Spring is poking its head at us here on the Mosquito Lagoon! Spring time weather here on the Mosquito Lagoon has made the past few weeks of fishing just awesome. Epic! Beautiful days outside along with some spectacular fishing trips makes for great memories and experiences to remember for a long time to come.
Warmer days and water levels rising along with shifts in the winds and weather patterns have caused a few changes in the fishing. With the shift in winds now coming from the south a bit it is causing the water levels to come up some. Not much but enough. This is opening up new feeding grounds to the fish. Along with the water coming up a bit the water temperature has climbed a good amount too. Fish are getting more active with this. Along with the fish getting spring fever bait fish are following the same path. Making this a symbiotic relationship between them. I see the fishing improving as the next few weeks approach.
Reds and trout have been landed in great numbers over the past couple of weeks using shrimp sight fished to either schooling fish or singles. Schools have been the most dominant ways of find redfish. Some schools I have seen have been in excess of a few hundred of reds in them. A sight to see! However the past several days we were able to seek out many single tailing reds throughout the entire Mosquito Lagoon. Up in extremely shallow water have been very nice trout. Trout in excess of 30 plus inches are becoming very aggressive. Live mullet or soft plastics seem to be working the best for them. A well worked top water plug can also be a choice selection for big trout too. Smaller trout can be caught in good numbers in a little deeper water lines along edges, drop offs and grass beds. Use free lined shrimp or gulps.
The key here is to find areas that over the past several weeks/months that have been untouchable to say by either boats or even fish due to low water levels. These areas where bait are now up in and moving around will attract all the great signs. Areas where just a few weeks ago were dry. Birds feeding, bait fish active, predators about looking for a meal and constant movement of life in the area. There will be reds and trout checking this out. It is in their nature. Search new areas as always with a little patience and stealth and this will lead you to a days worth of success.
I look forward to seeing you out there on the water.
Captain Drew Cavanaugh
Florida Inshore Fishing Charters