Fishing The Mosquito Lagoon
The Mosquito Lagoon is known for holding consistent numbers of "Monster" "Bull" Redfish (Red Drum) and huge "Gator" Trout (Spotted Seatrout). Most locals consider this the Redfish Capitol of the World. A few things you should know when fishing here;
The fish species you are targeting. (see Redfish and Trout below)
The area that you will be navigating. (see Top Spot Map Below)
Permits needed. (see Permits below)
Places to stay. (Thats easy OAK HILL FISH CAMP see below)
The most important things are to come and enjoy yourself, pass the passion and knowledge down to the next generation, and FISH OFTEN.
Permits (for fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon)
There are 2 licenses that a person needs to fish the Mosquito Lagoon. The first is the recreational saltwater fishing license that you can get in advance at myfwc.com. (see below) The second license is the Merritt Island rules and regulations license, which you just need to read, print out and have with you when fishing. (see below)
Resident Saltwater Fishing
2 Month Authorizes the holder to take or attempt to take saltwater fish, crabs, clams or other saltwater organisms (other than non-living seashells).
Non-resident Saltwater Fishing
12 Month Authorizes the holder to take or attempt to take saltwater fish.
Exemptions (you may not need this permit if you fall into these categories)
Any resident fishing for recreational purposes only, within her or his county of residence with live or natural bait, using poles or lines not equipped with a fishing line retrieval mechanism, except on a legally established fish management area. Effective August 1, 2009 - this exemption will apply in salt and freshwater.
65 or Older
Any resident 65 years old or older who has in her or his possession proof of age and residency. A no-cost license under this paragraph may be obtained from any tax collector's office upon proof of age and residency and must be in the possession of the resident during hunting, freshwater fishing, and saltwater fishing activities.
Child Under 16
Any child under 16 years of age.
FWC Employee performing assigned duties
Any employee of the commission who takes freshwater fish, saltwater fish, or game as part of employment with the commission, or any other person authorized by commission permit to take freshwater fish, saltwater fish, or game for scientific or educational purposes.
Mullet in Freshwater
Any resident fishing for mullet in fresh water who has a valid Florida freshwater fishing license.
Total and Permanent Disability (residents only)
Free Resident Persons with Disabilities Fishing and Hunting License issued to Florida residents confirmed to be totally and permanently disabled.
Charter Boat Customer
Any person fishing from a for-hire or charter vessel licensed to carry customers paying a fee for the purpose of taking or attempting to take saltwater fish for noncommercial purposes.
Commercial Saltwater Fishing License Holder
Any person who holds a valid saltwater products license.
Any person fishing who has been accepted as a client for developmental disabilities services by the Department of Children and Family Services, provided the department furnishes proof thereof.
Any resident who is saltwater fishing from land or a structure fixed to land who has been determined eligible for the food stamp, temporary cash assistance, or Medicaid Program by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Proof of identification and a benefit issuance or program identification card issued by DCFS or the Agency for Health Care Administration must be on your person when fishing.
Military Leave (resident stationed out of state)
Any resident who is a member of the United States Armed Forces and not stationed in this state, when home on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders.
Any person saltwater fishing for recreational purposes from a pier that has been issued a valid pier saltwater fishing license.
Any person fishing from a vessel licensed to carry guests for the purpose of taking or attempting to take saltwater fish for noncommercial purposes.
Places To Stay ( OAK HILL FISH CAMP)
Located directly on the Intracoastal Waterway within Mosquito Lagoon.
This is as close to the Lagoon as you can get.
From the fish camp to the south there are not any no wake zones to deal with on your way to the fishing grounds.
Clean and Comfortable including Dockage.
Start with the customer – find out what they want and give it to them.