Recent fishing reports from the East Central region.


Good Trout and Red Bite

Florida Sportsman members: SLW UroCane

I’ve been wading the shorelines of the causeways, trying to stay out of the wind. I’ve been throwing a 1/8 oz jighead with 3″ white Gulp minnow grub and a few others. Nothing huge, but it’s been productive. I’ve landed about 20 trout, five to six reds, and one (baby!) snook. I made for a “week-long wade slam”.

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Windy Slam

Florida Sportsman members: Flec

I put down the eight pound trout outfit and went with my 15 pound larger Spook rig with 30lb leader and boy did I need it! On my second cast, I was tight to the mangroves and Mr. Big was waiting. After an awesome battle with this fish and the Saturday morning wind, I had my biggest snook to date. He was a fat 34″ and easily bottomed out my 15 pound scale. I am sure he was a 20 pound fish. I finished the day with five snook, six trout, one redfish, and one mangrove snapper.

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Tarpon Insanity

Florida Sportsman member: SaltyRoots

I didn’t get as many opportunities to fish this year, but managed to capitalize on the chances I got. All fishing was done off my 12′ BOTE Rackham that I launch through the surf. I cast net whatever bait I can get, usually mullet or pogies. I slow troll around the edges of the bait pods and sight cast occasionally with HOGY soft plastics. I typically use 50lb Yozuri Flourocarbon leader and a 3/0 Owner MUTU Light Hook.

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1K Silver Slam

Florida Sportsman member: straygecko

I hooked on another mullet and tossed it to another likely spot just under the mangroves and bam – line cut instantly. I baited my second pole and went for the same spot and bam – line cut again. I tie a couple of hooks on and this time put the mullet out a foot from the mangroves. Bam – game on. It was a good fight keeping the fish out of the mangroves with one run into the mangroves and pulled him back out. Finally got this bad boy to the boat. My first snook!

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Slams in Sebastian

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

Forum member duckmanJR has proved he’s a seriously dedicated angler, who takes every opportunity to get out on the water as much as he can to get on some fish. He’s recently been getting some slams on his inshore voyages in the Sebastian area. Check out his most recent reports below.

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Surf Fishing the Mullet Run

Florida Sportsman member: The Fit Adventure

We had some live shrimp out soaking on the bottom. At the same time, I was casting a gator spoon whenever the schools of mullet passed by. These were mostly finger mullet and most of the schools were close to shore. A lot of the pods were being followed by tarpon that were exploding out of the water and rolling right behind the schools. On my second hookup, I landed a small snook. On the shrimp we caught some jacks, margate and sheepshead.

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Dirty Water Fishin’

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

Forum member duckmanJR has been out since the storm. “The water is very high, dirty and tannin stained. The fish are way back in the cover.” He still managed to get some fish to bite. On his even more recent trip, he commented, “The water is getting higher and dirtier. The fish are way back under the mangroves, but have found a few.”

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Sebastian Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

Dave, Brian, and I boxed our limit of snook by 7:15am. Dave hooked the first fish. As soon as his first cast hit the water, it was game on from there. We started the morning on fire, going five for five on snook. The fish won most of the battles as the morning progressed, but we had an absolute blast.

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One Fish, Two Fish, Redfish, Redfish, Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: straygecko

Forum member straygecko has been getting out on the water a lot to get on the reds, with great success. Read his reports to get yourself on some East Central redfish during the mullet run! “While looking for finger mullet, I found a shoreline stacked so thick with big mullet, you could walk on water. The run is under way.”

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Click here to see the 8/31 forum report.

 


1,000 Islands Report

Florida Sportsman member: straygecko

So it’s frozen mullet chunks again this week. I cruised up to an old favorite spot and tossed a chunk up to the mangrove line. Almost immediately the line starts going tight. After reeling it up, I see it’s game on with an over slot red.

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Personal Best Trout

Florida Sportsman member: gettinwet

My son managed to pitch a gold/orange Unfair Lures topwater in the right spot and started walking the dog. When this fish exploded on it, the swirl was like six feet wide, then I heard the drag screaming. I figured it was another nice red, but much to our surprise it was my son’s personal best trout. It had been in the tannin stained water so long that it was actually a bright gold color on the top. I had never seen a trout that color, but it was stunningly beautiful.

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Cocoa Beach Sheepshead Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: straygecko

I set out two poles with frozen mullet chunks. One pole bent over and I had a barn door stingray on. I was getting it near the boat when the second pole bent over. I stuck the first pole in a rod holder, grabbed the second and had a big redfish on. Alas, my leader was a bit chafed up and I was working it too hard and the redfish broke off. After, there was a couple of fish that nibbled the bait off the hook, then finally a nice 26″ redfish.

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Week of Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

Florida Sportsman forum member, duckmanJR, reports tough fishing over the week, but at least the targeted species all came out to play with his artificials. Check out his recent reports for details.

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Surf Fishing Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: The Fit Adventure

I did some surf fishing at Patrick Air Force Base this weekend. I was going after some sharks, but that was slow going. We got the lighter rigs out and caught a mixed bag of margate, black drum, cats, whiting, and a suprise mangrove snapper. I know the mangos are in spawning season, but I didn’t expect them to be out in the surf too. The bait of the day was live shrimp and fish bites.

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Drums and Cats on the Flats

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

As we pole up to the area, we see mullet pods getting hammered. I tied on a topwater and slung it into the madness and see a big wake behind my plug. A monster sailcat eats it. It was starting to look like it was just sailcats eating the mullet. A few casts later, I get another hard hit and figured it was another cat, as it wasn’t fighting much. To my surprise, it was a stout red who put on the turbos once he saw my kayak. After a quick little tussle, he was brought on board for a photo-op and prompt release.

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Banana River Big Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Familyfisher

About that time, a school of bait went absolutely crazy behind us and we all turned to look at what was going on. That’s when it happened. Something tried to take the rod out of my hands! When I recovered and set the hook I said to the boys, “I told you I was going to drag a big red off that point!” Then I got a look at the fish. No red, lots of spots though. I knew then that it was the biggest trout I’ve ever hooked up with. We were only fishing in about 18 inches of water. I’ve never had a trout pull drag before other than a short burst or two. This was was pulling it good! After a couple of minutes, I finally got the fish tired out enough that Jake could net it for me. My personal best, 26+ inches and, though I had no scale, I’m calling it at least five pounds. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

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Patrick AFB Surf Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: The Fit Adventure

I did some surf fishing at Patrick Air Force Base earlier this week. I got out late, around mid-morning. Most of the fish were caught during the incoming. No monsters, but I did catch a mixed bag of sheepshead, margate, black drum, ladyfish, a nurse shark and a 21″ red that had about a 7-8″ sardine in its gullet. The bait of choice was live shrimp and some fish bites.

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Finicky Fish

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

Today was windy as can be. At the first spot, I lost a really nice snook in the mangroves. It never gave me a chance. I was able to get a smaller version on the topwater though. I got really lucky to find some bait and predators. They wanted the chug bug really popping across the surface and the strikes were explosive.

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Sebastian Inlet Super Snook

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

Dave executed this catch perfectly. From a well placed cast, to pressuring the fish to the limits of his tackle, somehow managing to keep this fish out of structure as it screamed drag along the shoreline. An absolute beast at 43 inches!

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Sebastian Monster Mackerel

Florida Sportsman member: Wavewalker

Sebastian Mackerel

Had fun catching big jacks a few mangroves and this monster spanish mackerel. It was almost 30″ long.

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Monster Momma Snook

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

snook

She lights it up, melting eight pound mono off my 2500 Diawa like butter in a hot skillet. I’m on the troller hard, trying to not get spooled. She is so fat she can only her her head kinda out of the water and flops back in.

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Sebastian Snook and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

Sebastian Snook

The last two days have had less wind in the morning. It was almost dead still on Monday, but those big girl snook seem less aggressive without the chop. The snook are still around though.

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Spring Edgewater Backcountry Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

Edgewater Backcountry Fishing

All the migrating fish are passing through, schooling jacks, ladyfish, and bluefish, have joined the resident trout, redfish, snook, drum, and sheepshead. There’s been a good, steady trout bite with notable ones along the way like local resident Linda’s best on her trip with her friends, this one had to have our live shrimp.

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Big Ole’ Snook

Florida Sportsman member: beachside321

As I’m about ready to call it and head home, something grabs my freelined mullet off the back and starts screaming drag.

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Schooling Black Drum

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

Black Drum

I paddled up to my next area and was greeted by literally hundreds of tails breaking a mirrored, slick, calm surface. Massive school of drum just hoover vacuuming the bottom. Gulp shrimps casted into the school didn’t last long on the bottom before they were inhaled.

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Redfish and Black Drum

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

Redfish

I started to pole to the east down the edge of a drop and I see a big red torpedo cruising down the edge heading west. It was only about five feet off my port side and I flipped a gulp shrimp in front of it and thought, “Nah, he is too close, he will spook.” But he stopped dead, tipped on my gulp and inhaled it.

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Paddleboard Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: QuiksilverIHB

Paddleboard Tarpon

These large tarpon take forum member QuiksilverIHB for a sleigh ride on his stand-up paddleboard.

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Drum and Bass

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

Drum

They were fired up, floating at the surface, with backs and tails exposed. They were pretty easy marks, we kept ’em bent all morning throwing gulp shrimp and gulp crabs.

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Sebastian Super Slam

Florida Sportsman member: Flec

Sebastian Super Slam

We got a few trout early along with some jacks and ladies. Once the cool water rose a few degrees, the small snook started hitting. We tried a new area in the afternoon and it paid off.

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Full Moon Red and Black Drum

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

Red and Black Drum

As we approached we could hear the sweet sound of croaking drum underneath us. We both put out two rods each, one with a mullet chunk and one with a halved crab. Within five minutes my mullet rod doubled over and it was on.

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Topwater Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

Topwater Snookin

Launched the yak around four, armed with one rod rigged with a topwater. Didn’t take long to start getting blowups. Wound up with four snook total and also had five or six of them miss the plug, including one of about 20lbs, who came completely out of the water after it.

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Massive School of Black Drum

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

school of black drum

Way in the distance I start to see a few tails. Then a few more. Then a few more turned into about 100. I thought for sure I was on a school of bull reds, so I fired in a gulp shrimp and got the hookup and landed… a black drum. Yup, it was a massive school of drum, but they were fired up tailing hard.

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Snook on Topwater

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

Snook on Topwater

I went out for a quick one this afternoon on a snook hunt to try and take advantage of the approaching front. I put the yak in at first and got a little guy right off the bat, but I seriously underestimated the wind, as it was basically un-kayakable.

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1,000 Islands Inshore Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

1,000 Islands Inshore

We broke out the light tackle and pitched shrimp and Berkley gulp jigs tight to the mangroves. We had a blast catching and releasing black drum, trout, and redfish. Final tally was seven black drum, four slot trout, and one redfish; pretty good for two hours on the water.

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Titusville Shrimping

Florida Sportsman member: Alleni

Titusville Shrimping

We got our full pull last night by Rail Road Bridge. Started off slow, maybe one gallon the first two hours. the wind died down and the current switch and it started going off. Filled the other four gallons in less than 30 minutes. Probably could have filled another bucket or two. All good sized too.

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Mosquito Lagoon Trout and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

Mosquito Lagoon Trout

After a couple days in the Bahamas, this father and son decided to continue their fishing back in the States in Mosquito Lagoon. Reds and trout were on the menu and their guide and angler did not disappoint.

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Windy Weekend Drum

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

drum

Kyle and his nephew Chris wanted to catch a couple drum, so we all jumped on Kyle’s skiff to go see if they were home. We launched at 8 under a stiff south wind. Live sand fleas on a 3/0 circle hook was the ticket. We caught a mess of em and had several double hookups.

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Indian River Lagoon Drum

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

Indian River Lagoon Drum

Same tactic as last trip, slow rolling gulp shrimp and crabs on the bottom of a hole where they stack up. Had two cutoffs on rocks and also got cut off on a manatee. Had a bunch of pulled hooks in the middle of the fights too. Switched to a 3/0 circle and gulp crab and the hookup ratio improved.

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Flats Fishing Black Drum

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

Flats Fishing Black Drum

I put on a gulp shrimp and dragged it excruciatingly slow across the bottom of this deep hole. Get thumped.. It’s a catfish. I thought to myself, “It’s gonna be one of THOSE days.” Whipped it out again and got another thump, but this one had some weight to it.

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Kayak Fishing Black Drum

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

kayak fishing black drum

I was throwing gulp shrimps and Michael was tossing a regular plastic shrimp. He actually got more hits on that than I did on gulp, but all his fish kept pulling off during the fight. We couldn’t get them to even look at a fly, even though they were on top high riding with backs and tails exposed all fired up.

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Sebastian Backcountry Snook

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

sebastian backcountry snook

I had been itching to get back on the water since my last trip two weeks ago. Good news! The big snook are still in the backcountry. I was only three casts in this morning when this 43″ beast exploded on my bait.

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Black Drum Saves a Slow Day

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

black drum

About halfway to the launch I bump into a literal acre of black drum. I have never seen a school this big in my life, there were thousands. The drumming was outrageous it was all you could hear. Two guys who were well behind me caught up and I hollered at ’em to come over. We sat there for two hours and had a ball.

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Snook-a-Palooza

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

The snook were chewing this morning! The fish were amped up in the cooler water, punishing baits, screaming 15 lb braid off my stradic CI4, exploding out of the water, shaking their gills, trying to throw the hook before splashing back into water and ripping more drag.

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Sebastian Inshore Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

Senior forum member and avid angler duckmanJR has been having great success lately. Despite murky waters, he has been reeling in massive numbers of redfish, snook, trout, jacks and more! He celebrated his one hundredth day fishing with a gorgeous 32″ snook! Keep it up!

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Port Canaveral Inlet Variety

Florida Sportsman member: CFMonster

Caught nearly a dozen pounder jack crevalle, one 20″ speckled trout, one 20″ redfish, one 27″ snook, and an 18″ snook. Free lined / unweighted mullet often caught the attention of the birds, but caught the trout, red, smaller snook and some jacks. I had a 1/8th oz chartreuse jig head and caught the snook, several jacks, couple small blacktips, and hooked a small tarpon.

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Playalinda Beach Pompano

Florida Sportsman member: Epalm88

I caught this nice pompano at the beach before the hurricane. From the pictures of the aftermath, it looks like it will be a while before I can get back out there in the prime time of the year.

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East Central Slammin’

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanjr

I think I see a red up really shallow. I make a slow approach and notice one of those tiny shorebirds standing nearby and when it takes off, it scares the red….dang it! I toss out in the direction that the fish spooked and boom.

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Father and Son Fun

Florida Sportsman member: Permitted

Well turns out my redfish spot is kind of a hot spot for tarpon. So I took him back to the proving grounds to test his skills! Long story short he ended up catching his first tarpon and a couple more, also his biggest redfish to date.

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Making it Happen

Florida Sportsman member: KingCatch

The wind was blowing from the west around 15 mph. I just got up on the leeward bank and started poling down the flat. I ended up catching a few redfish and scouting some area that eventually led me to a little tarpon hole, catching a little guy to end the day.

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Sebastian Snook

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

First time fishing in two weeks and I’m not sure what was better, the spectacular sunrise or the snook bite. Fished solo on Saturday and literally came home with sore forearms from battling overslot snook and bruiser jack crevalles.

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Sebastian Action

Florida Sportsman member: beachside321

Launched at Wabasso at 6:45 and had a short ride to the first spot. After some prospecting we found some bait that was getting busted. Picked up a decent red that I watched make a wake from 20 feet away to crash my bone super spook.

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Sebastian Monster

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

My drag was screaming and the battle was on. The fish peeled off close to 100 yards of line before Ronnie started the big motor and took chase in the boat. As the battle wore on, I kept thinking my 20 pound fluorocarbon leader would give way. Ronnie’s excellent boat maneuvering was key in keeping the fish from getting into a narrow side canal and I was lucky to stop several runs just shy of the shoreline.

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Pompano and Friends

Florida Sportsman member: Larrypompanoman

I haven’t posted in a while because I haven’t had a lot of fishing time. I have had seminars and charters but today I had great success in New Smyrna and caught BIG fish, pompano, whiting and redfish.

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Mosquito Reds

Florida Sportsman member: beachside321

By 6:55am we found a big group of tailing fish. Made the most of them until they settled down by about 8am and we had to work for them. Conditions were still great for sight fishing until about 11:30am when the wind picked up and cloud cover moved in.

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Skinny Water Sight Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: SpaceCoast Slayer

The water is crystal clear in most spots I went to and I got to watch every one of em clobber the lure. No heroes but it’s awesome to see them eat whether they are 3 pounds or 30 pounds.

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Mosquito Report

Florida Sportsman member: C Dog

Not a bad day in the north goon. Water has cleared up a good bit. Sight fishing is at least feasible but still difficult. Didn’t catch any sight fishing, but caught four reds and finished the day with a surprise black drum. All were caught on cut mullet.

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East Central Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

I called my buddy Ronnie to hit the inlet for some catch and release snook action. Had the pleasure of hopping on Ronnie’s Skeeter with his buddy Sergio. We landed six nice snook with the three best fish measuring 36 to 38.5 inches and called it a night early.

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Indian River Lagoon Action

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

Water is dirty but the reds are hanging in the places they should be, for the most part. I found most production came from bait, upwind of the spoil islands. On calmer days it seems that jigging worked good on the hidden side of the same islands.

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East Central Reds

Florida Sportsman member: C Dog

The kids decided to stay home, which I didn’t blame them. They’ve spent many of weekends fishing and not catching. So it was just me and the wife. Saturday was probably one of the best days of fishing I’ve ever had, catching four bull reds.

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Sebastian Chaos

Florida Sportsman member: surfer23mg

From the bridge to the tip of the jetty I have never seen tarpon exploding like they were. 130 plus pound fish completely skyrocketing out of the water as far as you could see.

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Mosquito Lagoon Action

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

Trevor wanted to treat his girlfriend to a fishing trip for her birthday, so we went redfish hunting on the flats, started off with a bang, with bites first thing, turned slow in the second half, but we still had a great time.

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Sebastian Fun

Florida Sportsman member: Kim Chi

My nine year old son caught the fishing bug over the summer and wants to fish every chance he can, so we have been hitting the inlet a lot lately. We have mostly been catching jacks, reds and snook on pins, pigs, croakers and mullet on all different stages of the tide.

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Windy Week

Florida Sportsman member: Final Point

That being said we still caught plenty of fish, especially back in wind protected areas. Baits of choice this week were live finger mullet pinned to a 3/8oz jig head and various hard twitch baits.

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Figuring It Out

Florida Sportsman member: EddyRodriguezU

Normally I’m looking for oyster bars, changes in the tide, grass flats, and deep sand pockets. Since majority of those are not evident in this area I just started looking for bait and fish the surrounding areas. Needless to say today was a completely different story. Within an hour or so I had four nice trout in the boat and a 24 inch red.

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Tarpon from the Paddleboard

Florida Sportsman member: SaltyRoots

With an enormous thunderstorm looming in the distance we knew we wouldn’t have much time to fish. Within three minutes I was hooked up to nice little tarpon. Landed the fish about 10-15 minutes later and safely released it.

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Cocoa Beach Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: 186 KEYWEST

Forum member 186 KEYWEST and friends got into the tarpon off of Cocoa Beach. Within 15 minutes of getting bait, they were hooked up!

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Mosquito Lagoon Reds and More

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

Fall is a great time for locals to fish the Lagoon, tourist season is over so many less guide trips on the water most days, locals who hunt are focusing on the fall hunting season, not out fishing, so much less boat traffic on the flats which is very welcome change from summer.

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Red Hot in the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: marcogrey

Got an early start this morning for the Lagoon, weather was great and reds were out. Between two boats we managed 10 reds in the range of 22 to 50 inches. The rookie in the group ended up with 4 including the beastly 50 inch monster on a shallow flat.

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Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

Went out a couple nights this full moon on the hunt for bulls on the flats, overall, it was pretty slow both nights. I did however manage to land my personal best red at 50.25 inches with a relaxed tail on the first night.

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Catching in the Backwater

Florida Sportsman member: cbmdk86

Hit it a couple days ago looking for the snook, they were nowhere to be found but these reds were happy to oblige on the same shorelines. I’ve only caught under slot reds back here so it was quite a surprise to put a 29″ and 26″ on deck in two back to back casts.

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Indian River Bulls

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

Forum member RealSeabee recently got into some bull redfish in the northeast Indian River. These fish can be found in small schools along the shorelines.

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Surf Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: CFLnative

Decided to put lines back in 30 min before we were going to leave and this gal shows up. About pulled my rig into the surf. Not sure what it ate, either a clam strip (not likely), bare hook or a small croaker that was already hooked.

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

Summer has arrived to Mosquito Lagoon and the Edgewater backcountry, loads of mullet schools, summer water temps mean early morning surface activity. Live mullet and pigfish, topwater lures early morning, weedless rigged jerk baits and soft plastics, cut mullet and ladyfish are all good summer pattern baits and lures.

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Sebastian Slam

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

I decide to keep at it and miss a strike and as i’m trying to decide if I want to quit I see a nice fish up ahead. I move down on it and make a toss, but the wind takes it long and I cup the spool to stop it short by about a foot…but the fish turns and inhales it!

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Spring Time Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

Fishing from New Smyrna to Edgewater to Oak Hill and south into the lagoon, clients catching everything from Redfish and Seatrout, Black Drum and Sheepshead, Mangrove Snapper, Sharks, Bluefish, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, and more. Backcountry mixed bag trips have been great, 10 or more species on most trips, keeping it interesting waiting to see what type of fish will surface next.

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East Central Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: jmsnookman

It was a little tight with four anglers on the boat, but the fish were chewing hard at all three spots we hit this morning. Between breakoffs and missed hook sets we lost as many as we landed; and we landed twelve trout (mostly overslot), two slot reds, snook, and missed a tarpon that would have completed a grand slam.

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East Central Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Reel Teal

I re-rigged another mullet and put it in the same spot and a couple minutes later got hammered again and this time stuck the hook in em. After about a 5 minute fight landed a 29 inch red. It had a fat belly full of those mullet I assume.

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Catching in the Indian River

Florida Sportsman member: tron1.8

Me and my wife headed out early and had a great time getting into some fish. She got her first tarpon and some large jacks. One jack had two large jigs down his throat. We were able to bring home some sheephead and one nice mangrove snapper as well.

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Night Time Sebastian Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Salty Roots

The night time tide changes have been our bread and butter. The snook have been hitting bucktails, the reds were hitting cut pogies when we could get them, live croakers when we could get them, and for two nights they were smacking crabs on the top.

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North Brevard Wading

Florida Sportsman member: IRJ

Forum member IRJ caught some nice fish wade fishing in North Brevard. Fishing soft-plastic paddle tails were the key to success.

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Catching in the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

The shallow water coming up a few degrees can have some fish leave the school to look for food on their own, fishing some areas with soft muddy bottom, can have loose groups of reds and trout in dished out type spots of a couple feet deep.

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Windy Day on the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: flightcontroller

A good day on the goon even with the winds. We managed to drift up on several single/double over slot reds but the planets aligned only for this one 29 inch fatty. If we had been a bit more on our game, we could have boated a half dozen of these.

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Cocoa Beach Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: fishin4amission

Been busy enjoying our local waters trying to find some willing fish. Some days have been great letting us get some inshore slams. Others we are lucky to just catch a couple fish. Most fish have come on slowly presented paddle tails and doa shrimp.

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NIRL Drum Bite

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

It’s a pretty good size piece of real estate to try and cover but I did manage to get three BIG red’s to eat, but none willing to get all the way inside the boat, two alongside and one about 10 feet away. They were all OVER Slot and would’a been released anyway but I’d rather have done the “releasing”.

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A Friend’s First

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

With us having a grueling duck hunt schedule we finally had an off day on Monday while one buddy drove another to the airport and we slept in. We woke at 9 and the weather looked OK, so we splashed the skiff. Wind was brutal at 14 out of the northeast but it didn’t take too long.

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Wintertime Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: redfish27

So my 14 year old son invites me out yesterday on his “new” skiff and says he knows where some tarpon are. I take him up on the invite, no doubt he knows his stuff. Seems like just yesterday I was showing him the tricks of fishing and boat handling, now he is taking Dad out and putting me on fish.

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Warm Winter in the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

New clients Laszlo and Brittany from Connecticut had a great, first flats fishing experience out with me, good sight fishing conditions helped them catch 5 Redfish with most overslot fish up to 29 inches and upper slot fish, being good catch and release anglers all fish were sent off swimming.

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East Central Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Cavanaugh68

The spotted seatrout are thick along the drop offs and ledges. However the big boys, the gators, are back in deep thick backcountry waters. Searching the white holes or sand spots and always keeping in mind your posture, bait movement and signs of their presence.

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Early Winter on the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

The colder water has redfish starting to school on the flats with winter sight fishing patterns as water gets much clearer and the temperature drops. Sea trout are also a winter target species on the lagoon waters, the larger Trout frequent the flats along with Redfish, while most school size Trout are caught along the drop offs edges of holes and sloughs in the backcountry.

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Nearshore Mayhem

Florida Sportsman member: SaltyRoots

We went out of the Port in search of triple tail, flounder, redfish, and kings. Both times got blanked on the triple tail and flounder but that was because all of our time was spent reeling in kingfish and redfish!

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Braving the Conditions

Florida Sportsman member: Keystroke

We were the only boat in Sebastian Inlet for 2 hours. The fish were fattening up for winter on the incoming tide. As the tide started to swing to outgoing we got out of there. Sebastian Inlet can be a deadly place if not respected.

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East Central Slams

Florida Sportsman member: duckmanJR

I really didn’t keep count on how many I was catching, but it was close to “palooza” status. We ran south to a new spot and it didn’t take long till I had another trout, then a snook and then Frank hooks up his first snook ever.

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Fun in the Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: Capt Michael Savedow

The water is still fairly high on the north lagoon so fished mostly shorelines and points that the north wind would allow. Mainly finger mullet baits as I fish with clients to give them the best chance for maximum bites, our second red did not take long at that first spot as daughter Calle hooked up with this 25″ extra spot fish.

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Banana River Red

Florida Sportsman member: Panfishangler1

My friend and I pulled the lines in, anchors up and began to let the fish lead the way. I was using 10 pound mono with a 25 pound test leader. If my drag wasn’t set right, there was no guess that I would have lost the fish.

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Messin’ with the Macks

Florida Sportsman member: Farout

We ended up with 30 Spanish, threw back countless bluefish and jacks and another 10 or so small mackerel. A huge shark came up and grabbed a small spanish we had just hooked, it came out of the water and performed an awesome acrobatic display for us and promptly snapped the line.

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Bulls off the Beach

Florida Sportsman member: triplehelix

Joined the fleet atop a redfish frenzy. They were feasting on pogy pods, so we matched the hatch with some live ones on the bottom. In half an hour we released four reds in the 15 to 20 pound range.

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Sebastian Inlet on Fire

Florida Sportsman member: Final Point

What an incredible fishery we have here in Sebastian. The last week has been full of some serious fish. The smallest snook to come in the boat was 30 inches, the smallest red was also 30 inches.

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East Central Action

Florida Sportsman member: SaltyRoots

Been hitting up the inlet for the late night outgoing tides with the old man. We’ve been pretty successful drifting through with live bait bouncing the bottom. Mullet, pins, pigs, croakers it didn’t matter, if you were bouncing bottom you were hooking up.

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Putting the In-Laws on the Fish

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

Top Water (Skitter and Sebile Slim Sticks) and Cut Mullet are the baits. We’ve been doing much better this go around. Don has caught 18 reds to this point and we will be out again today.

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New Family Record

Florida Sportsman member: RealSeabee

The old family record red fish WAS 44 1/2 inches which my wife held. Well, today she done went and broke our family record, new record is 50 3/8 inches!

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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

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