Get ready for your Redfish fishing adventure on the Mosquito Lagoon.
Mosquito Lagoon is home to the largest concentration of redfish in the State of Florida. It should be no surprise that Mosquito Lagoon is a premier fly-fishing destination for redfish.
For traveling anglers not wanting to deal with the hassle of transporting their own equipment, Capt. Scott provides the absolute best fly equipment available today from companies like Nautilus, G-Loomis, and Cortland Lines. All flys and leaders are provided at no extra charge Each one is hand-tied by Capt. Scott himself, and more importantly, they are proven to fool Mosquito Lagoon redfish.
Other Mosquito Lagoon species available to fly anglers include Black Drum, Spotted Seatrout, Jack Crevalle, and seasonal Tarpon.
Beginner and advanced fly anglers are welcome. Capt. Scott provides patient instruction if needed and takes great pride in guiding an angler to his first Mosquito Lagoon “redfish on fly.”
With clear, shallow water and abundant redfish, Mosquito Lagoon can be classified as a “sightfishing Mecca.” Given the proper conditions, anglers can fully expect to “see” their fish before they catch it.
One of the most important ingredients to sightfishing Mosquito Lagoon is a quality pair of polarized sunglasses. Polarized glasses reduce or eliminate glare that is created on the water’s surface from available sunlight. By reducing or eliminating the glare, anglers are able to “see into” the water and spot shallow water fish. Even in overcast conditions, polarized glasses are very helpful while fishing Mosquito Lagoon. Copper and amber colored lenses are the best-choice for sight fishing.
Although there are times when “blind casting” is employed, sightfishing the flats of Mosquito Lagoon is a common practice. While actually making eye contact with the fish is preferred, sightfishing also involves using available “clues” to tell you where the fish are. Such clues may come in the form of “wakes” that are created by a swimming redfish, or “boils” and “muds” caused by feeding fish beneath the surface. In any case, these “clues” give the angler a good idea of where the fish is located and a target to cast to.
In some cases, anglers don’t rely on “clues” or polarized sunglasses…Mosquito Lagoon redfish have been known to cruise along shorelines with their entire backs exposed above the water’s surface! Redfish swimming partially exposed or “tailing” on the flats is considered the ultimate sightfishing experience. If an angler doesn’t get excited when witnessing this…he shouldn’t be fishing Mosquito Lagoon!
I generally have extra sunglasses aboard. -Captain Scott MacCalla
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