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Capt. Joe Porcelli
June 3, 2011
Mosquito Lagoon - Saltwater Fishing Report

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For the most part we should be on a steady pattern through the summer in the Mosquito Lagoon. The pigfish (bait) are getting about three weeks from being perfect size and the trout bite on them has been good. I don't use them as much as some but we have great luck imitating the piggy. Gulp pogy's work well this time of the year and if you bounce one off the bottom you will catch some trout. We do almost every time we use them. I had Henry Schmidlin and son in law Jay out for several days in the Lagoon. Everyday they caught some nice trout with redfish and some fast action ladyfish, most of the reds were large or larger. The weather slowed the bite on the last day, I think it blew about twenty five knots. We had to get the crow bar out to get the fish to eat. But it kept us off the coast for our cobia fishing that has been put on hold for to long.

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Most of the reason I have not posted a report in a while is Kim and I was down in the keys and it is easy getting lost in the islands. We fished nine days that we were there on the 25 Hydra Sports. Trolling was a little slow on the first few days, we caught eleven dolphin up to 10#, one 14# Wahoo, two bonito, two black fin tuna and a tripletail. This was the best day trolling. We would always come back in to the patch reefs and catch everything, to many species to list. On a few days we fished the 60 to 80 foot reef. We caught 10 yellow tail snapper, a 30# king on the flat line in the holder, several bar jack, three grouper to 18 #s and two mutton snapper up to 13#s. Mentioned were the fish we caught anchored and chumming for about three hours. We caught many other smaller fish in the mix. On the last day fishing I had my brother Pete join Kim and I for some rock fishing and snorkeling. Pete caught a real nice mutton snapper but the high hook went to Kim for a trio of big mutton snapper, amberjack, and a 150# goliath grouper in less than 30 minutes. She was whooped and I had to give a little assistance the last few pumps. The fish was over five feet long and as round as a 55 gal. drum. I guess I did good with a mutton, and two nice grouper in the box. Again we caught many other smaller fish in the mix. It won't be to long before we head back down.

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Back in the Mosquito Lagoon we had the water level come up and spread the field out and that can be good and bad. Good if you know where the fish are and bad if you don't. LOL Good thing we do, Catching oversize redfish was on the menu on day one, along with some fish for mama to cook up for the guys after a long day on the water. We ended up with six over slot reds, along with some trout and redfish for the table. When Ma is happy everyone is happy. Flounder have slowed a little but the tarpon, ladyfish, jacks, grouper, cobia, tripletail, have picked up. Think like a fish to catch fish or just call me. I will guarantee you will, captjoeporcelli.com or 386 314 5656

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