Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report
August 2018 It’s Big Red Time!
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Redfish are already getting frisky for the late summer, early fall breeding season. Look for large congregations of massive bull redfish exceeding forty inches in length and tipping the scale over thirty pounds. Clear skies and calm water will make this season easier if the weather prevails. Sight fishing these big brutes of the lagoon is not as easy as it used to be with the recent algae blooms, but they can be found if everything lines up accordingly.
Typical breeding redfish are not shy about biting and must be released quickly after being caught. State regulations require a slot limit for keeper fish of 18-27 inches. It’s tempting to keep one of these for the table, but honestly, they are not good table fare as their meat is coarse and grisly. Look for redfish this August and September in the Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River. The Banana River Lagoon has been far less consistent after the algae bloom in 2012 and the subsequent fish kill.
Trout and Early Morning Bight
You can’t get up early enough in the morning to go fishing on any of the lagoons in Brevard County. Fish love to feed in the early morning dawn and continue until the sun heats up the water temperatures. Look for areas adjacent to deeper grass beds and sandbars to produce the most fish. It’s time to use your favorite topwater, jerk and twitch baits.
Snook and other Game Fish at Sebastian Inlet
Sebastian Inlet is at the far south end of the Space Coast and offers some great inshore fishing for post spawn snook, jacks, tarpon and trout for the dawn and dusk angler. Live bait generally gets the bigger fish, but plenty of snook will be caught early on artificial lures too. Look for tarpon on the beach and in the Sebastian River. Trout and jacks will be feeding around bait pods and looking to stock up as the fall mullet run are pending until next month.
Florida’s inshore fishery is taking a beating environmentally. We’ve all been holding our breath as the algae blooms and water quality have been holding up better than the two subsequent years. Barring tropical storms and giving God’s grace, our lagoon may be spared the late summer heat and water runoff disaster of the last few years. I look forward to taking many of you on an inshore fishing adventure and the next Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report.