Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Indian River Lagoon Report 10-16-09

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

By Captain Tom Van Horn

By the time you read this report, our first significant cold front of the year will be upon us, and changing weather conditions will have an impact on fishing next week.

You my recall from my last report, I'm currently off of the water recovering from abdominal surgery, so the information within this report has been provided by several close fishing friends and will serve as a general overview of last week.

In the lagoon, Captain Chris Myers reports slow fishing conditions last week. Water levels are still high combined with cloudy skies made sight fishing tough, but once fish were located they were willing to eat a well presented offering. Chris also reports that the tarpon are still around. The changing weather conditions should improve fishing in the lagoon by lowering water levels and clearing up the water making sight fishing better.

Jay Groom's Mullet Run Tarpon

Jay Groom Releases a nice Tarpon

Along the beach, the mullet run is in full swing. Heavy waves of baitfish were sighted from Ponce De Leon to Sebastian Inlet. Last week, my good friends Larry Carter and Jay Groom got into the best tarpon bite Larry has ever experience in his life just off of Cocoa Beach, and he's an old fellow. The tarpon were feeding heavily on a pogy pods and in a short afternoon trip, they jumped 3 over 100 pounds and landed a smaller 80 pound fish to the boat. The trick was freelining live pogies in the area of rolling tarpon.

Tom Biffar's Cobia

Tom Biffar's 45 inch Cobia

A little further out, Tom Biffar and his father Nelson, managed to locate and catch a 19 pound tripletail and a 45 inch cobia. They were fishing north of the Port Canaveral buoy line about three miles offshore. Both fish were caught on live finger mullet. Our changing weather conditions will most likely kick up the seas for a few days, and if the front passes quickly, the water temperatures will stay warm and the tarpon will hang out a little longer. If the front hangs around, the cooler conditions may push the tarpon south, we will just have to wait and see.

Tom Biffar's Respectable Tripletail

Tom Biffar's 19 Pound Tripletail

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

Good luck and good fishing,

Captain Tom Van Horn
407-416-1187 on the water
407-366-8085 land line

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