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

Capt. Tom Van Horn
April 19, 2014
Indian River Lagoon - Saltwater Fishing Report

Indian River Lagoon Coast of Florida's Spring Fishing Report, April 19, 2014

by Captain Tom Van Horn

Events and Seminars

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 (321)638-0090 o (321)638-0230 f

Saturday, May 17, 2014 ~ Volunteers needed for the City of Casselberry's Hook Kids on Fishing Day. The event will be held at Secret Lake Park from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact me if you are interested in helping at mosquitocoast@cfl.rr.com.

This Week's Fishing Report

As you can tell by this week's selection of photos, the winds of spring once again kept me off of the open waters of the lagoons and the ocean. For most of the week, windy and stormy weather delivered us with challenging weather conditions causing me to postpone all three charters I had booked for near-shore ocean fishing. As is often the case in this situation there is always Plan "B", which is fishing in the protected freshwater confides of the St Johns River.

My week started out on Saturday with a very successful Hook Kids on Fishing Program conducted by the Anglers for Conservation Orlando Chapter at the exclusive Lake X in St Cloud Florida. The event was held in conjunction with the Kids Fishing Xtravaganxa organized by the Osceola County Sheriff's Department and the Kenneth Kirchman Foundation where 88 kids and their parents were introduced to fishing and each child received a new fishing rod provided by the Fish Florida Foundation after completing seven learning stations.

On Monday, my clients and I agreed to postpone a scheduled near-shore cobia charter due to high seas and cloudy skies, and they were not interested in fishing in the St Johns, so I hitched up Three Quarter Time and call my good friend Larry Carter and we opted to do some freshwater cobia (catfish) fishing instead. As the water levels of the river rise due to spring rains, the large catfish move out of the big lakes into the swifter currents on the river to spawn.

Later in the week I ran into the same situation with the weather and instead hit the St Johns again only this time with my good friend Captain John Kumiski whose also had a charter cancelation. With thunderstorms approaching from the west we fished the St Johns at first light and together we caught about ten bass each and we were off of the water by 10 a.m just before the squally weather hit.

Lastly, I would like to wish everyone a happy Easter, and encourage each of you to spend some with your family in the outdoors.

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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