Summer is just about over and always a welcomed time of the year bringing cooler mornings on the mosquito lagoon and central Florida's space coast. Shallow water sight fishing conditions have been fair to good the past few weeks and improving daily. Cooler temperatures and lower water levels combined with gin clear water provide the ideal conditions to stalk trophy fish on the flats. The water levels are high in both lagoons and many areas have a lot of floating grass from recent storms. Temperatures are currently in the high 80's on most days with lows in the 70's during early mornings and overnight. The fish are chewing well on a wide variety of lures and bait for the light tackle angler.
Opportunities at trophy sized redfish many over 40 inches are abundant this time of the year and a great time to catch that fish of a lifetime. Tarpon have been very active in many areas and are always fun on light tackle or fly, most of these fish are in the 5 to 20 lb class with an occasional 50 to 70 lb fish as a bonus. Some of the best shallow water sight fishing in the mosquito lagoon and adjacent indian river lagoon is happening right now. Gator Trout with some well in excess of 10 lbs are also taking soft plastics and top water lures on many flats. Some large Spotted Sea Trout are also feeding aggressively after this months past full moon spawn and fattening up for the fall. It's not uncommon to see them roaming the flats in both lagoons on patchy bottom with sand holes and live grass.
Fly Anglers are having good success with multiple shots at fish well within casting range of 50 feet or less with many as close as 25 feet, making multiple shots at fish possible. We are having GREAT Success with my "Hand Picked Shrimp" pattern on all trips. Surface poppers will highlight the next few weeks as many of the fish are aggressively feeding and making for some amazing visual strikes.
As the water level and temperature continue to fall the transition from fin fish to a shrimp and crab diet will become a more dominant food source. Fish will tend to save most of their energy and choose easier prey to consume, most won't travel very far for a meal. Some Trophy sized Gator Trout are also foraging on the same flats and will continue to be active for the next few months. Remember to downsize your lures and vary your presentation and or retrieve to improve your chances at drawing a strike, timely presentations and accurate casting will improve your catch ratio for the up coming months.
Anglers of All skill levels are welcomed and encouraged to experience this amazing one of a kind estuary on Florida's Space Coast