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Captain Tom Van Horn

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  1. Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast, April 2008 Compliments of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka Florida Reflecting back on past fishing adventures, April stand out as one of the finest months to experience the true diversity of the fishery existing along the Indian River Lagoon coast of Florida. April serves as a transitional period where the winds of March give way to the heat and humidity of summer. As spring progresses and water temperatures rise, fishing opportunities abound with the influx of bait moving north within the lagoon and closer to the shoreline along the beac
  2. Florida’s East Coast Fishing Outlook for November 2007 Compliments of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka Florida November on the Indian River Lagoon Coast of Florida With the exception of a few more gray hairs that haven’t fallen out yet, I welcome the arrival of fall and the changing seasons brought forth by falling temperatures on the Indian River Lagoon coast of Florida. The cool crisp morning air in my lungs and on my cheeks is a refreshing change from our hot dry summer and our rainy humid October. As the sun rises and sets further to the south, both anglers and game fish
  3. Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast, October 2007 Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka Florida As the fall bait run continues, hordes of black and silver mullet, Atlantic menhaden (pogies), thread fin herring (greenies), and bay anchovies (glass minnows) flee for their live as they move south in search of a warmer climate. This migration signals the end of summer, and the beginning of some of the best fishing experienced on the Indian River Lagoon coast of Florida. Weather permitting, near-shore opportunities are the best you will see all year. Along the beaches,
  4. Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, September 6, 2007 Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka Florida Let the Feeding Frenzy Commence Yesterday as the sun settled in the west, I found myself at the ocean’s edge. My quest was not to catch fish for I carried no tackle, but to simply observe conditions in anticipation of the arrival of the mullet. With a low-pressure system building in the Atlantic northeast of Florida and the northeasterly breezes and seas building, conditions are right for the commencement of the mullet run. As I sat there scanning the water with
  5. Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast, September 2007 Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, Florida Season of the Mullet As the tropical storm season wanes along the Indian River Lagoon Coast of Florida, we welcome the arrival of September with hot and humid days, and than say good by to the summer as September exits on the shoulders of a prevailing northeast wind. Shorter days, longer nights and the prevailing shift is the winds and swells signal the end of summer, and the beginning of the season of the mullet. I’m often asked the question, “When is the best ti
  6. Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast, August 2007 Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, Florida As the mid-summer doldrums settle in on the Indian River Lagoon Coast of Florida, summer weather patterns dominate and angling success requires a shift in tactics to beat the heat and afternoon thunderstorm. An early morning predawn start allows anglers to enjoy cooler conditions and magnificent sunrises, and have the boat trailered and home in time for a snooze in the Lazy-Boy while the afternoon storms brew outside. Once the storms have past, the window of opportunity reo
  7. Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast, July 2007 Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, Florida Summertime has officially arrived on the Space Coast of Florida, and the mid summer doldrums are currently amongst us. It’s also the time of year when tropical weather systems and offshore water temperatures are as predictable as Mother Nature herself. Just when you think you’ve got the fishing figured out, a summer squall (tropical system) will blow in and kick up the seas, or the cold water Labrador Current will chill bottom water temperatures and shut down the seaward bit
  8. Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast, June 2007 Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors in Apopka Florida Yep, the heat and humidity are rising, and so are fishing prospects along the Indian River Lagoon Coast of Florida. Hot summer days can be brutal, so the wise angler and the fish will take advantage of the cooler nights and early morning and late evening hours to feed and stock their prey, and then they snooze in the shade and deeper areas once the heat turns up. So adjust your routine in June, July, and August, by fishing at night, during the predawn hours, and in the la
  9. Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, May 23, 2007 Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka Florida Well I was hoping to publish this report on Friday, but after two quality days on the water, the east beast started howling again and 20-knot winds forced cancellations of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday charters. Hopefully, this weather pattern will shift by Saturday, allowing us fishable conditions, at least inshore, for the holiday weekend. My week starter on Sunday when repeat clients Craig Welch and his son Max and his grandfather graced the deck of Three Quarter Time
  10. Indian Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast, April 2007 Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors One of best things about fishing is it provides us with a forced mind flush. Once we are on the water, fishing eases our mind’s tensions by forcing us to concentrate on the task at hand. Fresh air in our lungs, sunshine on our skin, and screaming drags, all serve as escapes from reality. So flush away, because spring delivers some of the hottest fishing experienced on Florida’s Indian Lagoon coast all year. In the inlets, look for good numbers of sheepshead and black drum around structures suc
  11. Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast, February 2007 Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters As I sit down to write this fishing forecast, I am puzzled and mystified by our current weather patterns. In first part of January, a northerly shift in the jet stream brought about by El Nino, delivered spring like conditions to Central Florida. This warmer and windier weather not only confused the fish, but also the anglers. Our typical winter fishing patterns experienced in January failed to develop completely, and now back to back cold fronts could shift conditions again, so who knows what l
  12. Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, January 11, 2007 Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters I would like to tell you the fishing this past week along the Indian River Lagoon coast of Florida was exceptional, but the truth be known; it was the catching that varied. We are currently under the influence of an El Nino weather pattern, which has presented warmer and windier conditions and some tough days on the water. I fished four out of the past six days, and on each occasion the weather has held the upper hand. My adventures this week started last Friday where I had the pleasure of
  13. Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, December 17, 2006 Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters How many times have you heard local anglers say the fishing is awful during the winter in east central Florida? I’ve heard things like it’s too windy, it’s too cold, or the fish are dormant and they don’t eat. Well you keep on believing what your hearing, and I will continue to enjoy the empty boat ramps, unpressured fish, and quality catches experienced in December and January. I have to admit rough weather conditions do make it trying at times, but if you are willing to suck it up a little,
  14. Indian Lagoon Coast Fishing Forecast, December 2006 Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters As winter settles in on the northern two thirds of America, many anglers can only dream about a location where stretching line is a year round endeavor. They long for a setting occupied by happy fish tailing in the shallows as the mid afternoon sun warms the flat. Such is the life of anglers in many parts of our country, and thank God we live on the Lagoon coast of Florida where catching is a winter sport. Like November, December is a month filled with outstanding fishing opportunities. The only
  15. Indian River Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, November 15, 2006 Captain Tom Van Horn, Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters Have you ever heard the adage, “fishing is fishing, catching is catching, and they both are fun”? Well, that saying best sums up my fishing adventures this past week both on and off of the water. After losing my fourth charter opportunity in a row to windy conditions, I was eager to begin a week of what I thought would be outstanding fishing. When my Wednesday charter canceled on me, I was determined to go fishing nevertheless. So I made a few calls and assembled a cr
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