Fishing Report For Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bike week is here and Spring break is getting ready to start here in the Cocoa Beach, Orlando and Daytona Beach area so now is the time to book your fishing adventure with Fineline Fishing Charters and Captain Jim Ross.


COCOA BEACH AND EAST ORLANDO- OFFSHORE-Cobia are being landed in the 45 to 95-foot depths near Cocoa Beach again this week .  Most of these fish have been caught by anglers looking for free swimming fish, but some are coming off bottom structures. Many of the wrecks East of Orlando and Daytona Beach that are located in these depths are good places to start your search in the morning when the sun is low on the horizon. Live pinfish or sardines are working well on the structure oriented fish. The free swimmers near Cocoa Beach and Port Canaveral are more likely to chase a brightly colored jig or plug. The King mackerel bite is getting better after the recent full moon lull.  Most of these fish are still running under 20 pounds but their numbers and size.are getting better by the day. The 70 to 90 foot reefs like Chris Bensen, 8A, And Pelican flats east of Cocoa Beach are holding the majority of these fish.

COCOA BEACH, ORLANDO, AND DAYTONA BEACH- INSHORE- I’ve been taking my anglers to shorelines where mullet are congregating in the Indian River.  This body of water is located about 45 minutes east of Orlando.  The shallow flats located here are holding redfish and trout this week. Soft plastic jerk baits like the Saltwater Assassin or Trigger X in the 5-inch straight tailed models are working very well when rigged on a weighted worm hook. Good color choices this week have been Cajun Croaker, Money, and baby bass. South of Daytona Beach we are finding large schools of black drum ranging in size from 4 to 30 pounds (depending on the school).  These great fighting fish are roaming the flats as well, but are usually deeper than the previously mentioned redfish and trout.

When fishing the various schools south of Daytona Beach or north of Cocoa beach we look for them “tailing” and “pushing wakes”.   in the northern Indian River and central portions of the Mosquito Lagoon. Live free lined shrimp cast to the edges of the school are the best way to get these fish to strike.


Until next time…Catch a memory!!!!

Captain Jim Ross

Fineline Fishing Charters serving the Cocoa Beach, Orlando, and Daytona Beach areas.

Fishing Report For Monday, March 9, 2015

Fineline Fishing Charters Orlando fishing report

Orlando and Daytona Offshore- The much awaited cobia run is still happening a little south of the North Orlando and Daytona area this week. Fishing is going to get better here in the next few weeks though.

Orlando and Cocoa Beach Offshore- The cobia have started to arrive offshore of Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach due east of the Orlando area this week.  Small fish in the 20 to 40 pound range are being reported so far but the bigger cobia should be coming to Cocoa Beach anytime now.  Tripletail have been a popular fish for anglers to catch along the Cocoa Beach area this week and this should continue through the rest of the month.

Orlando and Cocoa Beach Inshore- Our days are getting warmer here on the lagoons east of the Orlando area.  The Indian River Lagoon south of Daytona, north of Cocoa Beach, and east of Orlando is holding decent numbers of trout and slot sized redfish on most days.  Precise casting has been the key to catching some of these fish this week with lower than average waters levels around the Cocoa Beach area.  Saltwater Assassin 4- inch Sea shad and Dia Dappers rigged on a weedless worm hook have been getting attention from the fish that are holding in less than two feet of water.  Cut bait and fingerling mullet are working on windy days when the sight fishing is difficult.

Until next time….Catch a memory!!

Captain Jim Ross

Fishing Report For Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The flats and near-shore waters east of Orlando are the place to be this week.  The Ocean offshore of Cocoa Beach is rough after the effects of the latest cold front passage. Prior to this anglers fishing outside of PORT CANAVERAL near Cocoa  Beach were landing decent numbers of dolphin by trolling in the 140 to 250-foot depths. Some of the larger dolphin are running well into the upper 30 pound class. Blue/White, Pink/White and Red/Black skirted ballyhoo have been working best on the bigger fish. Smaller dolphin under the 20 pound mark have been preferring naked chin-weighted ballyhoo. Blackfin tuna and wahoo should also be possible while trolling for the dolphin. Cobia and king mackerel are following bait schools along the 70 to 90-foot structures. Most anglers are slow trolling with live or dead sardines on a wire stinger rig to get these fish to strike.

As mentioned before the Banana River near Cocoa Beach, and the Indian River east of Orlando have been great places to fish if the wind gets to blowing. Redfish, speckled trout and black drum remain the main targets for anglers fishing in these bodies of water.  Small pods of 10 fish or less are scattered across many of  the flats this week On occasion anglers can find larger schools containing up to 50 black drum near the 100 Island area of the Banana River in Cocoa Beach. mnay of these fish are running in the 1 to 5 pound class.  Black drum ranging from 15 to 30 pounds are schooling in the Indian River east of the Orlando area.  These fish will strike live shrimp or shrimp tipped jigs most of the time. Redfish are working flats in the Mosquito Lagoon south of Daytona and East of Orlando.  Shallow area where fish like to forage are productive if they haven’t been “buzzed” by boaters. Black drum schools are also showing up on some of the flats here as well.  The waters of the Mosquito Lagoon are holding over-slot sized speckled trout as well.  Anglers working the extreme shallows of less than one foot can find these fish by poling their skiffs quietly along the shallows.  Slot-sized speckled trout have been holding on the edges of the drop offs where ample amounts of sea grass are still growing south of Daytona or in the deeper canals in the Cocoa Beach area.

Until Next time….Catch a Memory!!!!!

Captain Jim Ross

Fineline Fishing Charters



Fishing Report For Tuesday, February 10, 2015

East Orlando, Cocoa Beach, Port Canaveral -Offshore-King Mackerel are hitting slow trolled baits on the middle and south end of Pelican Flats on most days. Some times anglers can catch and release as many as 20 fish per day when the conditions are right. Most of these fish are under 10 pounds, but they make for an eventful trip when they decide to start biting really well. Cobia are another species that may come up on these reefs to feed on the slow trolled live or frozen baitfish.

Orlando, Cocoa Beach and Indian River Lagoon -Inshore- Black drum scaling from 15 to 30 pounds are schooling on the flats in the Indian and Banana Rivers near Cocoa Beach this week. Look for large school patrolling the flats searching for shrimp or crabs. Redfish in the 30 to 45 inch range may be mixed in with the drum in some of these locations east of the Orlando area. These fish move around quite regularly so keep an eye out for wakes or tailing activity to indicate the presents of a school. Deep water areas like bridge piling s and channel edges are popular places to find the drum as well.  Speckled trout have been cruising the flats of the Mosquito Lagoon north of Cocoa Beach and Orlando this week.  Soft plastic jerk baits and jigs have been productive on these fish, but if the get fussy try using a live shrimp on them and they should refuse your offering.

Let’s go catch your next memory!!!!

Captain Jim Ross

Fineline Fishing Charters….. serving the Orlando, Daytona Beach, and Cocoa Beach areas.


Fishing Report For Monday, February 9, 2015

Daytona Beach fishing 4-cast and charter report:


Daytona Beach area offshore: Ponce Inlet-The sea conditions are going to be a little sporty over the next day or so Offshore of Daytona Beach, but once they subside King mackerel should be possible on the reefs in the 80 to 90-foot depths. Rapala lures, sea witch/strip combos and medium sized silver spoons can work if anglers don’t feel like slow trolling with live or frozen baits on a wire stinger rig.  Daytona anglers should find Vermillion snapper, grey trigger fish, and possibly cobia on these same structures.  Use baits like squid, sardines, and small grunts.


Daytona Beach area Inshore: Scattered redfish, black drum, and even a sheepshead or two are possible around the Ponce inlet jetties this week. Live shrimp will be the best bait but cut crab or mullet will work for the black and red drum too. The convict stripe sheephead will take small fiddler crabs or sand fleas as readily as the shrimp on most days.  Whiting and flounder may also hit live shrimp on bottom rigs on the incoming tide phases around the Daytona area. South of Daytona in the Mosquito Lagoon there are redfish and trout holding around oyster bars and drop offs where baitfish are congregating. The area around Bissett Bay and Orange Island is probably one of the more consistent right now for these two species. Most of the water south of Daytona all the way down to Titusville are holding large black drum.  Thes fish are strong fighters and make for great pictures because they are ranging from 15 to 30 pounds on most days.

Until next time….Catch a Memory!!!

Captain Jim Ross

Fineline Fishing Charters


Fishing Report For Friday, January 23, 2015

Fineline Fishing Charters fishing 4-cast for Orlando, Cocoa Beach, and Daytona area by charter guide Captain Jim Ross for weekend of January 23rd


East Orlando, Cocoa Beach, Port Canaveral,-OFFSHORE-Kingfish and cobia are hitting slow trolled live or frozen sardines and pogies on the 80 to 90-foot structures. Farther offshore there are dolphin, wahoo, and blackfin tuna near the western edge of the Gulf Stream.  Anglers should look for rips or temperature breaks between the 21 Fathom Ridge and The Cones for a shot at these species.

East Orlando, Cocoa Beach, INSHORE/Flats/Back Country-Slot sized redfish and black drum are cruising the flats of the Mosquito Lagoon east of Orlando and South of Daytona Beach again this week. Anglers should use live shrimp rigged on a 1/0 or 2/0 VMC hook, or placed on a 1/16 to 1/4 ounce Hookup jig head if the wind is over 10 mph. Saltwater Assassin 4-inch shrimp rigged on a weedless worm hook can be one of the best artificial lures anglers can cast to the redfish right now. This, and other slow moving shrimp imitations like it, are able to slide through the grass making them valuable tools for this time of the year. The natural glow or Drunk Monkey colors have been working best. Black drum are schooling in the Haulover Canal area north of Cocoa Beach. Most of these fish are striking live shrimp or cut finger mullet on the bottom and they are running 15 to 25 pounds right now.

Until next time….Catch a memory!!!!!

Orlando, Cocoa Beach and Daytona area charter fishing guide Captain Jim Ross


Fishing Report For Thursday, January 15, 2015


EAST ORLANDO, COCOA BEACH, PORT CANAVERAL – OFFSHORE - Anglers are waiting for the weather to break so they can get back out onto the waters of the Atlantic ocean east of Orlando.  Rough conditions due to the northerly winds are expected to subside by this weekend around the Cocoa Beach area giving angler some hope that they can go out to try their luck. Anglers should be able to find cobia, beeliners-(local term for Vermillion snapper), and mangrove snapper on the reefs and wrecks in the 90 to 120-foot depths. King mackerel should be a good bet on these same reefs for anglers slow trolling with live or frozen sardines on wire stinger rigs.

ORLANDO, COCOA BEACH- INSHORE-Black drum can be found roaming the flats in all three lagoons at this time. Look for fish in the 15 to 30-pound range to be the most common in the Indian and Banana River lagoons east of Orlando and west of Cocoa Beach.  Live shrimp or cut baits are working well on these fish. Upper-slot and over-slot sized redfish are also possible in the flats of these two lagoons for anglers using these same baits.  Smaller black drum in the 2 to 5 pound range are more likely to be found in the Mosquito Lagoon north of Cocoa Beach and north east of Orlando. Live shrimp or cut shrimp or small crab style flies usually work best for them.  Small trout are possible in deeper sections of the flats that still have grass on them or near areas of soft muddy bottom where shrimp tend to congregate when the lagoons waters dip into the 60 degree range.

Until next time….Catch a Memory!!!!

Captain Jim Ross

Fineline Fishing Charters

Fishing Report For Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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

Fishing Report For Wednesday, December 31, 2014

ORLANDO, DAYTONA BEACH INSHORE FISHING FORECAST-Speckled trout are feeding on live shrimp or sea shad style jigs in the Daytona and Cocoa Beach areas east of Orlando. The Saltwater Assassin opening night color has been especially good when worked around oyster bars, docks, and deeper cuts near mangrove covered shorelines.  Black drum and mangrove snapper are possible at the Daytona and Cocoa Beach area bridgesfor anglers using live shrimp near the bases of the pilings duringthe slack tide phase.  Sheepshead are possible here too but prefer small crabs most of the time.  

ORLANDO, COCOA BEACH, PORT CANAVERAL OFFSHORE FISHING FORECAST-Small dolphin are fairly abundant on the rips and weed lines associated with the western edge of the Gulf Stream.  A few sailfish and wahoo are also 
possible near these features. King mackerel are possible on wrecks and reefs in the 90 to 140-foot depths east of Orlando and Cocoa Beach.  Live or dead offering like pogies, sardines, and greenies will get them to bite best but lipped diving lures and chin weighted ballyhoo will work in most situations.  Cobia are showing up inthese same depths.  Look for them following rays, whales, turtles, and sunfish or holding on wrecks in the 70 to 180-foot range. 

ORLANDO, COCOA BEACH, INSHORE FISHING FORECAST-speckled trout, redfish, and black drum are possible catches in all three lagoons east of Orlando at this time.  Look for fish sunning themselves in the 1 to 2-foot depths.  Plastic Jigs or minnow shaped diving lures are top producers for the trout.  Saltwater Assassin 4-inch sea shad tails are one of Captain Jim Ross's favorite lures to use and they are working on many of these fish species right now. Rootbeer with red and gold flake, salt and pepper silver phantom with a 
chartreuse tail, or opening night colors are working on most days.Sight casting with live shrimp as well will get them to strike. 

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

Guide- Captain Jim Ross
Fineline fishing charters
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