Fly Fishing Mosquito Lagoon Redfish

Jumping out of bed to an alarm at 4:15 in the morning sounds like it would suck; however, when I am getting up to go chase redfish around the flats it is just a small price to pay. As pull up to the launch site I notice it is barely getting light in the east. Bugs are fierce, and I obviously forgot the bug spray. Just my luck. Oh, and I just happen to be wearing shorts…

So after fighting off hundreds of mosquitos for 45 minutes the sun finally gets up and a breeze is soon to follow. Thank the Lord. Another few minutes of the bugs would have had me swimming in the water to get away from them. I am super stoked it didn’t come to that.

Slot Red on a Red/White Clouser
Slot Red on a Red/White Clouser

It didn’t take long before I came across a trio of tailing fish. Working slowly up along the shoreline they were an easy target. My first cast landed a few feet in front of the leading fish, and with a strong burst he shot over an inhaled my red/white clouser minnow. Off we went. Drag peeling off a reel just thirty minutes after sunrise is as good as it gets. After landing this red and checking him out for a few minutes he was back on his way. And so was I…

Slot Redfish
Slot Redfish

Making my way across some flats over the next few hours I had a few more shots at some cruising reds. After a few fish turning down my red/white clouser I decided it was time to mix it up. I switched over to and all back marabou estaz combo. As I rounded the corner of one of the smaller islands I noticed a nice fish working the bank. Again, my first cast landed perfectly and I was rewarded once again with a drag screaming good time.

This area has always been a favorite of mine. With so much water holding quality fish it is hard to go wrong. Each time out is a learning experience and with a little patience and a lot of paddling it is a kayak fishing paradise.

Anyway, hope you dig the video and pics. Remember, keep your hearts right, and your lines tight!


Capt. Jesse Males

Published by Backwater Fly Fishing

I’m Capt. Jesse Males, an avid fly fishing, snook snatching, kayak paddling, tarpon slaying, mountain hiking, manatee swimming fool from Central Florida. Over the years fly fishing has had a huge impact on my life and particularly on how I view the world we spend our time in. I am currently the owner and operator of as well as our online fly shop, The lifestyle that is called fly fishing has taken me to some amazing destinations and has provided me with some amazing experiences in the wild. From chasing big salty critters in the Florida Keys, to roosters in Coast Rica, to small wild trout in the Carolinas, and all the way up to the high mountain cutthroat of Wyoming; I have been blessed to experience fly fishing at its finest.

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