Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report
Capt. Tom Van Horn
June 23, 2013
Indian River Lagoon - Saltwater Fishing Report
By Captain Tom Van Horn
Events and Seminars
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 visitwww.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.
Saturday July 20th 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.
Although our summertime alga bloom has kicked in throughout the Indian River Lagoon system, there are still pockets of clean water to be found, and once located we are finding good concentrations of fish. On the inshore lagoons, look for areas of cleaner water and concentrated mullet schools and work your favorite top-water plugs at first light. The sea trout bite is improving in these areas with some respectable fish being caught. We have also been finding pods of redfish in these same areas, just closer to shore. As we transition into summer, water levels are dropping in the lagoon which coincides with the cold water upwellings offshore. These conditions are a result of theCoriolis Effect which naturally impacts our summertime fishing both inshore and offshore.
Offshore, the signs of the cold water upwellings are showing up. The water is very clean and the cold water is beginning to push the cobia off of the inshore reefs into the shallow and warmer water of the Canaveral Shoals. Another sign is that amberjack are starting to show up on the inshore wrecks in good numbers. It's difficult to predict the magnitude of the influx, but from past experience, it could shut down the near-shore bite altogether. Currently, the near-shore fishing for tarpon has been limited, so let's hope this years cold water influx will be minimal and the near-shore bite will improve.
On the St Johns River and inland freshwater lakes, the elevated June rainfall rates have increased water levels and moved the bass in close to the shoreline where forage is plentiful. During the summer, higher rainfall draws frogs and toads to the water to mate, so a good option is to fish plastic frogs very slowly at first light as close to the shoreline as possible. Also, as the moon grows full try fishing top-water plugs and lures at night, and again frog style plugs like the Gitter Bug work very well.
Although it's very hot in the summer, the fish still have to eat. But much like us humans, they chose the cooler times of the day to be active and feed, so we just have to adjust our schedules to match theirs.
As always, if you have any questions or need information, please contact me.
Good luck and good fishing,
Captain Tom Van Horn
407-416-1187 on the water
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