Orlando Area and Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, February 11, 2018

February 11, 2018

Katmai Lodge on the Alagnak River in Alaska


For all of you who were hoping to book a tarpon or lagoon charter and fish with me this summer, you will have to pack more than a lunch to join me on my new summer job as a fishing guide at the Katmai Lodge on the Alagnak River in Alaska.  For most of my life I have dreamed of stream fishing and casting flies to salmon and giant rainbows in Alaska, and now my dream has become reality as I have accepted this summer job.  My adventure begins in mid-June and ends 100 days later in August, and although there is much to learn, I’m up for the challenge.  With that said, I’m hoping you will join me on my journey through my blog to photos and we can experience my new chapter in life together or you could book a trip with me at the Katmai Lodge and we can enjoy the experience firsthand.


Central Florida Offshore Anglers Association Rigging Seminar, (https://www.facebook.com/events/2034845600138589/), is tomorrow night in Winter Park, and I will be demonstrating both American shad and crappie techniques.  So, if you live in Central Florida, this is your best opportunity to learn different rigging systems from me and a host of seasoned anglers and captains.

Black Drum Orlando Fishing

Early February Fishing Report from the St Johns River and the Mosquito Lagoon

Florida’s fishing season is in full swing as we were blessed with gorgeous weather and happy fish this week on both the the St Johns River (low sodium) and the Mosquito Lagoon (sodium).  Although the winds were challenging on several days this week, we still managed some outstanding catching on both fronts.

The American shad run is in full swing on the St Johns River and in my experience, I can tell you it’s a banner year.  On three different charters with both fly and spin anglers we caught catches in double digits.  The bite has been outstanding with most fish being caught on small Roadrunners and Hardcore Shad Spoons.  Good shad reports are coming from the entire span of Shad Alley from Mullet Lake Park to Hwy 50.  In addition to shad, both sunshine bass and crappy have been in the mix, and I’m anticipating this action to increase when the threadfin shad spawn begins near the end of the month.

Hardcore Shad Spoons

Everything likes Hardcore Shad Spoons!

On the lagoons, the water is both shallow and clear making sight fishing good in the right weather conditions.  In addition, the big black drum were my target this past week and the smiles on my anglers faces tell the rest of the story.

Here’s hoping you get out on the water this week and take a kid shad fishing.  It’s and experience you will never forget.

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


Good luck and good fishing,

Captain Tom Van Horn


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