Tomoka Basin to Sebastian Inlet
Includes Daytona Beach, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa and Melbourne
Trolling action has been slow this week with the seas up above the 4 to 5-foot mark each day. A few cobia may be possible on the reefs and wrecks in the 70 to 150-foot mark this weekend if anglers can make it out. Amberjack should be possible on the reefs and wrecks in the 220 to 280 foot range. vertical jigs and live pinfish or grunts are usually the best options to use for baits on these fish.
Black drum and small redfish are schooling in the flats of the Mosquito Lagoon. Look for tailing activity early and late in the day. During the mid day periods anglers can often find these fish cruising the edges of the flats near pods of mullet.
Amberjack in the 20 to 25-pound range are holding on the wrecks in the 220 to 280-foot range. Live baits and jigs will get their attention, but the sharks have been so bad lately, that anglers are having a tough time getting anything to the boat in one piece. King mackerel are schooling on the reefs in the 70 to 90-foot depths. Pelican Flats, 8A, the Lumps, and the Coast Guard bottom are all good places to start your search. Keep an eye out for cobia in these depths, especially if large sharks are around. The cobia will follow them on most days.
Black drum catches are still going fairly strong along the edges of the flats in the Titusville area. Most of these fish are running 18 to 35 pounds, but some of these fish will push the 50 pound mark. Over-sized redfish and drum can also be found near structures like causeways and bridges, and along a few areas along the edges of the I.C.W. channel this week. Live shrimp seems to be the best way to get them to strike. Slot sized redfish and speckled trout have been more difficult to find. Mainly due to the fact that there is no sea grass left in either body of water. This makes it hard for them to search for food or hide in the grass to get away from the onslaught of the many river dolphin that are constantly patrolling these waters.
Cobia and king mackerel are striking slow trolled live baits on the reefs and wrecks in the 65 to 90-foot depths. Frozen sardines will also work if no live baits are found. Cobia and tarpon are scattered throughout the near shore waters from the inlet northward to Melbourne Beach. Look for rays and bait pods to hold the cobia. The tarpon seem to be roaming around in small pods, but are not necessarily hanging around the baitfish.
Captain Glyn Austin reports that the water is still very dirty in most places in this portion of the Indian River. He has been using live croakers to catch over-sized redfish and a few snook in the inlet this week.
Until next time….Catch a memory!!!
Captain Jim Ross / www.FinelineFishingCharters.com / (321) 636-3728 / firstname.lastname@example.org