Spring 2015 Fishing Report:
The early months of the year can be some to the best the Lagoons have to offer. The North Indian River is consistently producing schools of the larger Bull reds and Black Drums. Fish are averaging from 20-35 pound range. Both can be taken on live or dead crabs or shrimp. The large bull reds will also be willing to take a live finger mullet or cut ladyfish or cut mullet.
Mosquito Lagoon is also very productive. The redfish schools are numerous and sight fishing couldn’t be better. We have been averaging close to a dozen fish per trip. When the fish are nice and calm nothing can beat a well placed live shrimp. Fish have been actively taking artificial such as DOA shrimp, paddle tails and DOA crabs. Johnson silver minnow is a go to lure in many cases especially with windy days. They are easy to cast with strong winds and even easier to fish. It’s not uncommon for reds to hit them 3-4 times before hooking up. Soft plastics like jerk baits have been working well. I like more natural colors that resemble bait fish or shrimp.
The large trout are spawning and it is not uncommon to catch them in the 5 to 10+ pound range. These fish are very spooky and sometimes hard to get close enough to get a good cast on them. I like throwing soft plastics to them as well live finger mullets. In deeper weed-less areas I like using mirr-o-dines. You can definitely turn on the bite with one of these lures.
Most fish will be foraging in the sand spots and actively seeking out the influx of small finger mullet and pinfish. Cast to every sand spot you see and every school of mullet. You may not see the fish there but most likely they are waiting in ambush.
The black drum fishing in Mosquito lagoon has been phenomenal and easy to catch that is if you can find a school to yourself or get on them before everyone else starts fishing them. Live shrimp or chunks of crab is always a sure bet. Berkeley gulps work well and are easy to cast without worrying about throwing them off. DOA crabs are also a very effective lure when fished slowly. These drum have been ranging from the 5-15 pound range with a few larger ones in the mix.
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