An Awesome Week- Mosquito Lagoon and Port Canaveral Fishing Report
The Orlando Area Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 3.4.12
Spring is breaking out in central Florida! Azaleas are blooming, trees are leafing out, oranges perfume the air with their blossoms.
Fishng has been fantastic.
Monday's trip was a family affair. Pastor Louis Schulz, his son Chris, and the pastor's brother Chris, joined me for a day's fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon. It was overcast almost all day, and a soaking rain lasted for at least an hour. Fortunately there was very little wind.
We wanted redfish. With the exception of a school of maybe two dozen fish that did not hang around very long, we did not see any. But the trout were really on.
I don't know how many they caught. It was a lot. Most were caught on DOA Shrimp, but at the end of the day we found a hole full of trout and short reds and they used live shrimp there. All of the reds and many of the trout were short, but eight trout were in the slot and two were over 20 inches. It was a wonderful day.
On Tuesday Mike Webber, his girlfriend Judy, and his friend Mike from New Orleans joined me for a day's fishing on the Mosquito Lagoon. It was cloudy and windy, not nice at all, although in the afternoon the sun finally broke through.
It was almost a repeat of the previous day. The DOA Shrimp produced a lot of trout, some short, some in the slot. Live shrimp produced a few more, and some short reds. The one slot red they got came on a mullet chunk.
The sun finally came out. It turned out to be a lovely day.
Wednesday Father Rick Voor and his long-time friend Steve joined me for some kayak fishing, launching at River Breeze. It was a search mission, as I hadn't been there in weeks.
The weather was awesome, the water was low, and conditions were great. We did not see any fish for about an hour. Then we found a school of reds in a large white hole.
Father Rick had never caught a red on a lure before. Steve had never caught a red at all. They got quite a few- most on the DOA Shrimp, one on a Johnson Minnow. With the exception of a couple shorts, all were in the slot. It was a blessed day.
Thursday son Maxx and I launched the Mitzi at Port Canaveral. Winds were SW at close to 15, almost at the limits of the Mitzi's ability to handle on the open ocean. But there were no clouds at first.
We ran down to Satellite Beach, then went out a couple miles and started to idle back. Close to two uneventful hours passed before Maxx said, "There's a fish!" He fired a jig out towards it and the fish was all over it. It was close to 20 pounds.
That gave us more confidence, although another long lull followed. Then I spotted a tripletail. I fired a live shrimp out in front of it. How could it say no? It was around five or six pounds.
A while later I spotted a cobia, coming in fast. He ate the jig but in spite of my striking him three times he came right off.
A while later Maxx spotted another cobia. He followed, but did not eat, the jig. I tossed a live shrimp and he was all over it. We released that one.
We bagged it shortly after that, but ran another cobia over on the way back. The boat was back on the trailer before 2 PM.