Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 02.14.12
Submitted by Fishing with Captain Joe PorcelliSubmitted on 02/14/2012
Fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon lately has been awesome, trout, redfish, black drum and a flounder here and there. Trout season opened January 1st, and we have been catching our share since. All my other charters I had last week caught many fish, fifteen reds was the slowest day 48 reds was the best. We are catching the numbers in the deeper holes where the water is a little warmer. But the bigger fish are coming out of the large schools. We have been bouncing Gulp shrimp rigged on 1/4-oz jigs. New Penny and Natural seem to be the color of choice. The key is to work your Gulp bait slow on the bottom. If you work it to fast you will not get the bites you should. Every day or so we are catching a flounder or two in this deeper water (three to six feet) as well.
If you are looking for the bigger trout and reds fish a little shallower come mid morning. The water will warm up and the fish will turn on. Gulp has come out with some new Gulp shapes. One of my favorite shapes is the Jerk shad. Natural, camo and new penny are the colors I would choose for the lagoon. I rig the jerk shads with a single #2 hook 1/4 inch from the head. This allows the bait to suspend in the water and look natural. It also lets the Gulp jerk shad dart back and forth imitating a wounded baitfish. The fish can’t stand it, they will strike even if they are not hungry. This is what you call a reaction strike. Nature has programmed these fish to weed out the sick and injured and they do just that. Grab your sun block and chap stick head to Florida and give me a call so I can put you on fish guaranteed. 386-314-5656