in the mosquito lagoon. Don't get me wrong, there's still sitefishing to be had in the lagoon but you are often limited to sheltered areas where the water is less turbulent and the quarry is easier to see. If you come down this October to go fishing, sightfishing in the Mosquito Lagoon can be challenging, but worth it if you happen to score a nice day in the Florida sunshine.

Fishing Report for The Mosquito Lagoon

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: October 04 2016 11:07:28.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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October - 2017 Fishing Report

The summer is over and the autumn winds are starting to prevail as we head toward the holidays and winter. With water temperatures on the fall and water levels above average you can find good numbers of fish very close to the shoreline and against the mangroves. Mullet are in their peak run and will start to subside as we enter November, but bait, comfort and the end of the redfish spawn should keep anglers busy during the month of October. Lie mullet will trump any given bait during the fall on most days and if you're lucky enough to run into a school of big breeding redfish, it typically doesn't matter what you throw at them, just be ready for these fish that often exceed forty pounds.

Wrapping up the October report, we have been catching snook along the deeper shorelines with the seasonally high water, breeding redfish are coming to an end, but you have a chance to catch them and the fall mullet fun will keep the gamefish interesting into November.

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October - 2017 Fishing Forecast

Author Captain Richard Bradley

Captain Richard Bradley is the author and contributor for many of the articles written on the Lagooner website. Richard is a professional fishing guide, taking anglers in his native waters near the Banana and Mosquito Lagoons on Florida's central east coast almost three hundred trips seasonally. When not charter fishing, Captain Richard enjoys time with his family surfing, fishing, camping and various other outdoor activities.

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Inshore and Offshore Charter Fishing near Orlando and Cocoa Beach, Florida. Catch redfish, sea trout, tarpon, snook and many other saltwater gamefish aboard the world famous Lagooner flats fishing boat with renowned Captain Richard Bradley.

A very knowledgeable guide and knows the area waters well. We were on big reds and trout within minutes of the leaving the dock and ventured about the lagoon to catch different species. The scenery in the Lagoon is remarkable! Richard’s boat was well equipped with good equipment, he was well prepared to adapt to the different types of fishing through out the day. My primary focus was sight fishing for big reds on fly - the flies that Capt. Richard provided were right on! Booking the charter was a breeze, his wife Capt. Gina was very accommodating to work me in (thank you Capt. Gina). Capt. Richard seemed to know who was hungry at the right times – and we had some impressive catches! Well done Capt. Richard, and thanks for a great day on the water!
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