Friday, April 17, 2009

No Motor Zone Fishing Tough In Wind

Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, April 16, 2009

By Captain Tom Van Horn

Events and Seminar Schedule:
April 17th, 18th, 19th Coastal Angler Magazine Fishing and Boating Expo in Melbourne Florida. 12pm Sunday seminar: "Paddle Fishing the Banana River No-Motor Zone". Call me for more details at 407-416-1187.

May 16th "Free Fishing Classes" Introduction to Saltwater Flats Fishing Series, Class 2 of 8, "Lines Leaders and Practical Fishing Knots" 10am-12 noon at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 170 S Washington Avenue in Apopka. Instructors are Captains Chris Myers and Tom Van Horn. For more details or directions, contact Mosquito Creek Outdoors at (407) 464-2000 or visit their website

With the Easter holidays behind us it is once again time to focus on fishing and fishing events. That is, if the wind will ever settle down enough to allow us to venture out on the water. This past week I tried to squeeze in a few trips in between the squall lines and the gusty days, with very limited results.

On one trip I ventured out on the St Johns River with my good friend Larry Carter. We launched at Mullet Lake Park in the late afternoon and covered the River from Lake Jessup to Lake Harney is search of schooling bass. Between the recent cold front and the full moon, we only found a few locations with schooling shad and a few busting bass, and I managed to catch a nice three pound bass on my first and only cast. The bass was busting shad on the surface and I flipped a Rapala Skitter Prop into the mix and I hooked up immediately.

On my second trip I attempted to fish in the No-Motor Zone with my good friend Paul Macinnis and Glen Austin from Rapala. Our plan was to catch, photograph and release some trophy redfish on the new Trigger X Saltwater baits, but again the wind and overcast skies were a major deterrent. We did manages to see a good number of both redfish and black drum, but we either blow them out by running over them or we couldn't hold the boat against a 15 to 20 knot south wind. After struggling for about four hours, we called the day with only a handful of nice sea trout caught on the 4-inch Trigger X Shrimp.

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

Good luck and good fishing,

Captain Tom Van Horn
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
407-416-1187 0n the water
407-366-8085 Landline

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