Monday, October 24, 2011

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report 10-24- 2011

Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, October 20, 2011
 By Captain Tom Van Horn

Upcoming Seminars and Events

Saturday October 22nd, Free Fishing Seminar "Lagoon Fall Fishing Tactics"
10: 00 - 12:00 "Free Seminars" instructed by Captains Tom Van Horn, Chris Myers, "Lagoon Fall Fishing Tactics", located in the Outback at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 170 South Washington Ave., Apopka Florida,

Saturday November 12th, Gumbo Cook Off for Give Kids the World and Anglers for Conservation
12 Noon at Fish on Fire Restaurant in Orlando. For more details, visit 

Central Florida Shad and Crappie Derby Dates
Thursday December 15th, Shad and Crappie Derby anglers meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Mosquito Creek Outdoor, 170 South Washington Avenue in Apopka.

Saturday December 17th, Shad and Crappie Derby begins at safe light.

Saturday January 14th, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Crappie Rally and Seminar at Boat Tree Marina at the Port of Sanford.

Saturday February  25th, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Shad Rally and Seminar at the Jolly Gator Fish Camp on the St. Johns River and HWY 46 east of Geneva.

Saturday March 17th, Shad and Crappie Derby ends at dusk.

February 11th and 12th, Old Florida Outdoor Festival in Apopka, Florida.

Last Weeks Fishing Report
Finally, the stormy weather has past and we dodged another bullet as the second no-name storm passed well south of us dumping most of it's energy on south Florida.  With that said, this weekends weather is looking good and we are well on our way to some great fall fishing.

On the lagoons this past week, water conditions are still high and dirty with water temperatures cooling off. Sight fishing is still tough with the best results coming from staking out on the flats and chunking cut mullet and ladyfish. There are still some schools of breeder redfish roaming the lagoon, and when approached properly, they will easily take a well presented DOA shallow running Bait Buster or Big Fish Lure.  Look for the breeder schools out in deeper water.  Once located, set up well in front of the school and cast your lure in front of the leading fish and reel it back across the top of the water.  Once fish start striking at the lure, do not stop it until you feel the fish on your line with a solid hook set.

Offshore, the prevailing easterly fetch will push the weeds in closer. This past week before the blow conditions were perfect, and some nice wahoo and dolphin were caught out of both Port Canaveral and Sebastian around weed lines as soon as the water color turned deep blue. Again, heavy seas kept folks in the Port this week, but once seas settle down, offshore trolling should be very good.

Along the beaches and in the inlets of Ponce De Leon, Port Canaveral and Sebastian, the mullet run is in full swing with heavy concentrations of silver mullet pushing through. There have been good reports of snook and flounder in the surf, feeding on finger mullet, as well as your standard bluefish, jacks and Spanish mackerel, with the best results coming from casting live mullet on a slip sinker rig. The snook fishing has also been good in Port Canaveral and Sebastian, especially at night, again fishing with live mullet and mullet imitation lures like the DOA Bait Buster.

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

Good luck and good fishing,

Captain Tom Van Horn
(407) 416-1187

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