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Indian River Lagoon Coast of Florida Fishing Report May 25, 2014

Capt. Tom Van Horn
May 26, 2014
Indian River Lagoon - Saltwater Fishing Report

Indian River Lagoon Coast of Florida Fishing Report May 25, 2014

By Captain Tom Van Horn

Events and Seminars

Saturday, June 7th the Backpacker Magazine "Get Out More Tour" will be at Mosquito Creek Outdoors in Apopka. Join us as Backpacker Magazine professionals Kim Dinan and Brian Patton give a 90 minute presentation on the latest outdoor and backpacking gear and techniques. The presentation is free and begins at 1 pm in the Mosquito Creek "Outback" and there will lots of free giveaways throughout the presentation. Be sure to get here early as this is the only Get Out More Tour stop in Central Florida and one of only three in Florida.

This Week's Fishing Report

Let me begin this week's report by thanking all of our veterans past and present for their service to our great country. Thanks to their commitment and sacrifices we are free to enjoy this Memorial Day weekend with our family and friend in their honor. God bless you all and thank you from the bottom of my heart.

On the lagoon last week, the early morning trout bite has been good working top water plugs in the areas of sandbars, spoil islands and finger mullet schools, with the bite slowing down once the winds picked up. Redfish and black drum were scattered throughout the lagoon flats, but again, an early morning calm conditions will improve your odds in locating these fish. We have also seen a good number of small tarpon; ladyfish and jacks moving north up the IRL shadowing pods of glass minnows and finger mullet. The fast and furious action of these ladyfish schools are always great fun, especially on ultra-light tackle or fly.

Out of Port Canaveral, the bait schools (pogies) along the beach were abundant and once located, catches of tarpon, large jacks, and sharks were reported. Also at Port Canaveral, some pogies schools have been concentrated inside near the back basin, but clear water conditions make a fast sinking cast net with a long rope essential for catching them. If linesiders (snook) are of your liking, remember, this is the last week you will be able to put one on the dinner plate, because snook season ends on June 1st.

Near-shore, clean water conditions and fair seas have rewarded anglers fishing the reefs and wrecks like 8A, and Pelican Flats with limits of kingfish. Most fish were taken slow trolling live bait. Also, I've been hearing reports of tripletail being taken off of flotsam, and there are still a few cobia shadowing manta rays in the area.

Offshore, dolphin have been the hot ticket for most blue water anglers outside Port Canaveral. I've also heard reports from more than one source, of quality fish being taken in as shallow as 60 feet of water which is well within the range of skinny water boats.

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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