Thursday, December 10, 2009

Indian River Lagoon Fishing 12-10-09

Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report,
November 21, 2009

By Captain Tom Van Horn

Up Coming Seminars and Events

On December 12th, Anglers for Conservation (AFC) will be conducting the Conservation Angler Certification Class at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 170 South Washington Avenue in Apopka, Florida. This free event is class 8 of our 8 series Fundamentals of Flats Fishing and runs from 10am - noon and the instructors are Captains Rodney Smith, Chris Myers, Ron Presley, Keith Kalbfleisch, Charlie McCullough, and Tom Van Horn. This class will provide anglers with instruction and certification on conservation, boat operations, fish and wildlife handling, good ethics, and leaving a lighter footprint while enjoying the value of our sport and our outdoor resources here in Florida. For more details and directions to Mosquito Creek Outdoors, visit their website at

Holiday Gift Certificates Special;
Book a fishing charter in advance by purchasing a holiday gift certificate at the special rate of 375.00 for a full day of fishing for two anglers. The certificate is good for one year from the date of purchase and makes a great Christmas present for those close to your heart. There's no better time than time spent on the water stretching line. Call me at 407-416-1187 or send me an e-mail at to purchase one today.

As everyone knows across America fishing conditions are tough in December, but thankfully, we still have good fishing here in Central Florida, you just have to squeeze your play in between work and honey dos, by fishing when the weather is good. And at least we are still wearing our winter shorts.

Heavy rains received over the past week, 4 inches at my house, have elevated water levels even higher in the lagoons and actually have water flowing through culverts and creeks again. These locations have concentrated fish on the discharges feeding on baitfish, shrimp and crabs flushed from the impoundments. Also, the higher water levels have both snook and redfish working the very edge of the shoreline, so watch for small showers of minnows along the very edge and fish with small jerk baits like the DOA CAL rigged weedless.

Believe it or not, there are still some snook around. Our warm fall has kept them around a little longer this year. Most of the linesiders have been concentrated around creek mouths feeding on small minnows. Also, remember snook season closes on December 15 on Florida's Atlantic coast, so you only have a few days left if you would like to take one home for dinner.

Lastly, it is once again time to target speckled perch (crappie) on the many inland lakes of Central Florida. Cooler conditions have concentrated fish and as soon as we get a few cold fronts through they should be moving up on their bed to spawn. Also, it is time to dust off your shad rigs and tie up some Crazy Charlie's because the shad run is just around the corner. Last year I caught my first American shad on December 18th, and the run was off the hook.

In closing, it looks like the weather will remain nasty until Sunday and Monday where west winds of 5 to 10 knots are forecast. So on Saturday, come join us for the Certified Conservation Angler Class at Mosquito Creek Outdoors and be sure to visit Mosquito Creek's website to order those hard to find gifts online for those outdoor enthusiast close to your heart.

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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