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St Johns River Fishing Report, March 22, 2016

As usual, the blustery breezes of March kicked in last week, but we still managed to catch some very respectable largemouth bass on the St Johns River near Orlando.  This morning we watched the full set at first light, and found some very respectable bucket mouths feeding on menhaden in some of the deeper bends in the river.  The bite was slow at first and the full moon combined with bluebird skies (high pressure) moved the bait fish into deeper water.  We started the morning at 54 degrees air temperature, and as the day warmed up we found a pattern that worked.  Our success can as we started fishing with 4-inch DOA Shad Tails on Daiichi Copperhead Hooks casting them cross current and letting them drift into the deeper bends.  This bite should continue through April and is best during low light periods.  Be sure ti check our the Gallery for more photos from this week.

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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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Hook Kids on Fishing Program at the Old Florida Outdoor Festival

The Hook Kids on Fishing Programs at the Old Florida Outdoor Festival on February 13 and 14  were a huge success as 25 volunteers conducted two Hook Kids on Fishing Programs, one on Saturday and one on Sunday, with a total of 180 kids and their parents in attendance. Thanks to AFC Orlando volunteers and sponsors each child walked away with a brand new fishing rod, reel and tackle box provided by the Fish Florida Foundation after completing all five learning stations. In conjunction with the HKOF Program, donation checks from the AFC Orlando Chapter were presented to two Central Florida youth fishing programs.  Teen Sportsfishing association and the Seminole Teen Anglers received a total of 3000.00 from profits generated by the Central Florida Gumbo Wars Fund Raiser.  As a member of the AFC Orlando Chapter, I’m extremely proud of all of our volunteers and and program supporters for once again stepping up to promote responsible angling in Florida. Great fun was had by all, and I’m looking forward to our next event on March 19 th and the Johns Lake Conservation Area in Winter Garden. 

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St Johns River Fishing Report, February 9, 2016

St Johns River Fishing Report, February 9, 2016

By Captain Tom Van Horn

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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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