2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Right In Sight Charters - Mosquito Lagoon Report - - 2014 Fall and Early Winter
Its been awhile since my last report so here we go.  Since the good rainfall this summer it seems as though the water levels have not come down at all keeping the fish really spread out over the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon. This summer we saw more juvenile tarpon and snook then we have seen in a long time and also had some excellent water clarity then the past few years.  Early fall we had a few mild cold fronts move through right as the water came down just a bit helping to drop water temps and turning on the redfish and trout action but that was short lived with warming trends quickly warming the water back up changing the water clarity and fish moods.  It seems as though we had an extended summer pattern with a long transition to fall and now with high water remaining and cooler temps arriving the transition from fall to winter will take just as long .  This time of the year we usually lose a good amount of water with north winds pushing water out of the lagoons making way for cooler water temps, gin clear water, schooling redfish, and black drum.  Until the water drops pushing fish into predictable areas plan on putting in work covering water to find your targets.With the water temps staying where they are there is still a great amount of bait fish present in the shallows but with the amount of crustaceans moving around in the grass the diet of the redfish is changing.  Small groups of redfish and black drum are being found over the flats and just on the edges and eating shrimp and crab patterns very well whether its a fly pattern or the live kind.  But do not rule out the bait fish patterns either just be prepared to change tactics for the redfish and trout when the fish seem picky.  As the water cleans up and the skies turn blue after the passing fronts be sure to make longer presentations to these fish as their awareness is far greater in these conditions.  Down sizing your tackle to lighter leaders and smaller offerings will help too.   The best live bait for winter time redfish is live shrimp free lined but they usually will not pass up a finger mullet, you will just need to cast the mullet outside of the school allowing them to come to the bait and not casting at them like you can with a live shrimp.  As for artificial lures DOA soft plastic 3"shad, 3" paddle tails,  3"and shrimp rigged either weedless on 1/8 to 1/16oz owner hooks or 1/8 to 1/4oz hook up jig heads if working the edges. If the water is clear go with a white to natural color with a little flash if the water is a little dirty go with a natural to darker pattern this goes for the fly selection as well.  Fly anglers will have good success on small white or shrimp like gurglers, small shrimp, small crabs, and small clouser patterns just be careful adding to much flash in super clean water.Here's a look back at the past few months and a strong finish to 2014.  I will update again near the end of January with a more in depth winter report and what to expect.Towards the end of the summer the charters slow down as lees people travel and the kids go back to school nation wide but the fishing remains good and only gets better through the fall.  Before my son went back to school we spent the morning on the water bending rods and finished with lunch atJB's Fish Camp.
Right In Sight Charters - Mosquito Lagoon - Fall Fishing Report - Redfish - 2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Right In Sight Charters - Mosquito Lagoon - Fall Fishing Report - Redfish - 2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Had a good time help fellow guides Scott Macalla and Mark Wright out with a large group in town to do a little family fishing.  Fishing was decent landing a bunch of trout with a few pushing 4lbs and finished the day landing and missing a few nice redfish.

Right In Sight Charters - Mosquito Lagoon - Fall Fishing Report - Redfish - 2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Right In Sight Charters - Mosquito Lagoon - Fall Fishing Report - Redfish - 2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Had a great time fishing with the Davis  family the following day catching a bunch of small trout mixed with a few nice ones. Here's Blake with a nice trout.

Right In Sight Charters - Mosquito Lagoon - Fall Fishing Report - Trout - 2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Had some fun fishing with a young angler named Champ. Champ is an exceptional fly caster for only being 11yrs old. We started out early on some big redfish with spinning gear just to put a quick fish in the boat and champ landed a good one that was tailing from a nice group.

Right In Sight Charters - Mosquito Lagoon - Fall Fishing Report - Redfish - 2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Right In Sight Charters - Mosquito Lagoon - Fall Fishing Report - Redfish Release - 2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

We spent the est of the day casting to very spooky fish with the fly rod and Champ didn't mind and took full advantage of the instructions and practice at the moving targets.

Right In Sight Charters - Mosquito Lagoon - Fall Fishing Report - Redfish on Fly - 2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Vince and his son Nick from Tampa joined me for a day on Mosquito Lagoon to target redfish and that they did landing 6 reds to 8lbs.

Right In Sight Charters - Mosquito Lagoon - Fall Fishing Report - Redfish - 2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Right In Sight Charters - Mosquito Lagoon - Fall Fishing Report - Redfish - 2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Locals Ralph and son John had an excellent experience on Mosquito Lagoon targeting redfish and trout on a nice calm morning landing there share quality fish both on live baits and artificial.

Right In Sight Charters - Mosquito Lagoon - Fall Fishing Report - Redfish - 2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Right In Sight Charters - Mosquito Lagoon - Fall Fishing Report - Redfish - 2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Right In Sight Charters - Mosquito Lagoon - Fall Fishing Report - Redfish - 2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Right In Sight Charters - Mosquito Lagoon - Fall Fishing Report - Redfish - 2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Joe and his wife Jane joined me for a short morning trip while staying in New Smyrna Beach.  Since it was a short trip we stayed close maximizing our fishing time. All our fish were caught throwingDOA lures and working them through the mullet schools and sand spots.

Right In Sight Charters - Mosquito Lagoon - Fall Fishing Report - Trout - 2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Right In Sight Charters - Mosquito Lagoon - Fall Fishing Report - Redfish - 2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

October is one of the best months to come fly fishing in Mosquito Lagoon as the water and air temps cool and the water rises a bit letting fish access new new areas and are very hungry. Repeat fly client Zach and his buddy Devin from GA came down to fly fish for two days and had great conditions the first day and tough the second. The first day we jumped 6 juvenile tarpon to 10lbs and had a good number of shots at redfish but they refused our offers. The second we dealt with clouds and higher winds but still had a bunch of shots but only caught a baby snook, 1 small trout, and hooked up a nice redfish that took Devin under a drift wood on a shoreline and broke him off…..still a good day. Here's Devin pulling on his first tarpon on the fly after a jump!

2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Maxx from CA joined for his first attempt at fly fishing for redfish.  A cold front passed over the day prior giving us clear skies and brisk north with to cast into. We tried for baby tarpon early with no success but fed a redfish cruising a shoreline with his back but the fly pulled.  Late morning we found some scattered redfish laid up on a deeper flat that were willing to eat.

2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Started the day fishing with Bryon and his son. Bryon wanted to fly fish a bit and break it up and let his son throw plastics. We had lots of action to start and Bryon finally connected after losing a redfish just before landing this guy.

2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Bryons son also had some great action using DOA Lures hooking a nice snook in the morning but it shook the hook and redeemed himself later with a nice redfish.

2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

That afternoon Zach from GA drove back down to give it another crack at some redfish and left his buddy Devin out home so he could have the bow to himself. Zach fished with me for the first time at the begining of the year to catch his first redfish on fly and he succeeded landing 2 and losing a nice one.  Zach is new to fly fishing but is willing to listen and take instruction  and has been practicing a lot at home and it shows.  That afternoon was a little tough but with the water dropping low we found some tailing reds and cruisers and put our shots in till one ate.

2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Helped a friend and fellow guide Willy Le with a multiple boat charter also guided by friends Billy Rotne and Joe Roberts.  Just a few days after our first cool down the fish were fired up and the sight fishing was excellent. Here's my clients with a few they caught.

2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Don a new client in town for business made some time to chuck flies on his trip. We some good shots at fish through the and finally hooked up and boated Don's first redfish ever.

2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Had a fun day on the water with my friend Casey. We both took turns on the bow and my time was with my 7wt.  Sight fishing was good to laid up and cruising redfish on the shorelines and before long my rod was bent.

2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

We also found a nice school of jacks busting baits on the surface and Casey hooked up.

2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Long time regulars Dan and Johan from ME joined me for a short morning trip. Tough conditions with the cloud for spotting fish but we found a few.

2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Had a slow day with a regular client Todd and his sister from CT. We were finding good fish but struggled to get them to eat but ended on a good note when Todd landed his biggest redfish ever.

2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

I donated a charter to the Halifax Sport Fishing Club a while back and finally lined up the day to get Mike the winner on the water.  Had shots at some good fish early on and landed a nice redfish on a topwater plug but no picture do to a pulled hook boat side.  Good sunlight mid day made for a nice presentation to this redfish that was tailing just under the surface. This 10lb red ate Mike's live shrimp pretty quick.

 
2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Fished with a repeat client from the summer Chris and his two daughters that were in town for the Christmas Holiday. They all landed some nice redfish from a happy school and also boated a nice trout.

2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Finished the year strong fishing with some local clients Jim and his nephew William. The fish were eating good lading multiple fish from a school on live baits then fed quite a few more on soft plastics to finish the trip.

2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

2014 Fall and Early Winter Report

Its been a great year and I spent a lot of time on the water with some great people and friends and look forward to another good year in 2015. Thanks to all that fished with me this year making it my busiest year thus far!!!Capt. Justin Price Right In Sight Charters Fly Fishing & Light Tackle Mosquito Lagoon-Indian River Lagoon-Banana River-New Smyrna Beach www.rightinsightcharters.com Facebook- RightInSightCharters or CaptJustin Price Instagram- @captjustinprice 386-566-4687

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