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Ponce Inlet to Mosquito Lagoon

Capt. Joe Porcelli
March 19, 2000
Mosquito Lagoon - Saltwater Fishing Report

Today in the Mosquito Lagoon it felt as if we were in a wind tunnel. The water was choppy yesterday also making fishing a challenge. We still managed to catch some fish but it was not a banner day. The rest of the week calls for calmer winds and clearer skies.The day before that we were in slick calm conditions fishing a school of reds that hosted at least four hundred fish. My client described it as world class fishing. He had a good day of catching, six reds, twenty trout, one flounder, two ladyfish and a pompano. Twelve Fathom slam’R in pumpkinseed was the ticket for all but the reds.

We also tossed a few blue crabs at some large reds in the forty-inch range with two pulled hooks as the result. The water is clear when the wind is not blowing thirty M.P.H. I have seen a lot more pompano in the lagoon lately. If you see a push toss a shrimp or jig in their path and hang on. These little scrappers are a good fight and even better as table fare.

We also took some black drum on the flats schooled just like there cousins. The same approach should be used for them as the reds. Toss a blue crab or shrimp in front of the school and let them come to you. I fished Raleigh Werking on the black drum and we have another one on the way to the world record books. We took a sixty seven pound drum on six pound line beating Raleigh’s sixty six pound line class world record. Congratulations Raleigh for such a fine catch.

Remember: Think like a fish to catch fish.

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