Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Guide: Capt. Scott Mac Calla
A 5th generation native Floridian, Capt. Scott MacCalla has been sight fishing the Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River Lagoon, and Atlantic Ocean for 20 plus years and guiding for the past 13 years. Growing up in Titusville, on the shores of the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon, Scott shares a deep understanding of the area and inshore sight fishing. "To me, there is nothing like watching an angler experience sight fishing for the first time. Watching them find their target, making an accurate cast, and finial the excitement that the angler has seeing the fish eat. That's what sight fishing is all about."
Scott's shallow-water travels reach far beyond Mosquito Lagoon, including the out-Islands of the Bahamas for bonefish, Florida’s west coast targeting tarpon, Mexico and the Florida Keys for bonefish, tarpon and permit, the Louisiana marsh for redfish and black drum, and the Florida Everglades for redfish, snook, and tarpon.
The Most Memorable Fish of My Life
His most memorable catch was a 100 pound tarpon in less than a foot of water with his best friend and angling partner Capt. Nick Sassic. Post-hurricane Charlie, Nick and Scott were searching for redfish in New Smyrna Beach in the north Mosquito Lagoon. Scott recalls this as, "An unbelievable eat in super skinny water! Didn’t land the fish, but the eat made it the most memorable fish of my life, so far! It’s not always the fish that you catch that keeps you fishing, the ones that get away are more memorable and make you go back!” Scott loves fishing period! Sight fishing with flies is his favorite. Regardless of the fish, panfish on a 4wt, a silver king on an 11wt, or a giant redfish on a 9wt, Scott loves it all. Fishing is what he does for a living and it's his passion.
At 32 years of age, his guiding skills have been put to the test throughout the prestigious Redbone@Large Celebrity Tournament Series at Mosquito Lagoon. In 2003, Scott guided anglers that captured both the Celebrity Grand Championship and Spin/Plug Division Championship. In 2004, Scott again guided his angler to the Spin/Plug Division Championship, the 2006 Spring – Celebrity Grand Champion Guide, 2007 Fall – Celebrity Grand Champion Guide, 2007 Fall- Guide to largest Redfish. "The Redbone isn't about how well 'Scott Mac Calla' can fish - it's about how well I guide my anglers, and that's the real fun for me." Along with his success in the Redbone Tournaments and many others, Scott was also crowned the State of Florida Casting Champion in 1998 and 2000.
Scott describes the Mosquito Lagoon as, "A little piece of the Everglades on the East Coast of Florida. What more could you ask for? Just 40 Minutes from Orlando and no buildings, no development, pristine habitat and a world-class fishery."
Guiding for Giant Louisiana Redfish
From October through February, Scott also guides out of Louisiana where giant redfish and black drum are object of his angler's desire. Each spring, Scott spends peak tarpon season guiding his anglers in the pursuit of "Silver King" during the annual tarpon migration.
Scott has been featured in the Florida Today, Saltwater Sportsman, the Orlando Sentinel, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, and the Fly Fishing Film Tour in “Off the Grid” for his Mosquito Lagoon and Louisiana guiding and fishing efforts. He is endorsed by Hell's Bay Boatworks, G-Loomis Fly Rods, Nautilus Fly Reels, Scientific Anglers Fly lines, Quantum rods and reels, Smith Optics, and Simms Products.
Capt. Scott Mac Calla is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Captain, commercially insured, and legally permitted by the United States National Park Service for the Canaveral National Seashore, the State of Florida, and the State of Louisiana.
NOTE: If Capt. Scott is not available for the fishing date you request, he can still book your trip with another area guide that shares the same work ethics and routinely puts their anglers on quality fish. Capt. Scott only uses the best guides in town to insure your trip is a success.
When you call us, you can expect to book your trip immediately!
Capt. Scott MacCalla
Mosquito Lagoon - Indian River Fishing Guide