There’s a lot of anglers that use self-propelled watercraft in my region, and just a wide-open option of places to launch and fish. The Mosquito Lagoon is so shallow and has some many ponds, canals and little backwater areas that you could fish a new spot every day for a year and never fish the same place.
What we’re seeing is people going anywhere you can take a flats boat, and then some. Places like the Thousand Islands area of Cocoa Beach and all the shallow impoundments east of the Haulover Canal are seeing a lot more anglers accessing those areas with kayaks, canoes and even stand-up paddleboards.
A lot has been written and said about fishing the No Motor Zone of the Mosquito Lagoon, and that’s a great area to go because you don’t have the motorized traffic throwing wakes at you and you also have a lot less fishing pressure because there’s limited access. The farther you’re willing to paddle into the zone, the less boat traffic you’ll encounter, so you have all the fishing areas to yourself.
If you’re going to fish inside the boundaries of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, you’ll want to get the free permit and fill it out and keep it with you at all times. You can get the permit here: http://www.fws.gov/merrittisland/2014Fishing.pdf
The majority of anglers fishing in the Banana River or Mosquito Lagoon are going to be targeting spotted seatrout, redfish or tarpon. In July, you’ll want to be on the water at first light—the coolest period of the day, and fish up until 10 or 11 o’clock. Be sure to bring plenty of water, and watch for thunderstorms that can sneak up quickly and ramp up the winds making it difficult to paddle back to where you put in.
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