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Fishing Report 02-6-24

By February 6, 2024March 22nd, 2024No Comments

This past week brought me so much joy. The families that I’ve had out fishing on the lagoons and near-coastal waters have been a blast to be with. To be able to share in their vacation memories is truly a blessing from God. The space coast continues to produce really good catches even though we only had a couple of nice days of weather. Inshore- Black drum remains the star of the show. Fish from 1 to 15 pounds are readily available in almost every canal from Merritt Island southward to Melbourne. Live shrimp rigged on a light jig head or small hook with a split shot for weight are the best way to catch them. The fish that are about ten pounds or more are trying to spawn right now so you may see them “floating” in small groups of 10 to 20 fish near mangroves or docks in these areas. Larger fish in the 20 to 50-pound class are schooling in the deeper areas of the northern Indian River and southern Mosquito Lagoon. These schools often contain 200 to 300 fish each. Large shrimp or cut crab are the best way to get these fish to eat.

Along the near-coastal waters snook, redfish, and tripletail are doing pretty good, but the run of giant bluefish at Port Canaveral has been incredible! These big fish do not show up here every year, so to have four straight weeks of action on these fish has been such a great thing for my customers. We’ve put lots of big fillets on smokers in that time.

For those of you who may have missed my previous emails about this-I’ll be back down in Islamorada for the entire month of May. I’ll have half-day and full-day trips for bonefish, tarpon, yellowtail snapper, permit, and other species that we don’t catch up here on the Space Coast.

If you’re interested in joining me down there for a change in latitude, please give me a call at 321-636-3728 or on my cell phone at 321-432-6202 and I’ll get you set up for a fishing excursion with me in the Florida keys. If not, you can always book a fantastic day on the water up here during May with Captain Justin on our secure website-

Let’s Catch Your Next Memory!

-Captain Jim Ross

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