Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters

In celebration of my birthday and my 25th wedding anniversary, my adventures this past week led me away from the water and into the streets of St. Augustine..  Although this short vacation drew me away from the water, I still managed to sneak away to squeeze in a few days of fishing.

On Wednesday, May 3rd, I celebrated my birthday, accompanied by my longtime friend Larry Peterson, with a day of fishing on the St. Johns River. You see Larry and I started celebrating our birthdays together 33 years ago, with a standing tradition of fishing during the day and partying at night. 

Our day started as we launched before daylight at the Hwy 46 ramp south of Lake Haney.  We first headed north to the mouth of the lake where we found several small pods of menhaden pushing up and down the shoreline shadowed by groups of small largemouth bass, and we ended up catching a dozen or so on top water plugs.  After the morning bite slowed, we move upstream just south of the 46 Bridge, and found fish again holding along the steep banks. Both of us were throwing old standbys, Dalton Special, and Bango-Lure, and the bass were eager to play. Together we landed 32 largemouth bass up to three pounds.  One important note, like all areas of Central Florida, the water levels were extremely low, so some caution is need when navigating south of Lake Harney.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of fishing with my good friends Steve Chapman and Rodney Smith, and we started our day working jigs in the surf.   Two day before our trip, Rodney fished the same area, and was successful in landing several snook up to 34-inches, a flounder, a redfish, a  black drum, and several jacks.  Although his success was noteworthy,  the catching was not as good for us.  The tide was low, and we ended up with only one sea trout each, with Steve