April 2 – 4

It will be very rough offshore this weekend, so you may want to come up with an alternate plan for something to do. Once the seas subside, anglers should look for weedlines and rips along the western edge of the Gulf Stream to hold dolphin, tuna, and wahoo. Closer to shore, king mackerel should be possible on the reefs and wrecks in the 75- to 125-foot depths.

The inlet and surrounding backwaters have been surprisingly slow compared to the last few weeks. Redfish and black drum action will continue to be best on cut crab. The bite has been best for these two species near the jetty rocks or along the causeway bridges. Farther south in the lagoon, a mixed bag of species are possible. Black drum, ladyfish, mangrove snapper, speckled trout, and redfish are striking live shrimp near mangroves, oyster bars, and residential docks and piers.

Like Ponce, the overall bite in the Canaveral area has been much slower this week than last. With that said, anglers can still find Spanish mackerel, bluefish, snook, sharks, and sheepshead around the port. Redfish have been very slow, but black drum, speckled trout, and juvenile tarpon have been pretty good on most days. Captain Justin Ross has been getting quality bites from baby tarpon on Saltwater Assassin 3″ shad in the baby bass and salt-n-pepper colors near canals and creek mouths.

Bull redfish and snook are possible at the inlet for anglers using live croakers or pilchards near the north jetty. A mixed bag of species can be found along mangrove covered shorelines for anglers using live fingerling mullet or live shrimp.

Until next week… catch a memory!!

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

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