There has always been a special place in my heart for the Lagoon. I remember driving through the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge for the first time. It was more like driving into Jurassic Park. There was an eery fog hovering just above the saw grass, and the crowns of recently burnt sabal palms appeared to be floating on the horizon. A family of wild hogs ran across a deserted back country road, and a flock of Ibis and Rosette Spoonbills quietly waded along a roadside pond. Soon enough, my buddy and I found ourselves thick in what the Lagoon was known for: plentiful, happily feeding redfish. I just thought to myself, “wow this place is different; this is only something you find on the road less traveled.
I’ve been fortunate to share this fishing utopia with a number of good friends over the years. Although the popped cherries and personal bests seem to be happening less and less often for me, allowing another to experience the Lagoon for the first time is like experiencing that first trip to the Goon all over again. Watching someone sight cast their first Mosquito Lagoon Redfish is a special occurrence. There aren’t many things that make a fisherman’s heart pump faster. A quote I heard recently from a client to his fishing guide, “it’s the most fun I’ve ever had with my pants on!”
While Tim had joined me once before to the Refuge, he hadn’t yet been afforded the full Mosquito Lagoon Experience. This day was one for the books, and he successfully sight casted to his first, second, third…and many more happily tailing redfish. Truly an epic day on the water, and one not soon to be forgotten.