Captain Tom Van Horn Fishing Report

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, June 19, 2006

Mosquito Coast Fishing Charter

First, let me apologize for this late and lengthy report.  I planned on publishing it on Friday, but due to a busy schedule, my Friday report became a Monday feature.

Prior to the arrival of Alberto, the near-shore bite was beginning to show some real promise with some nice bait pods in close to the beach and some quality kingfish, large jack carvalle, and tarpon taken along the Port Canaveral buoy line and just off of the beach.  Then, Alberto moves in and like the waning moon, the bait along with the predator fish fades.   Cooler currents are beginning to move in, and the concentrations of fish have been more prevalent over hard bottom and other structure in 70 to 90 feet of water.  Also, the cooler water has provided us with a brief mid summer cobia run, pushing the fish inshore in search of warmer waters.  As conditions settle and the near-shore waters clear up, the bite along the beaches should improve once again. 

For me, Alberto brought some much needed time off as I postponed several charters until further into the month, and hopefully some better fishing conditions.  Instead of fishing, I spent most of the week catching up on my writing assignments, boat and tackle maintenance, and honey-dos.

I did manage to get out Friday for an inshore venture into the No-Motor-Zone, and although the bite was slow, it was consistent.  I was joined once again by my good friend Larry Carter and his grandson Taylor, and the Banana River Lagoon was as pretty as it gets.  At first light, the surface of the lagoon was a slick as a baby