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Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, September 6, 2005

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Fishing Eases a Tired Mind, Especially During Trying Times.

Once again, Mother Nature has revealed her enormous power as Hurricane Katrina rolled into the Gulf States this past week, and once again, humanity was brought to their knees by her merciless fury. In her wake, her rage has confirmed the resolve of mankind, and together we will roll up our sleeves to assist those in need. With that said, in the name of the Mustard Seed of Florida, (www.mustardseedfla.org) I have donated a fishing charter to be auctioned off at the Charity for Charities event ( www.charityforcharities.org ) held at the Orlando Convention Center next Saturday, September 11, 2005. Please check out the links above, and help those in need, and let’s go fishing. Additionally, many of you know me as a fishing guide and outdoor writer, but I’m also privileged and honored to serve as a fire fighter with the Kennedy Space Center. Last week, I was notified by NASA that I was one of the first on the list to be dispatched to assist in Slidel Louisiana, but that assignment is pending. I will keep you informed.

In many fisheries around the world, it is important to match the hatch. On the Lagoon Coast, the dredged fall hatch of the Plecia nearctica, better know as the love bug, serves only one useful purpose, it signals the beginning of the mullet run. This past week on the lagoon and along the beach, hordes of finger mullet have formed up and started moving south, and in spite of the blustery northeast wind, fishing in the areas on mullet schools produced outstanding catches.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to fish both Saturday and Sunday on the Banana River Lagoon, and on both days, the bite was outstanding. On Saturday, I prefished a creek mouth on the west shore, and I found that the northeast wind had pushed thousands of finger mullet in close to the shoreline where a number of snook and tarpon were pounding them. Using a blue/silver Chug Bug, I caught ten shook up to 25 inches and one 20lb tarpon in a period of two hours.

On Sunday, I returned to the same creek mouth accompanied by David Hopkins from Ohio, and the bite had settle down a bit, but David still managed to catch a Banana River grand slam. We started throwing Chug Bugs at first light catching several sea trout up to 26 inches. As daylight filled the sky and the northeast wind began to howl, we moved into the creek mouth to finish the slam catching a rat redfish, numerous snook up to 25 inches, and a few small tarpon in the 15 to 20 pound range. Although the fish were not all keepers, it was a fun day nonetheless.

During the week, other notable reports of both snook and tarpon in the surf were received. Captain Rodney Smith reported large tarpon working bait pods in the Satelite Beach area, and my good friend Lyle Roles reported catching a 30-inch snook off the beach near the Cocoa Beach Pier on a Wind Cheater. It looks like we are in for a run of nasty weather, but once it passes and the sea settle the bite should fire up again.

In closing, be generous and kind with donations of both money and time, and ease your mind by going fishing. As always, if you need information or have any questions, please contact me.

Good luck, and good fishing,

Captain Tom Van Horn
www.irl-fishing.com
407-366-8085 office
407-416-1187 on the water
866-790-8081 toll free
 
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