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East Central Florida Forecast

East Central Florida Forecast
East Central Florida Forecast

Capt. Jim Ross discusses fishing from Tomoka Basin to Sebastian Inlet, including Daytona Beach, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa and Melbourne

October 15 - 17


The gag grouper bite continues to be strong throughout the region on the reefs and wrecks in 180 to 250-feet of water.  Live baits like blue runners, pinfish, croakers, and grunts are your best bait option.  Vertical jigs, and glow colored deep jigs will also work at times.  Amberjack and plenty of red snapper are also possible when targeting the grouper.  Cobia and dolphin action remains good on the rips and weed lines associated with the western edge of the gulf stream from 25 to 35-miles offshore.  Trolled ballyhoo will get both to strike but once a group of fish is found you may want to switch to pitch baits or jigs to increase your odds of catching these fish.  Wahoo action continues to be surprisingly good for anglers high speed trolling near rips, color changes, and temperature breaks in the 170 to 300-foot depths.


Redfish and snook are striking mullet and pinfish at the inlet again this week.  Look for most of these fish to be over slot.  Live and chunk mullet are you best baits to use on a knocker rig.  Tarpon will strike live mullet and croakers at the inlet jetties and near the north and south bridges inside the river near New Smyrna.  Mangrove snapper and trout action has been fairly good again this week along the docks and seawalls from New Smyrna to Oak Hill.


Redfish, tarpon, shark, bluefish, and snook action is on fire this week.  Lots of mullet are flowing down the beach over the past few days and this has lead to an increased feed from these fish in recent days.  Live mullet freelined or fished on a knocker rig seem to be working best.  If pogie pods are found along the near -coastal waters, tarpon and shark should be feeding in them.  In the rivers and lagoon trout snook, and redfish are following mullet schools along the shorelines.  Anglers using topwater plugs, Saltwater Assassin jerk baits or sea shad tails, and live and cut mullet are getting the best bites.


Continuing from the Canaveral report, mangrove covered shorelines are holding reds, trout, and snook.  The same lures and baits mentioned above will work here too.  Live croakers are also a good option to fish near areas with mullet schools.  Tarpon from 20 to 100-pounds may be found in the open basins near Turkey Creek and also in the Sebastian River.  Live pilchards, mullet and croakers will usually get them to bite.

Until next week... catch a memory!!

Capt. Jim Ross
Fineline Fishing Charters
(321) 636-3728

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