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New Smyrna Beach Area - Indian River Lagoon - Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

April 29, 2018

It’s been a spring running of the bulls! Giant trophy redfish were on fire during the past month. It’s pretty much what we targeted nearly every day, and on nearly every trip we caught several. They’ve been schooling up in good numbers and all the fish are in the 20-40 pound range. Don’t want to fish for GIANT redfish?….There are plenty of black drum still hanging around, we’re seeing lots of big trout starting to show back up as the spring bait run kicks into overdrive, and sight fishing for slot reds scattered up shallow. I’ve got 10 days left open for May and June is starting to fill quick…don’t wait till last minute to schedule summer vacation fishing trips!

It’s been all about the big redfish in the Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River Lagoon during the past month. Sight casting big schools of bull reds have produced some epic days. All the fish have been in the 40-50 inch range and range 20-40 pounds. Most days have averaged at least a few coming to the boat, with some extraordinary days yielding 10+ fish caught. They’re showing themselves all day so we really haven’t spent much time doing anything else. Live shrimp, crabs, mullet and cut ladyfish will all yield success. Some days they will show a little interest in spoons, plugs and flies. Fishing for big bull reds will only get better into the summer in the Indian River Lagoon as they get ready for spawning season. Don’t want to target the big trophy fish? Smaller 4-8 pound redfish have been scattered on shallow flats in Mosquito Lagoon, tailing and cruising grass and bar edges. Spoons, soft plastics, flies and live shrimp are all working with good success.

The spring warm up has brought in a big influx of baitfish and big speckled trout in Mosquito Lagoon are shadowing them on the shallow flats. We went from not seeing many to now they are bunches. We’ve caught some up to 29 inches lately, with average fish in the 20-25 inch range. May, June and July produce historic numbers of trout caught for us each year. Most days will produce 20-25 trout caught with numerous fish in the 3-6 pound range. But at the moment we are in the peak of the year for your best chance at a giant over 10 pounds. They are gorging themselves on bait fish, but soon they will spawn and drop some weight. Live mullet are the hot ticket right now, with soft plastics and plugs a secondary option.

Black Drum have likely been the next best option lately. Good numbers of fish have been in both the Indian River Lagoon and Mosquito Lagoon. Most of them are in the 4-10 pound range, with a couple bigger wads of fish in the 10-20 pound range. They have been tailing well which makes for good sight casting with live bait and flies.

I’ve got 10 days left open for May. I’ve got about 15 left open for June. The summer months...June, July and August...are extremely busy with folks on summer vacation. All those months will eventually be fully booked. Don’t wait till this last minute to schedule a trip. I take last second scheduling if I have open days. Call me at 386-212-4931 or email to secure a date. Read my fishing charter page to view the top reasons why you should book your trip with me today. I look forward to fishing with you soon…

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