Fishing Report For Tuesday, August 12, 2014

FINELINE FISHING CHARTERS—COCOA BEACH AND EAST ORLANDO FISHING REPORT

 

COCOA BEACH AND PORT CANAVERAL-Mangrove snapper are holding around the rocks and piers within the Ports’ basins.  Live pilchards, shrimp, mud minnows or fingerling mullet rigged on a 1/8 to1/2 ounce (depending on water depth of the structure you’re fishing) HookUp style jig head or VMC 1/0 to 2/0 circle hook should get you into the game. Flounder, jack, snook, and an occasional redfish may also be possible for anglers using these types of baits.  White bucktail jigs with Bang or Pro-Cure scent applied to them are another good lure option.  Snook, bluefish, jack, and Spanish mackerel will strike these baits on almost every cast when a concentration is found.  Along the beaches outside of the Port, anglers will still be catching tarpon, shark, and king mackerel.  The various types of sharks and the kingfish will usually scale from about 10 to 35 pounds.  The tarpon however will run from about 50 to 150-pounds on most days. Live menhaden (pogies) rigged on an 8/0 or 9/0 sized VMC 7385 circle hook are your top producer when it comes to the tarpon.  The shark and kingfish will generally get caught on a wire stinger rig adorned with a lively menhaden or mullet.    You can also cast large plugs around the bait pods found along the coast with good results on most days.

EAST ORLANDO- BANANA AND INDIAN RIVER AND MOSQUITO LAGOON-Speckled trout will be prowling the flats during the early morning periods.  Anglers getting on the water at first light will have the best chance to get one of the larger “gator” trout on a topwater plug.  Walk the dog style plugs like the Rapala Skitterwalk are very good choices on most mornings.  Some of the new “wake” baits that have come out into the market over the past few years can also be very productive on slot-sized and over slot-sized trout.  One of my new personal favorites is the Rapala waking minnow.  This type of lure has a very pronounced wobble to it so less experienced anglers can work it very easily even if they’ve really never fished before.  These wake baits are deadly on those bigger fish when worked near a mullet school that are milling around on the flats at daybreak or dusk.  Saltwater Assassin 5-inch soft plastic jerk baits rigged on a weedless weighted worm hook are another great type of lure that can be used to excite big trout this month.  The Gold pepper shiner and native shiner versions are two colors that every angler should have in their tackle box.  Redfish, tarpon and even a shark or two can be found in the Lagoon this month.  Live pinfish, pogies, and mullet rigged on a VMC circle hook similar to the ones mentioned in the paragraph above for tarpon are the best way to get hooked into one of these big fish.  These live offerings should be “free-lined” or fished under a cork in the 4 to 8-foot depths where baitfish are present.  Cut baits can also be effective at times on these three species, especially in the mid-day periods.

 

Until next time…..Catch a memory!!!!!

 

Captain Jim Ross

Fishing Report For Monday, August 11, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH-PONCE INLET 

DAYTONA BEACH OFFSHORE-Mangrove snapper, triggerfish, and sea bass are possible on the 70 to 140-foot structures.  Use cut squid, sardine, pogie or other baitfish on a standard bottom rig or chicken rig.  The mangroves can also be chummed up in the water column and then anglers can drift bait to them in the current.  Gag grouper and amberjack can usually be found on the reefs and wrecks in the 140 to 250-foot depths.  Large live baits like pinfish, croakers, grunts, and pogies are the best baits that anglers can use for them.  King mackerel, tarpon, shark, and bonito are keeping light tackle enthusiasts busy this week.  They have been holding in the 20 to 50-foot depths on most days.  It's possible to hook these fish on live and artificial baits when working large lures and jigs around the Bait pods in these depths.  

DAYTONA BEACH INSHORE-Mangrove snapper, black drum, redfish, and speckled trout are possible in the oyster laden back bays and creeks on most days.  Live shrimp or jigs tipped with shrimp are very effective on them. The drum will also hit cut clam or oyster as well.  Tarpon are rolling in the river in many of the deeper holes 
and bends.  Live fingerling mullet or pilchards can be good live baits for them and storm swim baits or small Rapala X-Rap or the new BX minnows in a green and silver or black and silver finish are producing strikes.  Most of the tarpon are 5 to 30 pounds but a few are larger. 

COCOA BEACH-PORT CANAVERAL 

COCOA BEACH OFFSHORE-Cobia and gag grouper should be possible if you can get past the red snapper on the 120 to 180-foot structures outside of the port this week. Use live baits like pinfish, pogie or grunts or large chunk baits like bonito or barracuda. Amberjack are possible on the deeper structures in 180 to 250 feet of water on these same types of baits.  King mackerel are striking live pogies, sardines, and pilchards on the 70 to 90-foot reefs like pelican flats, Chris Benson, and 8A.  Slow troll these live baits on a wire stinger rig and throw a duster on the front of it to add some sparkle.  Pearl, pink, and chartreuse colored duster are working best at this time. Tarpon are following baitfish pods along the coast again this week.  Slow trolling with live pogies and greenies
seems to be the best way to get them.  Rig these live baits on an 8/0 or 9/0 VMC 7385 circle hook and 80 pound class Sufix fluorocarbon leader.  Shark, bonito, and king mackerel are also following these pods so a mixed bag can be expected on most days 

COCA BEACH INSHORE-Tarpon are making a showing in the lagoon this week and anglers are getting good shot at these fish in the IndianRiver between the NASA causeway to Turnbull Creek. Small lipped diving plugs like the Rapala X-rap 10 or swim baits imitating smallmullet by storm, Calcutta, or D.O.A. have been popular items to 
cast in the tarpons path.  Live pogies, pilchards, and fingerling mullet free Lined in the areas where these fish have been seen arealways a good choice. Use 40 to 50 Pound class Sufix Fluorocarbon leaders and 2/0 to 3/0 short shank live bait hooks or 3/0 to 4/0 size circle hook for these fish.  Trout and redfish catches are good during the morning and evening but can slow considerably during 
the mid-day periods right now.  Chunk baits are best to use for these fish on most days.

Until next time....Catch a memory!!!!

Captain Jim Ross

Fishing Report For Thursday, July 24, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH-PONCE INLET 

DAYTONA OFFSHORE-Red snapper are still open on Friday and Saturday of this week. Although anglers are catching good numbers and decent sizes on the 90 to 250-foot reefs and wrecks, it seems like the 21 fathom area is holding the best numbers on most days.  Look for areas of the reef that are marking good bait or schools of snapper on them and drop cut sardines, squid, and large chunk baits 
on a standard bottom rig.  Large mangrove snapper to 10 pounds can also be found on many of the wrecks in the 70 to 150-foot depths.Chum these fish up in the water column, and drop small live or cut baits back to them. 

DAYTONA INSHORE-A mixed bag of fish can be found near docks and pilings in the New Smyrna area. Bluefish, trout, tarpon, snook, redfish, flounder and black drum are possible. Anglers using Saltwater Assassin sea shad tails rigged on a 1/4 to 3/8 ounce jig head make for a good minnow imitation that can be fished near these structures during the incoming or outgoing tide.  Live shrimp or mud 
minnows can be good baits to use at the change of tide.  If you replace the Assassin shad tail with one of the live baits mentioned above, please be prepared to loose quite a few because these fish can be sneaky when striking on live baits.  

COCOA BEACH- EAST ORLANDO-PORT CANAVERAL 

COCOA BEACH-EAST ORLANDO-OFFSHORE-Red snapper are the main target for anglers running offshore to do some bottom fishing this weekend.  Most of the reds are coming from the 120 to 250-foot depths.  Large baits will keep the smaller fish off of your offering.  Cobia, mangrove snapper and triggerfish are possible while fishing for the reds.  King mackerel are scattered along the 70 to 90-foot reefs and wrecks.  Also look for them cruising the beaches in the 15 to 40-foot depths while slow trolling live sardines or pogies. Tarpon, shark, and bonito will also hit live baits intended for the Kingfish in these depths. 

COCOA BEACH-EAST ORLANDO-INSHORE-Redfish continue to be a good bet for anglers working the bars and flats of the Mosquito Lagoon this week.  Snook, mangrove snapper, and trout are possible here as well.  Live shrimp or pigfish rigged under a cork or free lined 
into grassy areas will usually get them to strike. Lures like the Rapala Skitterwalk and new waking minnow are good options if you prefer to trick your reds instead of feeding them. 

Until next time....Catch a memory!!!! 

Capt Jim Ross

Fishing Report For Friday, July 4, 2014

HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE INDEPENDANCE DAY WEEEKEND ON THE WATER!!!!!

DAYTONA BEACH- PONCE INLET -NORTHEAST ORLANDO

DAYTONA BEACH-OFFSHORE- Before the seas got rough from tropical storm Arthur reports of scattered dolphin were coming in.  These fish were hitting trolled baits on the
western side of the Gulf Stream. Most of these fish are running under 8 pound
and they’re holding in the 140 to 240-foot depths.  For larger dolphin up to 35
pounds anglers are crossing to the east side of the stream where they are
finding floating debris that will hold good numbers of these fish. Bottom
fishing has been fair with vermillion snapper (aka beeliners or red eyes),
triggerfish, mangrove snapper, and gag grouper.  There have also been a few
cobia showing up on the bottom structures in the 70 to 140-foot depths this
week.

DAYTONA BEACH-INSHORE- Over-sized redfish seemed to be a fixture at the inlet this week with the heavy wave action we’ve had from tropical storm Arthur.  Live pinfish,
mullet, and croakers or cut baits are the best way to get hooked up to one.
Bluefish, flounder, redfish, and speckled trout have been hitting jigs and plugs
worked around oyster bars and live baits presented on a standard bottom rig. A
few tarpon are showing up in the river this week.  Look for fish rolling in the
current on most mornings or evenings.  Live and cut mullet are working best on
them.

COCOA BEACH-PORT CANAVERAL-EAST ORLANDO

COCOA BEACH-OFFSHORE-A mixed bag of bottom species is available this week.  A variety of grouper and snapper, triggerfish, cobia, and sea bass are possible for anglers
using live or cut baits on a two drop “chicken rig” or standard bottom rig.
Tarpon, kingfish, bonito, shark and jack are striking live pogies that are being
slow trolled on wire stinger rigs.

COCOA BEACH-INSHORE-Speckled trout catches in all three lagoons has been fairly good on most days  this week.  Rapala Shad Rap Shallow or Scatter Rap shallow plugs are
working very well at this time. If there is too much floating grass to use one
of these lures try using a rattling float like the Saltwater Assassin Kwik Cork
with one of there Cajun Croaker or sliver Phantom colored Sea Shad rigged on a
jig head beneath it.  This combo has been deadly for me this week allowing my
charter clients to catch trout to 24 inches in the 2-4 foot grass flats.  Top
water plugs are working first thing in the morning or during overcast periods
like we’ve had this week. Redfish have also taken an interest in our top water
lures, but they will opt for a piece of cut bait throughout the day with the
water temperatures running in the mid to upper 80′s on most days. Snook, redfish and pompano are also possible for anglers working the surf.

Until next week….Catch a memory!!!!!

Captain Jim Ross-Fineline Fishing Charters

Fishing Report For Thursday, May 22, 2014

PONCE INLET and DAYTONA BEACH

DAYTONA BEACH OFFSHORE-King mackerel are possible for anglers slow tolling with live pogies on
the 70 to 90-foot reefs.  Look for cobia, and possibly small dolphin to be
feeding in the same areas if baitfish or flying fish are plentiful.  Look for
tripletail holding in weeds in the 30 to 60-foot depths. Live shrimp on a 2/0 to
3/0 VMC circle hook will usually get them to strike.  Farther offshore amberjack
and grouper catches are good on the structures in the 160 to 250-foot depths.
Live pinfish, croakers, and blue runners are good baits to use.  Energetic
anglers can use Williamson vertical speed jigs like the Benthos or Vortex
models.

DAYTONA BEACH INSHORE-Lighted docks are holding a variety of species for anglers working there shadow lines at night.  Speckled trout, snook, ladyfish, bluefish, and even a
red or two are possible catches. Live shrimp or shrimp imitations like the
Saltwater assassin 4-inch shrimp rigged on a jig head or weighted weedless worm
hook have been extremely productive especially on outgoing tides. Snook and
tarpon are starting to show up near the bridges at new Smyrna.  Live pinfish,
mullet and pogies are good baits to use when targeting these two species.

PORT CANAVERAL and COCOA BEACH

COCOA BEACH OFFSHORE-Amberjack are still one of the most consistent fish anglers can target this week.  Look for them holding over reefs and wrecks in the 180 to 250-foot
depths.  Live baits or vertical speed jigs are popular ways to target these
fish.  Grouper catches remain good on the reefs in the 135 to 250-foot depths.
Live pogies, pnfish and croakers are the best baits to use when targeting these
fish.  The average gag is running 10 to 15-pounds.  King mackerel, cobia, and
small dolphin have been striking live baits that are slow trolled over many of
the live bottom areas from 65-feet to about the 120-foot mark. Pelican Flats
reef, 8A reef, the Coast Guard bottom, and the area around the 20 mile weather
buoy are all producing fish this week. Look for area with flying fish or sardine
and cigar minnow pods to hold the best variety.

COCOA BEACH INSHORE-Speckled Trout and redfish catches are still pretty good in the Mosquito Lagoon this week.  Hookup jigs worked in the 3 to 5 foot depths or jigs under an
assassin rattling cork have been productive on most days.  Live fingerling
mullet are best for anglers fishing in the Indian and Banana River Lagoons.
Look for mangroves covered shorelines or docks to hold fish nearby, especially
in the Rockledge, Cocoa, and Port St. John areas of the Indian river, and the
south tip of Merritt Island in either of these lagoons.  Anglers looking to use artificial lures should try Saltwater Assassin  shrimp or sea shad lures in these colors:  avocado (or watermelon) with red flake, new penny, and chicken on a chain.  Small tarpon may be possible in the residential canals of Cocoa Beach or Merritt Island east of Orlando for anglers casting sinking flies that imitate glass minnows and fingerling mullet.

Until next time….Catch a memory!!!!

Fishing Report For Friday, May 9, 2014

FINELINE FISHING CHARTERS FISHING 4-CAST FOR 05-08-14

By: Orlando, Daytona Beach, Cocoa Beach Fishing Captain- Jim Ross

DAYTONA BEACH-PONCE INLET

OFFSHORE-Grouper and amberjack are on everyone’s mind this week. The season just
opened and the gags have biting pretty good.  Look for them on the 160 to
250-foot reefs and wrecks. Amberjack are on the same structures, so be ready for
a reef donkey tussle at any time.  Live baitfish are working best but deep jigs
and flutter jigs are also on most days.  dolphin, wahoo, and a sailfish or two
are possible on the trolling grounds this week.  A few of the Phins have been
running into the 20-plus pound range which is a nice change compared to the
typical 5 to 10-pound class fish we’ve been seeing so far this year.

INSHORE-Redfish, shark, and a few jacks are hitting in and around the inlet this
week. Large Crevalle, tarpon, plenty of sharks, and even a few cobia are hanging
around the 25 to 50-foot depths outside the inlet as well. In the creeks and
backwaters, mangrove snapper, bluefish, speckled trout, and a couple of small
flounder can be expected near oyster bars and in the creeks between the inlet
and JB’s Fish camp.  Live shrimp, fingerling mullet and mud minnows are your
best bet to get a hookup here.

COCOA BEACH- PORT CANAVERAL

OFFSHORE-Gag grouper and amberjack are the two most common bottom species
showing up at the cleaning tables this week.  Anglers re using Williamson
vertical speed jigs or live pogies and pinfsh on a heavy jigs or bottom rigs to
entice these fish to strike.  Look for the best numbers of grouper on the 130 to
250-foot reefs and wrecks.  The AJ’s can be found on these same types of
structures in the 180 to 250-foot depths. Dolphin have been striking trolled
ballyhoo and live baits in the 90 to 240-foot depths this week. King mackerel
are roaming around in the 40 to 90 foot depths.  Look for them on reefs in 70-90
feet or near bait pods south of the Port in 30 to 60 feet of water.

INSHORE-Mosquito lagoon has a lot of large trout roaming its shallow waters
again this week.  Gator sized specks running from about 25 to over 30-inches are
cruising the shorelines.  These fish have been hitting live or cut baits.
Remember trout of this size are true trophy fish and should be released to
complete their spawning activity that will occur on next weeks full moon phase.
Topwater plugs like Skitterwalks or Chug Bugs are top producers when the light
conditions are low, and Assassin 5-6 inch plastic jerk baits will draw strikes
once the topwater bite slows each morning.

SEBASTIAN INLET

OFFSHORE-Large crevalle jack, shark, tarpon, and a
few other species can be found along the near-shore waters north of the inlet
this week.  He has been hopping from bait pod to bait pod or slow trolling with
live pogies to find these various species.  Rapala X-Rap suspending baits and
3/4 to 1.5 ounce Hookup jigs will also work on some of these fish, especially
the jacks when they can be found schooling along the surface.  Farther offshore
gag, red, and scamp grouper are hitting live baits on the 21 and 27 Fathom
Ridges.  Some of these fish are scaling to over 30 pounds.  Dolphin action is
good in the 120 to 600-foot depths.  Look for rips, weeds or other debris to
hold the best numbers.

INSHORE-Speckled trout action can be found in the Vero Beach to Wabasso area
this week.  Look for larger trout holding around some form of structure like
mangroves or docks.  Rig live pilchards, fingerling mullet, or pinfish on a 1/0
to 2/0 sized VMC live bait hook.  Try using 25-pound test Fluorocarbon leader to
keep the fish from seeing it and still having enough strength to keep from
getting broken off by the snook that may also be holding in these areas.  The
smaller speckled trout should be cruising the grass flats where glass minnows or
mullet are present.  Assassin 4-inch sea Shad tails in the chicken-on-a-chain or
Houdini colors are working very well on these fish.

Until next week…Catch a memory!!!!

Captain Jim Ross

Fishing Report For Monday, January 6, 2014

The Cocoa Beach and Orlando fishing is getting hotter as the winter temperatures drop here on the Indian, Banana and Mosquito Lagoons.  Black drum have moved into our lagoon waters, and schools of up to three hundred fish can be found in the Cocoa Beach waters due east of the Orlando area right now. We are targeting the drum plus redfish, speckled trout, and even a few sheepshead with live shrimp.  The drum and redfish have been eating these baits when we present them in a free lined or weighted fashion.  If we can get small crabs to use for bait, the black drum have been going nuts for them.  When fishing for the speckled trout in the Cocoa Beach and Mosquito Lagoon waters, I’ve had my anglers using Saltwater Assassin 4-inch shrimp or sea shad tails.  The trout love to eat them and they are fun lures for my fishing client to use.  This type of fishing should only get better in the next month here in the Orlando area.

The offshore waters east of Orlando offered great fishing opportunities last month as well. Tripletail were staging off of the Cocoa Beach area. These are some of the best eating fish we have available here at this time of the year between Daytona Beach and Cocoa Beach.  When fishing for the tripletail we look for weeds or other floating debris that will hold baitfish, shrimp or crabs and “sight fish” for these Orlando area favorites.  Farther offshore from Cocoa Beach the fishing was good as well.  Cobia were holding in the 35 to 60-foot depths and also out on the reefs between Daytona Beach and Cocoa Beach last month.  I didn’t get a chance to get out for them as much as I wanted to, but we did manage to land quite a few in the 25 to 35 pound class while fishing just south of the Cocoa Beach fishing pier in the first few weeks of the month.

The weather is cool, but the bit is hot here in the Orlando, Daytona Beach, and Cocoa Beach area in January, so book your fishing adventure soon.  I’m ready to take you out for some fun fishing in the Orlando area.  Let’s go catch your next memory!!

Fishing Report For Thursday, October 31, 2013

Cocoa Beach, Orlando, and Daytona Beach Halloween fishing 4-cast

OFFSHORE-Amberjack seem to be one of the most common species coming over the gunnels of boats out of Cocoa Beach lately.  The AJ’s are striking live baits on a standard bottom rig on the reefs and wrecks in the 160 to 250-foot zones.  Williamson vertical jigs are also catching plenty of these fish.  Gag grouper are hitting on these reefs as well.  Triggerfish, and sea bass are hitting small live baits and cut squid on the 80 to 140 foot structures.  Anglers are finding cobia in the 50 to 90-foot zones. Some of these fish are following manta rays and others are holding near structure.  Large jigs or just about any live baitfish should get their attention.  Look for tripletail and cobia holding on floating debris in these same depths.  The trolling action has been pretty slow here mainly due to the fact that no one has been out trolling.  A few reports of small dolphin and a sailfish or two are coming from the 120 to 180-foot depths by angler dragging ballyhoo. This action should increase in the next few weeks.  King mackerel catches should also improve on the 70 to 90-foot reefs in the next week or so.

INSHORE-The mullet run is still going on along Cocoa Beach and Melbourne Beach at this time.  Anglers are finding that in the area where baitfish are plentiful the action is pretty good with a variety of predators feeding on them.  Where there are less fingerling mullet, or no bait schools at all running in the surf, anglers are finding slow fishing conditions.  One way to combat this is to use a run-and-gun approach up and down the Coca Beach area.  We run the boat along the breakers until we find a school of baitfish that are being molested and then fish those areas.  If nothing is showing, keep moving to another location until we see some good action.  The jetties have been the most consistant places to find action recently.  The Port Canaveral jetties due east of Orlando were full of redfish and snook last weekend and through the first part of this week while ample bait supplies were in place.  Once we get the next wave of fingerling mullet coming through, it should turn on again.  Redfish catches in all three lagoons have been improving since our last cool front went past. The fish have not been chasing lures very well, but they don’t’ seem to have a problem hitting cut or live fingerling mullet and pinfish in the Banana River near Cocoa Beach at this time.  A 2/0 to 5/0 sized VMC circle hook (depending on the size of the bait) should get you hooked up when fishing in this method.   Topwater walk the dog style plugs like the Rapala Skitterwalk in the chrome black back or chrome blue back colors are working well during morning and evening periods on slot sized redfish and speckled trout on most days as well.

In the Mosquito lagoon south of Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach the water still looks like crap.  The brown algae is there in force and it will probably be another three weeks until we get good redfish and speckled trout action in that area.

 

It’s a good time to fish with the slightly cooler weather. The reds are cruising in the Indian and Banana Rivers and the mosquito Lagoon plus the Flounder, tripletail,  and cobia beginning to show up outside the Cocoa Beach area so  book your trip now and avoid the summer heat!

 

 

 

Fishing Report For Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fineline Fishing Charters November fishing 4-cast for Orlando, Daytona and Cocoa Beach area including Port Canaveral and Banana River Lagoon

Port Canaveral-Angler Should continue to find schools of baitfish such as mullet, pilchards, and pogies working along the near-shore waters and along the surf zone of local area beaches.  These baitfish will bring a host of predators along with them. Spanish Mackerel, bluefish, redfish, pompano, black drum, snook, and flounder are possible catches for anglers fishing from boats and from the shore when these schools of baitfish are present.  Small silver spoons, Gotcha lures, Rapala X-Rap plugs (in sizes 10 and 8) and live baitfish on a sliding sinker rig will all work for the fish that are aggressively targeting mullet, pilchards, or pogies.  The drum, whiting, and pompano that are present in the surf will hit sand fleas, cut shrimp, and cut clam either on a HookUp bucktail jig, or sliding sinker rig. Tripletail may be possible this month outside of the Port Canaveral area. Anglers should search around floating weeds and debris in the 25 to 60-foot depths for these tasty fish.  The tripletail will usually hit a live free-lined shrimp on most days.

Banana River Lagoon-Speckled trout are a top choice for anglers targeting the flats of this lagoon.  The cooler water temperatures in November will bring the larger “gator” sized trout out of their summertime hiding spots. Noisy top water plugs like the Rapala Skitterwalk in the speckled trout or redfish color patterns are extremely effective[JR1]  in the shallows.  These larger specks are looking for a meal and won’t hit smaller lures in many cases.  Black drum and redfish are possible catches too.  Cut baits and live shrimp will work best for them.  Most of the drum are going to be in the slot so anglers can keep a few if they want to have a fresh fish dinner.  The reds will come in all sizes from 15-inches to 40 plus-inches so be prepared to have a big one hit your line even if your fishing in the shallow backwaters of the 1000 Island area or Sykes Creek.


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