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Cocoa Beach and Orlando fishing report from Fineline Fishing Charters by Captain Jim Ross

By May 11, 2017 No Comments


ORLANDO AND COCOA BEACH-OFFSHORE-The spring run of dolphin is beginning to get
better here as well.  Anglers are finding fish in the 10 to 25 pound range in
the 160 to 350-foot depths on most days. Tolled ballyhoo or slow trolled live 
baits near weeds and rips is the place to find them. Amberjack catches remain 
a solid bet on the wrecks in the 180 to 250-foot depths for anglers using live
baitfish or glow colored deep jigs with a baitfish tipped on the hook. Gag 
grouper catches are getting better in these same depths as well.  The gags 
usually hold below the AJ's, so getting to them can sometime be a problem if
you're fishing over wrecks and not natural reef bottom.  Closer to the beaches
tarpon, jack, and bonito are possible near glass minnow pods in the 20 to 45-foot
ORLANDO AND COCOA BEACH-INSHORE-Small tarpon are holding in some of the residential
canals in Satellite Beach, Cocoa Beach, and Merritt Island.  Small flies that imitate
minnows or shrimp can be effective on them, and live fingerling mullet or small
pilchards are a good choice as well.  Redfish and trout catches are fair in the Banana 
River at this time.  Look for mullet schools and any sort of ground cover on the 
flats that may give these fish a place to hide and ambush baits from.  Jack and 
ladyfish are following glass minnows in the Indian River near the Melbourne and 
Grant areas.  Schools of tarpon and jack crevalle can be found along the beaches
in the 20 to 40-foot depths right now. Live mullet, pilchards, or greenies are
your best bait choices for these fish. 
SOUTH OF ORLANDO AND COCOA BEACH-Trout, jack, redfish, and snook can be found
near mangrove covered shorelines and docks in the Vero through Palm Bay areas
of the Indian River.  Look for places that have ample amounts of baitfish nearby.
Live baits are working best but soft plastic jigs and swim baits like the 
Storm 360 GT are great search baits for locating these fish. Baby tarpon to
about 30-pounds are possible in the Sebastian River for anglers using small
streamer flies. 
Until next time....Catch a memory!!

Captain Jim Ross

Cocoa Beach redfish

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