Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report – April 2013

by David Proudfoot

The fishing for redfish, seatrout, and black drum continues to be outstanding on the flats of the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River.

Most of the fish are still in schools with many of them holding 100-300 fish. The water is still crystal clear and sight-fishing conditions are excellent.

The fish have been eating a variety of baits. The 3″ DOA CAL has been a go to lure on the windy days, which have been very plentiful.

Pinned to a 1/4 ounce jighead, this lure will cast a long way even into a stiff breeze. The new DOA Airhead lure has been catching a lot of big seatrout and some quality redfish as well. The 5.5-inch CAL has also been very effective. We spend most of our time fishing in less than two feet of water casting to fish you can see. On warmer days, you can target the 2-4ft depths for trout and ladyfish.

sea trout

Bill and Megan got to fish one of the best weather days recently. With hopes of fly caught fish, a school of fish, tailing in every direction, greeted them. Unfortunately, they soon discovered it was far different from small stream trout fishing and could not quite reach the fish. We switched spots and tactics and caught numerous seatrout using the Airhead lure.

The next day we started with wind and storms all around us. Fortunately, the first two spots we stopped held happy and hungry fish. Rob and Jeff fed them some Airheads and landed both redfish and trout before lightning ran us off the water.

The storms cleared out and behind them was a record cold front with plenty of wind. It did not bother the fish, however, and Jay and Guy caught some nice trout and had shots at a ton of redfish during the day.

The cold weather was still hanging around when Marcus and his son Luca joined me on Mosquito Lagoon. Luca had never landed a big fish before and got the chance to do it several times that day.


A few days later, Bob and Leslie enjoyed some great sight fishing for redfish and big trout.

Kyle got shots at over a dozen schools of redfish hanging out in some very shallow water.

Six-year-old Ryder needed a bit of help casting but reeled in this and several other redfish all on his own.


Despite a forecast calling for storms and high winds, Dan and Mike wanted to get out and fish. It was an excellent decision as every fish they caught was over 10 pounds with some pushing 30.

I hope that we have seen the last of the cold fronts push through and we will return to a more stable weather pattern. Lighter winds and clear skies will make for some great sight fishing. Landing double digit numbers of redfish is easy if you practice your casting and can hit your target. This is also one of the best times of the year to catch a trophy seatrout.


You can find contact details for Capt. Chris Myers on his Orlando Fishing Guide website.

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