Thursday, September 01, 2011

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Outlook 9-2011

Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast
September 2011
By Captain Tom Van Horn

Upcoming Seminars and Events

Please note that the September 10th Fly Fishing class was posted in error.  The class is currently full.  For details on upcoming fly fishing events, contact Rory Roush of Mosquito Creek Outdoors at (407) 464-2000.

Saturday, September 3rd Fishing the Mullet Run
10: 00 - 12:00 "Free Seminars" instructed by Captains Tom Van Horn, Chris Myers, "Preparing for the Fall Mullet Run", located in the Outback at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 170 South Washington Ave., Apopka Florida,

Saturday, September 24th Free Hook Kids on Fishing Program
09:00 - 15:00 National Public Lands Day at Bill Frederick Park in Orlando.  The free kids event is sponsored by the City of Orlando, Anglers for Conservation, Teen Sportsfishing Association, FWC, Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Bass Pro and Mud Hole Custom Tackle.  The first 250 kids signed up get a free rod, reel and tackle box.

September's Fishing Outlook
It's 4am, and I find myself standing on my front deck gazing off into the early morning darkness. With south easterly breeze in my face, I take in a deep breath of moist tropical air. Once again I'm overpowered by the sensation and influence the forces of nature convey upon us as the summer squalls build in the Atlantic. It's that squally feeling which charges us with energy and intrigue, drawing us to the edge of the sea like a bug to a light. As the summer squalls move north, the prevailing summer breezes will soon begin to switch from the southeast to the northeast, and the fishing will begin to improve with the southerly migration of all scaly critters that prefer warmer climates.

September marks the beginning of the fall bait migration, primarily silver mullet, which increase as we progress into October and November. It is hard to predict precisely when and how strong the run will be, but along with the arrival of the bait, come the predatory species we love so much.

Look for snook, tarpon, jack crevalle, sharks, and large kingfish crushing bait pods along the beach. The pods are easily located by watching for fish and birds busting the bait. Once you've determined the direction of fish movement, usually south, simply set up in front and let them come to you. This is my preferred time of year for targeting snook and tarpon along the beach.

The beach snook run started last month with a few fish already showing up, and it will began to pick up substantially, just in time for the opening of snook season on September 1st. The technique I like use for beach fishing is to simply slide a ½ to 1 once barrel sinker onto your line, next attach a swivel which will serve as a stop for the weight, and help keep your line from twisting as it rolls down the beach. I use about 24 inches of heavy leader, 30 to 50 pound test, and a large circle hook. You'll need to step up both the hook and leader size if tarpon are present. My favorite bait is a live finger mullet, fishing the very edge of the surf, casting just beyond the white water. Walk slowly along with the direction of tidal flow, so your bait does not wash in with the waves. The same system will work for poons, just cast it out further, and make sure you have adequate tackle and line capacity to handle these mighty fish.

Near-shore, good numbers of kingfish will continue to work the beaches, wrecks and reefs. When fishing for kings, slow trolling live pogies is one of the most productive methods.

In-shore, seatrout are sill plentiful on the deeper edges of the grass flats, with the best bite happening at first light or sunset. Look for ladyfish, tarpon, slot size reds, and jack crevalle to be mixed in. Fish with top water plugs for explosive action, or work ¼ ounce DOA CAL jigs with white or darker colored CAL Tails for the subsurface strike. Near the end of the month, start looking for the pompano and flounder to begin moving out of the lagoon through the inlets and into the inshore waters along the beach. Also look for the larger redfish to begin to form up just outside the inlets, feeding on baitfish and small crabs carried out by the tide, and for Spanish mackerel and bluefish devouring schools of glass minnows (bay anchovies) in the same areas.

September is also the time of year the breeder redfish school up for the spawn in the north IRL and inlet passes of Ponce and Sebastian, so it's a good time to target these schools.
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As always, if you have any questions or need help, please contact me.

Good luck and good fishing,

Captain Tom Van Horn
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
 (407) 416-1187 on the water

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