We’re a few days away from the start of spring, but tour resident inshore species from Daytona Beach to Cocoa Beach have been in a spring time pattern for several weeks. The past month has been all about the bull redfish over 20lbs in Mosquito Lagoon and the North Indian River Lagoon. When we haven’t been targeting those, we’ve been catching smaller redfish, black drum, and big speckled trout and a few small snook. Sight fishing has been excellent in the Mosquito Lagoon and good in the Indian River Lagoon. Catching has been solid with numerous big fish brought to the boat, and many days producing slams of 3-4 different species (redfish, trout, snook). Unfortunately, I have only one day left open for the remainder of March, but I have about 10 days still available in April and about 15 left open in May. So you shouldn’t wait till the last minute to schedule something.
It’s been all about the big trophy Redfish for the past 5 or 6 weeks. All we’ve needed is some light winds and good sunlight to find them. There are several areas in the Mosquito Lagoon and the North Indian River Lagoon holding schools of 50-100 GIANT redfish in the 20-40lb range. Catching has been good, several bull redfish have been landed each day. While we can occasionally get one to eat a lure or fly, we’ve been using live baits for consistent catching. The shallow grass flats are loaded with smaller redfish in the 5-10lb range. Some schools contain hundreds of redfish. As the day progresses they are scattering into smaller groups and singles. Catching has been consistent with daily averages in the 5-10+ range on live bait and lures like Aqua Dream spoons and soft plastic GULP baits. Fly fishing redfish has been a bit tougher as of late with spooky schools in shallow and clear water.
Black Drum are all geared up for an early spring spawn. There are several schools in the Mosquito Lagoon as well as the North Indian River Lagoon. When you find some you’ll find them all as they are greatly concentrated in broad areas. Some shallow flats are loaded with hundreds of 5-10lb drum. Catching is usually fairly easy…live shrimp and cut crabs get gobbled up quickly. They’ll also eat dark flies and jigs with soft plastics.
Good Speckled Trout fishing can be found throughout the Mosquito Lagoon and northern half of the Indian River Lagoon. More and more mullet are showing up each day and big trout have been hanging on the perimeters. April and May are historically when we catch the biggest trout of the year, and this year it should be epic based on the numbers we were seeing this winter. Live mullet will produce quick results and trophy size fish. Mirrolure suspending plugs and soft plastic shad style baits like DOA Cal’s or GULP are working when casting lures.
Still catching a few Snook from time to time. We haven’t spent a lot of time on them lately, but 10+ fish caught in the 10-25” range continues to be our usual result. As we get further into the spring these fish will move out of their winter time holding spots and scatter widely around the region. While we’ll still catch some, it’s usually much more sporadic. Live shrimp, DOA shrimp and small paddle tail soft plastics all are working.
I only have one day left open in March. I have about 10 days left open for April and around 15 days still open in May. So don’t wait to miss out on what the best few months of the entire year. Short notice trips are available if I have the date open. Call or email to secure a date. Read my fishing charter page to view the top reasons why you should book your trip with me today. I look forward to fishing with you soon…386-212-4931.