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South Mosquito Lagoon

Took the kayak out for the first time in a while this morning to the southern side of Mosquito lagoon. Was greeted by calm wind and water but a bunch of cloud cover. Started seeing fish immediately. Threw top water with a few blow up but couldn't connect. Threw a shrimp on a cal jig head and fish on.

Released to fight another day. Determined to get one on top water I threw the rapala skitterwalk and immediately got hit again but its a miss. Threw back in the same hole and wham, 18" trout.

Also released. Top water slowed down and the sun came out for a little so I threw on the 3" gulp shrimp in new penny color. Instant hookup on a drag screaming red but spit the hook. Oh well. Got the heart racing.

Water was clear and calm. A lot of bait and fish everywhere. A few people were also out on the water but couldn't see if anyone was doing any better. Tight lines!!!
"Life's a joke, so laugh once in a while"


  • 186 KEYWEST186 KEYWEST Posts: 52 Deckhand
  • Pescatoral PursuitPescatoral Pursuit Posts: 5,065 Admiral
    Great post! Glad you were hooking up.
  • Panfishangler1Panfishangler1 Posts: 885 Officer
    Nice man, Good to see you caught some reds and well done on the trout!
  • Montana1Montana1 Posts: 212 Deckhand
    Todays weather was awesome, so nice to not have any **** wind for a change. Although if the fish had been a bit more willing to bite it would have been nice. Three reds, one blue, and a ribbon fish caught right by the Eddy Creek launch kept the skunk off the boat.
  • antmo85antmo85 Posts: 69 Deckhand
    Montana1 wrote: »
    Todays weather was awesome, so nice to not have any **** wind for a change. Although if the fish had been a bit more willing to bite it would have been nice. Three reds, one blue, and a ribbon fish caught right by the Eddy Creek launch kept the skunk off the boat.

    I was real close to launching at eddy creek. I never fished that side. Always next time. I was just on the other side anyways but sometimes that makes a big difference. Good job on the fish. You're right about the weather tho. It was nice.
    "Life's a joke, so laugh once in a while"
  • Gooner PyleGooner Pyle Posts: 188 Officer
    Great post! I see from your photos you're sporting a Penn Battle. I picked one up in Decemeber and I've had it out a few times. It's given me nothing but trouble. It's not just me either, I passed it to my buddy to throw one day to see if maybe it was something I was doing and he had the same issues. It's like the thing has fingers and ties knots deep in my spool. Any issues with yours?
  • antmo85antmo85 Posts: 69 Deckhand
    Honestly never had a single problem with mine. I sport the 3000 size and my regular fishing buddy has the same one. Both have been smooth as butter since day one. If you bought local, maybe try exchanging it for another one and see if it acts up??? I don't know what could cause that problem.
    "Life's a joke, so laugh once in a while"
  • PostalPostal Posts: 169 Officer
    Nice report Now I know where all the fish went!I was out that day and it was the worst day I have ever had on the goon .The weather was great nice and glassy but no fish .I polled the flats half the day and worked ledges for trout the rest and made thousands of casts and only one dink trout all day .I found one school of bulls on the flats but it was so calm and quiet they spooked easy when I was anywhere in range .But I still enjoyed the day .AND I was gonna make a comment on the battle also .I work for a tackle supply shop and they are by far the worst reel I have ever tried .If you use braid they cause wind knots no matter what way you spool it in any way shape or form .They seem to work fine with mono .I bought one spooled it with 3 brands and 5 dif tests to see what was up and all knotted on EVERY cast .Every customer who has bought one esp the most popular 3 k size(not so much the full size ones above 4k) had brought them back complaining about the knot issue.One guy was furious that he could not make one cast with braid so I gave him mono and its fine and he was good with it .If you search reviews on the net 99% of the reviews say the same but I see it every day .My pal bought one and he says its fine?But that's the only one I have seen that actually works but he hardly fishes so I dont know there since I fish 7 days a week not once a month.If you see how the reel spools the line it is not stacked well with lumps and gaps even if you use the spacers included it just spools horribly causing loops of braid to get pulled while casting making wind knots . If yours works then that's great but I would never buy a battle or recommend one and that sucks because I love the look and feel of them .
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC] :chill
  • blefilsblefils Posts: 34 Greenhorn
    "So nice to not have any **** wind for a change".......Amen to that. I just posted my trip to the south end of ML yesterday. After a few trips of getting beat up in the wind it was nice to fish glassy calm water!.......
  • JettyparkJettypark Posts: 1,972 Captain
    Thanks for the report....
    aa13.gif"A ship without Marines is like a garment without buttons"
  • FowlMouth824FowlMouth824 Posts: 367 Deckhand
    Hows the "ramp" at Eddy creeky? Last time I was out there it was rutted up pretty good. Wondering about launching a small skiff there.
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