Monday, March 15, 2010

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 3-15-10

Mosquito Creek Outdoor's Indian River Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, March 5, 2010

By Captain Tom Van Horn

Up Coming Events

March 27th, Free Cobia and Tripletail seminar from 10 am to noon at Mosquito Creek Outdoors in Apopka Florida, 170 South Washington Avenue. For more details visit

April 24th, Free Hook Kids on Fishing seminar from 10 am to noon at the Apopka Foliage Festival. After completing the five learning stations, each child will receive a free fishing rod, reel and tackle box. To preregister your children, visit Mosquito Creek Outdoors in Apopka Florida at 170 South Washington Avenue or contact them at (407) 464-2000.

This Weeks Report

Despite the fact that it stormed all day yesterday, and it is storming at 5 am as I'm writing this report, we had some nice fishing days last week both on the St. Johns River and the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoons. It's hard to say how the 6 inches of rain will effect fishing next week, but here's what we found last week.

On the lagoons, tailing redfish were easy to find. Most of the fish I found on the IRL were in very shallow water where mullet were holding. The reds were not schooled up very tight, but spread out through a given area. They were also very difficult to approach and even harder to catch. For what ever reason, they were not interested in artificial baits, and live shrimp were the most productive.

Larry Peterson's Fat 26 inch Redfish

Larry Peterson's Fat 26 inch Redfish

In the deeper canals and holes, small sea trout were plentiful. While fishing with DOA Shrimp , rootbeer and glow colors, we lost count of the small sea trout we caught. We fished in two different canal systems and we caught fish in both. When targeting these fish, cast up against the shoreline fish the DOA Shrimp extremely slow just bumping the bottom as you work in down the drop-off.

Near-shore, the colder water temperatures have kept the cobia down south of Jupiter Inlet. The water temperature here off of Port Canaveral has begun to warm up, so we only need a few more warm days with southeast winds to reach the magic numbers of 68 - 72 degrees. The run is late this year, so when they do show up we are likely to have only a few days of good fishing before they move north up the coast of Florida. So, get your rods and boat ready so you don't miss the boat when they do show up. Plus, be sure to make the free cobia and tripletail seminar Captain Chris Myers and I are giving at Mosquito Creek Outdoors an March 27th.

Bill Massy's American Shad

Bill Massy's American Shad

On the St. Johns River there are still a few American shad around, but it's anyone guess what 6 inches of rain in two days will do to the bite. It's a bit early for the catfish to move into the creeks, but the flooding condition and increased current may make it worth while to target the big channel catfish in the bends on the creeks and rivers.

Also, be sure to check out the March addition of Coastal Angler Magazine Orlando in print and online for free at

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

Good luck and good fishing,

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

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