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Fishing Reports

Indian River Lagoon Coastal Fishing Forecast, January 2021

Its easy to say 2020 has been the most challenging year of my life.  We have all seen or experienced the devastation COVID has placed upon us, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Although it has been difficult, I feel fortunate in many ways. 2020 is the nearest I have ever been to my family and close friends.  Everyone close to me as managed to stay safe, and life is good. More people are spending time in the outdoors and more people have a better understanding of the outdoors.

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February Orlando Area Fishing Forecast

Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters

Nothing has been routine about the weather so far this winter. Warmer and breezier conditions have only provided us with a few decent weather days in January, and the long-range forecast for the beginning of February is not looking too favorable. Also, there is still the chance of freezing conditions returning this year, but your guess is as good as mine. I’m not complaining, just stating the facts, because even with the worst weather we are still blessed to be fishing and catching here in Central Florida.

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Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast, October 2019

The Fall Mullet Run Arrive

As hurricane seasons wanes off Florida’s east central coast, passing summer squalls and higher water levels have impacted our seasonal fishing. Combined with a prevailing northeasterly fetch, these high water levels have arrived Indian River Lagoon and St Johns River.

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Orlando Area and Mosquito Lagoon Coastal Fishing Forecast, September 2019

September Fishing Forecast

Muller Madness

September marks the beginning of the fall bait migration, primarily silver mullet on Florida’s east coast, with their numbers increasing as we progress into October and November. It is hard to predict precisely when or how strong the mullet run will be, but along with the arrival of the bait, comes the predatory species we love so much.

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Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast, August 2019

August Fishing Forecast

Angling on the in-shore lagoons will continue to show improvement if the summer squalls (hurricanes) stay away, with fishing in the predawn and late evening hours being most productive. Look for redfish in the skinny water holding in the vicinity of bait concentration, and target them utilizing smaller top-water plugs or soft plastic swim baits like the DOA Bait Buster and Airhead. Once the sun starts to grow hot, the top-water bite will shut down bait becomes your better option. For larger sea trout, fish live pigfish in close to docks and other structure adjacent to deeper water. In deeper water, look for ladyfish, small trout, and tarpon pushing schools of glass minnows near the surface. These schools are easy to locate by watching for concentrations of birds, (terns and cormorants), joining in on the frenzy, and they are perfect for fly anglers who are interested in the continuous fast and furious action provided by these speedsters. Last but not least, look for schools on black drum and pompano holding in the shadows of the causeway bridges where the water is deeper and cooler. For pompano, fish small jigs tipped with shrimp or sand fleas (mole crabs) along the deeper edges and drop-offs.

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Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast July 2019

Cobia Port Canaveral

July’s Fishing Forecast

July on the Indian River Lagoon Coast of Florida equates to hot daily temperatures and hot fishing. Although the fishing in July can be hot, two different natural events can play a roll in its quality, and predicting the degree and influence of them is anyone’s guess. In the Atlantic Ocean off of the east coast of Florida during the early part of July a cold-water upwellings known as the Labrador Current move in from the depths of the Atlantic chilling the water column from the bottom up. The influx of the upwelling varies from year to year. The Labrador Current is caused by the Coriolis Effect and the earth’s rotation, and it has been known to chill ocean water temperatures as low as 50 degrees on bad years, and have very little effect of good ones. The second major influence is the impact of tropical weather systems (Summer Squalls) as they brush up against the Florida coast on their way north. Again, we all know how tough it can be to predict hurricanes, but these tropical systems can kick up some serious seas even from a thousand miles away.

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Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast, June 2019

Yep, the heat and humidity are rising, and so are fishing prospects along the Indian River Lagoon Coast of Florida. Hot summer days can be brutal, so the prudent angler and the fish will take advantage of the cooler nights and early morning and late evening hours to feed and stock their prey, and then they snooze in the shade and deeper areas once the heat turns up. So, adjust your routine in June, July, and August, by fishing at night, during the predawn hours, and in the late afternoon after work and reap the rewards of the summertime fishing bonanza.

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Mid May Orlando Area and Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report May 19, 2019

Even and his father Greg share a Lagoon moment together.

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Mid-April Orlando Area and Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, April 10, 2019

Jack's Mosquito Lagoon Redfish
Jack’s Mosquito Lagoon Redfish

Spring is one of my most cherished seasons to fish in Central Florida notwithstanding the windy weather conditions, and thus far the Spring catching has excellent. Over the past few weeks, the fishing has been outstanding in both the freshwater and saltwater arenas with great catches on both.

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Mosquito Lagoon and Orlando Area Fishing Report, March 18, 2019

Mosquito Lagoon Fishing, Orlando Area Fishing Report
Camille’s Mosquito Lagoon Black Drum

Mid-March Orlando Area and Mosquito Lagoon Coastal Fishing Report

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