Cucumber Island On Mosquito Lagoon
Fish The World Famous Lagoon For Redfish And Trout
Wednesday August 23, 2017
Why is this island in the middle of the Mosquito Lagoon named "Cucumber Island"? Legend has it that pioneers like Dummett grew citrus and pineapples so he possibly reserved this small island for growing juicy cucumbers? No, it's much simpler, but requires an aerial view to really get the picture of why this small island with shallow grass flats and sandbars adjacent to Turtle Pen.
When Florida was being settled DDT was used in a huge undertaking to irradicate mosquitoes. This was accomplished with steam shovels and drag-lines trenching furrows and building empoundments to enclose and isolate fragile wetlands. These enclosed areas caused mosquitoes to lay their larvae in the stagnate poisoned water and effectively diminished the mosquito population and helped with malaria outbreaks during the day.
Building small earth dikes around the edge of waterways and marshes and spraying DDT in the enclosed areas worked extremely well for mosquito control... but with devastating effects on wildlife and habitat. Pesticides are no longer used on the Mosquito Lagoon and the marsh areas, but the earthen dikes look like mazes and from above and thus "Cucumber Island" looks alot like a striped cucumber complete with green algae coloring. This striking feature is reserved for aircraft and aerials but a well deserved name of Cucumber Island developed over the years.
The destruction of marsh and wetlands buy empoundment and continued developement has not been a good combination for the saltwater lagoons in the central Florida area. Many believe that these empoundments cause algae blooms and contribute to many of the problems in our lagoons.
Head out to Cucumber Island on the Mosquito Lagoon to catch nice redfish and trout. Let Capt Richard Bradley, guide you through the shallow skinny waters.
Last modified: November 02 2016 15:38:21.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©