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You Should Been Here Yesterday Fishing Report, March 14, 2018

Mosquito Lagoon Sea Trout near Orlando

You Should Have Been Here Yesterday Fishing Report

It’s been several weeks since I’ve published a fishing report, but for good reasons.  In its typical fashion, March has arrived with a furry of tailing cold fronts passing through Central Florida creating shifting wind events and fluctuating barometric pressure.  These quickly everchanging conditions can make catching challenging, but if you hit it right it can be great, thus this week’s Your Should Have Been Here Yesterday Fishing Report.

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Orlando Area and Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Forecast, March 2018

March Fishing Forecast

I always use my lavender azaleas as an indicator for the arrival of the cobia migration north through our near-shore waters. Their magnificent blooms favor the same temperatures and weather conditions, and when the azalea blooms peek the time is right. Currently my azaleas are showing some significant blooms, but like the azalea’s delicate blooms, the cobia run will pass before you know it.

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

Katmai Lodge on the Alagnak River in Alaska

The History

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.

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Orlando Area and Mosquito Lagoon Coastal Fishing Forecast, February 2018

February’s Fishing Forecast

As winters go, we are in the grasp of our coldest winter in ten years and we are experiencing the affects on both the Lagoons and on the St Johns River system.  Although we have seen temperatures in the low 30’s we are fortunate to live in Florida where fishing is a year-round sport.

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Orlando Area and Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, January 27, 2018

As usual, Mother Nature and winter 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.

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Orlando Area and Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, January 15, 2018

Honored to have served as a volunteer Captain in the Teen Sports Fishing Association Tournament on Sunday in Lake Butler.  The TSA is in need of more Captains in the  Orlando area to provide and skipper boats in upcoming tournaments, so contact me if you can help and let’s not leave these kids standing at the dock.

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Orlando Area and Mosquito Lagoon Coastal Fishing Outlook for January 2018.

January’s Fishing Outlook

I would like to begin this report by wishing all of you a happy and prosperous New Year.  2017 was an excellent year for me as I was blessed by great family and friends, a great job and lots of fishing, life doesn’t get any better than that.

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Orlando Area and Mosquito Lagoon Christmas Fishing Report, December 24, 2017

The weather outside isn’t frightful, but the fishing has been quite delightful, let him go, let him go, let him go!  Merry Christmas everyone!

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Fall Fishing Bonanza, December 8, 2017

Let me begin this fishing report with a brief announcement:  As of December 4th, 2017 Captain Tom Van Horn is now a full-time fishing guide.  Many of you know me as a fishing captain, but few know I also served as a professional fire fighter for a total combined 43-years including a hitch as a fire fighter in the USAF.  Well on December 4th, I placed my fire helmet on the mantel and retired from the FD.  Now in the next chapter in my life, I will be focusing my full attention on my fishing charter business and other related kids fishing organizations and events.  Life has been good to me, and now it will be even better.

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Orlando Area and Mosquito Lagoon Coastal Fishing Forecast, December 2017

December Fishing Outlook

Let me begin my December forecast by wishing everyone a very fishful holiday season.  Each year I’m amazed by how quickly the time passes, and 2017 was no exception.  So far my 2017 fishing season has been an excellent one.  Please visit my photo gallery on my website at http://www.irl-fishing.com/gallery and see some of the outstanding catches my clients made this year. It is my hope you and those closest to you have a wonderful holiday season and spend some time on the water together.

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