Capt. Lemmon with a Mosquito Lagoon Area Tarpon

Ponce Inlet, Indian River Lagoon, and Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report.............

April 27, 2015

The fishing has been outstanding as we get ready to start May. We’re done with cold weather and the spring bait run has fully gotten underway. Trophy size big redfish, small juvenile tarpon, and increasing trout action has been the staples lately in the Indian River Lagoon and Mosquito Lagoon. Clean water has allowed for great sight casting and catching has been great and consistent.

The best thing going has been the action for big bull Redfish in the Indian River Lagoon and Mosquito Lagoon. Schools of 50-100 fish have been finning on the surface with all the great weather we’ve had during the past month. This has allowed for some epic sight fishing and big numbers of fish being landed from 20-50lbs. Most days we’ve come close to if not exceeded 10 fish landed. Live shrimp, mullet, mud-minnows and pinfish have been our go to baits. If the weather hasn’t allowed us to get on the trophy redfish then we’ve been working smaller groups and scattered single smaller 5-10lb redfish on the slough edges. The catching hasn’t been nearly as good as the bigger ones. Spoons, soft plastics, and suspending plugs have been what’s working.

There are strong numbers of juvenile baby Tarpon in a few places in the Indian River Lagoon. Most of these fish are 5-10lbs, but quite entertaining with lots of jumps and consistent bites. We can throw flies or small soft plastics for success. There are a few bigger juveniles in the 20-30lb range starting to move around in the deeper creeks and ICW around New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet. The tide factor only gives you short windows to fish them and jigs and swim baits are your best bet for any bites.

It’s the best time of year for big Speckled Trout in the 5-10+ lb range roaming the shallows around mullet schools during the morning. Live mullet have been the best chance for success. Die hards will get results with suspending and top water plugs will as well as soft plastic fluke style baits. These fish will be spawning around the full moon cycles, so this is the best shot at a giant before they lean out for the summer months.

There are a few areas with scattered groups of Black Drum in the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon. Most of the fish are in the 5-10lb range. Have hardly spent any time fishing for them though with better action on other species. Picking up a couple here and there on live shrimp.

Calendar is staying booked! I’ve got 10 days left open for May and 13 days left open for June. So don’t wait till last minute as short notice is tough to accommodate. Call 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…386-212-4931.

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