Monday, November 16, 2009

Sebastian Inlet Flounder Run

Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report,
November 13, 2009

By Captain Tom Van Horn

As you step outside here in Orlando, you will clearly notice winter is in the air. Earlier this week, squally conditions brought on by a late season tropical blow, Ida, settled in across Florida and the southeast states and was eventually pushed out into the Atlantic by a cold front. Although Central Florida did not experience a significant rain event, clashing barometric pressure systems created increased winds which blew out any chance of safely fishing the near-shore and offshore waters of Florida as a whole. These blustery and cloudy conditions also shut down sight fishing opportunities on the inshore Lagoons, so I opted to take advantage of the situation by keeping my feet dry ground and prepare for my week of fishing ahead in the Sebastian Inlet area.

For the past 20 or so years, Sandi and I have migrated south to Sebastian Inlet for our one week pilgrimage on a quest for flat fish (southern and gulf flounder). This quest is always a wager due to the temperament of Mother Nature. On some years we have hit it right and loaded the boat with flounder, and on others, we missed the run by not hitting the conditions right. Flounder usually start moving through the Inlet when water temperatures reach 68 degrees along the beach and our warm fall has kept the water temperatures elevated well within the 70 degree mark. Although the flounder may not be running, there are many other specie of fish to catch.

Currently, it looks as though the weather will remain blustery through Sunday, but after that, there are some fishable days in the forecast. Either way it doesn't matter much because I'll be on vacation and in fish heaven rain or shine, so stand by for the details in my next adventure.

If you chose to fish in the lagoons, try fishing in the leeward areas of the causeways and shorelines and work in close to the bank. Many of the redfish caught in the past few weeks have been loaded with small oyster and fiddler crabs, so look in very close and try fishing with small soft plastics like the DOA CAL, Shrimp or Crab in green and brown shads. Additionally, the water may still be warm enough for snook and ladyfish so give that a shot, epically in the southern reaches of the lagoon. Lastly, remember sea trout season is closed until January 2010.
As always, if you need information or have any questions, please contact me.

Good luck and good fishing,

Captain Tom Van Horn
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407-366-8085 land line

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