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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

September 10 - 12


Wave and swell heights will slowly subside over the weekend and this may give anglers a great opportunity to find rips, color changes, and temperature breaks that will hold dolphin, wahoo, and tuna between the clean water edge and the western edge of the Gulf Stream.  In some cases this edge may actually be the same place as the edge of the stream.  Floating debris and weeds will be a very good possibility with the heavy seas that are expected from hurricane Larry as well.  Troll skirted ballyhoo at 4 to 7 knots or try high speed trolling at 10 to 14-knots for the wahoo.  Bottom fishing will most likely be a bust with lots of sharks eating your baits, weights, downrigger balls, and anything else they can get their teeth on.


Mangrove snapper, snook, and speckled trout should be the top three species anglers will find feeding along the oyster bars, mangrove shorelines, and docks in the New Smyrna area this week.  Live fingerling mullet are your go to baitfish for them.  Rig these baits with a split shot or small egg sinker to keep them in the strike zone.  Bull redfish, tarpon, and flounder are possible along the jetty rocks and up and down the beaches where school of mullet are found.


The mullet run is starting here as well and every species of predatory fish are gathering along the surf zones and at the Port Canaveral jetties to feed on them.  A weight and a circle hook or jig head are about all that is required to catch many of these fish.  The species list will include flounder, mangrove snapper, jack, ladyfish, shark, tarpon, snook, redfish, spanish mackerel, and bluefish on most days.  Slow trolling with live mullet in the buoy line will often result in a smoker sized king mackerel as well.  In the lagoons look for mullet schools that are milling around on the flats to hold reds, snook, and trout near them. Soft plastic jerk baits like the Saltwater Assassin 5-inch shad are perfect lures to cast around these pods.  The new watermelon slice color and the houdini color are both good choices to use right now.


Snook, trout, and redfish action is getting better and better as the water cools a little bit.  This is happening in conjunction with the fingerling mullet run along the shorelines and docks in this portion of the forecast area.  Topwater plugs like the Rapala Skitterwalk or Storm Chug Bug can be very effective early and late in the day.

Until next week... catch a memory!!

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

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