Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Foreca
Capt. Tom Van Horn
May 30, 2013
Indian River Lagoon - Saltwater Fishing Report
By Captain Tom Van Horn
Events and Seminars
Saturday June 8th, 9am - 12 noon, Free Hook Kids on Fishing Program at the Get Outdoors Casselberry event. The even will be held at Secret Lake Park in Casselberry, Florida. Volunteers are still needed and to preregister your kids call 407-262-7700 Ext. 1127. The clinic is limited to the first 100 kids who sign up.
Saturday June 15th, 10 am to closing, Father's Day Specials at Mosquito Creek Outdoor, 170 S. Washington Ave, Apopka, Florida. For more details visit: www.mosquitocreek.com.
Saturday June 22nd, 9 am, Fly Casting Class instructed by FFF certified fly casting instructor Captain Chris Myers. The class is limited to six casters at a cost of 75.00 and would makes a great Father's Day gift. The class is located at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 170 S. Washington Ave, Apopka, Florida. For more details contact Rory at 407-312-1671 or visit www.mosquitocreek.com.
Thursday, June 27th 6 pm - 8 pm Free Rigging Workshop. Summertime Bass Fishing Tactics held at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 170 S. Washington Ave, Apopka, Florida.The workshop will cover rigging for bass and other freshwater species and locations in Orlando where anglers can fish from the shore. For more details visit www.mosquitocreek.com.
Saturday June 29th 10 am, Free Discover Fly Fishing Class instructed by FFF certified Instructor Captain Chris Myers. The class will be held at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 170 S. Washington Ave, Apopka, Florida. For more details visit www.mosquitocreek.com.
June Fishing Forecast
Yep, the heat and humidity are rising, and so are fishing opportunities along the Indian River Lagoon Coast of Florida. Our hot summer days are brutal for both angler and fish, so the prudent angler and fish takes advantage of the cooler nights, early morning and late evenings to feed and stock their prey, and then they snooze in the shade and deeper areas once the heat turns up. So anglers who adjust their routine in June, July, and August, by fishing at night, during the predawn hours and in the late afternoon after work and reap the rewards of our summertime fishing bonanza.
On the flats, focus your efforts between 5am and 9am, and in the late afternoon after the thunderstorms dissipate. Night fishing will also produce descent catches of redfish, snook, and trout. When fishing the flats at night, I prefer fishing real slow with glow in the dark shrimp imitation baits like the DOA Shrimp with a Woodie's Rattle Capsule inserted. If you can only fish during the heat of the day, target the docks with deep-water access. In the early morning look for trout and redfish up in the skinny water around concentration of bait, and toss them your favorite top water plug. If the water is dirty, cut ladyfish and mullet on the outside edges of the flat is a good option. Also look for schools of bay anchovies (glass minnows) in deeper waters. These schools can be located by watching for small terns and other sea birds working, and usually are shadowed by concentrations of small trout and ladyfish. These fast moving schools produce fast and furious action for fly anglers casting small top-water popping bugs.
Look for the tarpon and shark numbers to increase along the beach, and let's not forget about the schools of large jack crevalle and the tripletail as both of these fisheries are cranking up. Remember, snook season closes this week, so let's give them a chance to relax and get jiggie. Try not to target them, and if you do happen to catch one, please handle it gently and release it with extreme care.
When the summer doldrums set in, the waters clear, and the seas flatten out, the window of opportunity opens for smaller boats, so near-shore opportunities are typically the best you'll see all year along the beach. June is the time of year when the kingfish move in close shadowing schools of Atlantic menhaden (pogies) along the beach and in the Port Canaveral buoy line, and slow trolling live pogies can result in some outstanding catches.
Offshore, look for the dolphin bite to slow as the schools begin to spread out. The kingfish concentration will remain good along the inshore reefs and wrecks of 8A Reef and Pelican Flats, so again slow trolling with live pogies will produce the best action. Additionally, bottom fishing will remain good for snapper and grouper until the first summer squall (hurricane) blows in and muddies up the water.
Remember as the days heat up, long battles will kill the fish, so if you plan on targeting large fish, you may want to step up your tackle to shorten the battle. Also, dissolved oxygen levels are low, so leave them in the water as much as possible, and revive them completely before releasing them.
Good luck and good fishing,
Captain Tom Van Horn
407-416-1187 on the water
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