I reported last time that the summertime heat in Orlando was bringing a slow down to the mid day bite in the Indian and Banana Rivers and in the Mosquito Lagoons. But the redfish and speckled trout action is still fairly good first thing in the morning for my anglers casting top water plugs and soft plastic jerk baits. I fished in the Mosquito lagoon south of Daytona also the other day and pigfish seemed to be our best live bait for the redfish and speckled trout located there. What I’m really excited about is the fishing action in the Atlantic Ocean near Cocoa Beach this past week. We’ve had tarpon to 155 pounds and had multiple double hook ups on the tarpon this past week. Anglers driving from the Orlando area to fish with me can head due east to Port Canaveral. The Port is located about two minutes north of Cocoa Beach, and the boat launch located there is easy for my fishing charter clients to find. King mackerel, jack, bonito, and a variety of different types of sharks are also available while fishing along the Atlantic Ocean between Cocoa Beach and Daytona Beach for the tarpon this week. Live menhaden have been the best baits to use. We’re rigging these on large circle hooks and slow trolling them in the 20 to 40-foot depths. Our main fishing line is 20 to 30 pound class spinning and casting tackle for the tarpon, and anglers are usually fighting these giant fish for about 45 to 60 minutes a piece.
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