Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Foreca
Capt. Tom Van Horn
July 31, 2013
Indian River Lagoon - Saltwater Fishing Report
Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast, August 2013
By Captain Tom Van Horn
August Events and Seminars:
Tuesday, August 6th, 7 pm - Orlando Kayak Fishing Club Meeting held in the Outback at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 203 West First Street, Apopka, Florida 32703
Saturday August 17th, 10 am - Free Discover Fly Fishing clinic instructed by FFF Certified Captain Chris Myers. The event will be held in the Outback at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 203 West First Street, Apopka, Florida 32703
Saturday, August 17th, 5 to 11 pm - National Wild Turkey Federation Banquet located at VFW Post 10147, 519 S Central Ave., Apopka, Florida 32703. The Wekiva Springs Strutters host the annual NWTF Banquet and Mosquito Creek Outdoors is proud to participate. This banquet has been the #1 NWTF Banquet is the entire United States for 7 straight years. Come join us for a fun filled evening as we raise funds for conservation and preservation of the Wild Turkey. Tickets must be purchased in advance, call 407-886-8010 Lou Haubner Realty.
Saturday, August 24th, 10 am - Summertime Bass Tactics The free event will be held in the Outback at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 203 West First Street, Apopka, Florida 32703
Saturday September 7th, 9 am to 4 pm - The 1st annual Mosquito Creek Outdoors Open Turkey Calling Championship and Fall Sale sanctioned by the Wekiva Springs Strutters and the NWTF. 100% payback and guaranteed $1000 to the winner of the Southern Open and Florida Seniors divisions. Winners will advance to the NWTF national contest in 2014.
August Fishing Forecast
Angling on the in-shore lagoons will continue to show improvement as long as the brown alga bloom continues to subside and the summer squalls (hurricanes) stay away, with fishing in the predawn and late evening hours being most productive. Look for schools of redfish in the skinny water holding in the vicinity of bait concentration, and target them utilizing smaller top-water plugs or soft plastic swim baits like the DOA Bait Buster and Airhead. Once the sun starts to grow hot, the top-water bite will shut down, and bait becomes your better option. For larger trout, fish live pigfish in close to docks and other structure adjacent to deeper water. In deeper water, look for large schools of ladyfish, small trout, and tarpon pushing schools of glass minnows near the surface. These schools are easy to locate by watching for concentrations of birds, terns and cormorants, joining in on the frenzy, and they are perfect for fly anglers who are interested in the continuous fast and furious action provided by these speedsters. Last but not least, look for schools on black drum and pompano holding in the shadows of the causeway bridges where the water is deeper and cooler. For pompano, fish small jigs tipped with shrimp or sand fleas (mole crabs) along the deeper edges and drop-offs.
Offshore, look for the blue water bite to improve along the inshore reefs and wrecks of Chris Benson, 8A Reef, and Pelican Flats, with kingfish, dolphin, and cobia serving as the primary species, along with an occasional wahoo or sailfish. This is also the time of year when cooler waters sometimes push the giant manta rays in close to the shoals off the Cape, bringing cobia with them. Further off shore, the Gulf Stream typically moves in closer making tuna a possibility for smaller boats working in the areas of anchored shrimp boats and thermals, and as long as the summer squalls stay away, running to the other side of the stream isn't out of the question.
Along the beach, look for the silver kings (tarpon), smoker kings, blacktip sharks, jack crevalle, and redfish to be shadowing pods of Atlantic menhaden (pogies), thread fin herring (greenies), Spanish sardines, and bay anchovy (glass minnows) in close to the beach. Also look for snook fishing in the surf to improve, as we get closer to the commencement of the fall bait run. Remember snook are out of season, so if you target them, handle and release them with care. In and around the inlets, look for Spanish mackerel, tarpon, jack cervalle, and bonita to be working schools of glass minnows on the outside, and snook, redfish, mangrove snapper, and flounder in the area of jetties and other structure.
As always, if you have any questions or need more information, 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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