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.