Fishing Reports

Indian River Lagoon

After being away from the water for a few weeks, it was a pleasant surprise to see the Lagoon water quality was much improved compared to this time last summer. On most of the flats I traveled this week the water clarity was good and the sea grass was plentiful. Water levels are currently high and we found plenty of redfish, sea trout and black drum willing to play with us. The major challenge this week was pinfish on the flats, so natural baits won’t last long and soft plastics are your best option.


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Larry Carter's Redfish caught on a DOA CAL Shad Tail Photo: Captain Tom Van Horn

Near-shore out of Port Canaveral, fishing conditions are as good as they get. The seas are flat and clear and the water temperature is still in the 80’s. We still haven’t seen any effects of cold water upwelling’s yet, but it should be moving in soon and when it happens, our mid-summer cobia run should commence as the cold water will push both cobia and kingfish in close in search of warmer water. We still have the third weekend of snapper mini season left, so look for one more weekend at the zoo. On a encouraging note, the new ramps at Port Canaveral are looking very good, and soon we will be splashing our boats in the new location.

As always, if you have any questions or need information, please contact me.

Good luck and good fishing,
Captain Tom Van Horn
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters