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Mosquito Lagoon Sat Jan 30. PB Trout!

Last minute decision to go fishing Sat morning and glad I did. Waited til daybreak to put in the water because I need a good horizon line to keep my tippy canoe balanced. Heading to the hunting grounds and seeing this almost made the nearly 2 hour trip worth it by itself:


Water is really high which has allowed a couple of dolphin to work the very spot I had planned to so gotta improvise. Fortunately I'm not the only one they've displaced and immediately start seeing moving fish in my new location. I'm a meat fisherman first which means I usually start out with live bait until I've got one in the cooler but I think the sunrise has me feeling optimistic so I throw a fluke at the first fish I reach and without hesitation it grabs it and is hooked. The star of the show today would continue to be a small metal flake Zoom fluke accessorized with a VMC 3/0 EWG Texas rig hook. Short fight then on the boga. Feeling really optimistic because at the low low 20's, I think I can do better so back into the water it goes. By this time I can see that the water has cleared up some, though still dirty but not as much suspended algae. Next up is a long cast with a topwater towards some commotion. After a few feet it gets blown up on, but a clean miss. Now conditions are good for the flyrod which I've never caught a red on, so I cast to one of two fish and it is moving so quick it goes past the fly and leader and gets spooked by the line. On a whim I grab another pole and chuck a live bait ahead of its projected path, set the rod down and try to catch fish #2 with the fly. After several bungled presentations it moves off so it's time for me to do the same. I go to reel in the bait and shazaam! redfish on! Bring it to the boat and it's a little bigger than the first so I'm keeping it:

Conditions change so it's back to the fluke. A good presentation to a moving fish and it takes it! Set the hook and as I'm fighting it one of dolphin starts making its way in my direction about a cast length away. I'm not interested in getting bumped or donating to the cause, so with one hand I play the fish and the other I start back poling away to a safe distance for both of us. It works and red #3 is landed and safely released.

The action is starting to slow while the wind is picking up, and I've about reached the farthest distance that I want to exert myself for the hike back to the truck. I stake up for a few in a fishy looking spot and see something that may be predator or prey a good ways away. I fling the fluke :grin and after a few twitches on the line it gets hammered HARD. It was obvious when the 2 previous fish took the bait by the tap tap tap on the line, but this thing slammed it. No jumps but after a few seconds it came close enough to the surface that I knew I had hooked into the biggest trout I ever had on the line! I've never been impressed with anything about the trout that I've caught before, except for their eagerness to die even with careful handling, but I was awake now. Yes a red of equivalent size would've fought longer but the strike was worth it. It stays hooked all the way to the boat and I get it on the boga, break out the measuring stick and it tapes just over 25" but fat fat fat. In a rush to not kill it so I take a crappy pic not worth posting and then let it loose and it swims off strong.

It's 9 o'clock and time to make my way back hugging the shoreline to stay out of most of the wind that was supposed to be 3 mph. Not. Don't see another fish during the hour trip back to the launch and off the water by 10. You can't filet your fish oiut there anymore :rolleyes but that doesn't stop me from gutting it with my Becker BK5:

Yeah it's a little big for the job but I cut my fillets close so it makes short work of that nasty rib cage.

Spot a nude sunbather on the way out of the park in the classic pose:

Back on the expressway almost home and thought this deserved an honorable mention:

I don't know if the owner was going for that look but he pulled it off well nonetheless. My first vehicle was a canary yellow '64 F-100 with a 429/460. I still don't know how that thing didn't kill me in high school.

Happy Fishing!


  • SpaceCoast SlayerSpaceCoast Slayer Posts: 3,527 Captain
    great day out there man you killed it.. it's been epic lately.. we hit it saturday and we found a cove that was just stacked.. 10 or so different pods of reds milling around in it with monster trout mixed in the potholes in pods of 3-5 .. and i'm talking BIG trout.. a couple were well over 30" .. Couldn't get the trout to eat but we smoked the reds all day.. had hundreds of fish in front of us and no boats around at all..
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