Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spring Mullet Run Brings In Preditors

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Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report

By Captain Tom Van Horn

Spring has arrived here on Florida's Space Coast and as always, fishing opportunities are heating up. As water temperatures increase, tropical fish species are beginning to return to the Lagoon coast of Florida.

Inshore, the silver mullet are beginning to show up in good number along the outside deeper edges of the float and their arrival marks the transition of feeding predators from shrimp and crabs to fin fish. This transition set the stage for the early morning and late evening top water plug action. Although not as pronounced as the fall mullet run, the spring run is followed by the return of ladyfish, jacks, snook and tarpon. The water levels in the Lagoon are still very low, so please be careful.

man and girl with speckled sea trout
Near-shore, the cobia fishing has been picking up for those lucky enough to locate the larger manta rays, but the winds and cloudy skies have kept most anglers at the dock. The late winter we've experienced has kept the cobia out deeper where the water is warmer, around the 70 degree mark, and I'm afraid they just might swim under us this year on their migration north. If the sun and calm seas return later this week, I would suggest playing hooky from work or honey-dos, and take a shot at them if you get the chance.

the girls with there catch
As always, spring's arrival means spring break for the kids, as all of my charters this past week have involved kids and their parents. Although these charters require additional work they are my favorite. I truly enjoy spending time on the water with young anglers who are just as excited about catching a jack and they are a redfish. With these expectations, the pleasure of catching quality fish is removed and the fun begins.

As always, if you have any questions or need more information, please contact me.

Good luck and good fishing,

Captain Tom Van Horn
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters

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