Tomoka Basin to Sebastian Inlet
Includes Daytona Beach, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa and Melbourne
If boater’s can get out this weekend look for triggerfish, bee liners, and plenty of unicorn (red) snapper (which can’t be kept) on the near shore reefs in the 70 to 90 foot depths. Cut baits like squid or sardine are working best for them. Live fingerling mullet are also a great bait to use, and will usually get the mangrove snapper excited on these reefs as well. I have not received any current trolling reports but the bottom fishing boats I spoke with said there is still floating debris in the ocean so dolphin and wahoo may be possible for anglers venturing out far enough to find clean water. Closer to the beaches tarpon, bonito, and shark are all possible especially near shrimp boats that are culling their catches.
Snook, redfish, jack and bluefish are possible throughout the inlet and river system again this week. Live fingerling mullet are still the best way to get them to strike. Captain Fred Robert has been getting some nice snook and bull redfish between the north and south bridges as well this week. Mangrove snapper and jack are striking live shrimp near docks and rocky areas. Farther south in the Mosquito Lagoon Redfish, baby tarpon, and speckled trout have been striking live fingerling mullet or Saltwater assassin jigs that imitate them. Concentrate on areas with a lot of bait present and fish these lures and baits tight to the shorelines.
King mackerel and bonito are striking trolled spoons and feathers in the 60 to 90 foot depths. Mullet and other live baits that are slow trolled will also get them to strike. Fly anglers using small streamers are scoring good numbers when these fish are aggressively feeding at the surface. look for birds, fleeing baitfish, and other tell tale signs to give away the location of these feeding schools. Farther offshore amberjack have been a consistent species on the reefs and wrecks int he 180 to 250-foot depths. Live pinfish, mullet and sardines or vertical speed jigs like the Williamson Benthos or Vortex are getting them to strike.
The mullet run is still going strong along the beaches and at the port jetties. Snook, redfish, mangrove snapper, flounder, jack, and bluefish are all possible for anglers casting live fingerlings on a sliding sinker rig.
Rapala X-Rap plugs in the size 12 are also accounting for many of these fish. IN the Banana and Indian Rivers trout, redfish, and black drum are cruising many of the mangrove covered shorelines and docks between the 528 Bee-line and Pineda Causeways. Live fingerling mullet are working best for the reds and trout. Live or cut fresh shrimp are best for the Black drum.
Triggerfish and mangrove snapper are possible on the reefs in the 70 to 90-foot depths. Cut baits and jigs tipped with shrimp are working well for these fish. King mackerel can be found on these same reefs. Spoons, sea witch/strip combos, deep diving plugs, and live baitfish slow trolled over the reef can all be effective. Along the beaches anglers are finding bonito, tarpon, jack, and shark feeding on mullet pods as they work their way south.
Snook and redfish are blowing up on the mullet at the inlet jetties. Anglers fishing from the jetties and catwalks are doing best with live baits and Rapala X-Rap lures in the size 12 or 14. Back in the river system snook, tarpon, jack, trout, and redfish are striking top water plugs, jigs, spoons, and soft plastic jerk baits fished near the mangroves and docks on the eastern shoreline. Schools of jack in the 2 to 10 pound ranges are feeding aggressively the middle of the river system. You can see birds working over them on most days and when you get close you will see them busting baitfish. These schools move quickly so a run and gun approach is best if you want to stay hookup up.
Until next week….catch a memory!!!
Captain Jim Ross / www.FinelineFishingCharters.com / (321) 636-3728 / email@example.com