During the past week, we have had some days with spectacular weather along with some days that were less than ideal. The fish, however, have been plentiful. The water still remains low in Mosquito Lagoon and the numbers of mullet present have been increasing each day.
Last Wednesday, I was on the water dawn till dusk with two trips. In the morning, I fished with Paul and his son Lee. It was a perfect morning and we started the day trying to catch some black drum. Paul had one fish on briefly but the hook pulled and the drum left the flat. We switched our focus to redfish and found about twenty different schools throughout the morning. The fish were very shallow and extremely spooky giving us only one or two shots before getting out of range. Paul and Lee managed to fool a few fish using 4" DOA CAL tails in gold and Arkansas Shiner.
Just as I picked up Jerry and Joe for their afternoon fly fishing charter, the wind started to blow. We had no problem finding the fish but getting close to them was next to impossible. We got a few shots at some reds and big trout but the wind was a bit too much. Near the end of the day, the guys put down their long rods and switched to spinning gear and saved us from a shutout. Jerry landed a redfish and Joe followed up with a flounder, both on 4" CAL tails.
Thursday, Brian and Shane took a break from their Bike Week activities and we spent the morning fishing Mosquito Lagoon. We had multiple shots at black drum and reds throughout the morning but they were reluctant to eat. Our final tally was three nice redfish.
Friday, Bill and Jennifer from Kansas made their first trip to Mosquito Lagoon. We found some happy and hungry redfish and black drum. Jennifer's first fish, a large black drum came off right at the boat as did the next one, a big red on Bills line. Jennifer then caught a smaller black drum and followed it up with a monster redfish.
Bill followed up with some nice reds of his own but, as his wife kept reminding him, none of them were quite as big as hers.
The couple caught five reds all over 30" before the wind started to blow and the action slowed down.
Sunday was supposed to be a day of fly fishing with Tim, from Maryland, and his brother-in-law Wayne. We had not been on the water 30 minutes when the wind cranked up and never let up the entire day. We had consistent shots at both schooling and tailing redfish throughout the day but the winds made even spin casting difficult. We did get four reds to the boat including a double header on 4" CAL tails.
Monday was the exact opposite of the previous day with no wind, clear skies, and hungry fish. Bob and Pam from New Jersey enjoyed a Chamber of Commerce day on the Mosquito Lagoon. We saw lots of schools of redfish, a good number of tailing fish, and a few big trout. Bob got a trout and four redfish and Pam landed two reds. All were caught on 4" CAL tails in gold, Arkansas Shiner, and Electric Chicken.