Tomoka Basin to Sebastian Inlet
Includes Daytona Beach, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa and Melbourne
Mangrove snapper are holding on the reefs and wrecks in the 75 to 130-foot depths. Cut baits or small live baits are working best for them. King mackerel are another species that should be abundant on these structures. Anglers can catch their limits by slow trolling with live baits or dragging naked ballyhoo at about 3 to 4 knots. Sailfish, and blackfin tuna are possible catches along with the kingfish. Amberjack catches are best n the 120 to 240-foot structures. Live baits or vertical speed jigs like the Williamson Vortex are good options for anglers targeting this species.
Cool water has been an issue over the past few days in the 25 o 45-foot depths, so depending on what the water temperatures do will depend on what you should be able to find his weekend. Anglers should have a shot at tarpon, shark, flounder, jack, bluefish, bonito, and king mackerel i the temperatures stay above the 78 degree mark. Look for areas with good baitfish schools to hold the most predator fish around them. Inside he lagoons tarpon, snook and over-sized redfish are possible at the area bridges. Live mullet, pigfish, pinfish, and cut baits should work on all three species. In the backwaters from Edgewater to Oak Hill trout and redfish catches are decent for anglers fishing channel edges and sandy potholes in the flats. Paddle tailed grubs like the Saltwater Assassin 4-inch sea shad are top choices if live baits are not in your game plan. The houdini, cajun croaker, and Silver phantom with chartreuse tail are all working really well at this time.
King mackerel and cobia are striking live pogies and sardines slow trolled n the Pelican Flats or 8A reefs this week. Anglers may also have sailfish and small dolphin come into their spreads if the blue water from the Gulf Stream moves over these reefs. Farther offshore amberjack are holding on the reefs and wrecks in the 180 o 250-foot depths. Vertical jigs and live pinfish or pogies are top producers for these fish. Along the near-shore waters anglers are finding jack crevalle, tarpon, shark, bonito, and barracuda in the 20 to 50-foot depths.
Scattered speckled trout, mangrove snapper, and redfish can be found near docks and mangrove covered shorelines. Live shrimp or small fingerling mullet are the best way to get them to bite. Jigs and small top water plugs can be effective during morning and evening periods near these structures when baitfish schools are present. Small snook and juvenile tarpon can be found in many of the feeder creeks and residential canals that have not had algae blooms n them yet. Some of these are in the Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach, and Satellite Beach canals.
Small amberjack, mangroves and mutton snapper, and a few cobia are popping up on the reefs in the 65 to 90-foot depths. Anglers are chumming and drifting chunks of baitfish back into their slicks with good success. Small live baits like live pilchards are another good way to get a bite going for yourself. King mackerel, sailfish, and small dolphin are possible in the 60 to 120-foot depths. Anglers are slow trolling with live baits or with naked ballyhoo at 3 to 4-knots.
Snook action is fair at the inlet. Live croakers seem to be he magical bait to use for them at this time. Speckled trout, small snook and jacks are possible along the docks on the west side of the river. Live shrimp or small soft plastic lures that imitate them are working best.
Until next week…Catch a memory!!!!
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