January 2019 Fishing Report for the World Famous Mosquito Lagoon
I Always like taking kids fishing with their parents. Today on the lagoon was no exception. My competitor and friend Captain Mark Wright had a multi-boat trip that we attend every year. Last year’s trip included many of the same people but with an addition of Ethan, a well behaved, good looking young lad that was wanting to show his friends what he could catch with his dad.
Ethan started with a nice 26 inch red only to be bested by his dad with a 28 incher that dad gleefully hoisted in the boat shortly afterward. What’s odd, the day before my anglers caught over 25 sea trout and this day the trout seemed illusive.
Cold Fronts and Cold Water Bring the Numbers of Fish Up
A quick cold front brought these anglers to some quality fishing for big trout and small redfish. Throw in a couple of small black drum and some smiles. I really enjoyed taking three young men from Upstate NY to one of my favorite winter fishing holes. Funny thing is… The fish were not there the next day as the temperatures rose into the 80° range.
Don’t be scared to go out on cold days in the winter, the bite can be incredible.
Redfish are the Target Fish
When the wind is up and the temperatures are mild, look to cut bait to produce the best bite. Ethan and his dad had a blast before the afternoon gale force winds hit and blew us off the water.
Dad and I switched to fishing artificials for a short time and managed to hook and lose a couple of oversized trout before leaving and heading home. The ride back was rough and wild, but Ethan thought is was like a ride at Universal Studios and didn’t seem to mind. Dad and I on the other hand…
Berkley Gulp! Shrimp
When all else fails to produce a fish bite, I often pull out the Gulps. My favorite colors are New penny and pearl white, but don’t put too much thought into colors. A proper presentation and a hungry fish will most often get the bite.