-Sunday- Joe Bonk and his son Matt joined me for a day's Mosquito Lagoon fishing. I had some anxiety as I hadn't been out there in over a week and the weather system of the previous several days probably moved the fish. We were slow at first but we found some reds, including a couple of nice schools. Joe and Matt ended up getting four slot fish on Johnson Minnows. All the trout that I had been finding moved, a very sad thing.
-Monday- went to the lagoon on a search mission, hoping to locate the trout. Did not. Found reds almost everywhere I looked though, a good thing.
-Tuesday- Happy Birthday Joey Cordell! Dad Carey took Joey and his girlfriend Kelly out for a day's Mosquito Lagoon fishing. It was good. We found quite a large school of reds at the top of the slot. Kelly and Joey each got one on mullet chunks. That was the last of the bait use, though.
We switched to the Johnson Minnow. Carey was on fire for a while, getting five or six slot reds. Finally Joey started hitting them too. In the meantime Kelly was throwing a jerkbait without success. Joey and Kelly switched rods. Joey got two nice trout, over 20 inches, on the jerkbait. Kelly managed a pinfish on the spoon. I wanted a picture of it but that didn't happen.
We worked the same area for hours, catching fish steadily. When it finally slowed down we went to another place. Joey got the 15th or so red of the day on the jerkworm, the last bite we got.
-Wednesday- I went to the St. Johns RIver to search for bluegills. How hard could that be? They're smarter than me eveidently. I foul-hooked a gar, got a crappie, got an aquarium-sized largemouth bass, got a fairly hooked gar on a popping bug, and got some nice photos. The bluegills eluded me though.
-Friday- Dr. George Yarko and Ron Novitsky joined my redfish quest on the Mosquito Lagoon. Of course I went back to where all the action was on Tuesday. Of course most of the fish had left. We got two slot reds on a Johnson Minnow. We tried a few other spots without success and ended the morning's fishing with only two fish to show for our efforts. It was a beautiful day!
And that is May 11ths exciting version of the Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report.