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Indian River Lagoon Coast of Florida's Spring Fishing Report, Ap

Capt. Tom Van Horn
April 6, 2014
Indian River Lagoon - Saltwater Fishing Report

Captain Tom's 9-pound Sunshine Bass caught on a Rip Roller Top-water Plug
Captain Tom's 9-pound Sunshine Bass caught on a Rip Roller Top-water Plug

Indian River Lagoon Coast of Florida's Spring Fishing Report, April 4, 2014

by Captain Tom Van Horn

April's Events

Anglers for Conservation's 3rd Annual Veteran's Fishing Day starts at 9 a.m. at Pelican Park Clubhouse, 1525 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach, FL 32937. The event is free for military veterans; the cost is 50.00 donation to Anglers for Conservation for all others wishing to attend. For registration information please email dennis@anglersforconservation.org or call Dennis at (321) 412-7224

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - Volunteers needed for Hook Kids on Fishing Program held in conjunction with the Kids Fishing Xtravaganza at Lake X in support of the Osceola Sheriff's Youth Adventure Camp.

Saturday, April 26th, 2014 ~ 5th Annual Coastal Angler Magazine Boating & Fishing Expo at Boaters Exchange in Rockledge, Florida. The event features a Boat Show, Flea Market, Featured Speakers, Artists and Crafts, Demos, Door Prizes, Boater Education, Kid Zone, Music & Much More. For more details contact Nick Raguso, Boaters Exchange - Marketing Specialist

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This Week's Fishing Report

My fishing adventures these past few weeks have ranged from very good to very challenging, which is par fro the course during the windy days of late March and early April. Although Spring is often partnered with windy and cloudy conditions it's still a great time of year to fish, especially with the cleaner water, cooler temperatures and spawning fish.

Another great thing about Spring is spending days on the water with families enjoying spring break together, like father and son team Ramsey and Turner. Both were very accomplished anglers from Winter Park who talked me into fishing in 25 knot winds from the northwest. They really didn't care about the conditions, they just wanted to fish, so we did and I very much enjoyed our day on the water together. Although it was extreme conditions, I found a protected shoreline and they caught some respectable sea trout on DOA CAL Paddle Tails.

On another windy and cloudy day I had the pleasure of fishing with Ed and Dino and although the conditions were challenging we found several schools of redfish and ended the day with 7 redfish and 3 very nice sea trout.

On the very next day I had the pleasure of fishing with Joanne and Gene Loch from Orlando who had never caught a redfish. As planned we hit both of the same locations where we caught redfish the day before, but both schools of redfish had moved on and we we only manager to get Gene his very first redfish.

Steve Chapman with a St Johns River Bass caught on
My next adventure was to the St Johns River with my good friend Steve Chapman and we experienced an extremely gorgeous and fishfull day (see video below). We launched in the darkness of a star filled sky and watched the day grow light on slick calm waters. Beside the beautiful morning, we sat in one spot and caught over 100 bass between us before I finished my jumbo cup of 7-11 coffee. We caught bass on High Roller and Sebile top-water plugs and DOA CAL Paddle Tails and jerk baits and we were loading the boat by 9 a.m.

I don't know about you, but that's a great way to enjoy Spring, so get out and enjoy it for yourself before the heat of summer arrives.

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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