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Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, May 23, 2006

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It has bee an exciting week for anglers on the Indian River Lagoon Coast of Florida. First, summer has almost arrived, and the doldrums have begun to settle in bringing flat calm conditions, and yes, we are finally starting to see some rain. These calm conditions and the influx of massive amounts of baitfish have set the stage for some awesome catches of redfish and sea trout on the lagoon.

Besides the weather, May and June are filled with fishing tournaments and fishing and boating shows, and let be the first to tell you, the first annual Coastal Angler Magazine Fishing and Boating Expo was a tremendous success. The show opened its gates to anglers and boaters on Friday, offering free admission, and before it was all said and done, over 3000 visitors took advantage of the opportunity. The highlight of the three-day event was the seminars featuring some of Florida’s top professional anglers, which included Captain Rodney Smith, Rick Murphy, Mike Holiday, Mark Nickels, and other prominent lagoon guides including myself. It was a great learning experience for all who attended, and I’m already looking forward to CAM’s next event.

My focus this week on water was the excellent top-water sea trout bite and the schools of the larger breeder redfish, and by looking at the expression on Don Christopher’s face, I’m not the only one who’s excited.

The traditional schools of breeder reds are formed up, and a well-presented bait will likely result in a quality fish. The larger redfish have been picky eaters this week, but chunks of fresh blue crab, live jumbo shrimp, and live pinfish have resulted in some respectable fish.

Larry Carter gets excited about his respectable copper queen.

Like mentioned earlier in my report, the hot bite this week has been the top-water sea trout and ladyfish bite. Massive schools of finger mullet and glass minnows have moved into the lagoon, and working top-water plugs in their vicinity has resulted in a good number of quality fish. Plugs of choice this week have been the 4” Johnny Rattler (red and white), Storm Chug Bug (silver and black), and the Dalton Special. We have been starting our day at first light on the edges of the flats, and then moving out into three to four feet of water by 10am. Today, I fished with Larry Carter, and he reached his limit of trout in a span of 20 minutes, and the top-water action continued all day.

With overcast skies predicted for the next few days, the all day sea trout bite should persist, so if you enjoy the excitement of a top-water strike, I would suggest you adjust your agenda to include stretching some line.

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

Good luck and good fishing,

Captain Tom Van Horn
407-366-8085 office
407-416-1187 on the water
866-790-8081 toll free
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