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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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Two Weeks of Fishing and Outdoor Adventure Off of the Water

DOA Lures Outdoor Writers Conference River palms Cottages in Jensen Beach, Florida

First, let me start by apologizing about my lack of fishing reports over the past few weeks.  You see I’ve been off the water, but my excellent adventures continued even on dry land.

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Orlando Area and Mosquito Lagoon Coastal Fishing Report, October 10, 2017

High Water Fishing Report, October 10, 2017

Since Erma arrived on September 11th the weather has been windy and wet. Right when things start to settle down, another squall blows in.  All this rain and wind have made fishing tough.  On the lagoons, water levels are high and the water is dirty.  This is the same for the beaches with high surf advisories and on the St Johns River where another ten inches of rain was added to the headwaters last week to an already cresting river.  Besides the high water, there is a significant amount of infrastructure damage to launch facilities and debris floating in the water. Fall is typical a great time to fish on Florida’s Indian River Lagoon coast, but not this year. Hurricane season is upon us, and Mother Nature is reminding us who is in charge.

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How to Reason with Mullet Season

Shorter days, prevailing northeastly winds and cooler nights are a sure sign fall is in the air along Florida’s east central coast. Another sure sign of fall is the waves of baitfish working their way south through the lagoon and along the beach as the fall bait run commences. Hordes of black and silver mullet, Atlantic menhaden (pogies), thread fin herring (greenies), and bay anchovies (glass minnows) have begun their southerly migration following the warmer waters. This migration creates a smorgasbord of yummy little baitfish shadowed by a large array of hungry predators looking to fatten up for the winter.

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Post Hurricane Irma Orlando Area and Mosquito Lagoon Coastal Fishing Report, September 17, 2017

As many of you know or have seen on the news, Hurricane Irma thumped Central Florida pretty good.  Although she reached my east Central Florida home as a strong category 2 storm and dumped over 20 inches of rain in a twenty-four hour period, we still only experienced tree damage and a day and a half without power.  It certainly could have been much worse for us, as it was for those in the islands and the Florida Keys, so I am very grateful.  On the up side, all of my family and friends are safe and my boat, home and vehicles undamaged. On the down side, my back is sore from three days of yard clean-up and I gained ten pounds from safe disposal of hurricane groceries and beer.  I’m not complaining because I love living in Florida, just trying to reason with hurricane season.

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

Banana River Lagoon No-Motor Zone Fishing

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

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Orlando Area and Mosquito Lagoon Coastal Fishing Forecast for September 2017

Orlando Area and the Mosquito Lagoon Coastal Fishing Forecast for September 2017

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Orlando Area and Mosquito Lagoon Coastal Fishing Report, August 12, 2017

 Orlando Area and Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, August 12, 2017

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Orlando Area and Mosquito Lagoon Coastal Fishing Forecast, August 2017

Port Canaveral Snook, Orlando Fishinh

August Fishing Outlook on Florida’s East Central Coast

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