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Mosquito and Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report

Capt. Tom Van Horn
December 10, 2013
Indian River Lagoon - Saltwater Fishing Report

By Captain Tom Van Horn

December's Events and Seminars:

Tuesday, January 7th - 7 -9 p.m., Orlando Kayak Fishing Club Meeting in the Outback at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 203 W. First Street, Apopka, Florida 32703.
For more details visit www.orlandokayakfishingclub.com

Wednesday, January 8th - 7 - 9 p.m., Central Florida's Bass Anglers Club Meeting in the Outback at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 203 W. First Street, Apopka, Florida 32703.
For more details visit www.mosquitocreek.com

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - Free Shad and Crappie Seminar at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Free Shad and Crappie Seminar at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. "Free Seminars" by Coastal Angler Magazine's Charlie McCullough and Anglers for Conservation's Captains Tom Van Horn and Chris Myers - learn what you need to know to catch shad and crappie in the Orlando area and see how easy it is to have fun on the water. Tips and techniques will include fly, casting, trolling, and wading for both shad and crappie.

Saturday, January 18th - C. A. Richardson's Flats Class - 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p. m. in the Outback at Mosquito Creek Outback, 203 W First St., Apopka, Florida 32703. For only a $59 tuition fee! You'll receive 4.5 hours of professional instruction from Captain C.A. Richardson A premium lure package, 20 Tips from Flats Class (cheat sheet), snacks & beverages plus raffle prizes for select tackle. Don't miss your chance to "Learn what the Pros Know".

Saturday, February 1st - Hook Kids on Fishing Program's Train the Trainer Seminar, 10 a.m. -1 p.m. Come join the Orlando Chapter of Anglers for Conservation (AFC) to learn about becoming a volunteer for the 2014 Hook Kids on Fishing Programs. The AFC Orlando Chapter has five Hook Kids on Fishing Programs scheduled in 2014 and need your assistance. The event will be held in the Outback at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 203 W. First Street, Apopka, Florida 32703 and lunch is catered by Fish on Fire.

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - Free Shad Rally at Lou Anne's Bait House in Geneva, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., on Hwy 46 in Geneva next to C.S. Lee Boat Ramp and Jolly Gator Fish Camp. "Free Seminar" instructed by Captains Tom Van Horn, and Chris Myers and Charlie McCullough, "Shad Fishing Tactics" Event includes sponsor displays, giveaways and a raffle with all proceeds going to Anglers for conservation (AFC), Hook Kids on Fishing Program. Visit www.cfshadderby.com for details.

This Weeks Fishing Report

I'm not bragging or anything, just saying, while most of America's are freezing today, we've been blessed with sunny and warm days this past week. It's a very rare and unusual weather pattern we've been enjoying here in east Central Florida where the wind lays down and the skies are sunny and clear in December and it looks like our gorgeous weather will be holding through the mid part of next week.

Although the weather has been great this week, catching has remained sketchy in some areas and wonderful in others. It seems it's been a matter of finding happy fish willing to chew which is quite often the case regardless of where you fish or how gorgeous it is.

My adventures began last week when I had the opportunity to explore a mystical Central Florida lake known by locals as Lake X with my good friends Errin and Lindsay Gimbert form Mud Hole Custom Tackle in Oviedo.

You see for over 50 years Lake X has served as Mercury Motors top secret testing facility hidden in the remote wilderness near Saint Cloud, Florida. The pristine 1500 acre lake, surrounded by over 10,000 acres of Florida wilderness, is now owned and managed by the Kenneth Kirchman Foundation and dedicated to educating folks (primarily kids) in Florida natural ecology, conservation and the outdoors.

Although we had the lake to ourselves all day, we only managed to catch two largemouth bass, two cypress bass (mudfish), two crappie and nine catfish. We had a wonderful day of fishing in a very unique and special place, and we will be conducting some very special events in the future assisting the Kenneth Kirtchman Foundation in accomplishing their goals.

On the lagoon, the calm and clear weather has improved sight fishing in some areas with other areas still challenged by dirty water and few fish. The challenge as always is to keep looking until find fish and then start fishing.

As mentioned early in the article calm seas, warm weather and sunny skies have set the stage for some outstanding tripletail and cobia fishing off of Florida's east coast. This rare phenomena only occurs once and a while when the conditions are right, and this weather pattern doesn't last long, so if you didn't fish near-shore this weekend, you might want to fuel up the boat and call in sick tomorrow.

Crappie Derby Photo
Lastly, the Central Florida Shad and Crappie Derby is in full swing. This free three month long event promoted by Coastal Angler Magazine Orlando is great fun fill family affair and well worth you time to register and participate. I still haven't heard any reports of American shad being caught yet, but they will be here soon, so please stay tuned to future reports and I'll see you on the water.

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

Good luck and good fishing,

Captain Tom Van Horn

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