East Coast, Tom Van Horn


Orlando Area and Mosquito Lagoon Coastal Fishing Report, September 5, 2017

Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season

After the events unwinding in Texas last week and Irma pushing in from the southeast, I found the title of Jimmy Buffet’s album appropriate to our current situation.  I know in most of these situations our media folks hype these summer squalls, but in the case of Hurricane Irma I think we should all heed the warnings and be prepared to batten down the hatches this weekend.  Very few storms display the fury and the magnitude of this summer squall, so please take these warnings seriously and we will focus of fishing at a later date.

As you can see from my most recent photo gallery, I diverted from my standard fishing charters the past week opting for a little family camping adventure over the Labor Day weekend.  You can take the Captain off of the Lagoon, but you can’t take the Lagoon out of the Captain, so our camping adventure carried us to KARS Park and our Banana River Lagoon side campsite proved to be a winner.  No boat was needed as both tailing redfish and black drum were a common site from our picnic table, and of course I had a fishing rod and enjoyed putting some of my old friends and new ones on fish, and I even managed to catch a few myself.  The weekend proved to be very relaxing and enjoyable, and I’m looking forward to my next opportunity to once again camp at KARS Park.

KARS Park is located at the southwestern edge of the Banana River No-Motor Zone and although we were faced with some windy and stormy afternoons, the water clarity remains good.

With this said, I will begin my hurricane preparations tomorrow, and pray Irma hangs a sharp right turn staying seaward and spares her waft on the US mainland.

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

Good luck and good fishing,
Captain Tom Van Horn