Fishing Reports

Indian River Lagoon

In my last report I made a statement about the highest water levels I have ever seen on the north Indian River Lagoon in my 20 years of guiding anglers on Florida’s east central coast. Well, the water level is still rising. Over the past week, I’ve polled my skiff into places I’ve never been before, and I’m kinda liking it. Although the water levels are very high, the water in the north IRL where I’ve been fishing is still clean for the most part. This week, we have been doing well just working the edges on the mangroves and shorelines casting DOA Shad Tails, small top-water plugs and live shrimp.


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Another bonus has been the schools of ladyfish and bluefish busting glass minnows out in the deeper water. It’s been a while since I seen the concentrations we fished today. On my charter today my anglers were having so much fun catching ladyfish and blues on DOA Shad Tails on a 1/4 ounce jig head, they didn’t want to leave them. These schooling fish are not considered by most as a prized species, but they are great fun on light tackle and fly and it just depends on your prospective. If you target these fish, just look for the terns and gals working the bait from above and step up your leader size to reduce cutoffs.

Lastly, there are still good numbers of mullet migrating south along the beach, but elevated seas and high tides have prevented anglers from fishing them. Hopefully our sea state will begin to settle down and we can still enjoy the end of the mullet run.

Sunday Sandi and I will be traveling to Lake Eufaula Alabama for the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association Conference, so my next weeks report will become a travel blog and Instagram activity will follow the event.

As always, if you have questions on need more information, please contact me.

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