Either check the inshore region report for your area and jump in your bay of flats boat, or stay home this weekend and check a few things off of your honey-do list. The seas are out of control due to the high wind and leftover hurricane Humberto swells.
PONCE INLET INSHORE
Captain Mark Gibson reports good numbers of redfish in and around the inlet. He recommends using live or cut mullet on a sliding sinker or knocker rig. Farther into the Edgewater and Oak Hill area of the river, black drum, mangrove snapper, snook, and jacks are possible near residential docks and oyster bars. Slot sized redfish are running tight to shorelines where they are chasing glass minnows and fingerling mullet. Soft plastic jerk baits and paddle tails in the three to five inch range are great options to present to these fish.
PORT CANAVERAL INSHORE
Snook, mangrove snapper, pompano and jack crevalle are possible throughout the port basins. The better catches are coming on the higher stage of the tide or by fishing the docks and shadow lines after dark. In the lagoons find wind protected areas and fingerling mullet and you have a good recipe for catching trout and redfish. Many of the areas along the eastern shoreline will meet these requirements but not all will hold fish. Keep moving around until you find where the fish want to congregate, then concentrate you efforts on those spots. Rapala Skitterwalk plugs, and size 10 Twichin’ Minnows were my go to lures on my charter trips on Wednesday and Thursday of this week in areas that I found holding fish. Black drum action is on fire in the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River. There are 200 to 500-fish in many of the schools In these bodies of water. Look for them schooling and cruising in the deeper flats of four to five feet. Channel edges and drop offs are areas where they tend to mill around. Saltwater Assassin Pimp Daddy colored four-inch sea shad are excellent lures to cast to these fish right now
SEBASTIAN INLET INSHORE
Wind protected shorelines are producing snook, redfish, and speckled trout. Assassin soft plastic lures like the five inch shad or four inch Elite Shiner Tails rigged on a jighead that can be fished tight to the mangrove trees are working well. Live fingerling mullet fished under the tree limbs and around the prop roots are also extremely productive.
Until next week….Catch a memory!!!!
Captain Jim Ross / www.FinelineFishingCharters.com / (321) 636-3728 / firstname.lastname@example.org