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Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report

Capt. Tom Van Horn
February 10, 2015
Indian River Lagoon - Saltwater Fishing Report

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Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, February 9, 2015

By Captain Tom Van Horn

Events and Seminar:

February 14 & 15th - Old Florida Outdoor Festival, 3710 Jason Dwelley Parkway, Apopka, Florida 32712. Come by and visit me at the Anglers for Conservation Booth. and purchase a raffle ticket for a new Engel Cooler donated by Mosquito Creek Outdoors to benefit Hook kids on Fishing Programs.

This Week's Fishing Report

Well, the fishing over the first nine days of February on the Indian River Lagoon Coast of Florida has been very memorable to say the least. After a very slow start, the American shad run has finally materialized, and good catches American shad are being reported from the Econ Creek to Lake Washington.

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On February 2nd, I had the pleasure of spending the day shad fishing on the Econ Creek with Sam Winn from Melbourne Florida along with his son Justin and grandson Killian. I love it when I get three generations of anglers on my boat, as these three were certainly a hoot. Although the bite was slow, we did manage to catch two American shad and a very respectable striped bass.

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My next adventure started on February 4th, where I was joined by Brad and Jennifer from Cincinnati Ohio for two days of fishing, one in freshwater and the other saltwater. My original plan was to fish the Mosquito Lagoon during the week and the St Johns River on the weekend, but Mother Nature delivered rain and wind on Wednesday, so we switch locations to escape the wind. Our day on the St. Johns began with dodging raindrops, but the shad bite turned on and we ended the day with over 30 shad along with seven other species of fish including a 9-pound catfish.

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Our next charter together was on Sunday February 8th, as we ventured out into Mosquito Lagoon for the saltwater leg of two day charter. I typically try to dodge the Lagoon during the weekend to avoid the crowds, but again the weather dictated our opportunities and we were blessed with Chamber of Commerce weather, good fishing and crazy weekend anglers. It was a gorgeous day in the morning and both Jennifer and Brad caught their first redfish and received a taste of why we chose to live and fish on Florida's Space Coast.

Today another cold front is passing through Central Florida, but once it's passed the weather is looking great, so hit the water and stretch some line.

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

Good luck and good fishing,

Captain Tom Van Horn
407-416-1187 on the water

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540 Lake Lenelle Drive
Chuluota, FL 32766
Phone: 407-416-1187
Alt. Phone: 407-366-8085
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