Saturday, December 19, 2009

Indian River Lagoon Fishing Report 12-09

Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing
December 18, 2009
By Captain Tom Van Horn

Up Coming Seminars and Events
On December 22, 2009 Captain Ron Presley author of "Secrets of Florida's Master Anglers" will be available to autograph books from 10 am - 5 pm at Mosquito Creek Outdoors in Apopka Florida. The Secrets of Florida's Master Anglers is an excellent book for anglers of all skill levels, and it would make a great holiday girt for those anglers close to your heart. 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 together stretching line. Call me at 407-416-1187 or send me an e-mail at to purchase one today.

First and foremost, let me wish each and every one of you a happy and joyful holiday season, with a special thanks to all of you who fished with me over the years. Although this year has been a tough for the fishing charter business, I'm truly blessed to have a job that provides me the opportunity to spend time out on the water doing what I truly love to do, fish. It is also extremely rewarding to see and meet past clients at events and on the water who are willing to share their passion for the resources and the sport.

This last week on the 12th of December we conducted our first Conservation Angler Certification class at Mosquito Creek Outdoors. The class was endorsed by Angler's for Conservation, and although it was the holiday season, we still had good attendance and a quality program and we certified our first 27 anglers who signed a pledge to practice both conservation and good ethics while enjoying the sport of recreational angling.

As always the case in Florida, December can be a challenging time of year to fish our coastal waters. For a good part of the week, windy and cloudy conditions made angling difficult, but for a short window of three days, the winds settled down and the fog rolled in. For those who fished during those calm conditions, fishing was great. One guide friend I fished with on Wensday made the statement that his only wish was fishing was always that good on the Mosquito Lagoon. I heard similar reports from anglers on both the Indian River Lagoon and the Banana River No-Motor Zone. Anglers reported tailing redfish and black drum from all areas, so you know the fish are there. The best results came from casting unweighted jerk baits like the DOA CAL in the darker shades.

Again, the weather has turned for the worst with the arrival of out latest cold front, so I would suggest finishing your Holiday shopping tomorrow and look for your better weather days around Monday or Tuesday.

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

Good luck and good fishing and happy holidays,

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


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