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  1. February 4th, 2013 Orlando Inshore Saltwater Fishing Guide Report Well we are just one month into the new year of 2013. The world did not come to an end, the weather has been just outstanding and the fishing is at epic proportions. As December ended and January went by we have had some of the best days on the water that I can remember in a few years now. The best thing is however that I do believe it will only continue to get better as we get into the spring Florida weather patterns. With the beautiful central Florida weather we have been having brings some very intense days on the Mosquito Lagoon and the north Indian River here. The entire area from the Titusville, Mims and Cocoa Beach areas up to and including the northern end in the New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater and Oak Hill areas have just been filled with nice pods of redfish, seatrout and black drum. Mixed in this time of year is an occasional catch of a flounder or two. The redfish bite has been established to begin at first light and remains dominant throughout the entire day. As the sun begins its rise in the east start your search among the backcountry grass flats, western banks, for these will warm first. Look for, as always, signs of life. Birds feeding, bait fish, "nervous" water and over all activity that will point to signs of fish. Redfish have been feeding on a mixture of mullet and crabs along with some shrimp. With the mild winter we have had mullet are a very productive bait now. Once you are on spots you want to sight fish, begin your approach with the sun behind you. Of course consider the winds but even pushing into the wind you will have better boat control instead of drifting with it at 20 mph. Taking your time to move into ample position. Think hunter because basically this is what you are doing except you are on the water and able to release your catch after words instead of killing it. Allowing this, your catch, to be sought after yet another day. Once redfish have been spotted gather your thoughts and get a tactical game plan together in your mind. If throwing to feeding or tailing red drum I have been using either a DOA CAL with a weed less hook set up and a very small bullet weight on it. You can choose to throw a live shrimp or even a live mullet but if you can throw those you can throw an artificial lure. Again it always boils down to your accuracy of the casts and techniques applied. So live bait or artificial make no difference at all. The tail does not eat. Ten pound braid with about a 15 pound leader. Basically light tackle set up. Be sure your casts to these fish are precise and soft. Landing on them or even too close to them will scare them off. Again you scare one the others near will move too. Those of you wanting to throw top water use the DOA Shallow Running Baitbuster. If throwing to schools of fish that are on the move adjust your timing and your cast to land in front of them and past them. Bringing the lure across the lead fish. When fish are on a move like this it can be a challenge to get them to eat. So work on this a time goes by. For the fly fisherman out here we have been using the basics for the Mosquito Lagoon. Crab patterns, shrimp patterns, worm patterns and of course I like a nice mullet pattern fly due to the mullet are a good food source out here. Adjust your back cast and strips as to the redfish will spook if they sense or feel the line being stripped by them or see it in the sun. Welcome to flats fishing 101! Mixed in with the reds is a good amount of black drum. However they are being pursued and bombarded by everybody. I tend to give them a few shots then move on. Use extreme caution or stealth when approaching them and try to use a very small, 2/0, or so circle hook with some dead peeled shrimp. The key is with these, and other fish, is to give anglers berth. It always seems like you will be on fish, worked very hard to get into position, got up before others and someone will show up late to the party and just decide to move into the area with you. Remember first come first serve. The flats only have so much area. If you get to a spot and see another boat or two there just move on, there is plenty of water out here to fish. Giant seatrout are everywhere. This is such a great thing to see since the bad winter we had in 2010. A combination of great weather and anglers practicing catch and release has been a key to their survival. If you are in search of one of these gator's try getting into extreme backcountry waters where no one else is around. Scan for pot holes or sand holes for shapes and shadows to move, chances are they are the trout. look for bait again. Just take your time with these bad boys of the water jungle. Use a small jig either weighted or not and just work on very precise casts with all of the elements in mind. Please remember this time of year the water levels are extremely low. So use caution. Also please be sure to practice catch and release. This is the for sure way to ensure a future of fishery out here. Until then everyone have a great day! Captain Drew Cavanaugh Florida Inshore Fishing Charters Cell/352-223-7897 Saltwater Flats Fishing Near Orlando Florida YouTube Videos
  2. November 20th, 2012 Mosquito Lagoon Light Tackle Fishing Report Well it has been a trying year in many aspects however the great fall to winter time inshore flats fishing has arrived here in east central Florida on the Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River. The backcountry waters of the north Indian River Lagoon system, the Mosquito Lagoon and all of the waters connecting these here in the Titusville, Cocoa Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Oak Hill and Edgewater areas have cleared up substantially. It looks as if the algae bloom that had occurred has dissipated tremendously here. I would say that things are back to normal or close to it, at least on the water. Light tackle sight fishing is at a prime right now and is improving on a daily basis. As the winter months are approaching the lagoons will begin to light up and fishing the shallow flats will be hot. This pattern will continue well into the spring time and at times is regarded as the epic months of saltwater sight fishing. There is no better place to be here if this is on you plate. Inshore light tackle saltwater fly fishing will be a main choice for numerous anglers due to the extremely clear gin like waters mixed in with the drop dead weather and blue skies that prevail here during these months. The past several weeks the fishing for redfish and spotted seatrout has just been great. At times it seemed that it could not get any better however the next day you go out it did just that. It was better than the day before. As long as you are able to get days of fairly clear skies and light winds you are by no doubt able to find fish. Just takes a little time, patience and effort, but these fish are healthy, hungry and happy to be a part of your day. Redfish have been feeding aggressively at first light and all throughout the day well up onto the shallow grass flats. It seems they are feeding on a mixture of not only finger mullet, but it appears small crabs and some shrimp as well. Some of the choice lures and tackle selection can be the D.O.A. Shrimp, the D.O.A. Shallow Running Baitbuster or the D.O.A. CALS, one of my all-time favorites to use due to the simplicity of it. I usually rig mine with a weed less weighted hook to keep them from grabbing grass and allowing them to get an extra distance on them in the skinny water. The Baitbusters however just remember the key is to not to stop them on the retrieve, predators will say they have never seen a bait stop for them and turn away. Try this on any of the top waters you use. When sight fishing the flats there are a few key elements that are required for a successful day on the water, they are very simple and easily attainable if you just put your mind to it. First off is the early bird gets the worm. Do not expect to show up to the party late and get action. Do not ruin it for those that are already out there and in place before you, they make the effort and are rewarded in different ways. Should you get to an area that you were wanting to fish and another boat is there, just move to another spot, easy to do? Give you fellow anglers more than enough distance. They will do the same. I like to say discipline is a major part and etiquette. The next thing is stealth and patience. I can't express this enough. You just cannot barrel up onto these redfish or trout with a trolling motor or your engine and expect them to cooperate. Think hunting tactics because in reality this is just what this is, hunting on the water. The last thing is distance and an utmost precise casting technique. You must be able to make casts at distances, not landing on top of fish, along with it being a good targeted shot. The tail does not eat. You will not be able all of the time, to throw to tailing redfish ten feet from the boat. Once in while yes, but not on every cast, it just does not work like that. Use your push pole as much as physically possible. Keep the sun at your back and in their eyes. It is a major part of having any kind of success on the water. The other thing to have is a very good pair of polarized sunglasses, copper or amber. Invest in a good pair and they will become your friend. No Gray lens and no mirrored. With this said your best option is to practice casting. Be able to throw at least ten feet past them with a soft yet effective presentation. It is always best to cast a million feet past a fish then to be short a few feet. You can always bring line in, you cannot let line out. Basic laws of the way our tackle works and physics. You scare one red you will scare them all. Watch for signs of life, scan areas and then figure out your approach tactic. I like to say it requires the Goldilocks effect, just right. The spotted seatrout bite is off the wall. I have been able to sight fish some very nice trout the past several weeks. Most are very secluded and we are finding them as we are looking for redfish. The best key to get one on your line is to be extremely patient and really focus on grass flats with nice sand holes. Scan areas watching for shapes and shadows to move. Be aware of your movement and the noise you make because these fish will not wait around for you. They are by far the apex predator among the saltwater flats. Please be sure that you handle all of the seatrout you get with the most extreme care for the best chance at survival when you release them. For this matter all of the fish you get do this. I want everyone to have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Captain Drew Cavanaugh Florida Inshore Fishing Charters Cell/352-223-7897 Saltwater Flats Fishing Near Orlando Florida YouTube Videos
  3. Central Florida Flats Fishing Capt. Drew Cavanaugh September 18, 2012 Mosquito Lagoon - Cocoa Beach Fishing Report Well with some recent weather changes that have rolled threw the central Florida area this has brought in some better fishing opportunities. As winds begin to shift and smaller less significant cold fronts begun to approach this time of year it causes a few changes among the waters and the fishes feeding patterns. One big thing is the mullet run that will occur soon. On top of this the waters have showed a very good sign of beginning to clear as well. Redfish have been well established among the flats of both the Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River. Choice tactics for pursuing these fish range from stalking them early along grass flats and watching them to tail. Throwing soft plastics such as the DOA CAL or Paddle Tails. The with this is s a precise cast and a well defined presentation. Other choices are to find fish that are moving in the school patterns and then throwing top waters at them. The choice here would be the DOA Shallow Runner Baitbuster. Fly fishing for them is the same on the thicker grass flats. A well placed mullet pattern or crab pattern is a best bet. Just be sure you have your presentation down. Trout have been plentiful if you are able to get to some clean water along with finding a decent bait presence. As always you will be finding the bigger trout among the flats in pot holes and small drop offs. Numerous smaller trout can be found in the deeper waters and drop offs. Throw either top waters early and often or soft plastics as well. Along with the above there is always a few black drum being caught and some jacks and lady fish. Since Issac came thru the tarpon have dissipated a little but are still here and there. As always please be sure to handle all fish carefully and horizontally to ensure when you release them they have a higher chance of survival. Captain Drew Cavanaugh Florida Inshore Fishing Charters Orlando Fishing Guide - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Guide - New Smyrna Beach - Cocoa
  4. Central Florida Inshore Saltwater Fishing Report – August 30th, 2012 The past few weeks have been improving fairly well as far as to the fishing here in central Florida. Prior to the storm Isaac that came thru Florida, we had numerous shots at tarpon in the Indian River. Along with this there are several stray reds and trout among the flats. Jacks, lady fish and of course catfish are all by catch. The fish (tarpon) were happy and feeding as the sun breaks and as long as it remained fairly calm waters they continued this pattern throughout the morning. Fish in the 50 plus pound class are the average. Throwing DOA's (Terror Eyez or Baitbusters)at them as they roll is your best bet. I have not been back down there after this rain so I too am curious on if they are still present. Just before the storm came however I fished the Mosquito Lagoon here in east central Florida a few times. The water has started to clear slightly and the fishing was better than it had been. Several redfish and a few trout were amongst the catch. Watching for tails at weed-lines and bait activity is the key to success. Throwing soft plastics at feeding fish with a soft presentation is the way to go. There is a sign of it getting better every day. With the rain coming thru over the weekend it has done a few good things. First of all the water is up, so with the busy holiday weekend be sure to be safe. This also opens up new feeding grounds to fish that were not reachable before. Watch the areas you are running to and from, this is now a navigational hazard. Second, it looks as if the rain has cleared the waters a lot. The waters in Cocoa and Port St. John area are clear, very clear. The waters in Titusville are fairly clear. The waters up by the Edgewater and New Smyrna areas, this seems to be clearing as well. So it looks like it is putting the squeeze on the Mosquito Lagoon and North Indian River. Just like the human body water is good for you, well it is good for the waterways as well. This will flush things out. Fresh and normal rain patterns are keys to sustaining the estuaries and lagoons. Please be sure to handle all of your catch with extreme care, get your picture then release them fast for a high survival rate. Everyone have a happy and safe Labor Day Weekend. Captain Drew Cavanaugh Florida Inshore Fishing Charters Cell/352-223-7897 Fish the Indian River Lagoon - Orlando Fishing Guide - Central Florida Fishing Charters - Mosquito Lagoon Guide YouTube Videos - Drew Cavanaugh - YouTube
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However not all is lost or gone. There still are several areas that are not only producing fish but also numerous areas that have quite a bit of clean water. The Mosquito Lagoon, Refuge and Indian River is holding a good and respective amount of redfish still. It is just a matter of looking very hard for them. The key is to look along drop offs with the grass mats that border the flats, watch for activity and then use a good method of watching for tailing fish. The redfish have been up inside the heavy, thick grass feeding. I mean some of these fish are several inches underneath a thick pad of grass. It is almost surreal to watch them do this. Now the main ingredient here is a very good cast. I mean perfect when throwing into grass like this. With the reds feeding in this grass the visibility for them is pretty much none. Your shot at them as got to be perfect, if it is not they just will not see it. Using a D.O.A. CAL with an added bullet weight along with a weed-less hook configuration will be your best bet. Also for those of you wanting to use live or cut bait you can move around and let a piece of bait soak for a while if need be. The trout bite has still been fairly good given the water clarity. Whether you are fishing up in the New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater area near Oak Hill or down in the Indian River near Cocoa, Port St. John and Titusville. Several trout are being caught fishing the deep ledges and looking for clean water with some movement or flow to it. If you can locate the smaller bait fish and birds feeding even better. Using top waters or soft plastics are your best bet. If you are in the deep waters and see birds diving and feeding there is also a very good chance you can get a good amount of bites of jacks and lady fish which are always fun too catch as well. The tarpon bite is great inshore and near shore. Tarpon ranging from the 5 to 10 pound class in the canals are being caught using medium light tackle. Tarpon up to the 80 plus pound class throughout the river are also being caught and numerous are rolling and feeding. There is nothing like seeing these fish feed and strike your lure. Throwing the D.O.A. Baitbuster or the medium D.O.A. Terror Eyz with a heavy leader (60 pound to 100 pound for the bigger tarpon, smaller for the fish in the back creeks and canals) is the go to this time of year. I am seeing a much larger catch ratio with these versus using live or dead bait. Watch for the fish to roll or swim by and then make your cast to them. Please remember to handle every fish you catch with the utmost caution and extreme care. This will ensure a higher survival rate upon their release. Captain Drew Cavanaugh Florida Inshore Fishing Charters Cell/352-223-7897 Email us at: drcfishmaster@cfl.rr.com Visit us at: Fish the Indian River Lagoon YouTube Videos
  6. New Smyrna Beach & Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report – June 27th, 2012 As we continue into the summer months here in east central Florida the inshore flats fishing has begun to improve and get even better day after day. The Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River in the New Smyrna Beach, Oak Hill, Edgewater, Titusville and Mims areas all have been the epic center of attention for saltwater flats and sight fishing. Redfish, spotted sea trout, black drum along with a mix bag of lady fish, jacks and flounder have all been on the game plan for the day. A few juvenile tarpon have also been in the back water creeks as well. As we progress into the summer further we should start to see more and more tarpon showing up. Personally this is some of my favorite time of year to fish. Active, fun, energetic and most importantly it is not COLD out! What else can I say? You have got to love Florida in the summer time. The water levels here on the Mosquito Lagoon have been a little bit higher than they should be for this time of year. Which in return has really spread the fish out, and into the backcountry flats they had no access to a few weeks or months ago. Especially the redfish, along with some really beautiful gator sea trout we have been getting into. Think of this like having a pasture with cattle in it. You open a gate that leads to another set of pasture land the cattle had not been in for a while. They will tend to make a beeline for it. As this is a new grazing area for them with a fresh food source. Searching these areas will pay off tremendously, however you have to use caution, stealth and the key to fishing; Patience. These typical shallower flats do not get many boats there so approach and enter them with the care of the environment in mind along with your tactics to search them. Along with this, do think of your safety and others as well. Also please be aware of the poll and troll zones inside the refuge and its unique set of rules. Seems that when the water comes up that it calls for some anglers just to feel that they are able to run anywhere they feel like it. There is nothing worse than working very hard in getting to a spot back in the zone just to have somebody barrel around in there trying to bump fish. A little effort on the push pole or trolling motor goes a very long way. Also keeping a very wide distance between you and any other anglers helps as well. The redfish have been feeding aggressively at dawn and at first light. Finding schools and singles are easy if you are able to locate bait pods, birds and mullet. Clean and clear water too. The go to lure at this time of year I like to use is the D.O.A. Shallow Runner Baitbuster. As you are approaching tailing and feeding redfish once you are in optimal casting range to make a clear, soft presentation of a cast be sure to throw past the fish with a slow steady retrieve within their feeding zone. This will produce strikes most of the time. As the day moves on sight fishing is easily accomplished by switching to the D.O.A. CALS and or Shrimp. As always, I do like to put mine on a weed less hook configuration with a very small bullet weight for that little bit of added distance, which will help you in gaining that added edge. You can also use live mullet or cut mullet along with fresh cut lady fish if you have it. Pinfish work just as well. As far as the sea trout bite, well it has been great! We seem to be getting quite a few really nice sea trout mixed in with the feeding reds. The trout in my mind are the apex predators of the inshore flats here. In a sense they are the lions and tigers stalking the flats, very intelligent. Whereas the redfish move with a resemblance of herds of cattle, grazing, feeding at a steady pace, seeming to have no rhyme nor reason. The trout are hammering the Baitbusters with no remorse what so ever. As the sun gets higher look for gators sitting on white holes and grass flats nearing the drop-offs. Using Jigs and the CALS along with a great pair of polarized sunglasses you should be able to get into some really nice fish. The key in finding big trout is take your time and be very stealth like. Of course if you have fished here for a while you know you will also hook into the obvious by-catch of lady fish, jacks, blue fish and what. A few black drum are being caught here and there as well. Using a D.O.A. Crab or a live shrimp on a small circle hook is your best bet. They seem to be roaming the flats in the same areas the redfish are being seen. However they are very spooky. Please be sure to handle all of the fish you catch this time of year with extreme caution. Keeping them horizontal, wetting your hands and getting them back into the water as soon as you can increase their survival rate. Be sure that your fish revives and swims off in good health. Catch and release is the number one way to be sure we have a future of game fish here on the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River. It is a very unique fishery so let’s protect it. Everyone have a safe and happy fourth. Captain Drew Cavanaugh Florida Inshore Fishing Charters Cell/352-223-7897 Email us at: drcfishmaster@cfl.rr.com Visit us at: http//:www.floridainshorefishingcharters.com/ [video=youtube;IWqdLYxdwJg]
  7. April 12th, 2012 Orlando Florida Saltwater Flats Fishing Report Well the past few weeks have been just phenomenal here in the east central Florida back country waters of both the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River flats. Not only the fishing, but the weather too here in Oak Hill, Edgewater and New Smyrna Beach along with all of the Orlando area saltwater inshore fishing. You could not ask for better weather to be in, fish in or live in than that of the weather that has been here amongst us this winter and now spring time in all Florida. If things continue the rest of 2012 looks great as well. Hopefully we should have a great year with some more tarpon along with the snook returning to the waters with the higher water temperatures in the Atlantic and Gulf along the beaches. Several large (some very large) schools of redfish and black drum have dominated the flats fishing on the Mosquito Lagoon along with some really great catches of large trout too. All of the fish are ranging from 3 to 12 pounds on average. The water clarity has improved so much and the water temperature is at an optimal range for fishing the shallow flats here. This is making sight fishing the flats of the Mosquito Lagoon much easier than what it was like six months ago when water clarity was not so good. Looking for signs here on the grass flats in the spring time for baitfish, life, birds feeding and activity will be a key to a successful day on the water. Shallow water that leads to nearby drop offs is always on the menu for a good day of sight fishing. As your day begins always carry with you the stealth and patience practice throughout the day and this will lead to a higher rate of success, along with a better day out there fishing. Also as you fish the shallow waters here in Florida add the distance and soft presentations with your cast and things will gradually fall into place. Be sure not to land on your targets or behind them. In other words don’t rush it. Take your time; poll your boat as much as you can. Your trolling motor will scare fish off fish from a lot further distance than you think. If you can hear another boats trolling motor at 300 feet away chances are that redfish will hear this three times that distances. This is the apex of fishing and can be very rewarding if done correctly along with taking your time to process things that are going on around you. Also I cannot stress this enough, please give all of your fellow anglers out there a very large area of space between you and them. Each one of us has and uses different tactics and techniques. So if you see a boat pointing in one direction and polling that way do not assuming that they will be going ten mikes that way. They may be doing a SARS type of pattern, searching for fish and turning back around. I see too many boats coming right up behind other boats and following in their path. Give that 360° wide berth between you and them. Redfish and black drum have been feeding on numerous types of baits, lures and flies. From casting a black crab pattern fly to the shrimp and mullet pattern fly to using the D.O.A. Baitbusters, C.A.L.’s and Shrimp. I like to rig my D.O.A.’s on a weed less hook with a small bullet weight. As always one of my favorite is the hand-picked live blue crab, about 2 inches, placed on a 3/0 circle hook. The redfish and black drum cannot resist this food! They go crazy over it. Live shrimp and live mullet are always a very good and natural choice here too. Redfish will be found tailing early and throughout the morning. Try to approach the redfish with the sun at your back and in their face for better results too. Pretty much all of the trout, big and small, have been hitting, and when I say hitting I mean hammering the D.O.A. Shallow Runner Baitbusters. These predators will go after it like it is the last one in the water. A few of the trout have been landed and released with using a live mullet as well. As always please use extra care when handling all of your catch and get them back in the water for a fast release and a higher survival rate. Holding fish horizontally will also help with the survival. These are just a few of several ways to protect the future of Florida’s fisheries. Catch and release does work and it does pay off. Everyone out there this weekend have a safe and happy Easter weekend. Captain Drew Cavanaugh Florida Inshore Fishing Charters Cell/352-223-7897 Email us at: drcfishmaster@cfl.rr.com Visit us at: http//:Orlando Fishing Guide - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Guide - New Smyrna Beach Fishing
  8. January 31st, 2012 New Smyrna Beach Saltwater Flats Fishing Report Well now that we are into the New Year of 2012 here in east central Florida and great weather is amongst us the flats fishing of the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River has taken of tremendously here in the New Smyrna Beach, Titusville and Oak Hill areas of central Florida. Sight fishing the backcountry flats of the national park and refuge has begun to improve quite a bit, with water clarity getting into the optimal range it should be for this time of year and just outstanding days to fish in. Clear as spring water in most places and easy to spot fish with bright blue skies above you makes the fishing here on the Mosquito Lagoon and north Indian River a premier destination for world class sight fishing. Air and water temperatures are at a prime as well for making east central Florida fishing comfortable, exciting and fun. This is inshore saltwater flats fishing at its very best, what dreams are made of. There is no better place to fish here in the states on a year round basis than here in Florida. Just so many options are here and opportunities for fish of all types of species to target. As the past several weeks have gone by the water visibility more than anything has cleared up some from the algae bloom that occurred over the summer and fall of 2011. It has taken a few months of cooler weather along with a couple of extremely cold nights and chilly days but we are getting to the famous clarity this area is known for making it a sight fishing paradise. The flats and sight fishing is great as the sun breaks the horizon in the morning and continues its ascent as the day goes by. Even at mid-day the fishing is still great and can be at its prime for the day. Water temperatures in the morning time are in the mid 60° mark and rising up to the high 70° mark at the height of the day. This is ideal for redfish and drum. Redfish, trout and several black drum are being caught in fairly decent numbers on several different baits and lures as well as using light tackle sight fishing methods or fly fishing tactics. The fish are ranging from 2 to 15 pounds on average, with a few bigger and smaller ones mixed in. Searching the flats with baitfish, birds and activity of life on them is one of several different keys into getting on some nice game fish. As the nights are cooler to cold this time of year a grass flat that is near ledges, holes and drop offs are a good place to start looking for fish at dawn. The fish at night time will tend to drop into the deeper waters for warmth, food and protection. As will the baitfish that they feed upon. As the sun begins to rise, the areas that the rays touch first will warm up the quickest and most likely will hold baitfish along with the predators that follow. This also applies to the shallow water, as for it will warm up quicker than deep water. Sand holes among the grass will tend to be great ambush points for all types of predators and game fish, as well as the ledges leading back to the drop off areas. In a sense they become a type of underwater field that is scanned by predators alike. Of course as with any day you fish shallow waters here on the flats the key elements to success are stealth, patience and distance. Take your time and do not rush things. Approach fish at a distance to not only give you ample time to get into position but also to give you a few chances to make that perfect cast. Use your push pole as much as you can and use your trolling motor as a tool to make up distances. Think like a hunter; be sure to give every angler a very wide gap between you and them. Space between and low noise is a key too. What is a wide gap? I say 900 plus feet if not more, give or take a few feet. You may see two or even three boats on top of each other and think to get in there with them. However consider that they may know each other and be working together. If you get to an area that already has a boat there it is simple, move to another location. There is plenty of water to fish and plenty of fish to be caught. Early starts are a very good key to a successful day of fishing the Mosquito Lagoon. The type of baits or lures being used have been anywhere from a live shrimp placed on a small 3/0 circle hook with a small bullet weight for the black drum or redfish to the D.O.A. shrimp, D.O.A. CALS and D.O.A. Crabs. I like to throw a few of these with a weed less configuration. Throwing towards and past a feeding fish (say 8 to 12 feet past) then bring that lure/bait across their feeding path will entice a hit or two. Just be eloquent or graceful about this as not to spook them. As far as the fly fishing end of things we were able to land many redfish and black drum on imitation mullet patterns, crab patterns along with a shrimp pattern or two. Approach fish with the sun at your back at an angle and watch boat and your feet movement. Shadows from casts or yourself can alert fish of your presence. Soft casts, good target acquisition and perfect presentations need to be applied and used for all of the above. The best way to accomplish this is just to practice it. Trial and error as it is with any thing in life. Please remember to handle all of your fish with great care and a tender touch for a high survival rate upon their release. Looks like the bottom line for the next few weeks is if the weather holds out and continues to be above average with warmer days the flats fishing here should just continue to improve. The water clarity should hopefully continue to clear up as well, so this will just make sight fishing the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River even better as time goes by. This is what it is all about. Again Happy New Year and I hope to see you out on the water. [video=youtube;PH7shWi3xmg] Captain Drew Cavanaugh Florida Inshore Fishing Charters Cell/352-223-7897 Email us at: drcfishmaster@cfl.rr.com Visit us at: http:Orlando Fishing Guide - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Guide - New Smyrna Beach Fishing [video=youtube;CdN2ebHyTHQ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdN2ebHyTHQ&feature=bf_prev&list=UUNwtQMxnOpJZg1hqAXNUjIw&lf=plcp
  9. Well a couple of weeks ago I was able to get out and do some fishing with a colleague and myself. We had a great day! There was only one or two boats in sight the whole day. We were able to get into some really nice bull reds. A very large school of them. I just now got around to putting this together and had to edit out a bunch of dead time, so it took me a while to get it up here. We landed several throughout the day but I was able to get these with some nice HD footage. Landed them all using D.O.A.'s. and light tackle. [video=youtube;xZnbF6WfmX8]
  10. Well several weeks of weather changes have come and gone leaving us with optimal conditions for flats fishing. The temperatures have dropped and then come back up and are leveling off comfortably now. The water levels were high and now, after the massive rain storms we just had, are even higher. Not long before it drops for winter. The water clarity should start to improve with the fresh water added and a mixture of conditions happening stirring things to say. This has the fishing going up and then coming down, then going back up again. However now that we are back in a steady weather pattern I see the fishing improving tremendously and eventually we should be in a sight fishing paradise once again throughout all of the flats here in the east central Florida area. The weather will start to cool down as well. Making for a typical Florida fall/winter day on the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River, perfect! Next thing you know we are in the winter months of Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River fishing. Which means world class sight fishing on the crystal clear grass flats. This is why the lagoon is known as the redfish capital of the world. The past several weeks brought in numerous great days of fishing trips and produced some very nice catches along with it. Redfish have been the staple of most trips. Along with this a few sea trout, flounder, lady fish and black drum have been mixed into the days catch. A few tarpon have been spotted here and there but they have been hit or miss ever since the bad freezes we had the past two years. A few of my clients, Rob, Darryl, Mitchell, June, Tom and Aaron just to mention a few, had outstanding days on the water. The top baits and lures used have been the D.O.A. Shallow Runner Bait Buster, live finger mullet, mud minnows, D.O.A. Cals, D.O.A. BFL 5.5, black crab flies, mullet flies all on 8 weight fly rods and small live blue crabs. The blue crabs I have been using were all hand caught and are in the size range of a silver dollar and used in combination with a 3/0 circle hook. These are gold to redfish. All fished light tackle on Stradic & Sustain 2500's/4000's mounted on St. Croix Legend Elite rods. Line and leader go from 10 pound braid to 15 with roughly 20 inches of 15-20 pound fluorocarbon leader. The waters we have been fishing have basically been the entire Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge areas. There were days we stayed in the New Smyrna, Edgewater and Oak Hill area and then days we fished the south end near Titusville in the lagoon and the river. On a few occasions we fished the west bank of Mims, the areas near the railroad bridge in Titusville, the north end of the Indian River there in Scottsmoor and the north bombing range in search of the big bulls that have been all over the area. The big bull reds have been in a spawning mode and are throughout the deeper waters here. When you find them try the D.O.A. Shallow Runner Bait Buster. Throw it in front and past the lead fish. A steady retrieve bringing it across them will entice a bite or ten. Do not slow it down or let it sink. It is not normal for a bait fish to stop for a predator. Hang on and have fun. Please be sure to handle these and all fish very carefully as to get them released safely and quickly for a higher survival rate. Also do not hold these fish vertically. Hold them horizontally if you have too. It is better for them this way. Practice catch and release, the future of this fishery depend on all anglers. Not just one. <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/aTC02-ro948" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe> The tactics and techniques are basically unchanged. Search the flats early and look for signs of bait and bird activity. Tailers should be found early and throughout the morning time in grass flats where mullet are present. Approach fish easy. Do not rush it. I have stressed this before and will stress it again. Take your time and be stealthy about it. Use your push pole as much as you can. Be sure not to cast on top of your fish as they will spook. Watch the noise levels in the boat too. Also please, give your fellow angler plenty of room. Do not crowd up on top or run your boat too close to others as it will scare fish away. There is plenty of water to fish out there. [video=youtube_share;aTC02-ro948] Captain Drew Cavanaugh Florida Inshore Fishing Charters PO BOX 881 Edgewater, <acronym title="Florida">FL</acronym> 32132 Cell/352-223-7897 Email us at: Orlando Florida Fishing Guide Light tackle fishing guide on the Mosquito Lagoon. Specializing in fly fishing or spin fishing for redfish, trout, snook and tarpon. Visit us at:Saltwater Fishing Charters In Central Florida Fish the world famous Mosquito Lagoon. The redfish capital of the world! Located along Florida's beautiful Space Coast near New Smyrna Beach.
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line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";} </style> <![endif]--> August 29th, 2011 New Smyrna Beach – Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Reports Well summer time has been here among us for some time now and the fishing has been great! This time of year can be outstanding if you work it to your advantage. With the higher water levels it does tend to make it a bit more challenging to locate your targets. Grass pads, dirty water and huge mullet everywhere add to the challenge. Now we all know the fish will still eat, they have too. So just change your tactics and approaches up for this time of year and your success rate will be steady. On a side note however please do use extra caution while you are navigating the Mosquito Lagoon waters. There are hidden sand bars and ledges that can be just inches under the waters service. We have had several days of getting numerous redfish with the D.O.A. Shallow Runner Bait Buster, mullet pattern flies, live mullet and a live mud minnow here and there depending on your preference and wants. Several different colors work, with the Bait Buster, as long as when it is cast you do not stop it on the retrieve and do not let it sink. Well also there is one more critical thing that applies to every single fish you are casting to. DO NOT land on top of the fish. They will spook. With redfish and trout aggressively feeding early and throughout the morning chasing mullet and bait fish this choice will work for hours. Watch for mullet to be crashed and or redfish moving and cast in front and past them. The D.O.A. Cals and Shrimps will work just as well for sight fishing methods. The keys are patience, distance and stealth. Early starts are still in the mix for a recipe of success. Looking for clean water and light at your advantage will just improve things. You should be able to catch tailing redfish at first light and then move onto bars and drop offs as the day goes on. A few redfish and trout have been caught using fly as well the past weeks. Mullet patterns seem to be the best with a #2 hook on an 8 or 9 weight fly rod. Trout are mostly in the deeper waters and along sandbars and cooler spots of the lagoon. A few black drum and a few tarpon have been seen throughout the entire Mosquito Lagoon. Every now and then you may stumble across a stray lady fish or jack. Please remember to respect your fellow angler and give them as always a wide berth of space. Also please, handle all of your fish with extreme care during these hotter days of summer for a safer and faster release of them to be able to fight again another day. Sport fishing is the way to go. I look forward to seeing all of you on the water. Tight lines! Captain Drew Cavanaugh Florida Inshore Fishing Charters Cell/352-223-7897 Email: drcfishmaster@cfl.rr.com Visit us- Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Guide - Redfish - New Smyrna Beach Fishing - Orlando Fish the world famous Mosquito Lagoon. The redfish capital of the world! Oak Hill/New Smyrna Beach/Cocoa Beach – Florida [video=youtube_share;unl-GVh1dM0]
  12. August15th, 2011 Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Fishing Reports Well here we go again. Summer time is most definitely here in the central Florida area. The weather has been outstanding here the past weeks with a great outlook for the future as well. HOT! Very hot days by any definition can be the best way to describe it. With afternoon thunderstorms coming most every day this leads to a normal pattern for Florida with great charters in the mornings and a good afternoon to get ready for another day of fishing come the following morning. The fishing here in the New Smyrna Beach area as well as the Edgewater, Oak Hill, Mims, Scottsmoore and Titusville waters has been the focus of attention for inshore flats fisherman. Redfish, trout and black drum are the main attraction. There is no better place to be saltwater fishing than that of the inshore grass flats of the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River. Known as the redfish capital of the world, this is a sight fishing paradise. Redfish and trout have been the main focus here with a few black drum scattered about the waters of the Canaveral National Seashore and the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Searching the grass flats for baitfish will be your key here this time of year. Finding the mullet, pinfish and other baits you will find the predators that follow them. Redfish will be feeding early and throughout the morning in extremely shallow waters near the bait pods. The key is stealth when approaching these fish. You may have to work your way towards these fish from large distances so be prepared to take your time. If the fish are tailing be sure to have a soft presentation when making a cast to them as not to scare everything around them. Throw past them and in front of them far enough for this to happen. The flock of bird theory will take place if you make a mistake. You see ten thousand birds in the air and one turns left; they all turn left. As this will happen learn from it. The D.O.A. Shallow Runner Bait Buster, live small blue crabs, cut lady fish or cut mullet/pinfish will work. As another great choice of baits I do like to use every now and then is a live hand caught mud minnow on a 3/0 circle hook. Redfish and trout cannot resist this. Along with the redfish you will come across a stray trout or two as well. Of course you will catch a lady fish or two with this tactic. As always please be sure to handle the fish you land with extreme care as to get them back in the water very quickly for a higher survival rate. Catch and release does improve the quality and ensures a better sport fishing experience here on the Mosquito Lagoon. [video=youtube_share;3q8U5a00-4k] As the first key to a successful inshore sight fishing experience here on the Mosquito Lagoon and the flats of the Indian River it is of the utmost importance for a few things to take place. First is an early start time. You want to beat the heat mainly and get that golden moment as the sunrise breaches the morning sky. This is in a way like a hunting trip with the only difference is you are not killing anything but stalking them with patience and stealth. Getting there on time is very important. So give yourself plenty of time here to make good decisions and allowing for changes in the game plan. Second thing is to be sure to give your fellow anglers a very wide gap between you and them. I cannot stress this enough. If you arrive to an area that you want to fish and within “reason” there is another boat there just look elsewhere. What is within reason? Stay 800-1200 feet away. On the water this is really not much at all. This is so simple. What happens is too many people are seeing other anglers hooking up and just moving right in on top of them. These anglers usually have worked hard in getting on the fish and into a good position just to have someone else make a “noisy” mistake. Now I realize that quite a bit of these scenarios are not done on purpose but by not knowing. Treat these waters like I said as a hunting ground and they are turkey or deer everywhere. You cannot put two hunters 100 feet within each other and expect to have a good experience. Basically apply the first come first serve theory or the early bird gets the worm. There are thousands of acres of fishable waters out here so there is space. Respect others. They will respect you. Captain Drew Cavanaugh Florida Inshore Fishing Charters Cell/352-223-7897 Email: drcfishmaster@cfl.rr.com Visit us- Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Guide - Redfish - New Smyrna Beach Fishing - Orlando Fish the world famous Mosquito Lagoon. The redfish capital of the world! Oak Hill/New Smyrna Beach – Florida
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mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";} </style> <![endif]--> June 29th, 2011 Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Fishing Reports Extremely humid, sunny and hot days have brought the rain finally. We really did need it here in central Florida and all over the region. With the fresh water being added to the lagoon it has mixed things up some. It has allowed the waters to rise a little and has reduced the salinity levels some. Changes like this work at times to stir it up some. Seems like we are back in the pattern of afternoon showers and very hot days. We welcome you summer time. Stay here all year! Even the winds have been on the side of the guide for a few hours as the sun breaks the horizon. Welcome to Florida fishing. </m:defjc></m:rmargin></m:lmargin></m:dispdef></m:smallfrac> <m:smallfrac m:val="off"><m:dispdef><m:lmargin m:val="0"><m:rmargin m:val="0"><m:defjc m:val="centerGroup"> Redfish have been the subject of topic here. Excellent days of fishing have been dominant and as long as you get an early start there really are no reason not to find fish all over the area. Reds are all over the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River flats. Does not matter if you are fishing the New Smyrna Beach area or the Titusville area, they are present. Sight fishing the flats has been producing the best results. Looking for feeding redfish that are chasing mullet and bait fish is key. The main baits that have been producing great action is the D.O.A. Shallow Runner Bait Buster. Keep this bait on top and a steady retrieve into the path of the fish, without stopping it, you will get a strike or two. The D.O.A. CALS have been the other choice as far as plastics and artificial's along with a D.O.A. shrimp for the black drum. If you can get some fresh lady fish this will work too. Live mullet is always a great choice put onto a circle hook and a nice cast to fish will work as well. As you are casting to the reds just make sure a soft presentation is on the table. As always just take your time and do not rush things. Try to push your boat at all costs. Use your tower to sight the fish and get a game plan before rushing in on top of them. Remember they will scare very easily. These fish get a lot of pressure so be patient. Use your trolling motor to make up distances and in only waters that are deep enough for it. I watch too many people running a trolling motor in 10 inches of water and making enough noise to scare everything within a mile from the prop hitting the surface. Noise out here is a bad thing. Also be sure to give your fellow anglers a very large gap between you and them. If you get to an area that already has a boat or two, look for another one to fish. There is plenty of room out here. Early bird gets the worm. On a side note I actually was able to get out and do some fishing myself this month. My good friend and colleague Captain Chris and I hit the flats and were able to land several nice redfish. Using fly and artificial's it made for a great day. Hopefully there will be time over the several weeks to get back out here again. Captain Drew Cavanaugh Florida Inshore Fishing Charters Cell/352-223-7897 Email: drcfishmaster@cfl.rr.com Visit us- Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Guide - Orlando Fishing Guide - Saltwater Flats Fishing Fish the world famous Mosquito Lagoon. The redfish capital of the world! Oak Hill/New Smyrna Beach – Florida [video=youtube_share;vFCc-qKqEYY] </m:defjc></m:rmargin></m:lmargin></m:dispdef></m:smallfrac>
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Days where the sun comes up and it stays nice and hot out until the storms move in and things cool off. Perfect! Just outstanding days of fishing are among us here. Hot summer days here in Florida bring on chances of catching tarpon, snook, trout, black drum, jacks, lady fish, and of course redfish too. There is truly no better place on earth to fish than that here in east central Florida on the Indian River and the Mosquito Lagoon. Now summer time means early sunrises. Early sunrises mean early starts. Early starts means getting out here early! Beat the fish and the crowds. Redfish can be seen feeding aggressively very early as the sun breaks the horizon on numerous flats all throughout the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River in the New Smyrna Beach area down into to the Titusville and Mims areas as well. Several of these fish will be in the 5-25 pound range depending on where you are fishing at that point in time. The key as always, I cannot stress this enough, is STEALTH, PATIENCE and DISTANCE. Take your time when approaching fish that are feeding in very shallow water as to they WILL scare very easily. As always your best approach when sight fishing is to use your push pole and stalk the intended target from a distance. Again think turkey! Use your trolling motor to make up time and distances not to try to get on top of a feeding red drum in 12 inches of water. It will make a whole bunch of noise and scare everything around you. Use a soft attack along with a very well placed cast and this should entice a hit or ten. The top three baits here the past few weeks have been a well place small blue crab in the 1-3 inch diameter range. A D.O.A. plastic shrimp. Last but not least the D.O.A. Shallow Runner Bait Buster in several different colors will work. There is of course always the use of a piece of cut mullet and or lady fish on a 3/0 circle hook. On the fly side of things a well-placed cast with a crab patterned fly on a number 4 size hook will work just as well too. The key with everything above is that the tail does eat. You have to get it, the bait or lure, in front of them and without scaring them with the cast. Practice is one of the best tools out here. However the results can be very rewarding. Numerous trout can be caught along the drop offs along the flats in the 3-5 foot depth range. Use D.O.A. CALS or a popping cork with a plastic or shrimp below to get results. Watch for pods of baitfish and you will most likely find the trout. Along with trout in that area you will sometimes encounter several lady fish and a jack or two as well. As always with all of your catches, be sure to handle them with extreme care for a safe and successful release of them. Captain Drew Cavanaugh Florida Inshore Fishing Charters Cell/352-223-7897 Email: drcfishmaster@cfl.rr.com Visit us- Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Guide - Orlando Fishing Guide - Saltwater Flats Fishing Fish the world famous Mosquito Lagoon. The redfish capital of the world! Oak Hill/New Smyrna Beach – Florida
  15. December 10th, 2010 Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Reports Intense weather patterns are moving redfish and spotted seatrout the past several weeks back and forth from the deeper waters to the shallow grass flats depending upon the temperatures that are going on during the cold fronts we are experiencing. Along with the winds, backcountry waters throughout the entire Mosquito Lagoon have been the most active and allowing you to find seclusion from mother nature. Weeks of great sight fishing have been producing extremely good numbers of trout, redfish and the occasional black drum. With water levels dropping for our routine of winter fishing it is causing the red fish to start to school up in their famous winter schooling patterns. Shallow back country flats will be your best bet for sight fishing and flats fishing here in east central Florida. As we get more and more cold to cool fronts moving into the area the redfish bite will take off. Days of gin clear water are at our doorsteps. Top choices of tackle and tactics this time of year have included live blue crabs in the size range of a silver dollar or so along with a select jumbo shrimp. These choices are easily rigged onto 3 feet of 15-20lb leader with a 3/0 circle hook. A well placed cast across and in front of tailing redfish with a soft retrieve to the red fish will most definitely produce some of the most exciting action of the holiday season. Do not be shocked or surprised if you should reel in a nice trout. They are in the darkness awaiting and watching at times. Winter sight fishing on the Mosquito Lagoon is by far the best in the state of Florida. For those of you using artificial's your best choices this time of year for either bigger trout and redfish(both fish should always be handled with extreme care for higher survival rates. Trout must be released at this time of the calendar year as well. It is the law here in this region.) will include the D.O.A. shrimps or CALS. pretty much all of the colors will work. Try a natural looking one is my choice. Either rigged weedless or with a jig head should work fine in the clear water. However as always take in mind your approach to these fish among the flats. A stealthy slow attack will always produce higher quality days. Try to always approach your targets from your poling platform at greater distances. This will allow you a quitter approach and a better line of sight to your targets. Please also do remember your fellow anglers out there as well and be aware that the Mosquito Lagoon does have to pole and troll zones within its boundaries. Smaller schools of black drum are moving about the flats as the warming of the sun tends to intensify their appetite. A small blue crab(size of a quarter) on a 2/0 circle hook should do the trick well. of course a shrimp placed within sight of them should work well too. They are very high strung so take your time with them. Watch for bait pods and birds feeding with signs of activity mixed in as well. I want to wish everyone out there a very safe and happy holiday season. Captain Drew Cavanaugh Florida Inshore Fishing Charters PO BOX 881 Edgewater, <acronym title="Florida">FL</acronym> 32132 Cell/352-223-7897 Office/386-210-4082 Visit Us At: Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Guide - Fishing Near Orlando - Indian River Redfish Email Us At: drcfishmaster@cfl.rr.com