|Many people have heard of sight fishing the flats but
are not sure what is involved. Sight fishing is a
combination of hunting and fishing. We stalk the fish by
using a long pole to push the flats skiff silently across
the shallow grass flats. Using polarized sunglasses,
the angler is able to see the fish in the water. This
gives you the advantage of presenting the bait, fly, or
lure in the a manner that will entice the fish to bite.
Like hunting, stealth is a key factor in sight fishing. Fish
that are in shallow water are usually wary and
sensitive to foreign noises or sudden movements. If
you can see them, it won't be long before they see
you. Quickness and accuracy are important for
success. Sight fishing offers a level of excitement not
found in other types of fishing. There is nothing quite
like seeing a school of 100 redfish feeding in a foot of
In the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River, we sight fish
for redfish, spotted seatrout, and black drum year
round. There is no "best time" for sight fishing our
flats. It's great all year round. The most important
factor is sunlight. Cloudy days make seeing the fish
nearly impossible unless they are tailing.
By its very nature, sight fishing requires accurate
casting for the best chance of success. For some tips
on sight casting on the flats, check out my YouTube
Flats Casting Video. Some days, you may be casting
to single redfish or trout. On other days, you may be
casting to schools of reds or drum from 10-200 fish.
Even if you are not the world's most accurate caster, it
is always fun and exciting to try. Learn how to catch
more fish while casting a spinning reel.
We use either light tackle spinning reels with 10 pound
braided line or 5-8wt flyrods with floating line and long
leaders. The average redfish and drum are from 5-8
pounds but fish over 20 pounds are caught on a
regular basis. A trophy sized seatrout from 7-10
pounds is a daily possibility.
If you have never experienced the adrenaline pumping
thrill of sight fishing the inshore backcountry waters of
Central Florida call now and book your fishing charter
on the Mosquito Lagoon - 321-229-2949. This is the
best saltwater flats fishing near Orlando!
|Your Orlando Fishing Guide
Capt. Chris Myers
Fly and Light tackle Fishing Mosquito Lagoon
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