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March 19, 2016 Mosquito Lagoon and Port Canaveral Fishing Report

Fishing conditions have shown some improvement on the Mosquito Lagoon, as water levels have dropped and water clarity has improved.  These changes have led to the return of tailing redfish and black drum on the flats, and better sight fishing altogether.  The winds this past week also settled down making fishing offshore out of Port Canaveral an option with favorable seas.  All of this glory will be short lived though as stormy conditions and gusty winds are predicted through Monday.

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Orlando Area and East Central Florida Fishing Report, March 10, 2016

Fishing can be tough as the winds of March blow in on the east central coast of Florida.  This has and will be the case this past week and next week on the Indian River, Mosquito, and Banana River Lagoons and the Atlantic offshore and near-shore waters where 3 to 5 foot seas and small craft warnings have been and will be experienced.  Currently elevated winds and seas are forecasted through next Sunday, but even when the winds do lay down it will still take a few days for the water to clean up.  This was our experience last year when we had rough conditions for two weeks straight and we missed the cobia run completely. Another product of the winds of March are their effect on the water levels in the non-tidal waters of the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoons.  Earlier last week we experienced a  water level drop of close to 12 inches when a strong northeast wind pushed lagoon waters south, and then water levels in the north Indian River Lagoon returned as the strong winds shifted direction out of the southeast. Currently water clarity has improve in some areas of the lagoon system, but overall the brown tide conditions remain a factor.

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March 4, 2016 St Johns River Fishing Report

April 4, 2016 Fishing Report

My focus this last week was targeting the spring run of sunshine bass and American shad on the St Johns River near Orlando Florida and we couldn’t have asked for better weather or fishing.  My week started out fishing with Bruce and Trish Reid from Orlando on a charter I donated to the Central Florida Offshore Anglers Association’s auction.  As a member of the CFOA I have always supported their efforts to improve angling in Central Florida and I always look forward to fishing with Bruce and Trish. 

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March Orlando Area Fishing Forecast

Fishing in Central Florida has shown some improvement in these past few weeks with our best action coming from anglers fishing freshwater locations like the St Johns River. Cold and  rainy days and blustery weather conditions combined with higher water levels in the Lagoons have made inshore and offshore saltwater fishing a challenge. It’s not to say the fishing has been poor in these locations, it’s catching good weather conditions that’s been the challenge. On a positive note, the colder weather is starting to reduce the level of brown alga in the lagoon in some locations, so sight fishing should be improving as we move into March, and warmer and calmer conditions are in the forecast.

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Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast, February 2016

Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast, February 2016

by Captain Tom Van Horn

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Central Florida Fishing Forecast, March 2016

March’s Central Florida Fishing Forecast

Angling in Central Florida has shown some improvement in these past weeks with the best action coming from anglers fishing freshwater locations like the St Johns River.  Cold, rainy and blustery weather conditions combined with higher water levels in the Lagoons has made inshore and offshore saltwater fishing a challenge. It’s not to say the fishing has been poor in these locations, it’s finding fishable conditions that has been the challenge. On a positive note,  the colder weather is starting to reduce the level of brown alga in the lagoon in some locations, so sight fishing should be improving

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St. Johns River and Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, January 28, 2016

St. Johns River and Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, January 28, 2016

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Indian River Lagoon Fishing Report, January 14, 2016

Indian River Lagoon Redfish

As usual, winter fishing conditions here in Central Florida have held the upper hand when it comes to angling success this past week.  Cloudy, cold and windy days always make fishing a challenging, but fishing is fishing, catching is catching and both are fun. At least we are not fishing through an ice hole, and I’m still wearing my winter shorts.

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Change is Good; Indian River lagoon Coast Fishing Report, January 8, 2016

I would like to begin this week’s fishing report with a shout out to my three new fishing charter, blog and website sponsors. As I transition into the new year I’m excited about the changes occurring within my life in regards to my fishing business both on and off of the water. Like a redfish transitioning from summer to winter feeding patterns, adjustments will need to be made on my part to sooth the hunger, but change is always good as long as we are moving in a positive direction. As many of my fishing report and blog subscribers know, I’ve added this new blog format to my already existing Constant Contact news letter. This addition is an important part in the development and implementation of my new and improved website. For as long as I have been in the outdoor industry I’ve been blessed with quality fishing tackle and equipment sponsors, but in todays modern age of communication I’m also fortunate to fine like minded outdoor industry partners who support my massage and make these communications possible. If you check the rotating sponsor banner on this website you will see Central Florida Marine, Mud Hole Custom Tackle and Hewes Light Tackle Boats have been added. Along with my new website comes a new flats skiff, and that’s where Central Florida Marine and Hewes Boat Company enter into the equation. Currently my 1995 Maverick Master Angler is out of service with a fuel leak under the deck,and both Central Florida Marine and Hewes have assisted me in the acquiring my new new skiff, a 2016 18 Hewes Redfisher, therefore allowing me to continue doing charters with very little interruption in business.  Along with the new skiff, Mud Hole Custom Tackle has presented me with a new MHX lightweight push pole.  The unique feature of the MHX Push pole is unlike traditional push poles, the MHX comes in 10 sections that are glued together as a kit allowing them to be shipped by UPS Ground making them both adjustable in length and affordable to ship. These transitions will be challenging as I step into the a new era of my angling life, but these changes will allow me to continue my passion of sharing my angling knowledge and experiences with others in hopes of developing successful and responsible anglers.

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The Confession of a Passionate Angler

Reflecting back on over six decade of fishing in Central Florida, I must confess I’ve been blessed by the countless passions driving my life.   Our passions propel us through life like the prop on a boat, pushing us faster and harder in the realization of our goals and accomplishments.  Like the distant shoreline and our anticipation of reaching our favorite fishy flat, passion drives our desires, excites us, quenches our thirst and sooths our souls.  Compelled by a love beyond explanation, the passions within can please us, or in some cases break our hearts. My passions in life are many, and as I get older and a little wiser, I’ve grown to realize my passions are often driver and shared by others who feel the same and care alike. 

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