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Indian Lagoon Fishing Report
Indian Lagoon Coast Fishing Report, 2-21-2003

Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters

Arduous and strenuous are the words I use to portray the catching on the Indian Lagoon coast this past week. Low water conditions, blustery winds, cold water, and the full moon phase all added up to making catching arduous. Strenuous describes the effort required to pole Three Quarter Time (my 17í Master Angler) thru the extremely skinny water in pursuit of the elusive Mr. Spotted Tail. Backbreaking is the term, which describes the effort, required to float Three Quarter Time from the sand bottom after the realization that the initial attempt to reach those tails was in vain.

The good news is; my boat engine is fixed, Iím back on the water, the fishing conditions this week were magnificent, and soon the catching will improve. I had the opportunity this past week to fish with four different groups of individuals from around the country, and on each occasion, I thoroughly enjoyed the company and the experience. We fished hard, had some shots at decent fish, and we still managed to catch a good number of smaller trout and rat reds. We found some nice reds in extremely skinny water (6 inches), but we couldnít reach them without getting our feet wet.

For the most part, coastal fishing this past week was blown out. The winter storm, which pounded the Northeast, created a high-pressure trough kicking up the winds and sea conditions. Some of the larger boats that manager to get out reported cobia on rays in about seventy feet of water off the beach, and small kingfish on the near-shore reefs. Hopefully, weather conditions will settle and once the water temperatures increase the cobia and tripletail will move in closer to shore.

Thus far, the weather for this weekend doesnít look good. Another winter weather system is predicted to move in and kick up the seas once again. Look for reds in extremely skinny water, and sea trout in the deeper holes and the deeper edges of the flats. If the seas settle, look for cobia free swimming and on rays in about sixty to seventy feet of water.

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

Good luck and good fishing,

Captain Tom Van Horn


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