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It’s a cold, post-frontal January morning in east Central Florida. While launching my skiff in predawn darkness, I can barely see the end of my trailer as a heavy fog bank has settled in. Luckily, I know this part of the Saint Johns River like the back of my hand, so finding my intended fishing spot in zero visibility goes according to plan. Heavy fog of this nature is uncommon on the Saint John River basin, requiring a precise mixture of warm river water, cold winter air and dead-calm conditions to occur.

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Fishing Forecast

Ron’s Trophy Redfish caught last October our of Port Canaveral

Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, FL

As the tropical storm seasons wanes on Florida’s east central coast, passing summer squalls and higher water levels have impacted the seasonal fishing conditions we traditionally experience in October. Combined with last week’s super moon and a steady northeasterly fetch, the lagoon water levels are the highest I’ve seen in years. These conditions are so intense this year the St Johns River was flowing in the wrong direction last week causing stalled out water levels above flood stage south of Lake George in the Aster area.

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This Week’s Fishing Report

Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, FL

As I sit down to write this report, a quick review of this weekend’s weather reveals a monsoonal flow of moisture working its way into the Florida from the Gulf of Mexico. Starting tomorrow, (Friday) through Sunday, 8 to 10 inches of rain is predicted. Currently, the summertime doldrums exist producing excellent fishing conditions both inshore in the lagoons and offshore in the Atlantic, but it’s hard to predict how 8 inches of rain will affect the fishing, so all I can say is if you go fishing this weekend, be safe on the water and keep an eye on the radar.

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