Tomoka Basin to Sebastian Inlet

Includes Daytona Beach, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa and Melbourne

Nov 17-19


No current reports due to consistent 20+ knot winds for the past two weeks. If the ocean ever settles down again look for clean water before laying trolling lines out. This will probably be somewhere in the 200-foot range throughout the region. Cobia and tripletail will probably be possible around floating weeds and debris in the 30 to 70-foot depths. Live shrimp will usually work for them. King mackerel may be holding on the reefs and wrecks in the 70 to 90-foot depths if the water isn’t too dirty.


Snook and over-sized redfish are still hitting at the inlet this week. On most days they will eat live pinfish or mullet on the inside of the jetty. Mangrove snapper, black drum, and sheepshead are all striking live shrimp. The drum and sheepshead will also hit sand fleas on a jig head or bottom rig. Jack, bluefish, and ladyfish are other species anglers will find when using live fingerling mullet or lures that imitate them inside the inlet and down the main river channel toward Edgewater this week. A few flounder are starting to show up along the edges of the main channel as well. Redfish and speckled trout are hitting live shrimp or soft plastics in the backwaters from Cedar Creek southward to George’s Bar. Look for areas with a lot of mullet activity to hold the best numbers of these two predators.


A few flounder are possible for anglers using live baitfish like finger mullet, mud minnows, or pilchards on a jig head or bottom rig inside the port basins this week. Most of these fish are small but they are starting to become slightly more numerous over the past few days. Snook and mangrove snapper are hitting live fingerlings as well. Jack, ladyfish, and bluefish are additional species you can expect to catch when fishing here. Juvenile tarpon are working along many of the shorelines and creek mouths in the central portions of the Indian and Banana River Lagoons. Small lures or flies that imitate glass minnows are working best for them.


A mixed bag can be expected at the inlet. Jack, redfish, snook, ladyfish, pompano, mangrove snapper, and trout are all possible depending on where you and fishing within the inlet this week. Live shrimp or goofy style jigs are working best for most of these species when fishing west of the bridge. Fingerling mullet and live crab are best for the redfish. Pinfish and pigfish are working best for the snook. Sand fleas are working best for the pompano which are most numerous on the flats on the west side of the river south of the inlet.

Until next week….Catch a Memory!!!!

Captain Jim Ross / / (321) 636-3728 /

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