Fishing Report For Monday, November 16, 2015

Offshore of Cocoa Beach 45 minutes due east of Orlando there has been a Redfish bonanza this past week.  Cocoa Beach anglers are catching some giant redfish while fishing for them near menhaden pods in the 20 to 40-foot depths.  Anglers fishing between Daytona Beach and Cocoa Beach are doing fairly well this week too, but the main grouping of fish seems to be best just offshore of the previously mentioned Cocoa Beach area.  Other fish that are available this week in the waters south of Daytona Beach and east of the Orlando area are tripletail, snook, bluefish, jack , and flounder. Live pilchards or fingerling mullet have been working on most of these species.

In the Mosquito and Indian River Lagoons east of the Orlando area my anglers have been catching good numbers of slot sized redfish on the flats.  The Banana River Lagoon that borders the Cocoa Beach area has been one of the better places to use cut bait for these fish.  Jack, Speckled trout, and even a few juvenile tarpon are still possible in these waters while the bait fish are abundant and the water temps remain n the mid 70 degree range.

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Until next time…Catch a memory!!!

Fishing Report For Monday, October 19, 2015

It’s been a wile since I updated my Fineline fishing Charters fishing 4-cast and my catch report for the Orlando, Cocoa Beach and Daytona beach area.. So here is a new one.

By: Captain Jim Ross


Depending on the water temperatures in the month of November the bite outside of Port Canaveral on the northern end of Cocoa Beach can either be fantastic or just mediocre.  Hopefully we will see another fantastic year like we had last year with good weather conditions and calm seas during most of the month.  When the seas are less than three feet anglers can get out into the Canaveal Bight area by boat and find Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, Ladyfish, Shark, Redfish and Snook working schools of baitfish that are migrating southward along the Cocoa Beach area.  These baitfish can include pilchards, menhaden, or fingerling and full sized mullet on most days.  Good rigging techniques for the smaller baitfish include putting them on a ¼ to ½ ounce HookUp brand jig head or a sliding sinker rig.  For the larger mullet and full sized menhaden, try using a 7/0 to 9/0 sized VMC circle hook and egg sinker for weight.  These larger baitfish will usually be struck by shark, large “bull” redfish, and the straggling tarpon that may still be around if the water temps stay above 74 degrees.  Good artificial lures include the Rapala X-Rap minnows in the size 8, 10, or 12 models. The can be cast or trolled in the nearshore waters east of Orlando,  and along the shoreline of Cocoa Beach for many of the species that have been mentioned.  Flounder may also be a possibility along the surf zones of Cocoa Beaches on some days, but more than likely anglers will find better numbers of flounder inside of the Port Canaveral ship turning basins.  These bodies of water that are located just 45 minutes east of Orlando have some rocky areas and piers or jetties where the flounder like to ambush prey.  Tripletail anglers usually fish along the Port Canaveral shipping channel buoys or look for color changes, floating debris and weeds in the 20 to 50-foot depths from the entrance of the Port out to about Buoy #2 east of Orlando.  Toss a live shrimp to tripletail that are hanging around floating objects and you should get a positive response.  I like to use a 2/0 or 3/0 circle hook attached to a piece of 30 pound test Sufix Fluorocarbon for this type of fishing.  I generally do not use a weight on this rig to let the shrimp swim more naturally around the weeds or other floating structure that the tripletail may be hanging around.  Pompano and whiting are normally abundant along the surf zones from the tip of the cape southward to Cocoa Beach.  These tough little fish hit goofy jigs or small 1/8 and ¼ ounce HookUp jigs tipped with s piece of shrimp or whole sand flee. The pink, orange, and chartreuse colors tend to work best for me on these fish.



Trout, black drum, and redfish are the “big three” that anglers will be targeting this month in these lagoon waters south of Daytona, north of Cocoa Beach and east of Orlando.  The Speckled Trout and Redfish will normally strike top-water plugs or sub-surface plugs near mangrove covered shorelines or other structures like docks or rocky ridges throughout these lagoons.  Look for areas where schools of baitfish are milling around to hold the best numbers of these species.  Live (or fresh dead) shrimp, fingering mullet or pilchards can all be effective when rigged on a jig head or 3/0 to 5/0 sized VMC circle hook with a small split shot for weight.  If the Daytoan and Cocoa Beach waters get cold early this year and drop into the upper 60 degree range during the month of November anglers should look for sheepshead and black drum to start getting more aggressive.   These fish usually like cut clam, oyster, or shrimp best, but have been known to hit a jig once in a while.  Look for fish holding along channel edges if we get a cold front or two because the water here will have a more stable water temperature than areas out on the open flats.

Until next time….Catch a Memory!!!!

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Fishing Report For Friday, May 15, 2015

Fishing in the Orlando and Cocoa Beach areas is getting as hot as the summer sun this week.  In the Indian Rvier east of Orlando redfish, trout, jack, and ladyfish are our most prevalent catches.  We’ve been using a variety of lures including the Rapala Skitterwalk, Saltwater Assassin jerk bait and sea shad and live or cut baits depending on how aggressive the fish have been this week.  Tarpon have also started showing up  near the Orlando area with fish in the 20 to 40 pound range showing up in the Indian River this week.  These fish will also move into the Mosquito Lagoon north of Orlando near Daytona Beach within the next few weeks.  In the Banana River lagoon west of Cocoa Beach speckled trout to 5 pounds and slot sized redfish are following pods of mullet and glass minnows. Action has been best near the area of Cocoa Beach known as the 1000 islands.  There aren’t nearly that many Islands in this part of Cocoa Beach but the name stuck some years ago.  In the near-shore waters east of Cocoa Beach my clients have been catching a lot of sharks.  mainly blacktip, spinner, bull, and finetooth, but we’ve also had a few small hammerheads that measured between 5 and 7-feet in length.  Bonito, king mackerel, tarpon, and jack are other species we are encountering on a regular basis.  On the reefs 18 to 20 miles offshore of Cocoa Beach the action remains good as well.  King mackerel are the target species on most of these reefs, but we’ve had a few Dolphin (mahi mahi), sailfish, and of course more sharks while slow trolling over these reefs.

Make sure you book your Fineline Fishing Charters fishing trip with captain Jim Ross to get in on some of this great summer action.

Until next time…Catch a memory!!!

Fishing Report For Friday, April 3, 2015

North Orlando, Daytona Beach, and Mosquito Lagoon area- There are  some very large redfish around the inlet this week. Live pinfish, mullet and other small baitfish will work for them, but don’t overlook the effectiveness of cut baits on these fish.

Mangrove snapper, trout, flounder, and redfish are possible around the oyster bars and cuts in the backwaters from the inlet southward to Cedar Creek. Live shrimp or mud minnows have been working well on these fish. Redfish are holding along the edges of islands adjacent to the east channel especially on lower stages of the tide south of Daytona near Edgewater and Oak Hill.  The main I.C.W. channel is another great place to find these fish when using one of these live baits on a jig head or sliding sinker rig.
East Orlando, Cocoa Beach offshore-King Mackerel are striking live pogies on the middle and northern portions of Pelican flats during the mid week period. These fish have been averaging 5 to 10 pounds but a few are scaling into the mid-20 pound range. Along the area just off of Cocoa Beach my anglers have been catching big crevalle jack, kingfish, shark, and tarpon near bait pods. Another fish that we have been catching is redfish.  Some of these are giants that are measuring 44-46 inches and weighing in excess of 30 pounds.

East Orlando, Cocoa Beach, Indian River Lagoon-Slot sized redfish are possible along the drop-offs and deeper portions of the flats this week. Cut baits and live shrimp are still working best for them. Trout catches are decent in the deeper three to four foot depths on the Indian River east of Orlando, and on the Banana River near Cocoa Beach.

Until next week…..Catch a memory!!!!

Captain Jim Ross


Fishing Report For Thursday, March 19, 2015

Captain Jim Ross will be chasing fish in the waters east of the Orlando area again this month.  here are a few of those:


EAST ORLANDO, COCOA BEACH-Cobia may still be a good possibility around the near-shore water off of Cocoa Beach this month.  The Spring “run” as of mid-March had been lackluster at best but more fish are expected to move up through the waters offshore of Cocoa Beach and Daytona Beach over the next month.  Large jigs and live baits like sardines, pogies, and mullet are great offerings to cast to these tasty fish.  Captain Jim normally find them either “free swimming” or following manta rays and turtles, or just hanging around weed patches or other debris floating on the surface. Tripletail are another species to look for when searching around the Daytona Beach and Cocoa Beach areas for the cobia. They are often smaller this month than last, but are generally quite plentiful if weeds are present on the near-shore waters east of Orlando.  Large Crevelle Jack (a cousin to the Amberjack) should be hitting the same baits and lures as the cobia and will be traveling in schools or packs up and down the Cocoa and Daytona Beach areas looking for something to eat.  Flounder, black drum, whiting, sheepshead, and pompano are possible for anglers fishing along the surf from Melbourne Beach just south of Cocoa Beach northward to Playalinda Beach which is located just south of Daytona Beach. Cut or live shrimp, small jigs, and sand fleas are top baits for these various species.

Until next time…Catch a memory with Captain Jim Ross of Fineline Fishing Charters

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.


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