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Sight Fishing On The Mosquito Lagoon
Looking And Spotting Fish In Shallow Water Inshore Grass Flats
Tuesday April 24, 2018
Sightfishing is the rage in Central Florida's Mosquito Lagoon as seen on many of the fishing programs and shows. Scanning the water looking for tell-tale signs of fish meandering the shallow grass flats and shorelines is an exciting way to spend the day for many anglers but may become exhausting for older anglers and challenging for young ones as sight fishing requires you to remain still for long periods of times while standing on the front platform. A good guide with the proper equipment can turn a day of looking for fish into an enjoyable day of catching on the Mosquito Lagoon and it's surrounding waterways, but the teamwork between angler and guide is paramount on a sightfishing trip in shallow water.
It almost seems impossible, but the fishing seems to be getting better and better every year with schools of giant redfish providing spectacular entertainment for anglers, but also single tailing redfish foraging in the shallow saltwater grassflats on the northern side of Merritt Island in around the Mosquito Lagoon. The adjacent photograph is a typical tailing fish on a recent sight fishing trip in one of our shallow water lagoons. Your guide will typically position you within casting distance of this target and it's up to you to throw an artificial, live or dead bait close enough for the fish to find it and not so close that you scare it away. Skill and stealth become an important part of your fishing trip.
Sightfishing is not typically for the beginning or novice angler with little of no casting skills, you'll find yourself frustrated and your guide will often have to assist you if you can't make the cast, but it's a blast for those wanting the opportunity to actually see fish and sharpen their casting skills. Typically sight fishing is done with a spinning rod, but the fly caster is offered an extraordinary opportunity to bump up their casting skills as it's often necessary to cast over seventy feet accurately to present your streamer or crustacean pattern to be gobbled up. Make no mistake, sightfishing on the Mosquito Lagoon is as fun as it gets, but you'd better bump your game by practicing your casting before you ask your guide to take you sight fishing on crystal clear grass flats and lagoons.
Typically a sight fishing trip involves no more than two anglers and guide as weight and space become an issue when the specialized small craft become too crowded to make accurate uninhibited cast on moving or tailing fish. Sightfishing is a test of skills with both anglers and guides and requires patience, stealth and a little luck finding the fish. A good "Flats Boat" made specifically for gliding around in the shallow water in the Mosquito Lagoon is essential. Light fishing tackle from 2 lb to 12 pound test is often used with a common standard being around 8 pound test allowing long accurate cast for anglers. Other tools that are a must are polarized glasses, light colored clothing, sunscreen and an assortment of lures, hooks and possibly live bait. Lagooner fishing guides provides all tackle, licenses and permits to make a great day on the water for you and a friend.
I provide a monthly fishing report on this page and this April is no different. Typically the best sightfishing is done when there's little or no wind and the water is clear. Obviously this is because it's easier to see the fish and make accurate cast. During the cooler months, there are more fish in the Mosquito Lagoon, but the weather is less cooperative during those months too. On a typical winter day when the wind and temperature is down, you'll see many fish flooding the flats as the morning warms up. Unfortunately during the summer, the water temperatures are on the rise and the fish often go towards inlets or tidal areas to get cooler. If you target sightfishing during the warmer months, you'll want to get on the water and out to the areas where the fish are before sunrise because as the sun comes up and the lagoon temperatures approach 90° the redfish will vacate and look for cooler deeper waters and are often difficult to find.
As always I look forward to hearing from many of you soon, if you need to contact Captain Gina and set up a charter please call her at (321) 868-4953 or just fill out the form on the right.
Captain Richard Bradley
Lagooner Fishing Guide
Sight Fishing Guide on the Mosquito Lagoon
Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: October 28 2016 17:37:18.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
April - 2018 Fishing Report
April - 2018 Fishing Forecast
April of 2018 should be a great spring for fishing in both inshore and offshore coastal waters of Central Florida. Look to the Mosquito Lagoon and Banana Rivers to produce redfish and sea trout consistently and then look toward the ocean and depending on the water temps, clear skies and wind the cobia will be on their way north and migrating past Canaveral towards their northern grounds on the mid-Atlantic seaboard. Central Florida's weather during the spring is usually no less than spectacular as the college spring breakers are winding up the end of their vacation and heading back to campus to finish up before summer break. Daytona Beach host several spring events from NASCAR Races, Bike Week and Spring Break activities while Cocoa Beach and it's Space Coast offer a much less crowded alternative for vacationers to seek a more secluded and restful Holiday. The temperatures are rising and the fishing should be heating up too in East Central Florida's Cocoa Beach.
If you're looking to learn about the Mosquito Lagoon while you're visiting the greater Orlando area, ask Captain Gina to set you up a fishing trip with our premier fishing guide, Captain Richard Bradley. Redfish and Trout are plentiful almost all year around but the cooler months are when the lagoon really seems to shine. When booking the trip remember that Mosquito Lagoon is typically a redfish and sea trout destination but other fish species can be caught there when the conditions are right.
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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.
We had an awesome day of fishing with Captain Richard! Regardless of your fishing ability....Richard will get you on fish and make sure that everyone has a great day! He is professional, courteous and funny! We caught fish even though boats around us were struggling and we had a fantastic time! I would highly recommend fishing with Richard!
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