Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report
Capt. Tom Van Horn
October 21, 2013
Indian River Lagoon - Saltwater Fishing Report
Mosquito Creek Outdoors Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, October 17, 2013
By Captain Tom Van Horn
October's Events and Seminars:
Thursday, October 17th 6 to 8 pm - Free Rigging Workshop "Fall Tactics for Redfish and Sea Trout" instructed by Captains Chris Myers and Tom Van Horn. The workshop will be held at
Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 203 West First Street, Apopka, Florida 32703. For more details visit
Saturday October 19th 10 am - Fall Crappie and Bass Tactics at Mosquito Creek Outdoors
203 West First Street, Apopka, Florida 32703. For more details visit
Friday November 1st 5th Annual Shad and Crappie Derby Begins.
Pick up a copy of the October issue of Coastal Angler Magazine for derby rules and dates or visit
Tuesday November 5th 7 to 9 pm - Orlando Kayak Fishing Club meeting at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 203 West First Street, Apopka, Florida 32703. For more details visit www.mosquitocreek.com
Thursday November 7th 6:00 pm - FWC Lake Apopka Update at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 203 West First Street, Apopka, Florida 32703. For more details visit www.mosquitocreek.com
Saturday November 16th 1 to 3pm - Back Packer Magazine's Get Out More Tour at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 203 West First Street, Apopka, Florida 32703. For more details visit www.mosquitocreek.com
Saturday November 16th Fishing Florida Radio's Gumbopalooza at Fish on Fire Restaurant. AFC's Hook Kids on Fishing program from 10 am to noon. Gumbo cooks off benefits
Anglers for Conservation and Give Kids the World.
This Weeks Fishing Outlook
Fall is one of my favorite times of year to fish on the Indian River Lagoon Coast of Florida. We have and will experience some gorgeous fall weather over the next few weeks. Cooler temperatures, light winds and dry conditions set the stage for some excellent fishing weather. The fall tides have been higher as the full moon approaches which is normal for this time of year and the mullet run should be reaching its peak near the end of the month. Fishing on the Space Coast has been and will continue to remain good over the next few weeks, so get out and enjoy some time on the water.
Hot on the Boudin Trail in the Southwest Louisiana Outback
As many of you knew from my last report, I was on the road this past week with my lovely wife attending the Southeast Outdoor Press Association's annual conference in Southwest Louisiana, so my traditional fishing report is more of a travel yarn this week. I missed being on the waters of Florida's Space Coast, but I truly enjoyed our adventure to Cajun country and the hospitality presented to us by our delightful host, the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau and the fine folks in Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish.
Although it's a fourteen plus hour road trip from Central Florida, Sandi and I opted to drive and visit New Orleans on the way. Once there, we enjoyed a breakfast of beignets and coffee at the historical French Quarter coffee shop Cafe Du Monde and an afternoon cruse up the Mississippi aboard the authentic Steamboat Natchez. It was a crystal clear morning where we enjoyed breakfast and lunch combined with some New Orleans history and sights along the mighty Mississippi. New Orleans has change a lot for the better since our last visit, and I can attest Louisiana folks are truly passionate about their outdoor heritage, their music and their food, and they are more than willing to share their enthusiasm with others.
As mentioned in the previous paragraph, the Cajun folks are extremely passionate about their food and their music which was apparent by the reception and spread bestowed upon us by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and the SWLA Convention and Visitors Bureau on our first night at the Lake Charles Convention center. The folks from the Louisiana outback have a history of living off the resources provided by their coastal bayou surrounding and they were eager to share their pride with us.
It's also known by many of you the Third Annual Gumbopalooza will occur in Orlando on November 16th at the Fish on Fire Restaurant. Angler's for Conservation Orlando is providing a gumbo team with the intentions of clamming the best gumbo in Orlando and raising funds for the AFC Orlando Chapter (Hook Kids on Fishing Program) and Give Kids the World Village.
With that said, my primary quest on our Louisiana adventure was to explore the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail in search of the best smoked andouille sausage in Calcasieu Parish. Gumbo just isn't right without it, as smoked meats are traditionally found in most bayou country cuisine including pots of jambalaya, red beans and rice and not surprisingly gumbo. Historically smoking meat for preservation was once necessary before refrigeration and on the bayou areas of Louisiana this creation was bolstered by the innovation of the smokehouse, Cajun spices and the use of hardwoods like pecan.
"We'll smoke anything that walks craws or swims. Pork sausage, turkey wings, rabbit, chicken, wild game and fish," says head butcher Matt Fruge' of Lebleu's Landing and Specialty Meats in Sulphur Louisiana. LeBleu's Landing is an authentic family owned Cajun restaurant and meat market just off of I-10 at exit 20 in Sulphur, so I highly recommend making this a must stop for lunch or dinner on your way west through Louisiana. Oh by the way, out of six different stops LeBleu's won my vote for the best sausage and I returned home with my Yeti full of andouille and my sights on Gumbopalooza. So, if you have nothing planned for November 16th, come by our both and try some authentic Cajun sausage and see if you agree.
For more information on Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish drop in on the Lake Charles Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau on the banks of Lake Charles using Exit 30 off of I-10 and do some fishing or experience the Boudin Trail for yourself.
Another must while visiting Southwest Louisiana is the fishing with extreme numbers of both redfish and sea trout (specks) coming from Calcasieu Lake. Calcasieu Lake is a 256 square mile brackish estuary also known to locals as the Big Lake, and is well known among Gulf Coast anglers as a destination for large amounts of redfish, sea trout, and flounder as well as both brown and white shrimp. It is not uncommon for anglers to catch their daily limit (25 fish) of specks in this estuary.
Hope you enjoyed sharing this adventure with me and 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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