The Tarpon Have Arrived
Capt. Tom Van Horn
April 17, 2011
Indian River Lagoon - Saltwater Fishing Report
Mosquito Creek Outdoor's Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, April 17, 2011
By Captain Tom Van Horn
Upcoming Seminars and Events
Saturday April 23rd Free Parking Lot Marine and Tackle Swap Meet
9 am - 3 pm Kel's Rod and Reel, free marine and fishing tackle swap meet. Located at 430 SR 436 in Casselberry, Florida contact Terri at 407-834-3005 for more details.
Saturday April 30th Free Hook Kids on Fishing Program
10:00 - 12 Noon Hook Kids on Fishing Program
Mosquito Creek Outdoors and Anglers for Conservation presents a free fishing kids seminar. After completing five learning stations all kid will receive a free fishing rod and tackle box (limited to the first 100 kids registered. Located in the Outback at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 170 South Washington Ave., Apopka Florida, www.mosquitocreek.com
This Weeks Fishing Report
As we move into spring, the water is really starting to warm up. There has been lots of bait and the fish have been active, hungry, and aggressive. Both sea trout and redfish have been plentiful on the flats lately. Although the fishing has been good, the winds of April are always a challenge, and the lagoon water levels are very low, so operate your vessel with caution and avoid damaging the sea grass.
The trout bite continues to be very good. Not only are we catching trout in good numbers, they are good size as well. There has been a pretty steady redfish bite in the IRL as well. Early morning top-water action in the areas of mullet schools always adds an element of excitement to the equation.
Along the beach out of Port Canaveral, the pogy schools have arrived bringing good numbers of cobia, kingfish, sharks, bonito and big tarpon with them. Slow trolling live bait in the 30 to 60 feet of water has been very productive. There is still a good number of cobia around, mostly north of the Cape, and good kingfish and some dolphin on the near-shore reefs and wrecks.
Lastly, the water level is still dropping on the St Johns River, and the catfish and schooling bass have not developed to the stage they were this time last year.
As always, if you have any questions or need help, please contact me.
Good luck and good fishing,
Captain Tom Van Horn
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
(407) 416-1187 on the water
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