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!!!