May 15-17


Rough weather and high seas will keep anglers off the ocean this weekend. Once the seas subside look for schooling king mackerel on the 70 to 90-foot reefs. If bait fish are present in the near-shore waters look for larger fish to start working their way to the 20 to 40-foot depths to feed on them. Anglers may also find jacks, tarpon, shark, and bonito feeding in the waters just offshore of the beaches. Farther offshore gag grouper and amberjack catches should be best on the reefs and wrecks in the 180 to 260-foot depths. Deep jigs, live baitfish and vertical speed jigs should all work on these fish.


The flats on the east side of the Indian River within about a mile each side of the inlet should be very good places to find jacks, snook, trout, and slot sized redfish. Look for areas where baitfish schools are lingering and you probably wont have to look far to find these predators. Tarpon should be possible around the Moorings area in Vero Beach, and also inside the Sebastian River.


Captain Jim Ross recently took client Rick Renfro of Melbourne out for a day of redfish and speckled trout in the Canaveral area. Live fingerling mullet were working best for them.

The basins and jetties at the port should hold redfish, snook, flounder, jack, mangroves snapper, and other hard fighting species. Live fingerling mullet, shrimp, mud minnows, croakers, and pilchards or pogies are all bait types that are effective on these various game species. In the rivers trout, snook, and redfish are possible near docks, rocky areas and mangrove covered shorelines. Soft plastics, topwater plugs, and live shrimp or fingerling mullet are top choices to offer these predators.


Black drum and mangrove snapper are some of the species anglers can expect to find while fishing near oyster bars, docks, and rocky areas in the Intracoastal Waterway and backwaters of New Smyrna and Edgewater. Live shrimp or small pilchards are top baits for the snapper. Shrimp, cut clam, and cut oyster are top baits for the drum. Anglers fishing docks and mangroves with deep water nearby should find trout, redfish, and snook holding near these structures.

Captain Jim Ross / / (321) 636-3728 /

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