FINELINE FISHING CHARTERS FISHING 4-CAST BY CAPTAIN JIM ROSS 8-27-14
DAYTONA BEACH-PONCE INLET
DAYTONA BEACH OFFSHORE-Once anglers can get offshore they should find dolphin, wahoo, and a few sailfish where the dirtier inshore waters meet the edge of the clean blue waters. One place to try is the western edge of the Gulf Stream. Here rips and weeds or floating debris should be concentrated. Winds coming out of the north and a current flowing to the north should make for a dynamic mix along this edge. Skirted ballyhoo or high speed lures and plugs are some of the more popular lures that should be used to search for a bite along this edge. Bottom fishing is not likely to be very good until the swells and high waves from tropical storm Christobal subside and the water has a chance to clear up a bit.
DAYTONA BEACH INSHORE-Flounder, bluefish, trout, and redfish are hitting live shrimp, fingerling mullet, and mud minnows on sliding sinker rigs and jig heads in the backwaters this week. Tarpon and snook are possible around the New Smyrna bridges and will usually strike live menhaden and pinfish free-lined in this area. farther to the south in the Mosquito Lagoon angles are finding good numbers of redfish on the flats on most days. Live or cut baits have been working best on them but soft plastic jerk baits and jigs will also work well when the fish are cruising from place to place. Tarpon are striking live baits in the Tiger Basin on most days. Captain Mike Mann has been putting his clients on fish up to 80 pounds over the past week and a half. Pinfish, pigfish, and mullet seem to be working best at this time.
COCOA BEACH PORT CANAVERAL ORLANDO AREA
COCOA BEACH OFFSHORE-Anglers out of this area should find the best action for dolphin and wahoo along the western edge of the Gulf Stream. See the Ponce inlet offshore report for more details on this. King Mackerel and cobia are possible on the reefs and wrecks in the 70-90 foot depths if the water is clean. If the water remains dirty in these depths because of the recent tropical storm then anglers should look for these fish to move to deeper areas like the 21 Fathom Ridge Or other areas where cleaner water and baitfish are present. Amberjack may be possible on the wrecks and reefs outside of the 200-foot mark. Live pinfish, pogies and croakers are going to be the best offering here. Williamson vertical speed jigs in glow colors will be the best lures to try for the reef donkeys
COCOA BEACH INSHORE-Mangrove Snapper, redfish, and speckled trout are working docks and rocky areas in the Cocoa and Rockledge areas of the Indian River Lagoon this week. Jigs tipped with shrimp or live shrimp on a small hook are good offerings for these fish. Saltwater Assassin soft plastic jigs or Hookup bucktail jigs sprayed with Bang! scent are also working well. Ladyfish, trout and jack are following schools of pilchards and glass minnows throughout the lagoon system. Anglers should scout for birds working over the top of actively feeding schools of fish in the 3 to 8-foot depths. Shorelines that are holding small baitfish like fingerling mullet or glass minnows are very good places to try this week as well. King mackerel, tarpon, shark, and jack will be found around schools of baitfish that are working the near shore waters in 10 to 40-feet.
Until next time….Catch a memory!!!
Captain Jim Ross
Fineline Fishing Charters serving Orlando, Daytona Beach and Cocoa Beach