Mosquito Lagoon Fishing

with Captain Tom Van Horn

John Kumiski May 1, 2016

Spotted Tail Fishing Report (May 1)

John Kumiski: At one time in this country, May Day was quite an important holiday, and it still is in many parts of the world. Fishermen ought to celebrate May Day- great fishing traditionally kicks off this month, all over the country! I’m not sure of the reason we no longer celebrate it, but I am making this the May Day Mosquito Lagoon fishing report, in honor of May first, of course.

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Last Sunday I took the Mund-sters fishing! Larry and Julie Mund, that is, and their grandson Ashton, who was celebrating a birthday. They were not big, green, or scary, actually pretty normal folks! We went to the Mosquito Lagoon and enjoyed what was pretty much a perfect day, weather-wise. And, some fish cooperated!

They used a DOA Deadly combo to catch a couple decent seatrout, and some cut mullet to get a couple nice redfish. Julie, a colleague back when I was a school teacher, sent me the following: “Our grilled red fish was delicious. We brushed it with olive oil, drizzled lemon and fresh garlic. Yum. Ashton says it was the best day he had ever spent.” I am glad he enjoyed it.

An east wind prevented an ocean scout on Monday, so I opted for River Breeze instead, hoping the rising water level would mean cleaner water up that way. I’m not sure that idea was correct, although I did see a half-dozen reds. After pooching a couple fly redfish shots I got one on a DOA Shrimp. I also got ladyfish, snapper, seatrout, and a hardhead cat, all on the same lure.

Tuesday Bob and Terry Duport of Western Mountains Fly Fishing in Maine were my guests. A visit to his website to see the size of the brook trout he gets in western Maine is worth any fly fisher’s time!

The guy can fish.

We met at Parrish Park and were soon riding in the Mitzi on the Mosquito Lagoon. The winds and waters were calm and there were no clouds, great sight fishing conditions, even with the dirty water. We did not see a ton of fish, but those we did see were eating. There were plenty of shots, a half dozen eats, and three released redfish, not at all a bad day. And the Duports were so well behaved!

Wednesday Mr. Larry Reynolds was my guest. We tried going out on the mighty Atlantic. It was mighty unfriendly to the Mitzi. I went down to the Cocoa Beach Pier, turned around, returned to the ramp, and put the boat back on the trailer. The sea was too rough.

Scuttlebutt is the run of dolphin out of the Port this year is the best in years. The parking lot is full of sizable trailers- the fish are out about 30 miles.

We went to Mosquito Lagoon. Larry caught and released ten fish, all slot reds but one, an exquisite seven pound trout, most of them by sight fishing. Fishing was good!

Thursday Tammy and I had our last Thursday fishing together for a while. Her day off switches to Monday next week. If it’s like daylight savings it will take a month for me to adjust.

We tried going out on the Atlantic too. HA! It was rougher than Wednesday. We turned right around, put the boat on the trailer, and drove to Mosquito Lagoon.

I had forgotten what a good angler she is, probably better than me. Damn, she’s a good caster. She got six shots, four eats, and released two reds at the boat, both taken on a Homer Rhodes Shrimp Fly. Nice work, baby!

And that is the May Day Mosquito Lagoon fishing report from the Spotted Tail.

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