Tomoka Basin to Sebastian Inlet
Includes Daytona Beach, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa and Melbourne
With another cold front pushing through right in time for the weekend it looks like there may not be much of a chance to go fishing again this weekend. If angler are able to get out they should find wahoo, blackfin tuna and small dolphin along the blue water edge just inside of the western edge of the gulf stream. Trolling skirted ballyhoo, mullet or flying fish is going to be your most productive method for finding numbers of these fish. Red eyes, triggerfish, and sea bass may be possible on the reefs and wrecks in the 90 to 150-foot depths. Cut baits will be the best choice for getting these fish to bite. There may be a cobia or two in these depths as well so keep a jig handy just in case one shows up.
The cold water temperatures continue to have an effect of the tarpon and snook this week. Dead or struggling fish are still present in the river. The cold stress will probably continue after the next front moves through on Friday. Redfish and black drum catches are decent in the backwaters from Three Sisters southward down to George’s Bar. Look for fish sunning themselves on leeward shorelines that have good sun exposure. Live shrimp or fresh dead shrimp should get them to strike.
Offshore is probably not a good idea this weekend, but anglers may be able to get out into the Bight before the winds switch to the northeast this weekend. Bluefish, weakfish, redfish, and possibly some whiting and pompano are the species you can expect to find here. Jigs and spoons will normally catch the first three species while live shrimp or sand fleas and goofy style jigs are often best for the last two species mentioned.
Black drum, redfish, and speckled trout have been extremely good oi the Mosquito Lagoon the past few days. Anglers are catching 20 to 50 fish each when they find an area that is producing. Make sure you do not drift over the area that is holding the fish. Stake or anchor down and make long casts into the productive zones that are holding these fish. Live shrimp or Saltwater Assassin 4-inch sea shad paddle tails rigged on a 1/16 to 1/8 ounce jig head have been the best ways to get them to strike.
Anglers will probably not be able to get out of the inlet this week due to the rough conditions, but if seas are calm enough to go, anglers should check the 80 to 90-foot reefs for king mackerel and cobia. Triggerfish, lane snapper,and possibly some mangrove snapper could be holding on these same reef structures. cut sardines or squid will usually get them to strike.
Bluefish, jack, and ladyfish have been holding on the deeper flats near the inlet this week. jigs and small spoons are producing best. Speckled trout, black drum, redfish, and sheepshead are best in the residential canals like Honest Johns north of the inlet or the Moorings in Vero Beach. Live shrimp are working for all of these species. If you want to target the sheepshead only, try using sand fleas or fiddler crabs near dock pilings or barnacle encrusted mangrove roots.
Until next week….Catch a memory!!!!
Captain Jim Ross / www.FinelineFishingCharters.com / (321) 636-3728 / email@example.com