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December Redfish, Trout and Sightfishing Forecast & Predictions

Wednesday December 13, 2017

December is here and 2017 is almost over. Can you believe that 2018 is just around the corner? The fishing on Mosquito Lagoon during December has been excellent and we've been handed several early Christmas gifts in the form of giant bull redfish over 25 pounds and days where Mosquito Lagoon redfish almost ate the bottom of the boat out as one day our anglers caught and released over thirty reds in one outing. I don't know what I'm gonna do if next year offers up better fishing than 2017, On that particular day the anglers actually asked me "Is there was any other thing to catch rather than these darn redfish...?" Can you imagine catching so many redfish in one setting that they actually got bored? Well there you have it... I'll be going out of business if this kind of fishing becomes lack-luster. I hope to see many of you on the water next month and what remains of December before I take my break between Christmas and the new year.

Mosquito Lagoon Trout Report

December 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.

Contrary to many people's understanding of trout fishing, December's coldfronts bring trout fishing for the Holidays. Traditionally the waves of coldfronts bring miseralbe conditions but great fishing on the flats in East Central Florida.   Yep, cold weather concentrates the trout into deeper holes where they'll be easier to locate and target as the winter sets in. Then we're bound to have a better spring of sea trout fishing the colder the winter month. We're counting on the Global Warming effect to not affect our trout fishing this year and looking forward to waves of coldfronts producing great spotted seatrout fishing in Central Florida.

Sight Fishing Report on the Mosquito Lagoon

December Sightfishing Forecast and Report: Mosquito Lagoon

There have been a few days of good sightfishing in the last week or two, but for the most part we are looking at wind, wind and more wind to produce difficult situations for anglers to see tailing redfish, have clear enough water to see them offering VERY challenging enviroments even for the best anglers.
December holds some of the best fishing in the lagoon, but also offers the most difficult weather conditions as waves of coldfronts start to lead us into Christmas and past the Holidays. Let us hope that we will experience some great Indian Summer conditions in the next few weeks as we look for less winds and fairer weather.
Okay, before I sound too discouraged let me clarify... We have had some of the best fishing of the year for giant redfish, nice seatrout and some tripletail in December when the wind and swells calm down. But most of the fishing we have been doing has not been sight fishing as the wind and weather have made that difficult if not impossible. So if you are looking to catch fish and not worry about sightfishing, I feel strong that we can have a great day of catching with conventional fishing rather than the conditioned based fishing you need for a good day of sightfishing. If you're looking forward to going sightfishing though you might be discouraged if the weather prohibits you from having a good sightfishing day. Did you mention flyfishing in December?

Fishing Report for The Mosquito Lagoon

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: October 04 2016 11:01:55.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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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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