October 16-18

REGIONAL OFFSHORE

Dirty water still dominates much of the offshore waters. Depending on the distance from your chosen inlet that the water clears up, dictates what species you may encounter. King mackerel, cobia, dolphin, blackfin tuna, and sailfish have been striking trolled baits throughout the region this week. Bottom fishing for amberjack and grouper has been pretty good on the 27 Fathom Ridge and The Cones (or Steeples) areas. Live croakers, pinfish, and grunts are top bait choices.

PONCE INLET INSHORE

Bull redfish and sharks are the top predators anglers are hooking at the inlet and along the beaches north and south of the inlet. Live and chunk mullet, croakers, and pinfish are working for these fish. Farther south in the Edgewater and Oak Hill areas black drum, speckled trout, slot sized redfish, mangrove snapper, and small snook can be found around most of the islands in these backwaters. Live shrimp or fingerling mullet are top producers here.

PORT CANAVERAL INSHORE

Chunk baits like mullet or ladyfish are working best in the south end of the Mosquito Lagoon and most of the Indian and Banana Rivers. This area is so plagued with algae blooms as a result of lawn fertilizers carried by rain water into these bodies of water, that the fish can’t see more than 2-inches in front of their faces. Casting lures for redfish, trout, and snook is a complete waste of time. The only thing that seems to be somewhat effective is letting them smell their way to your offering-hence the chunks of baitfish.

SEBASTIAN INLET INSHORE

This area of the river is one of the more productive this week. Snook, trout, redfish, and jack are striking live fingerling mullet and lures that imitate them along most of the shorelines with mangrove vegetation on them. The best action is occurring on the latter stages of the incoming tide on the flats that are up to a mile either side of the inlet itself. At the inlet the snook and redfish action seems to be consistent on most days. Live baits are working best during the daytime and R&R Flair Hawks, Rapala X-Rap lipped diving plugs, and 5 to 6-inch Saltwater Assassin Dia Dapper swim baits are best to use at night.

Until next week….Catch a memory!!!!

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

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