October 18-20


As the lingering swells from distant hurricanes subside we should start to see better action for anglers trying to get offshore this weekend. Run east to the clean water edge and you should find dolphin, wahoo, and sailfish. Any temperature breaks or rips that may have formed along the green to blue water color change should be focal points for you to troll baits around if there is any bait nearby. Bottom fishing may still be a bit challenging. There should be plenty of sharks willing to play on the reefs and wrecks, but grouper, and snapper catches my still be slow for most of the area.


Redfish, snook, and bluefish seem to be the most prevalent fish being caught at the inlet jetties this week. Live or cut mullet are working best for these fish. With the mullet run still going on there should be an occasional tarpon school roaming the beaches. As the surf cleans up, the whiting, pompano, and flounder bite should improve. Fish Bites, cut clam, sand fleas, and shrimp are top natural baits to use for these species. Farther south in the Mosquito Lagoon, the water is still dirty. This is making it hard for anglers to sight fish for reds and trout. Most of the reports this week are saying that noisy top water plugs, and cut baits are producing best.


It’s been a bit of a tough bite around the Port this week. The dirty waters is persisting here as well but as it cleans look for more redfish, bluefish, tarpon, and snook action along the beaches where schools of mullet are found. Spoons, jigs, lipped diving plugs, and at times top water chuggers will get these fish to strike. A mullet fished on a knocker rig in the surf break is another good way to get hooked up on one of the species I’ve mentioned. In the Indian River lagoon anglers are finding fairly good water quality in some areas and speckled trout and redfish action is pretty good on most days when fishing near schools of fingerling mullet. Saltwater Assassin 4-inch sea shad in the Panhandle Moon, Northern Minnow, and Pimp Daddy colors are accounting for good numbers of trout int he 12 to 18-inch range. Most of the redfish this week seem to be in the 14 to 22-inch range along the shorelines and 35 to 45-inch range on the outer bars and drop offs.


Snook Redfish, and jack are possible targets at the inlet this week. Live mullet, croakers, and majora are all good live bait offerings to use here. In the Indian River around the inlet there are trout, snook, and slot sized redfish holding along shoreline docks and mangroves covered areas. Use live fingerling mullet or artificial lures that imitate them tight to these structures. Tarpon and ladyfish action has been decent near Turkey Creek, Crane Creek, and the Eau Gallie River. Anglers using fly gear are capitalizing on the bite in these areas. Small streamer style flies that imitate glass minnows and small mullet are producing best.

Until next week….catch a memory!!!

Captain Jim Ross / www.FinelineFishingCharters.com / (321) 636-3728 / captjimross@cfl.rr.com

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