The beginning of this month has been a windy one, really tough conditions and fishing was inconsistent. Now the wind finally stopped blowing towards the middle of the month which made the fish(and myself) very happy. Tons of mullet has moved into the Lagoons making the topwater bite excellent for the most part of the morning. Redfish, Sea Trout, Bluefish, Jacks and Lady fish were blasting the MirroLure Top Dogs and Top Pups. When the topwater bite slows down, switch to soft plastics. D.O.A. CAL shadtails and jerkbaits are my favorites. Colors working well lately are Fiji Chix, Bayou Tiger, Silver Mullet, and Green Back. To see what colors those are, here is the link to D.O.A. Lures Color Guide.
On the fly side, sight fishing for Redfish and Sea Trout has been excellent with the occasional Black Drum. Baitfish patterns are working well around the mullet pods in deeper flats, and shrimpy or crabby patterns have been getting the bite on the shallower flats. Lately, the Sea Trout ranging from 20″-30″ have been cooperating better than the Redfish. Water clarity is very clear, which makes it easy spotting these fish with a good pair of amber or copper colored polarized lens. (I wear RCI Optics and am very pleased with the clarity of the advanced lens technology.)
Ben and his Dad John from Jupiter, FL. joined me to celebrate Johns birthday on the Lagoon. This was their first sight fishing experience for redfish, it took them a bit to get used to spotting the fish but later got the hang of it.
Vu’s wife surprised him with a gift certificate for a full day fishing trip with me in the Mosquito Lagoon. He invite his father Nuoc along on the trip. These two were hardcore anglers, they casted topwater lures and soft plastics all day long taking no breaks. I always enjoy having die hard anglers aboard the boat. It really paid off for them with some expolosive topwater action and with Vu’s personal best Sea Trout that ate a D.O.A. Shadtail.
Kevin from Melbourne is new to the saltwater fishing game. He got a little taste of some topwater action on a 4 hour trip, a nice redfish was on for a while until the hook pulled, but he got this good looking trout first thing in the morning.
A pretty exciting day for Jack and his wife Toni from Connecticut. This was their first Florida fishing experience, and a pretty good one at that. Beautiful weather, schools of hungry Redfish, Black Drum and Sea Trout kept Jack busy all day. Jack was fishing while the Manatees and Dolphins around the boat kept Toni busy. Highlight of the day was when Jack hooked into a 20lb+ redfish on an 8wt rod and fought it for about 30 minutes until the hook pulled. I managed to catch some photos of the battle. Jack did get the Drum Slam this day all on fly.
Some industry News:
I have resigned my position as a Simms Ambassador and joined the team at Patagonia. Simms is a great company that make excellent gear, but I felt like I fit in more and can relate to the Patagonia lifestyle. It was a personal decision, no hard feeling to anyone. Visit www.patagonia.com to see all the fresh new gear for all your flyfishing and surfing needs.
Native Fly Charters is also teamed up with Cortland Lines. Pretty impressed with Cortlands new lines. Visit www.cortlandline.com to check outwhat they have.
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Capt. Willy Le