February 21-23

REGIONAL OFFSHORE

Just when the bite was starting to get good out in the ocean we have another windy weekend in store for us here in the central east portion of the state. I had reports of cobia holding on bait pods outside of Port Canaveral and Ponce Inlets during the middle portion of the week. Free swimmers were also showing up later in the day. Peanut dolphin along with a few gaffer size dolphin were also reported outside of Canaveral on Wednesday and Thursdays. Ponce inlet had a few cobia and quite a few tripletail showing up on a debris line outside the inlet during the mid week period as well. Hopefully we can get some calm seas in the mid portion of this next week so that we can get out there and catch some of these great tasting fish.

PONCE INLET INSHORE

Redfish have been a consistent catch at the inlet this week. Chunk crab and baitfish will get them to strike. Shark are also possible outside of the inlet on most days on chunk baits as well. Trout, black drum, and sheepshead are striking live shrimp near dock and piers throughout the New Smyrna and Edgewater areas. In the Mosquito Lagoon trout and slot sized redfish are scattered around the Klinker Islands and back bays on the east side of the lagoon. Saltwater Assassin sea shad tails in opening night, green hornet, and panhandle moon are working well this week when rigged on a 1/8-ounce jig head.

PORT CANAVERAL INSHORE

Sharks and bull redfish are striking chunk baits along the beaches from the port northward to the tip of the cape. Tripletail are also starting to show up near weeds and floating debris in the area known as Canaveral Bight. Sheepshead and Pompano are also possible inside the port for anglers casting brightly colored jigs. Often “tipping” these jigs with a sand flea can be a game changer.

SEBASTIAN INLET INSHORE

Bull sized redfish are striking live baits on the incoming tides near the bridge fenders and sometimes near the “T” dock and cleaning station area on the south side of the inlet. Along the beaches, reports are coming in saying that early season tarpon are starting to show up in pods south of the inlet.

Until next week….Catch a memory!!!!

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

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