Mosquito Lagoon / Indian River Fishing Guide

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Fishing & Eco-Tours at Mosquito Lagoon

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As the Indian River guides you south along Floridaís east coast, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse points the way to some of the most unforgettable inland fishing charters you will ever have. Mosquito Lagoon spans the Indian River from New Smyrna Beach / Bethune Beach to Titusville, and overlaps both Canaveral National Seashore and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. With 167,000 acres between them, fishing in Mosquito Lagoon is great. Itís meandering tidal flows, oyster bars, mangroves and grass-flats, create conditions for some of the best fishing in east central Florida and the best redfishing in the world! Redfish and spotted sea-trout are the primary target when site-fishing the area. Snook, tarpon, grouper, tripletail, black drum, ladyfish and a variety of other species are available in many of the faster flowing passes and channels. Tailing redfish take advantage of the shoal grass (Halodule wrightii ) growing on shallow flats just south of the fish camp; a site to behold for both novice and avid anglers. Refuge to an amazing array wildlife this precious resource provides an opportunity for fishing that is unmatched. North and south along the length of Mosquito Lagoon, eco-systems vary with the estuaryís conditions. New experiences abound and change with each fishing charter and each season. Salinity level, water depth flow and clarity all combine to create truly unique conditions found only here in Mosquito Lagoon. For instance, red mangrove and spartina (cord grass) exist here in the same eco-system, a rare meeting, being the northern most extreme for the first and the southern most extreme for the latter. Itís the Countless unique features like that which make fishing in Mosquito Lagoon an experience of a lifetime. Shallow and clear, with five types of sea grasses this slow moving water provides and opportunity for site-fishing that is unmatched. Fly-fisherman, spin-fishing and live-bait fisherman are all challenged with scenarios that test their skills.

My name is Capt. Joe Catigano and Iím lucky enough to call Mosquito Lagoon my office. Oak Hill, my home, is a wonderful old fishermanís town located just north of the John F. Kennedy Space Center on U.S. 1. Volusia Countyís southern most city, Oak Hill is Just 30 Miles south of Daytona Beach and 20 Miles North of Titusville and just 50 miles east of the Orlando area. Several of its old fish camps that are accessible by water still remain including: Goodrich Seafood, Lopez fish camp, and Indian Mound Fish Camp. JB's Fish Camp in Bethune Beach is also accessible by water.