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Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast

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Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast, June 2005

Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters

With temperatures and humidity levels rising, it’s wise to concentrate your angling efforts during cool hours of early morning, late afternoon, and night. Fishing in June, July, and August requires some adjustments in your fishing routine, but it doesn’t mean the fish aren’t biting. June will provide some of the best opportunities for shallow water anglers along the Lagoon coast.

Near-shore prospects are typically the best you will see all year for skinny water boats along the beach. June is the time of year when the kingfish move in close, shadowing the schools of Atlantic menhaden (pogies) along the beach and in the Port Canaveral buoy line. When the summer doldrums set in, the water clears, and the seas lay down, the window of opportunity opens for skinny water boats. Also along the beach, look for the tarpon and shark number to increase, and let’s not forget the large schools of jack carvalle (school buses) and the tripletail fishery will be cranking up. Also, remember, snook season closes this week, so let’s give them a chance to relax and get jiggie.

Offshore, look for the dolphin bite to slow as the schools begin to spread out. The kingfish concentration will remain good along the inshore reefs and wrecks of 8A Reef and Pelican Flats slow trolling with live pogies will produce the most action. Also, the yellow fin tuna bite should remain steady for those willing to venture to the other side. Bottom fishing will continue to be good for snapper and grouper, at least until the first summer squall blows in and muddies up the water or the Labrador Current moves in and chills bottom temperatures bottom.

On the flats, focus your efforts during early morning hours and in the late afternoon after the thunderstorms dissipate. Night fishing will also produce descent catches of redfish and trout. If you can only fish during the heat of the day, target docks with deepwater access. In the early morning look for trout and redfish up in the skinny water around concentration of bait, and toss them your favorite top water plug. Also look for schools of bay anchovies (glass minnows) in deeper waters. These schools can be located by watching for small terns and other sea birds working, and they usually are shadowed by concentrations of small trout and ladyfish.

Also remember as the day’s heat up, long battles will kill the larger fish, and if you plan on targeting them, you may want to step up your tackle to shorten the battle. Also leave them in the water as much as possible, and revive them completely before releasing them.

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

Good luck and good fishing,

Captain Tom Van Horn
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