Orlando Fishing Reports

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report July 14th

July 14, 2016 by Jonathan Moss

Trip Info

The Catch

Slick Calm. Glassed out conditions. And tails, big happy tails, waving in the air. I love it! Water levels have dropped in the Mosquito Lagoon which is causing the exposures of some nice bars. Redfish and trout have begun to stack up on these bars either the inside or the outside, depending on what the bait (schools of mullet) are doing and where they are going.

On the inside you find a broken bottom of grass and sand, which is prime area for these redfish and speckled sea trout to stack up. The redfish like this grassy area to stick there faces down in and forage for food such as shrimp and crabs. In fact, many of the reds caught this week regurgitated some crab pieces. That have really been chewing well.

On the outside of the bar you find a water depth of up to 4 feet. This drop seems to be holding the bigger gator trout. I have been placing my East Cape Fury Skiff about 65 ft from the bar and having my guests cast towards the bar and reel their lure back in with a medium speed and an occasional twitch. This has been producing the bite!

This week brought a mix of both fly and spin anglers. I had my fly anglers throwing the anarchy shrimp fly tied by Martin Jennings of pOGflys and the spin fishers threw both the FlatsHQ flats swimmer and flats walker. All pictured below.

Mid morning, Redfish are making the move from either up on the banks or the broken bottom to follow the schools of bait to the middle of the flat. It was such a sight to see these over slot reds cruising on the surface. They create a wave or push and tend to have their back and tails poking out. In this scenario we are throwing a FlatsHQ Flats walker in front of them and give it a a twitch or two. Hold on because an explosion is coming. I LOVE TOPWATER! So much fun! You can also catch them on the swim bait. The key to either bait, is to put it in front of the fish. I guarantee you, if you make the right cast, just beyond and in front of the fish, reel it in front of the fish, give it a twitch and boom. FISH ON!

It has been so much fun out on the mosquito lagoon! Now is the time to book.

Tight lines y’all!
Capt. Jonathan

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