Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast, May 2007
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Like the early summer sunshine, fishing opportunities are heating up in all areas along Florida's Lagoon coast. Catch the last month of snook season on the Lagoon flats, inlets, and Beaches
On the Lagoon flats: Redfish and spotted sea trout will provide the majority of action for light tackle and fly anglers. The water has warmed to the point where jack crevalle, ladyfish, snook, and tarpon are showing up in good numbers. Target these species at first light or at dusk, with top water plugs like the High Roller Florida Special or the Rapala Skitterwalk. As the day heats up, focus your attention on the deeper edges of the flats (2 to 3 feet deep) with a RipTide 4" mullet on a ¼ ounce RipTide Screw Jig.
At the inlets and beaches: Spanish mackerel, snook, redfish, jack crevalle, bluefish, flounder, sheepshead and black drum are just some of the species available in the Lagoon inlets and beaches this month. As the baitfish migration moves north, this type of fishing will only get better.
In the ocean: Inshore, the bait pods, Atlantic menhaden (pogies), have shown up along the beach, and now is the best time to target the ocean predator shadowing these schools. It's not uncommon to catch large redfish, jack crevalle, blacktip sharks, cobia, and tarpon from within these pods of bait. To locate bait pods, simply look for feeding birds, flipping and jumping bait, and busting fish.
Blue water: Dolphin fishing will be the focus of blue water anglers this month. This is the time of year when the big bulls are taken off the Florida space coast. The early season dolphin bite has already yielded fish in excess of 60 pounds. Also, as a bonus, the potential of taking a blue marlin or sailfish is good. Near-shore, the kingfish bite has heated up on the near-shore reefs and wrecks and cobia are still commonplace.
Fresh water: Bass fishing on the Stick Marsh and Farm 13 will be hot this month. These lakes are some of the best catch and release bass lakes in the world.
As Always, if you have any questions or need more information, please contact me.
Good Luck and good fishing,
Captain Tom Van Horn
Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters
407-416-1187 On the Water
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April 30, 2007
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