Tomoka Basin to Sebastian Inlet
Includes Daytona Beach, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa and Melbourne
Anglers trolling high-speed lures on the reefs outside of the 27 to 28 Fathom curve are getting a few wahoo and dolphin on most trips. Amberjack can be found in these depths as well for bottom fisherman using live baits or vertical speed jigs. King mackerel and scattered sailfish are striking live pogies trolled on the 70 to 100 foot reefs due east of the inlet. Tarpon, shark, and jack are possible near shrimp boats or bait pods along the beaches in the 20 to 60-foot depths. Live and cut baits will usually get you hooked up on these fish.
Trout and redfish have been good in the spruce creek and rose bay areas on the upper portions of the tide this week. Live mud minnows; and shrimp or small jigs that imitate them are working well. Tarpon, snook and mangrove snapper are possible around the area bridges and docks for anglers fishing under the lights at night. Shrimp are working well for the snapper and the tarpon and snook will hit small crabs, mullet, and pogies on most nights.
King mackerel, cobia, and sailfish have been striking live pogies slow trolled in the 70 to 120-foot depths. Many of the reefs like Pelican Flats, 8A, and Chris Benson are prominent places to try, but don’t over look color changes, temperature breaks, or small rips that may hold these fish as well. Any sort of floating debris needs to be inspected as well. Mangrove snapper have been hitting on the wrecks in these same depths. Chum them to the surface and float or free-line small pieces of bait or small whole live baitfish to them on a 20 to 30 pound fluorocarbon leader. Closer to the beach anglers are hooking shark, tarpon, jack, and large redfish while slow trolling or drifting with live baits.
Speckled trout have been a best bet along the 3 to 5 foot drop-offs or deeper flats in the Indian and Mosquito Lagoons. Live pig fish under an Assassin Kwik Cork continues to bring 15 to 24-inch fish to the boat for anglers on most days. Redfish are running around in small schools or pods in the flats. Look for mullet schools or areas with multiple types of bait such as glass minnows, pinfish, pigfish, and fingerling mullet to be good places to search.
Tarpon, jack, shark, and a few king mackerel are following bait pods south of the inlet near the Disney property and in the Vero Cove. To the north of the inlet more of these fish can be found around the Melbourne Beach and Floridana Beach areas. Anglers crossing over to the eastern side of the Gulf Stream are finding some yellowfin tuna at the 80-ish mile mark. Rips associated with the western side of the stream are holding some small dolphin, sailfish, and an occasional wahoo for anglers trolling skirted ballyhoo.
Snook catches remain pretty good at the inlet for anglers fishing live baits near the north jetty. Croakers, spot, and pinfish are the most productive of these. Nighttime anglers can tussle with these fish as well while casting large plugs or flair hawk jigs into the inlet waters. Tarpon are feeding on pilchards in the deeper sections of the river north of grant and south of Turkey Creek
Until next week…Catch a memory!!!
Captain Jim Ross / www.FinelineFishingCharters.com / (321) 636-3728 / firstname.lastname@example.org