This Week's Fishing Report
Well the east coast of Florida dodged a bullet this weekend as Tropical Storm Isaac swings further west into the Gulf of Mexico. As Isaac exits the Florida Keys, he is predicted to gain mussel and bring some well needed rainfall to the Mississippi watershed as a category 2 hurricane. As for us, squally weather will arrive this afternoon as Isaac's outer bands arrive and last through tomorrow.
As mention in my last report, my trusted Maverick skiff "Three Quarter Time" developed a fuel leak in the tank and is now located on dry dock receiving some much needed rest and recuperation. After 17 years of charters, Three Quarter Time will receive a new fuel tank and fuel system, new Minn Kota I-pilot and Talon, new Odyssey batteries and new bait pump system. In a few weeks when the makeover is complete, she will be back on the water as good as new.
Although I've been landlocked, I'm still getting some fishing in, and here what we found last week. In the Indian and Banana River Lagoons, the water is cleaning up some. The brown alga bloom seems to be letting up some, but sight fishing is still a challenge. Last week on a trip to the No-Motor Zone, we managed to catch 8 nice sea trout and a 26 inch redfish, blind casting 3 inch DOA Cal Paddle Tail Jigs.
Later in the week I made a near-shore run with my good friend Captain Chris Myers on a quest for tarpon ,and although the water condition were great, we covered 57 mile of beach and didn't have one descent shot at fish. The water temp along the beach was in the 78 to 80 degree range, so the cold water is still here. Maybe the rough water this weekend from Isaac will turn the bite around. Soon, the mullet will begin their fall migration and thing will fire up.
As always, if you need more information or have questions please contact me.
Good luck and good fishing,Captain Tom Van Horn
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