EAST COAST RED SNAPPER SEASON IS OPEN THIS WEEKEND!
EFFECTIVE JULY 1 2020, ALL ANGLERS THAT INTEND TO HARVEST A RED SNAPPER (OR ANY OTHER REEF SPECIES) MUST POSSES A STATE REEF FISH ANGLER DESIGNATION PERMIT FROM THE FWC. YOU MUST ALSO HAVE ABOARD YOUR VESSEL A DEDICATED DESCENDING DEVISE. A VENTING TOOL WILL NOT SUFFICE.
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REGIONAL OFFSHORE REPORT
Trolling action for dolphin, wahoo, and tuna has been a little slow this past week. We suspect with the current moon phase it will probably remain this way for a few more days. King mackerel are one of the more prevalent options that anglers can target this week. Sea Witch/strip combos and large 4 to 5-inch spoons run behind a planer are one way to target these fish. Live or frozen baitfish rigged on a wire stinger rig, and slow trolled at about 1 MPH will get these fish to strike as well. Red snapper action should be really good on any piece of rock, wreck, or reef in the 60 to 250-foot depths. These things are just about everywhere. There are also a lot of undersized cobia out there, so please do not gaff them only to find out that they are not 35″ at the fork.
PONCE INLET INSHORE
Flounder, weakfish, and croakers are possible for anglers fishing around the near shore reefs outside of the inlet. Live Mud minnows, and small pin or pigfish will usually get the flounder, and the other two love whole or fresh cut shrimp. Tarpon, shark, and large crevalle jack are possible along the beaches and also near shrimp boats that are culling there catches about a mile or two off the beaches. Use live or dead baitfish on an 80-pound test leader (wire if targeting the shark) and a 7/0 or 8/0 sized circle hook. In the lagoons, speckled trout and redfish are striking live pigfish or small croakers on most days. If you can find areas with any sort of bottom cover-be it grass or calerpa- you should find trout hanging around it.
PORT CANAVERAL INSHORE
Speckled trout, snook, and slot sized redfish are running around in the shallows early and late in the day. Live pinfish, croakers, and fingerling mullet fished near docks, mangrove covered shorelines, and rocky areas will usually get these fish to strike. Black drum can be found near these same types of structure but live fiddler crab, shrimp, cut clam, or Fish Bites are a better option to get them to strike. Tarpon and bull shark are possible in the Indian River. Large cut and live baits like ladyfish or large mullet are the best way to get these fish to strike. Look for fish rolling in the deeper section of the lagoon system with 5 to 8-feet of water being the best areas to start your search.
SEBASTIAN INLET INSHORE
Captain Glyn Austin and captain Donald Andrezze report snook at the north jetty on most days. Live croakers are the top bait choice but these fish will strike pinfish, majorra, pilchards, and pigfish on occasion as well. Tarpon are possible between the inlet and the Vero Beach area just outside of the surf break. Live pilchards have been working best for these fish that are scaling to over 100-pounds. Snook and trout action along the mangroves and docks lining the both sides of the river is decent this week. Live croakers, pinfish, and fingerling mullet are working best in these locations.
Until next week….Catch a memory!!
Captain Jim Ross / www.FinelineFishingCharters.com / (321) 636-3728 / firstname.lastname@example.org