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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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Orlando Area and Mosquito Lagoon Coastal Fishing Report, November 23, 2017

John Kumiski's No Motor Zone Sea Trout

Sending Thankful Praise Your Way

First and most importantly, let me begin this blog by wishing all of you a happy Thanksgiving. As a lifelong Central Florida angler and career fire fighter my life has been a blessed by great fishing in one of the most diverse fisheries in the world and the excitement of a very rewarding fire service career.  In counting my many blessings, I couldn’t have accomplished this glorious life without my amazing wife Sandi, loving family and my circle loyal and loving friends by my side.  Through the good and the bad they have always been there for me for which I will be forever grateful.

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Orlando Area and Mosquito Lagoon Coastal Fishing Report, November 5, 2017

Fishing with Passion

As my good friend Ron Presley would say “Fish with Passion”. True anglers are passionate about sharing their outdoor experiences with others freely in hopes of creating a new generation of angling stewards, and such was the case this week on both the Mosquito Lagoon and Lake Triplet in Casselberry, Florida.  The photos within this report are proof our passionate efforts to share our love of fishing and the outdoors is contagious. The first photo of angling steward and Anglers for Conservation member Paul MacInnis teaching our Hook Kids on Fishing Safety Station to Dalton and Makenzie Bailey in Winter Park, Florida in 2013.  The second photo is of AFC Orlando volunteer member Chris Wagiespack with Dalton and Makenzie Bailey at our most recent Hook Kids on Fishing Program in Casselberry, Florida.  In just four years these two young men went from student to instructors as members of the Teen Sports Fishing Association.  It is up to us as true anglers to teach others in becoming passionate and responsible both on the water and in the outdoors.  Our outdoor resources are challenged in Florida and around the world, and it will become the responsibility of these young passionate anglers to carry our legacy into the future. Some may think our tradition of fishing and hunting is slipping away, I respectfully disagree.   If you possess the passion as I do, please share it with others and together we will have an impact on saving and protecting our outdoor heritage.

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Orlando Area and the Mosquito Lagoon Coastal Fishing Forecast, November 1, 2017

November is renowned for delivering breezy easterly winds to Central Florida as our first significant cold fronts pass. Although windy, fishing remains outstanding in and around the inlets until water temperature drop below 70 degrees and as long as sea conditions remain fishable. In the inlets of Ponce De Leon, Port Canaveral and Sebastian, snook fishing will remain excellent during low light periods and at night as the baitfish traveling down the beach are forced in close to the jetties and other structure with the best action occurring during slack tidal periods, especially the end of high tide. During these periods hungry gamefish take advantage of slower currents and feed heavily. As the tide begins to fall gamefish move into their ambush locations to finish off their frenzy. Breeder redfish, snook, jack crevalle, bluefish, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel, sharks, and tarpon all share in the fury, so step up your tackle size and hold on.

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