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April/Spring Edgewater NewSmyrna MosquitoLagoon Report

April 2015 has been another great month of inshore fishing trips for me here on the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon. Fishing from New Smyrna to Edgewater to Oak Hill and south into the lagoon, clients catching everything from Redfish and Seatrout, Black Drum and Sheepshead, Mangrove Snapper, Sharks, Bluefish, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, and more. My backcountry mixed bag trips have been great, 10 or more species on most trips, keeping it interesting waiting to see what type of fish will surface next. Redfish trips are always more of challenge with all the issues going on now days on Mosquito Lagoon, from heavy boat and fishing traffic some days, water quality issues and algae blooms, sea grass loss in some places, and decreasing populations of Redfish. We all need to protect what we have left for the future, careful release of all fish not going home for dinner, easy going with boat props on the grass flats, and Volusia County needs to enact a summer fertilizer ban as it is the only county bordering the Indian River Lagoon that has not done so. At the end of March Chris and daughter Regan went Redfishing with me on a chilly north windy morning, which makes for tough sight fishing but each caught and released a large size Red, Chris caught and released a 33” with 19 spot fish..................

and Regan caught a 31.5” Red she had a hard time holding up, so I got to model it with her....................

Also late March, still cool with early spring pattern, regular “snowbird” client Ed from Illinois did one of his his annual trips with me catching lots of Bluefish, Jacks, and Sheepshead topped by this jumbo Sheep under the New Smyrna bridge on a live shrimp..........................

New clients from Indiana Tammy and Shon brought the family with me on a mixed bag trip and had a great time with a super catching morning, some of everything coming in, the kids had a time catching Reds, Sheepys, Blues, Jacks, and more, primarily on free lined live shrimp in the Edgewater Backcountry, mom caught the biggest Speckled Trout................

Amanda, Wayne and their kids from Toronto had a very fun time on their spring break trip, and I had to share this great photo of Aisha so proud of her big Seatrout ..................

Longtime returning clients Craig and family from Orlando went again recently, here Matthew with an oversize Sheepshead caught off a backcountry drop off on a live shrimp..........................

.............. and family friend Brandon with one of the 3.5 foot long Shovelnose Sharks which were around for a couple weeks here in the backwaters, cruising the shorelines, we sight fished this one with a wire leader and tail hooked shrimp, a big battle on my light weight spinning rods........................

New local residents Henry and Maria who just moved here from Miami asked me to take them on an instruction flats fishing trip on Mosquito Lagoon so they could be more successful on their own flats boat, taught them navigating the areas waterway, some fishing techniques, rigging and using weedless soft plastics for using over our grass flats, and even caught a couple quality Redfish, here Henry with an overslot 29” fish.....................

James was visiting from England and wanted to catch Florida fish on fly, which he did landing Trout, Jacks, and Ladyfish on his fly rod, then going for more different species on shrimp, catching a couple good Black Drum.......................

Always bread and butter rod benders on backcountry trips are fun Jacks, some on free lined live shrimp, some on top water lures cast to surface busting schools attacking bait on top.......................

And on fly.......................

Capt. Michael Savedow
Edgewatwer River Guide, Inc.
386-689-3781, Mosquito Lagoon Indian River Backcountry, Children Welcome, Fair Prices. Call or text 386-689-3781 Edgewater River Guide, Inc. since 2003. Capt. Michael Savedow
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