Billy offers a variety of trips depending on what style of fishing
you prefer. Trips are available for everyone from the seasoned fly
fishermen to the novice spin fisherman. No matter what type of fishing
you like to do, Capt. Billy can put you on fish.
Everyone loves flats fishing for its exciting action with big fish
in shallow water. Its hard to beat seeing a big redfish eat you
lure or fly just a few feet from the boat. When fishing Mosquito
Lagoon with Capt. Billy, expect to see almost every fish you catch
before you hook them. Most fish will be landed in less that a foot
of water, some much shallower. reds, trout, and black drum will
be the targets on these trips.
Sightfishing will be the main technique used to land these fish.
In other words, this technique requires you to spot the fish before
you cast to it and catch it. The goal is to spot the fish before
it spots you, then quietly make an accurate cast in front of it
and present the lure to the fish as it approaches. Accuracy is extremely
important in this style of fishing, and Capt. Billy will make it
as easy as possible by getting you as close to the fish as possible
and positioning the skiff so you have the easiest cast. On an average
day you will have 75-100 shots at redfish or trout, sometime many
more, expect to land 5-10 fish on an average day, and some days
more. Patience is a must as sometimes you will see 100 fish before
you catch one fish, but when you do land that fish, it is all the
The majority of anglers will fish in Mosquito Lagoon. Expect to
see a large body of water with clear flats harboring bottoms covered
in sea grass. Juvenile redfish and trout inhabit the majority of
the lagoons shallow flats with larger fish in the deeper areas.
Sometimes the lagoons redfish, large and small gather in schools
in large numbers. This is quite an impressive sight and a year-round
occurrence, but the most fish are schooled during the winter months.
What to bring
The must have equipment is a hat and you favorite pair of polarized
glasses. These two items are essential for sightfishing so if you
do not have any, Capt. Billy will provide them for you. In the summer
months, wear light clothing that you are not afraid of getting a
little wet due to the afternoon thunderstorms. Capt. Billy does
provide rain gear in case of a sudden shower. In the winter months,
dress in layers and wear a good wind breaker. It usually warms up
in the afternoon, even in the winter, but mornings can be chilly!
Capt. Billy provides all licenses, tackle, photography and equipment
you need. Drink will be provided, but if you want to bring some
snacks or drinks of your own, you are more than welcome to. Do not
worry about bringing a cooler, Capt. Billy has a 65q Yeti that can
fit anything you may bring. If you wish to use your own tackle,
please contact Capt. Billy to see if it is appropriate for the type
of fishing you will be doing on your trip.