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Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, July 10, 2015

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

Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, July 10, 2015

This Weeks Fishing Report

The summer doldrums have settled in here on the Indian River Lagoon Coast of Florida providing glassy conditions at first light, with the easterly sea breezes kicking in around noon. The summer doldrums naturally occur in the mid-summer on the Lagoon Coast of Florida as large Bermuda high pressure systems settle in producing a gentle southeaster fetch. These conditions typically become the constant until tropical weather pushes in from the south. Slick calm conditions make for some excellent sight fishing on the inshore flats as fish movement can easily be detected from longer distances, and calm seas offshore, typically 2 to 3 feet, make fishing offshore accessible to shallow water boats.

To avoid the sweltering summer heat, anglers should plan their trips during the early morning hours, at night of late in the evening after the thunderstorms have dissipated. On the lagoon, the early morning top-water sea trout bite has been very good in depths of 2 to 3 feet, with both redfish and black drum mixed in up shallow on the flats. We have also found some larger breeder redfish starting to gather for their late summer spawn in and along the deeper edges of the flats, but these fish are typically very spooky, so you will normally only get one good shot at them before they bug out.

Offshore out of Port Canaveral the colder water has started to move in and some nice cobia are showing up in shallow as the cooler bottom water push them in off of the reefs and wrecks. Atlantic menhaden (pogies) have been hard to find near the Port, so anglers looking for live bait have been finding them way south in the vicinity of Patrick AFB. The other live bait option catching croakers on shrimp in the shipping channel. The key has been to look for warmer water and bait. Another option for light tackle and fly anglers have been the schools of bonito busting bay anchovies, glass minnows, just off of the beach from the Cocoa Beach Pier south. To locate these school, just head south out of the Port and look for fish busting and birds working baitfish schools, and toss either a small clouser fly or a DOA Shad Tail into the mix.

ICAST is here in Orlando next week, so stay tuned for my report on what cool and new in the fishing tackle industry next week.

All in all the fishing has been good, just remember to fish early, hydrate and leave before the summer squalls arrive.

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

Good luck and good fishing,

Captain Tom Van Horn
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters

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