Was fortunate enough to slip down to New Smyrna Beach last weekend to visit my bud Eddie and fish the Mosquito Lagoon for a couple of days. In between changing diapers and peeling shrimp at JB’s, Eddie operates New Smyrna Outfitters, a kick-ass fly shop on Canal St. Lucky for me, Eddie’s back was hurting from standing behind the counter in the shop and hanging fly tying materials all day, so he agreed to pole me around the Goon for a couple of sessions. I was reminded how challenging a pressured Mosquito Lagoon redfish can be…or how bad I suck at casting. We had plenty of shots…made some work…and tucked our tails after others. Won’t even go into the baby manatee of a trout that followed my fly briefly. Here’s a few pics from the trip. Thanks to Eddie for the hospitality. Make sure to check out New Smyrna Outfitters if you are in town to fish the Lagoon.
I got my hands on the Paul Brown’s Soft-Dine a couple weeks ago but really have not had a chance to use it much. Not that I have not been on the water but just have not been in the right situation to use it much or there was not fish around to even see it.
With falling tides and the air temperature about 40-45 by the time the sun came up the boat run was not very comfy. We eventually came to an area with some depressions that allowed me to cast down wind. With the 15-20mph winds we were not casting up wind today for sure.
Not knowing what that will eat I used the softdine and I got Krista to use a jig. At first there was no life as we drifted slowly down wind. We started to spook small bait fish and this was when I decided to power pole down. With limited work able flats once I find a good area the last thing I wanted to do was run over it.
After 2nd cast I hooked up to a redfish on the soft dine. He hits on the pause. This tells me the love the pause in the jerk jerk pause as I work its way back to me. Still staked out on the same spot I catch another redfish. This prompted me to witch Krista’s lure up to a softdine as well.
Two cast later she had an eat but lost it. Four cast later she brings another redfish boat side. After about 6 fish between us I started to hear the noise of another boat. This normally don’t bother until I saw what type of boat it was. It was a mullet fisherman’s boat crisscrossing the grass flats on full plane in the idle only zone.
After he was done the bite was over. It sucks but what are you gonna do?
After one more spot on the way in we called it a day.
Conclusion, the softdine works great. It casted very well, excellent action and for a soft plastic lure very durable.
The one I caught 3 red fish on looks to be in very good shape still. Now to try to get a big trout on one of these guys.
Yesterday was one of the coldest day in Tampa at 35 degrees lows. Since I already had plans to fish with friend Krista Tucker
I get a lot of people that ask me “what do you like to do when your not guiding?”. Most people think that since I am a full time fishing guide, the last thing I want to do is fish.
For some guides/captains yes, but for me and a handful of others, all we can think about is going fishing on our days off. It’s a great way for us to get in on the action on the pointy end of the boat. It’s also a great way to stay on top of the fish and know how they are acting for upcoming charters.
I made a short video of a day off with fellow Mosquito Lagoon guide Capt. Billy Rotne….enjoy!
- Capt. Willy Le
Lately I just wanted to fish. I leave all the fancy camera gears at home and just concentrate on fishing. Sorry for the poor quality pics with the Iphone but I just wanted to Just fish.
My local waters of Tampa Bay has been fishing well lately. With fall passing and the fronts starting to come in our snook are starting to head into the rivers and the bait is thinning out.
This usually means low tide, the big trout are coming and the water clears up. This opening up room for sight fishing for reds and fly fishing opportunities. With all the bait gone fish are more apt to feed on the artificial as well.
The first day I took Jeremy and Todd out fishing in the Ranger Ghost. Jeremy was working as captain in Little Cayman for 8 years and he is back in his home town to fish a bit. His waters just so happen to be the Ruskin area.
We manage a few fish but the bite was a bit off but it was a good time on the waters. We caught reds, and black drum out on the flats. Little trout and jacks were also around to keep us busy.
This next trip I took the Hobie out to fish JD and Cameron. This was an early start for the half day fishing trip.
The bite the first two hours were dismal as nothing was feeding at all. By 10am though things started to turn on for us. We got into trout, lots of small snooks and towards the end redfish in the 22-24″ range.
What started off as a very poor start turned to be a good day. Some times it pays to stick it out.
Hilary is a girl from the running club. She started to follow me in instagram and wanted to try some fishing. You heard it, lives in Florida and has NEVER tried fishing.
Well she picked the right day to give a shot as it was chamber of commerce day. Seas were calm and winds were light.
It did not take long to get her fish fish ever. A little dink trout in the canal on the way out. As we tried for more trout we got a nice pompano out of it as well. This guy ended up going home for dinner I might add.
It being so calm we decided to make a run to a nearby reef. We got into Spanish Mackerel , baby mangrove snapper and I caught my largest Grouper this year.
I was drifting a shrimp on a 1/16th oz jig head and he came up on ate it. The fight was surprising brief considering I only had 15braid. By the time it was all said and one I had landed a 28.5″ Gag grouper.
After a few more spanish we called it day and headed in for some lunch. Hillary is now officially addicted to fishing.
This morning I took the kayak out for a spin. I only had a couple hours but with the tide so low and the sun forecasted to come out I wanted to see what is out there after the cold front.
I tell you it wasn’t much. I did hook a small redfish on a jig but before that eat it was tons of casting with out a hit or seeing any fish and bait.
Before heading in I decided to give up the my favorite winter jig and go with a mirrordine. After about 6 cast I hooked his 27.5″ redfish. After a few photo I released him and headed in. I made it my last cast.
Sweetwater Sanctuary with Captain Alan Zaremba
My trip this morning with Alan was perfectly-timed. Besides offering a refuge from the recent high winds, the trip was still during a time of moderate temperature- which in my opinion was more peacock-friendly. Alan reported that his recent freshwater canal fishing offered a chance of gamesters with an Everglades backdrop. Since Alan only fishes lures and flies, I looked forward to an added dimension of fun and challenge. I was disappointed with the poor lighting that the day afforded for photos but equally grateful that there was only a little drizzling under threatening skies.
Almost minutes after Alan launched his Gheenoe until four hours later, we had reliable action. Our tally was a mixture of about thirty fish comprised of largemouth bass, peacock bass, and mayan cichlids.
All of our fish were taken on either topwater or lipped swimming plugs.
Captain Alan Zaremba