Outstanding first time visit to Mosquito lagoon. (Kinda long) .
Originally posted on East central forum.
First of all I want take the time to give a big shout out and HOORAY to Capt. Pat Murphy from
Having never fished the "north country" but seeing all the videos on line I promised my brother from MN a trip there.
My main objective was to get a "lay of the land" so that I wouldn't be a GOOGAN on the water.
Capt Pat did such an outstanding job of not only giving me a great overview of the different no motor/pole troll zones but also gave me great insight to the different conditions and the effects on not only the fish but the water table as well.
Now to the fishing report: After giving me a great visual idea of the primary fishing area we settled in to a slight north wind with a moderate ripple on the surface. After only 15 minutes or so on the spot I saw my first (of several hundred) redfish. Keep in mind that in my neck of the woods (treasure coat) you could spend half a day sight fishing to be lucky enough to see one or two redfish. The wind gradually layed down ! Bonus seeing as how the weather weinies were calling for a east wind at 5-10. Thats when the sight fishing became a sensory over load.
In the video above that has been severely condensed you can see what I mean. At times the area was surrounded with well over 200 hundred redfish and BIG black drum. Capt Pat was extremely patient with me when at the sight of the first big school I got a case of "buck fever". But after settling down he did an outstanding job of keeping us in the fish zone. I had countless opportunities of large fish (Reds and Black drum) but unfortunately the fish were absolutely not gonna bite ! Capt pat tried several different methods but alas it was of no use. We were within sight ( but respectfully so) of two other charter captains and also a GOOGAN in a TIN john boat that seemed bound and determined to "blow up" the flat we were on. The other Captains were not having any luck either and we only saw one fish come to the boat the whole time we were there.
All I can say is that with Capt Pat's extreme professionalism and vast amount of knowledge I feel more confident in my going solo.
Again THANK YOU CAPTAIN PAT MURPHY !
Signed KLUELESS II
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