Redfish Riot

Recent fishing reports from the East Central region.


Redfish Riot

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

I also pitched them the monster 7 inch Fender Walker topwater plug. These reds lost their minds when they saw that plug, I had one red of at least 45 inches come completely out of the water about a foot above the surface trying to dismantle my plug. It was epic action to say the least.

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East Central Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: Keystroke

There are some big fish out in the ocean along the beaches, feeding on all that little bait moving along the coast. The trick is to fool them into eating in that clear ocean water. Can’t wait till all the big girls find their way up through the inlet and visit us this fall.

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Early Morning Trout and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: B. Graves

I had some fun with the trout for a while then made my way to the spot I had been fishing the last few times out and the reds weren’t there. So I started trolling around looking for some and came across a school of 30 to 40 over slot reds.

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Indian River Reds

Florida Sportsman member: B. Graves

Took about an hour to find some redfish. Caught a couple decent trout on topwater while looking for reds. Finally started seeing tails so I anchored up and threw some top water, soft plastics and a spoon, nothing. So I turned to cut up pinfish.

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East Central Tailers

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

We made the paddle out to the spot and we were greeted by 100 plus over slot reds happily tailing away in the grass, finning out, backs breaking the surface, the whole 9. We managed to scoop up 5 until the wind switched out of the east briskly and they all made their exit off to the deep end.

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Bulls Before the Storm

Florida Sportsman member: RiverRat321

Within ten minutes of that mullet surfacing the water there was the blow upp! I grabbed the bell and set a perfect hook set and enjoyed the ride! She put up a nice and long fight for her size at 36 inches, I got her in and unhooked her. Of course we released her just in time to head in before the storm.

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Backwater Tarpon in the Rain

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

40 hookups between us give or take, the vast majority of them shook off after a fine display of acrobatics. We got a few decent ones to the boat though, including a nice one Steven caught on fly.

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Sebastian Slob Snook

Florida Sportsman member: MelbourneMark

A little defeated we headed to one of our shorelines to soak some shrimp, hoping to catch some trout or reds. We were using light tackle with 25 pound leader. This was my wife’s first snook over 40 inches, and she did a wonderful job of handling her around the boat. The fish ran what seemed like 100 yards before slowing down. I finally got her in the net, but she would not fit completely.

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Setting Personal Records

Florida Sportsman member: SlamPiece

School of 30 or so breeder reds tailing in the flats, carefully casted with the jerkbait and twitched it twice. Thought I spooked the school (as a huge wake was formed near my lure) but turns out two or three reds were racing to get to the lure first. Hooked up and after a nice fight on my lightest outfit I landed a 44 inch red!

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East Central Reds

Florida Sportsman member: FLChance92

I spent a ton of time up in north Brevard and some schools in the Banana this past week. I haven’t fished up there much in a while and figured I would go chase some schools of Redfish I used to fish for as a kid.

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Tarpon off the Beach

Florida Sportsman member: Secretweapon321

Forum member Secretweapon321 got into the tarpon recently. Jumping one fish and landing one after an hour and a half battle! Nice work.

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Solo Mission in the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: FowlMouth824

After a couple hundred yards on the pole I spotted a small school of slot reds. They were milling about, completely unaware of my approach. I tossed out the ole trusty CAL on an 1/4oz head, one fish spotted the “prey”, broke ranks and pounced.

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East Central Gators

Florida Sportsman member: FowlMouth824

There was no shortage of bait or game fish, we saw hundreds of black drum all morning long. We could hear them drumming through the water. Though we never could convince one to eat. We threw D.O.A. shrimp, cals and an assortment of flies. They were just completely disinterested.

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Snookin’ Success

Florida Sportsman member: Postal

This girl blasted my bait and screamed off line the fight is on. She headed for the dock pilings and the mangroves. After a fun battle and yelling ” no! ” a 100 times with every dart she took for the dock, I landed the old girl.

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East Central Reds and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Montana1

I think we only caught two fish that were under slot, and one that was just over. None of the fish were tailing, and 90 percent of them were caught while blind casting, and just like always they were all caught on artificials, and released to fight again.

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Big Mosquito Lagoon Snaggle Tooth

Florida Sportsman member: tron1.8

My friend invited me out Sunday for a short trip. Caught a couple of small trout and reds, nothing major but it was nice to get out. Then this one took my DOA glow shrimp with my 6 pound line. Ended up being 30 inches long, one of the biggest I have caught in a long time!

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Saturday Sheepsheading

Florida Sportsman member: DeHeaven

We ran to our first spot and within a few hours had boated five keepers. Kris had the winner with a seven pounder! We ran out of fiddlers and the weather started to improve so we decided to go to port to get some food and more bait and try fishing at the mouth to see about a mix bag.

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Gator at Daybreak

Florida Sportsman member: dtm

As soon as it got daybreak I was ready to fish. About 5 casts and then wham! Fish on and a good one, it came up shaking its head trying to spit the hook then surged for the trolling motor under the boat ,buried in the mud and then game over. right into the one arm landing net. This thing is a hog first fish of the day and wow. By this time another boat showed an was working the same area but keeping his distance. I kept on a fishing and wammo another hog at 25 inches and released it.

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East Central Action

Florida Sportsman member: KLUELESS II

Not having a push pole we drifted the flat until we started seeing tailing reds (BONUS!).The wind dropped and the rain started but it seemed to really get the fish fired up. Although I struck first blood with a small rat red that I will not post pictures of, captain Adam was the top hook with a just short slot red and two slob trout!

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Big Trout in The Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: dtm

Hit a few deep spots hoping the trout would be hunkered down waiting for the flats to warm up, we threw gulps and worked them slowly in their face and they couldn’t let the easy meal go by.

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Redzilla In The Inlet

Florida Sportsman member: SaltyRoots

Got a solid hook set and 25 to 30 minutes later, redzilla was boat side. It bottomed out our 40 pound boga grip scale with ease. We guess it to be 45 plus pounds and it was a hell of a way to start off the new year.

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Sebastian Inlet Holding Big Fish

Florida Sportsman member: SaltyRoots

Occasional weeds fouled plugs and Friday and Saturday the waves made it a little dicey in a 16 foot boat to say the least, but the fishing was on fire. Managed to catch around 11 snook (2 slot before the 15th), 7 reds, and 2 tarpon and lost countless others. We were using 50 pound Yozuri Flouro with a decent size split shot about 8-12 inches above a Owner Mutu Light 4/0-5/0 circle hook.

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Trying Something New

Florida Sportsman member: Muskee50

I went fishing today for the first time out of Port Canaveral. I usually fish out of Mosquito Lagoon but decided to try something different. I fish out of a 17 foot flats boat so we were waiting for a nice day like today to fish along the shoreline. We picked up a few small bluefish and this nice bull Red. It is by far my largest red to date. I battled it for approximately 15 minutes before finally bringing it to the boat. I didn’t want to keep the fish out of the water any longer than necessary so no measurements or weights were taken , just this photo.

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Night Time Bruisers In The Inlet

Florida Sportsman member: Final Point

Did a trip with a good friend on Saturday evening. It rained on us most of the night but the fish didn’t mind. I’ll just show you the two big fish of the night. All fish caught on 6000 series PENNS with 50 pound braid, 50 pound fluorocarbon leader and 4/0 circle hooks. Baits were pigs, pins, croakers.

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Slobs In Sebastian

Florida Sportsman member: Final Point

Then, as the sun was starting to drop Sammy hooks into something big. Never got it close enough to see it even though at some points the top of the leader was out of the water, fought it over about three quarters of a mile of inlet and almost 20 minutes before it pulled the hook. I thought he was going to lose it and chuck my pole in the water but he kept it together. And on the very next drift he had redemption.

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Bringing Home Dinner In Sebastian

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

At this point both the wind and water clarity were past what I like and my arm was now past the point that the two morning Aleve were doing anything. I was willing to quit with dinner in the well but thought,
“one pass on those oysters by the island over there” and that’s where this nice red was to finish the slam.

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Banana River “Red” Hot

Florida Sportsman member: SLW UroCane

So here are a few more pictures. Started in the morning on west side out of the wind by Kars campsite. 2 reds there including the biggest of the week. Few trout and jumped another tarpon under that dock. Then went over to 528 and waded out to the bombing target. No reds but a lot of small trout. Finished about of the wind south of 520. Another red and a few trout on the Mirrodine. All fish this week released alive. Best part, not a single jack, catfish, or lizardfish!

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Redfish Mayhem in Cocoa Beach

Florida Sportsman member: Fin & Fly Charters

The redfish bite is super hot right now, were catching 10 to 40 redfish a trip and all of them are on artificial. Topwater is definitely the best strike for them but you can use any of your favorite lures [...]

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Indian River Lagoon Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

my fish was a stud, and would have been the biggest fish of the day, which got wrapped around someone’s boat and I actually managed to work it out, had it pretty whooped and to the boat. It made one more big run and crossed someone else’s hooked fish, and my line parted also had a double hookup of smaller ones that made it to the boat. we hooked 9, landed 5.

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Titusville Reds

Florida Sportsman member: AdamHughes

I drove down to Jacksonville and met my family at the ramp at 9, we took off and before we got to the first channel marker had engine trouble. Great start to the day, we ran the river looking for the big schools of spawning reds and after about an hour we found them. The school was so large it looked like a moving sandbar. We started tossing live pinfish and crabs at them with only the pinfish getting hit. We hooked up on the first fish and my mom gave it a good fight before pulling it in for some pictures. The school kept moving and the crowd began to grow. We worked the school for a couple more hours not getting to much action until I tossed out at top water. Second twitch I get blown up and the fish takes off, only to be broken off by a flurry of panicked fish swimming into my line. I quickly tied on another and as we got back into position I got my line right on the nose of the school. It seemed like the whole school targeted my bait. I got blown out of the water 3 to 4 times before finally getting a hook set.

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Cocoa Beach Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Off Shore Dude

Went out of PC this morning hunting for tarpon with friend Capt. Alex Jr. On the water by 6:15 and saw no pogies till sunrise. Then they were everywhere. We didn’t see a single tarpon all day!

However, we did run into some nice snook right off the beach. Once we realized there were snook around we started to target them. Hooked five and netted four. Caught them on pogies and all fish were released in good condition.

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Cocoa Beach Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: Off Shore Dude

Went out this morning with my friends Alex and Bob. Ran down the beach – pogies everywhere. Found some Tarpon rolling and busting bait between 520 down to steeples. We did run down to patrick but the pogie pods disappeared south of steeples. Was kind of weird but the water off Patrick was beautiful and clear.

We lost a few Tarpon but managed to get this one to the boat. Took me about an hour to get him in. Circle hook caught him right in the corner of the mouth. This fish was pulling an 18 foot action craft flats boat around. Almost spooled me so we had to chase him for a little while. Estimated somewhere around 100 pounds.

Revived Tarpon and he pushed off nicely from the boat.

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Canaveral Beach Tarpon & Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Docked Wages

I got some free time this weekend and took several friends and family out on a couple trips targeting Tarpon and anything else that would bend a rod on the beach. Our summer bait run is in full swing with huge pods of pogies and mullet invading the beaches. You can target Kings, Jacks, Snook, Tarpon, Sharks in depths from 8 feet to 30 feet.

Friday started off with two big poons on back to back drifts as shown in the video below. The next day we jumped 3 more tarpon and picked up a hero snook while weeding through a few sharks.

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Brevard Red & Trout

Florida Sportsman member: blefils

You can still see into the water with limited visibility but the chocolate milk is coming on hard. I am sure there is clean water in places but a guide I am not. Started fishing both Whale Tail and the shoreline due East of the Tail. Tons of mullet and 1 big gator but no redfish. Tons of boats around Cucumber Island, but as we were rolling into the area some knucklehead blew the place out with his prop aimed at the sky. Boats cleared out after that. Ended up fishing more spots as we headed north to Tiger Shoals. We fished out in the open, close to the shoal that zigs and zags in the middle of that portion of the lagoon. That provided the cleanest water of the day which was not very clear. Saw a slow cruising 26 inch red. I tossed a chunk of mullet out in front of it. It swirled, went down, and inhaled.

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Sebastian Inlet Permit

Florida Sportsman member: Team-Rebel

As I made my way back to the end, I see three rods bent over and all hell breaking loose! I ask Mike “what the hell just happened” He said the guys were tripled up on Reds and Permit!” Oh ****! Better get to it now!” I yelled as I tied up a fresh crab onto my rod. Within minutes of deployment, I started reeling some slack out of my line, which brang my crab to the surface for a moment, and I see a fin and a boil. “Hooked up” I yelled, as a permit literally flew out of the water, and the fight was on. But this one was short lived, as it only took about 4 minutes to whoop this cute little guy and for Mike to get him into the drop net. “Cool, we are on the board, its already a success.”

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Sebastian Redfish & Trout

Florida Sportsman member: IndianRiverNole

On the water by 6:30 and headed to the first spot. In just a few cast small trout is hooked up but comes unbuttoned half way back to the boat . After that nothing for a couple of hours except to see who could get the biggest oyster rock back in the boat. About 9 decided to try and head back north to fish a spot that has always produced fish but mostly small or trash but at this point I am looking to get the skunk off the boat. Pull up and the water is very dark almost reddish in color. A few cast later and drag is screaming. After a nice fight and a couple of runs a fat 24 inch red is in the well ready for dinner tonight. Finally the skunk is off the boat and I’m feeling a little better. I got the boat back turned around and in position. A few casts later I think I have a big over slot redfish by the drag it was taking and the runs it was making. It gets a little closer and I see that its a huge trout. Measured out at 28-29 inches after it made it in the boat.

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Mosquito Lagoon Inshore Slam

Florida Sportsman member: dtm

Me and my dad fished the Lagoon toda,y for half of it anyhow. Bait is thick and the water was glassy early on and dirty. Started off with the topwaters but no one was interested. Switched up to some jerk baits and a little intrest, but not like a “I am hungry bite,” just small taps could of been pinfish I guess. Kept working around the mullet pods then finally a nice trout hits. Kept at it awhile releasing a couple small trout and a jack then thump a solid bite I put the steel to him and the fight was on but he hugged the bottom hard. I said “Great, I think I got a Ray” then bring it along the side of the boat and up pops a nice Flounder. Kept working and a casting for awhile with little to show except a few wind knots and a knot failure on a nice fish. I then make a long cast to a pothole as soon as it lands thud Hookset then screaming drag[...]

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Mosquito Lagoon Red

Florida Sportsman member: Pescatoral Pursuit

Put in at Eddy Creek. On the water by 6:30. Immediately start looking for fish. Not much there. A few singles and doubles that we couldn’t get close to. With the conditions I had expected to see some tails but there were none. About 45 minutes we get close to a decent school. As I had a friend with me I always give them first crack at it. His cast sailed wide right of the moving fish. Now it’s my turn. These guys were pretty much casting distance from the boat and I’m no sharpshooter (Theres a reason I dont fish mangrove edges, salute to those of you who do,) so I let my shrimp fly and it lands right on top of the moving red. Thinking I blew that one, I was a little surprised when it spun around and grabbed it. Fish on!

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Titusville Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: JonDubs

Went out for a quick trip today over in Titusville. First tried our trout spot but nobody was home. Went to look for something else to play with and got lucky when a blue crab floated by. Netted it up real quick and put in on the hook. Ten minutes later line starts screaming. After a 15-20 minute battle I landed a nice 39 inch fat redfish!

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Redfish Workout

Florida Sportsman member: redjim

Redfish put a hurt on my ole bod today and last night. I made the mistake of planning TWO trips for reds within 24 hours. Lucky for me (or not) the fish were hitting it hard both trips. We ended up with 15 or so nice fish. Biggest was just about 50” and they were caught drifting the Inlet with live bait while the somewhat smaller fish were caught plugging in the north Indian River Lagoon.

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Mosquito Lagoon Reds and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: turtle83

Sunday, I had the pleasure of fishing with my 11 year old nephew. He’s an awesome kid who is constantly wanting to fish, learn knots, clean up the boat, etc. So, I figured why not take the grom out for a day on the water. Last time I had him out, I saw a major improvement in his skill level, his casts were more and more accurate and he’s beginning to learn to read the water. This time, all he could talk about was sight fishing…

So, we got over to the lagoon and started working a couple flats. We’d pole along, he’d see a trout in a sand hole but the cast just wasn’t there. It was either on top of the fish or too far left, too far right, too short. He was getting dialed in though with each presentation. At this point, I had whacked a couple of reds but our focus was on getting him a true sight fished fish. We came around a bend on a shoreline that has a few scattered sandy depressions and pot holes. Sure enough, he spots a nice trout just laying in a smaller sandhole.

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Haulover Canal Nighttime

Florida Sportsman member: JonDubs

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Have been hearing about the shrimp starting to run so wanted to get out and check it out. It was pretty gosh darn cold so we only stayed from about 6pm-11:30pm. Only saw a few shrimp but we didnt hang out long after the current switched directions. Did net up some silver sides that were attracted to the lights and put those out to see who wanted to play. Not 30 minutes after putting them out my buddy got a nice hit, he’s some what of a novice so I figured it was either a catfish or the bottom knowing him. Then the line started peeling off! Game on. I coached him through the fight, and after about 15 minutes we boated a nice 34 inch slob of a red.

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Rockledge Trout

Florida Sportsman member: redjim

Went fishing the rocks down on Rockledge Drive for small reds that I usually end up with and came up with a BIG trout (for me at least). Caught her on a 1/8 jig with a green DOA CAL with 1000 series reel and 8 lb Power Pro. So that was fun for sure. Fish measured out at 30.5″ and was sent back home to fight another day.

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IRL Nighttime Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Brentspeedgsxr

Fishing the Indian river along some docks on Wednesday night. We were fighting a south wind the whole time.. not a very bad south wind but enough that we were skeptical about catching anything. I managed to put two dink trout in the boat within the first hour or so… not a good start. So we decide to head to another spot with less wind and on our way out stopped at one last dock.

I throw a paddle tail minnow on a jig head, and boom. Fish on, it immediately runs under the dock and out the other side. Some boat maneuvering ensues, I hand my rod off to my friend who passes it under some pilings and hands it back to me. The snook takes off like a rocket and covers about 50 yards in no time, going under another dock.

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Christmas Eve Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Chuck D

Here is my first GoPro video, an early Christmas present. Edited the footage after the trip, did it quickly, any tips or suggestions on the video are welcome. As far as gear I used a Star Seagis, with a Shimano Stradic Ci4. We threw gulp shrimp on a weighted twist lock hook.

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Big Fish, Little Rod

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Tyler Vollmer

I recently got a day to myself between the cruddy weather and running trips and I was able to throw out the pink barbie rod. Knowing I was in an area holding some giant trout, this would be the perfect opportunity to showcase you don’t need to spend $500 on a rod and reel to catch the big ones. I will admit that I did cheat a little bit and spooled up 8lb braid with a 15lb flourocarbon leader rigged with a 3″ gulp shrimp. [...]

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Cold Weather has It’s Advantages

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Tyler Vollmer

With the sudden drop in temperatures, the thought of the redfish bite slowing down crossed my mind once or twice but as soon as the wind laid down, I was able to see for myself that it only improved the bite! Redfish are schooling over the flats like it’s spring and the monster trout are everywhere but not schooled up yet in the number they were last year…YET! I’ve kept the topwaters in the box and immediately start working soft plastics with instant results. Look for schooled reds in about 2′ of water and your single fish can be sighted next to land providing the water is deep enough for them to move around in. Our trout are sitting on deeper drop offs and potholes. [...]

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Busy Day: Flounder, Reds, Trout, Snook

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

My very first cast is a fish on, a real fighter and a 26 1/2 inch red is in the boat. I normally don’t keep anything but flounder or pomps, except badly injured fish that won’t survive, or the odd fish here and there for my jig maker or computer tech guy. I move to my next spot and have a few short hits, then a hard thump, but no real fight as it comes straight to me. And then, holy smokes! This fish goes ballistic and in the early light I see what I would consider a “mat”. In the net it goes [...]

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NMZ Catches: Trout and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Ta1lChas3r

Got a couple days off from work so decided to do a little fishing today following the first cool front of the season. With no set plan where to go I saw a Facebook post from a buddy of mine, Steve Brand. He was planning on hitting the No Motor Zone/KARS Park area. After texting him and inviting myself along, we made plans to meet this morning. We launched a began our trip to an area we figured would be holding some fish.[...]

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Red Hot in October

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Tyler Vollmer

Seven days into the month and I’ve put over a 100 reds in the boat. From slots to beasts, the IRL and ML is producing more fish than I’ve seen all year. The mullet run is also beginning and that means even more fish following. Look for snook following the massive schools of mullet. Use a DOA Baitbusters for these guys or a topwater can work just as well [...]

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Redfish Mania in Sebastian

Florida Sportsman member: Final Point

My father-in-law came into town for a few days and I wanted to put him on some fish! We started the day by stopping by the shop to load up on croakers (one of the many benefits of owning a bait and tackle shop). We then broke the inlet as the sun was cracking and made our way north looking for tarpon chasing the mullet schools. Made it about 5 miles before my passenger had had enough of the 3 to 4 foot, close period swell, so we headed back to the inlet to see what was chewing [...]

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IRL Breeders on Light Tackle

Florida Sportsman member: SteveB79

Got out with Tyler this morning and we headed to Titusville (10 minutes up the road) in search of some big breeder redfish. It was a nice morning with a slight 4 to 8 mph westerly breeze. On our first stop we saw absolutly nada although I landed a small trout blind casting. So we headed to a spot where there had been some recent bigguns hanging out. No luck on seeing any monsters but Tyler snatched up an upperslot beautiful tailer for the first of our targeted species of the day [...]

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Slob Redfish on Artificial

Florida Sportsman member: Wayoflife

Within 10 minutes of motoring down we spot the biggest tail I’ve ever seen on the flats. He followed the jerk bait about 5 feet then dissapeared for the rest of day…sigh. All is not lost, 5 minutes later my buddy hooks into what looks to be 35 inch red, but after getting him to boat on 10 pound braid he makes the mistake of putting a little muscle on him and he breaks off. At this point the fish goes into hidding so we decide to pickup and move a little bit [...]

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PC Smorgasbord

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

Plan was to run the beach and target tarpon. Had the 24 Pathfinder loaded with tackle (big spinners, bait casters, and Avets in case we headed offshore). Headed out of the port at day break and headed south looking for pogies and poons. No pogies at the pier and water temp kept dropping the further south we went [...]

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Morning of Reds and a MONSTER Trout

Florida Sportsman member: shallowminded22

Hit the lagoon early this morning, only to find tails all over the place. Water was very low, still dirty, and tons of grass. Fish were doing a very good job at sneaking through the grass this morning but we still managed a handful. Late morning we saw a nice size tail pop up, poled towards it and my buddy makes a perfect cast and gets nailed. A couple seconds into the fight we realize it’s not a red but a monster gator trout. Caught, weighed, quick photo shoot, and a healthy release. 8.5 lbs on the boga. Enjoy.

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Big Beach Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Tyler Vollmer

Heard reports of fish patrolling the beach recently and with calm waters, I couldn’t resist taking this skiff out. Ran down to the pier and loaded up the livewell with 30 pogies. We ran about 3/4 of a mile from the beach and we seen a couple tarpon rolling. So with that we stopped, put the trolling motor in and set out our baits [...]

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Trout Bite And Brown Pants

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Tyler Vollmer

Thanks to Debby, I’ve been going a tad bit crazy just staring at the computer screen and listening to the weatherman say stay off the water so I figured I’d give a report and a story. Topwater has been off and on this month. The more overcast, the more strikes I’ve seem to be having. Skitterwalks and Chugbugs have been the hot ticket for big trout and redfish for me on the days when they’re hitting. Other days it seems I might as well have brought the kitchen sink. On those days I quickly switch up to jerkbaits [...]

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Big June Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Tyler Vollmer

As most are aware, fishing on the Indian River and Banana River is going off. Reports from other guides are showing big fish from Mosquito Lagoon as well! I’ve been scouting new areas for clients and I’ve found some fish well off the beaten path from my normal area that make a damn fine picture! Smaller redfish are smacking topwaters all day long and the STILL hot trout bite dies off around 8 a.m. [...]

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Hot Water, Hot Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Chase ‘Em Down

The fishing has been on fire in the lagoon the past few weeks. We have been catching lots of reds and trouts on Rapala skitterwalks and gulp jerk baits. The trout color has been working the best for me. Been catching the trout on the edges and drop offs fishing the bait pods. Reds have been a little tougher because the high dirty water but when you get a bait near them they will eat!

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Snook and Tarpon Bite

Florida Sportsman member: FloridaAngler

Went fishing in the Indian River down near Palm Bay yesterday. My buddy caught a nice 27 inch snook first cast, then a couple mins later I hooked up to a upper slot sized snook. As night fell the tarpon began to bite and my friend managed to catch one. We missed a bunch of tarpon but still had a lot of fun.

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Big Hungry Banana River Trout

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

Decided to hit the water this morning before Memorial Day weekend boat traffic hits full swing. I’m fortunate to have a customer who is also a friend, so we can officially call it a work day. We lost more fish today than I can ever remember losing (pulled hooks, broken lines & frayed leaders from mangrove roots and docks, etc.). It’s still pretty fun getting freight trained; even when you lose.

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North IRL

Florida Sportsman member: angler18

Headed out with my buddy Bill in his boat today to look for some fish for a few hours. We started a little later than we wanted to, and made it to the spot at about 7am. Found out the trolling motor batteries took a dump, and it costed us another 30 minutes of primetime, although I managed about 10 casts with a skitter walk and boated a nice 18″ trout and had 3 blow ups on other casts.

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Mosquito Lagoon Gator!

Florida Sportsman member: Flathappy

It was a very windy day but I managed to sight cast, land and release this very healthy 33 inch gator trout. This is my personal best!

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IRL Report

Florida Sportsman member: Skinnywtrfdman

This week I had great days on the water. Got to enjoy great fishing with good friends. Got my biggest trout on top water, got some black drum, and my buddy got an oversized red. SkinnywtrfdmanWe have used top water early I the morning and soft plastic the rest of the day. Oh’ yeah except the black drum would only take shrimp. I guess I need to invest in a fly rod. I’m thinking that may work better when the fish are spooky.

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Indian River Reds and Trout, O Myyyy.

Florida Sportsman member: Panfishangler1

Put in to the ol’ Haulover Canal with light winds and glassy conditions at 8:30 a.m. Proceeded to travel West. Onto a (THE) flat 3 miles later and sighted very little surface action. We only had jerk baits, DOA’s, and a cast net for live bait. Fingering mullet were extremely HARD to find; everything was all grown up…BTW did you see that Publix now has mullet fillets in the seafood department under the glass? [...]

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Epic Mosquito Lagoon Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Cavanaugh68

All I can say is wow! Just wow! It just keeps getting better and better as time is going by here in central Florida. It is starting to look more and more for all of us here on the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River that this year is going to be epic. The weather has just been perfect along Florida’s beaches and along with this it has brought some of the best sight fishing I have seen in a few years now. The New Smyrna Beach, Oak Hill, Scottsmoor and Titusville areas are the epicenter for some of the greatest fishing on the backcountry grass flats there is.

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A Lil’ Night Action

Florida Sportsman member: Hejzabayboatworks

I was at work Thursday when my lady friend texted me saying “I miss you we need to fish!” and she talked me into it. I checked the winds and tides and once I had seen low tide at 6ish I was eager for the port. So once 4:30 came I went straight to my house and hooked up the boat. We decided it was time to see if snook found there way to the port yet. I got to her house around 5:45 in Cape Canaveral and we were off. I decided before nightfall hit I’d try the beach and jetty to no avail [...]

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36 Hours of Florida Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

My half bro Alex and his buddy Jeff flew in late Thursday night for a Florida fishing adventure. Plan was to fish for dolphin on Friday on my 24′ Pathfinder, go inshore Saturday, and fish Sebastian inlet Saturday night. Wind forecast for Friday had me and my ruptured C5-C6 disc worried, so my brother John and our buddy Gray stepped it up and set up a charter on the Incentive with Bruce Alcott. I’ve bottomed fished with Bruce before and he is the man!

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Jack’s Report

Florida Sportsman member: Panfishangler1

Such a gorgeous day! Now the plan was to get lucky, find the redfish was the goal. Well I might have hooked one and lost it but chances are it was a trout, because THE Trouts back on the menu for the 4th straight week in the lagoonic waters off the space coast. All those underslot trout I caught last year must have grown up because they are big now! and super fun to catch [...]

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IRL Report

Florida Sportsman member: Skinnywtrfdman

Well after working at the FD 72 hours straight, I was able to get out on the water today. Got off to a late start around 8 a.m. Got on a school of big fish right off the bat. Lost one and then landed one. Once the wind picked up they stopped showing themselves. I don’t like to pressure them so instead of sticking around we left. We spent the rest of our day on this one flat [...]

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ML Morning Reds

Florida Sportsman member: jumboshrimp

I am on spring break as of yesterday so I was very excited to fish nonstop but the weather is starting off nice and crappy. It looks like this weekend will be terrible but luckily I was able to get out today. The bite was very hot, and very early. The wind was dead calm first thing and kicked up a little bit by around 11:00 but by then I was already working my way back to the launch. Lots of redfish schools prowling the flats and tails were everywhere [...]

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Mimms Area Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: shouldabeenworkin

Took the morning off and drove over to Mimms for few hours of fishing before going into work. I live in Mount Dora so it’s a hour and 40 minute trip one way for a few hours on the water, never mind the gas cost. Sometimes you just gotta go.
The wind was maybe 5 or 6 straight up the river from the south. Not too much of a problem in a kayak…if you don’t forget your anchor. I decided to paddle south down to the railroad tressle and drift back while looking for fish, hopefully some tailers. Drift back I did!! [...]

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The Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: jumboshrimp

Today was kind of like summer (only not 100 degrees) the water level was up and it was calm in the morning, caught a trout before sunrise and then it rained in the afternoon. Anyway, fished middle lagoon with fairly good success caught a trout and a few reds really early. The water was up by a noticeable amount and very very clear, just beautiful. Fish were tailing and I got several great shots at singles, small groups and one school [...]

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New Smyrna Beach/Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

Florida Sportsman member: Cavanaugh68

Well now that we are into the New Year of 2012 here in east central Florida and great weather is amongst us the flats fishing of the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River has taken of tremendously here in the New Smyrna Beach, Titusville and Oak Hill areas of central Florida. Sight fishing the backcountry flats of the national park and refuge has begun to improve quite a bit, with water clarity getting into the optimal range it should be for this time of year and just outstanding days to fish in [...]

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Christmas Redfish

Florida Sportsman Member: capt mike mann

Fishing has been great with sight casting for tailing reds and black drum and the upper creeks have been great for a mixed bag of reds, trout, flounder and black drum . The weather forecast for next few days is light winds and sunny skies which equal some top of the line sight casting for schooling reds and tailing reds and black drum this could be the best week of fishing in last couple of weeks . Get out on the water and catch some fish while the girls or guys are out shopping and the weather is great. Merry Christmas.

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