Ponce Inlet to Mosquito Lagoon
Capt. Joe Porcelli
March 6, 2000
Mosquito Lagoon - Saltwater Fishing Report
The air temperature has been mild in east central Florida in the mid seventies lower eighties. The water has warmed up also making the fish a little more aggressive. The reds are still schooled up in the Mosquito Lagoon. Some schools of reds are in the slot size (eighteen to twenty seven inches) and other schools are holding reds from thirty five to fifty inches. The fish must be approached quietly and slowly to get them to eat. If you push the fish they will turn down your offering more than they will take it.
The lagoon is also holding trout on the flats in a foot of water. The best way to take these trout is with a finger mullet free lined. We took a four pounder on a shrimp today. If you like artificials I would suggest throwing a 12 Fathom SlamíR in the mean green color. You may encounter some black drum up on the flats this time of year. Toss a small blue crab at them and they should not turn you down. The pompano are still in the lagoon jumping in the boats wake, but I have not fished them.
The New Smyrna aria has given up some snook and reds along the intercoastal waterway. The docks and bulkheads seem to be holding fish; I like to fish these at knight. Trout can also be taken in these locations. Make sure you stay a good distance for the best success. You can still take your limit of sheepshead around the bridges and docks. Use shrimp or oyster crabs and chum with oysters.
Remember: Think like a fish to catch fish.
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