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Fishing is Hot for Redfish, trout, tripletail and black drum

Capt. Joe Porcelli
April 22, 2008
Mosquito Lagoon - Saltwater Fishing Report

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Redfish, trout, tripletail, black drum, flounder, ladyfish and jacks are some of the species you are more than likely going to catch in the Mosquito lagoon this week. The wind blew for two days at twenty-five knots this week but the fish loved it. The wind put a lot of oxygen in the water and moved the bait around making the fish aggressive. I had Henry and Paul Schmidlin out for two days on the flats and they caught nineteen reds, one tripletail and two trout to five pounds. Other trips this week went like these, Bill and William Fieldman seven reds and an 8.02 pound trout and one flounder. Fred and Tom Bergert with five slot reds and five over slot fish. Terry Williams and Brent catching ten nice redfish four overslot. Tim Tool and Dan took six nice redfish and a trout. Bill Finlayson and brother Jim caught ten redfish and a five-pound trout. Then last but not least yesterday, Todd Ulrich fishing solo caught ten redfish five over slot to forty three inches, ten black drum, one five pound trout and one tripletail and one t/tail puller off at the boat. This is why I have not posted a report till now I have been on the water more than on dry land, I apologize.

We cast our Abu Garcia 804 loaded with 10 # FireLine with Fenwick rods way down wind to reach fish. We caught our trout and redfish on Gulp shrimp and Berkley Power Baits and shrimp. We caught the black drum on shrimp that the tripletail fell for as well. Change your pace of retrieve and figure out where your fish are at not in location, in mind. Aggressive or just waking up. Read nature, the birds, mullet jumping, the knot in your stomach. That should give you a good indication when they are hungry. We dropped two baits with in twelve foot of the bow on reds this week, and watched them scarf our bait. Two more seconds and we would be on top or the fish. Keep your Power Pole low to the water so you do not have much travel to stake out. You don't know what a Power Pole is you better find out to get in the game, nuf sed. www.power-pole.com One body shift on the deck and the fish will bolts out, you just brain image what happened and try not to move the next time. When we quit learning we will quit fishing and that will never happen. The trout are in the white sand and grass mix with a few escorting the schools of reds around. The reds have been happy feeding on the bottom bringing tails up and waving us in. The fish are spread out a little more due to the water level and giving you more shots at spread fish. Remember Think like a fish to catch fish or just call me 386 314 5656

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