Central Florida fishing remains good this week in the Mosquito and Indian River Lagoons.
NORTH ORLANDO, DAYTONA BEACH, AND PONCE INLET- OFFSHORE-If anglers can get to the “Rolldown” area north east of the inlet they should find a few small dolphin, and some scattered wahoo on the piece of structure. Some blackfin tuna and king mackerel could be possible on the 90 to 140-foot reefs. All of these species should strike trolled ballyhoo.
NORTH ORLANDO, DAYTONA BEACH, AND PONCE INLET-INSHORE-Sheepshead and black drum catches are decent near docks and oyster bars in the Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, and Mosquito Lagoon areas. Live or cut fresh shrimp and small crabs are probably the best bait options for these two species. Speckled trout and slot sized redfish are also possible in this area of the lagoon. Jigs, spoons, and other small, slow-moving lures can be effective during the incoming tide phases.
EAST ORLANDO, COCOA BEACH, AND PORT CANAVERAL OFFSHORE-King mackerel can be found on many of the 60 to 90-foot reefs this week. Anglers have been struggling to get out on many days recently. Anglers that have gotten out have been finding success by slow trolling with live or frozen sardines. Rapala X-Rap or Williamson Speed Pro deep diving plugs and King Getter style spoons can be effective at time when the king mackerel get really fired A few blackfin tuna, small dolphin, and even a cobia or two may be possible while anglers are trolling for the kings.
EAST ORLANDO, COCOA BEACH, INDIAN AND BANANA RIVER LAGOONS INSHORE- Whiting and silver trout are possible in the deeper stretches of these lagoons. Small jigs seem to be working best, but live or cut shrimp can be a good alternative bait. Black drum in the 5 to 20 pound range are also possible using these types of baits in the deeper flats this week. Redfish and trout are holding fairly shallow in the Indian and Banana river lagoons near cocoa beach but they will probably start to seek out deeper waters as we start to get some colder weather later n the week.
Until next time….Catch a Memory!!!!
Fineline Fishing Charters fishing guide Captain Jim Ross