Possibly the most unique redfish destination is Mosquito Lagoon in east central Florida. The lagoon runs from the southern tip of New Smyrna Beach to the north end of Merritt Island and encompasses more than 21,000 acres of shallow, clear flats with less than a foot of tidal flow.
Scientists have documented this redfish population as the first ever known to spawn in an estuary (versus offshore). Some even believe that this is an evolved strain of redfish, different from its relatives in the Atlantic and Gulf coastal waters.
The fish reside in the lagoon year-round, making it the best area to target trophy redfish on the flats along Florida’s east coast. However, if you venture out in the summer evenings, you’ll quickly understand how the area acquired its name.