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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing, Trips and Information

Join me on a guided fishing trip, on Florida’s Space Coast shallow, golden waterway.  Adjacent to Canaveral National Seashore and Playalinda Beach this body of water is quite remarkable in many aspects. Its golden tint from the natural tannic trickling off the freshwater feeder tributaries and rain covered marshes fringe the lagoon’s shorelines. It’s also golden-red when the sunlight reflects off the backs of large schooling redfish often numbering in the hundreds. This is a sight my anglers enjoy while on their Mosquito Lagoon fishing trip.

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Guide

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Fishing Mosquito Lagoon offers many different challenges for the angler simply by the diverse topography and structure provided. Bottom variations like the famous Tiger Shoals in the middle of the lagoon or the Whale Tail Shoal in the southern part of the lagoon offer places for fish to relate and forage for food. Mangrove shorelines and saltwater marshes combined with crystal clear water and healthy seagrass void of human development make the lagoon a virtual paradise for anglers and wildlife. 

A Fisherman’s Mecca may be an appropriate term for the lagoon over the last decade and a half. If there was a downside to the tremendous success when the redfish rebounded in the mid-1980’s, it would be with the lagoon being found out and hammered by every fishing celebrity and their shows from ESPN’s Outdoor channel to videos/DVD’s mass marketed in Bass Pro, Cabelas, and the internet. Weekend warriors and overzealous part-time fishing guides are sometimes putting extreme pressure on the fish and the lagoon’s fragile environment. Anglers wanting to go flats fishing on the Mosquito Lagoon may want to consider trips on a weekday, staying away from Saturday and Sunday crowds. The smarter anglers will wait till the late fall, winter and spring and remain off the lagoon during the summer months. Many anglers are on the water an hour or more before dawn to be in place for the sunrise before less exuberant boaters get on the water. None-the-less Mosquito Lagoon Florida still holds plenty of redfish for anglers wishing to sight fish with artificial, fly or natural baits.

Fishing on Mosquito Lagoon North

Northern Mosquito Lagoon near Oakhill and Apollo beach consist of winding waterways, islands, sandbars oyster bars, creeks, troughs, and holes. It’s not as bright as the southern part of the lagoon, but it can be every bit as productive. Many anglers caught-up in the sight fishing craze have forgotten how fun it is to catch fish with more traditional methods or modified versions that are tried and true. Here in the northern end, a smart angler can catch quantities of fish by merely using methods from live bait to slinging plugs such as top waters or jigs; fly fishers will like poppers and dahlberg diver type patterns that produce noise or wakes.

New Smyrna Inlet ebbs its tidal currents in and out every six hours and with it comes to a change of tide and flow over the northern lagoon. Fish react differently at tide phases and so should the angler. Incoming tides generally get big sea trout and pods of redfish feeding along oyster bars and dropoffs. Dropping flows tend to send fish deeper and further away from the bars and land. Try using jerk baits or subtle top waters around dropoffs and holes during falling tides. As a Mosquito Lagoon fishing guide, I like to live bait around holes by chumming with greenies or hooking on finger mullet when the conditions are not optimum for sight fishing. It may not be as glorious but more often than not these old methods out produce the newfangled sight fishing that’s popularized by the camera and southern Mosquito Lagoon.

Mosquito Lagoon Middles

By far the most famous part of the lagoon is the middle section. Tiger Shoals marks the middle of the bay with an old plane wreck protruding from its southern end. East of Tiger shoals is marl of islands and saltwater marshes adjacent to Playlinda and Apollo Beach, both meccas for the naturalist, sun worshippers, and surfers.  There are so many nooks and crannies on the eastern shoreline where fiddler crabs are abundant, and raccoons wade the mudflats. You’ll find places like twin palms where traditionally redfish schools and skittish trout lurk in the grass and marl bottom. Sight fishers can get buck fever by casting with pinpoint accuracy at the tailing redfish lazily wallowing in the shallow waters and sandbars. West of Tiger Shoals is a series of islands often referred to as the clinkers.  If you are looking for shelter from the wind, use these islands as a refuge. Keeper-sized redfish and trout stay comfortable with crab, shrimp and baitfish nearby in these warm shallow backwaters.

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report October 2020

Cooling Down
We're starting out this October where we left off last month on the Mosquito Lagoon. Large breeding redfish continue to feed in schools on the Indian River Lagoon. We've been landing some giants on calm days when the wind and water are smooth enough to find them.

We continue to find fish feeding around finger mullet schools as the peak of the fall mullet run has passed. Many of our days have been spent on the beach in pursuit of tarpon and other nearshore species. It's been a fun month of fishing this October for a large variety of game fish.

Inlet Drifting at Night
I've chosen a few of my more advanced anglers to travel southward, out of the Mosquito Lagoon to Sebastian Inlet. At Sebastian, we've been catching snook at night time fast roaming jacks in the day. Almost all fish have been snared on light spinning tackle or live bait rods and level winds.

Fishing Mosquito Lagoon South

I’ve saved the southern part for last because that’s often the most talked about. The water is crystal clear and when it’s calm you can see redfish schools, singles and pods from great distances with a trained eye.

Shortly after the redfish moratorium in the mid 1980’s we started seeing for the first time in many decades and certainly my lifetime… schooling redfish!  Commercial netter’s might argue this fact but everyone that was involved in flats fishing prior to 1986 saw a transformation in the fishing industry centered around redfish. Flats fishing was off to a racing start and everyone was on the bandwagon to purchase a shallow water boat with a poling platform.  Jon boats were no longer in vogue and gave way to sleeker, faster, quieter boats. Now it’s not uncommon to see $50k or even $70k put into a small flats boat from a prominent manufacturer.

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Sight and Fly Fishing

Look for fish around potholes in the grass, dropoffs, and shoals on the south end of Mosquito Lagoon. Sightfishing can be challenging and very rewarding for those who have the patience and build the confidence to locate and spot fish. The skills involved after marking the fish can be as tedious and challenging as finding them. An accurate cast is a must for each angler, as the poorly placed cast can cause a redfish to spook and disappear as quickly.  Practice precision casting in your yard with a hula hoop as a target and you’ll save yourself a lot of frustration out on the water.

Fly fishermen will want to perfect a 60-foot cast with an eight weight rod. I like to use redfish candies & clousers for redfish streamers, crab and shrimp patterns work awesome too.

Anglers are often seen sight fishing on the lagoon when the water is calm enough to stalk and pursue wary fish feeding in shallow water. Redfish have a weakness of giving themselves away to anglers by showing their tails above the waterline while feeding or traversing the grass flats. Aided with keen eyesight and a pair of polarized sunglasses a willing partner will to push the skiff along with a long fiberglass push-pole most anglers acquire a sense of sight fishing within a couple of trips.  “It’s all a matter of building confidence and having fun while you get the hang of things,” explains Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Guide Captain Richard Bradley.

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Forecast November 2020

Cooler Weather Ahead
Fall arrives late in Florida for fishers looking at our inshore waterways in November. Winds start to turn more northerly, and fish are still gorging themselves on the remnants of the fall mullet run. The general rule of thumb during the late fall is find-bait, find-fish. It's a great time to fish on the Mosquito Lagoon during November.

Black Drum on the Hunt
November can be a great time to look for schools of spawning black drum in the shallow water and dropoffs in the lagoon. Crabs, shrimp and Berkley Gulps will be the bait of choice.

Took my son and dad fishing with Lagooner this past week. This was my sons first time deep sea fishing. Well needless to say, it was his best experience in a long time. He caught a 50 pound sail fish on his first catch. It wore him out to reel it in but it was all worth it. We all caught different variety of fish. I got a Barracuda! King Mackerel and Cobia were also caught. And we got to take them home eat! Richard definitely made the experience memorable and enjoyable! We had such a blast and his knowledge of fishing and his experience as a boat captain are unmatched. We will definitely be booking with Lagooner again next year. Thank you Richard and Gina for a wonderful time with Lagooner Fishing!!read more
Joshua David Whitmire
Joshua David Whitmire
2020-07-06T21:23:45+0000
Took my mom for her first fishing excursion for Mother's Day. She is 76 years old and wanted to catch a "big one"! Richard at Lagooner Fishing was terrific. Taught her some tricks, took us to his secret fishing spot and helped her catch a WHOPPER! I highly recommend this experience for all ages! Thank you Richard Bradley 🐟❤️🎣read more
Karen Smith
Karen Smith
2020-05-12T15:21:27+0000
Captain Richard is amazing - knowledgeable, polite, and extremely helpful with pointers and tips. He always put us on multiple species on every trip.
Mike Landschoot
Mike Landschoot
2020-02-11T02:01:15+0000
Wow what a great day on the water. Captain Richard was absurdly knowledgeable with a great sense of humor to boot. Would definitely recommend this to any angler at any experience level. Caught a mess of fish and had an absolute blast doing it.read more
Nickolas Geerken
Nickolas Geerken
2019-12-28T19:07:35+0000
Great day on the water with Richard. He knows his stuff and is just an awesome guy. Highly recommended.
Dave Allen
Dave Allen
2019-12-28T19:03:25+0000
From reserving our charter to arriving back to port, the Lagooner Fishing Team was top notch all the way. I learned very quickly that when Captain Richard got quiet and gazed off into the distance that the bites were near. He's like some sort of fish whisperer and uses his sixth sense to quickly and effectively put meat on the deck. I can't thank Lagooner Fishing enough for making some great memories for my wife, father in law and myself.read more
P.j. Simpson
P.j. Simpson
2019-12-24T22:05:40+0000
Excellent people. Excellent everything. ... ✌
Bruno C. Bini
Bruno C. Bini
2019-10-30T00:40:02+0000
We went yesterday and was great. We have fished alot and can't say enough good things about Capt Richard. The radio from other charters were complaining while we were catching 30-40 lb Kings and Cobia. Would not go with anyone elseread more
Tammy Briscoe Mancuso
Tammy Briscoe Mancuso
2019-08-27T19:15:18+0000
You won't find anyone that knows fishing better than Richard. He and Gina are the greatest.
Carolyn Bradley
Carolyn Bradley
2019-08-18T17:11:58+0000
Well Kept equipment.. Great Customer Service..Great Experience from Start to finish
Wes Beyers
Wes Beyers
2019-04-02T18:31:04+0000
Had a blast picking up some big black drums, cobia, and other species! Richard is the master of these fish, and WILL show you a great time down here in Cocoa Beach!!!read more
Blake Byers
Blake Byers
2019-04-01T23:14:00+0000
Had a great time. I will definitely be back.
William Masten
William Masten
2019-03-02T20:16:58+0000
Richard and Gina are really great people. Since I first fished with Richard about 8 years ago, I try to come back every year. Besides providing a great fishing experience, they have become good friends. Try Lagooner. You won’t be sorry!read more
Mark Mayeda
Mark Mayeda
2019-02-27T20:48:47+0000
My wife and I have chartered Captain Richard for both the ocean and inland rivers. We have had great experiences catching king mackerel, barracuda, and speckled trout. Captain Richard knows how to put you on fish and takes awesome pictures of us with our catch. Would definitely go on another fishing trip with Captain Richard.read more
Bill Sims
Bill Sims
2018-12-10T18:21:38+0000
My grandson and I had a great time with Captain Richard. When we are back in area we plan on booking with Lagooner Fishing again
Tammy Bawcom
Tammy Bawcom
2018-12-07T20:37:19+0000
My son and I had a lovely time on the ocean today with Captain Richard. The fishing was great, took home two large King fish and a Spainish Mackerel. Had them for dinner tonight, was so yummy. We saw many dolphins, some huge sea turtles, a manatee and a shark. Was not only a fishing trip but also a great nature adventure. Loved feeding the leftover bait fish to the pelicans and woodstorks. I HIGHLY recommend taking this trip. Worth every penny.read more
Kathy Klasek Sayre
Kathy Klasek Sayre
2018-06-20T01:47:02+0000
He took money out of my Acct without my authorization so DO NOT give him ur debit car info
Bob Pennington
Bob Pennington
2018-06-04T20:31:54+0000
My son and his friend had the best time of their life...quoted by Graham and Nick...Capt Richard was fantastic Caught some amazing fish
Shelly Lynne Shapiro-Swan
Shelly Lynne Shapiro-Swan
2018-02-14T13:26:59+0000
We had a slow start but Captain Richard made sure we got on the fish. it was a great time with great people
Tony Lowe
Tony Lowe
2017-07-22T21:47:12+0000
We had an absolutely amazing experience. Couldn't have asked for a better fishing trip. Thanks Captain Richard.
Kris Wickens
Kris Wickens
2017-07-07T23:52:22+0000
My wife and I loved our time on the water with Captain Richard! Thanks for a great trip!
Jerod Ochsendorf
Jerod Ochsendorf
2017-05-06T13:28:21+0000
After 10 straight years of fishing with Capt. Richard we are looking forward to number 11 this year. We always have a great time and catch a lot of fish. We always look forward to visiting with Capt. Richard, Gina and their girls.Dana & Sheilafrom Ohioread more
Sheila Brisker Smith
Sheila Brisker Smith
2017-01-27T01:35:52+0000
Richard is a great guide with a lot of great stories. Worth the time & money.We have gone with numerous times over the last 5 years. The last time was 12/27/16, we caught redfish, blue fish, mangrove snapper, jack & a snook.My husband & I both caught redfish...a 7, 12, 20 & 30 lbs. another great day on the water.read more
Johanna Jensen
Johanna Jensen
2017-01-15T04:31:08+0000
I will definitely go back again. Captain Richard was great. Had a blast and he was good with my 10 year old. Don't hesitate to book a trip with Him. You won't be disappointed.read more
Stanton Jacobs
Stanton Jacobs
2016-12-31T15:30:13+0000
Great Experience, we've al ways wanted to go, just didn't know who to select? We fished for 1/2 day, and Cptn Richard made sure we had a Good Time. We would go again, and recommend it for others! Fish On!!read more
James Gibson
James Gibson
2016-12-13T14:13:27+0000
I enjoyed Captain Richard, he was a lot of fun! He's very knowledgeable and funny�! The Haneys will definitely be booking another experience soon!
T Renea Haney
T Renea Haney
2016-11-24T02:25:43+0000
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