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1.15.2019 – 1.21.2019

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Capt. Alex Hughey’s fishing game is so strong he is sometimes accused of photoshopping his catch photos. No photo editing required, people — that’s the real deal!

The hot start to 2019 rolls on! Inshore, anglers are having a hay day boating +30lb monster black drum. In the surf, pompano and trophy permit continue to produce some banner days, while big reds remain schooling just off the beach. Offshore, cobia are showing up in record numbers and boats are doubling up on sailfish. Heck, a world record breaking 9.65lb puffer fish was just caught out of the Port. It’s an incredible time to hit the water no matter what type of fishing you want to do, so get out there!

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The latest Brevard County area fishing reports covering our fisheries inshore, offshore, and everywhere in between on Florida’s Space Coast.

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Tripletail Remains Hot Target
January 15, 2019

This week the tripletail bite has been on fire in the near shore waters. Keep an eye out for weed lines and other floating debris for these fish to school around. Most of our luck with getting these fish to bite has come from using a ½ ounce jig head with alive shrimp on it. The fish are ranging anywhere from 10 to 25 inches with some even bigger fish now and then.

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by Capt. Justin Ross
Fine Line Fishing Charters | (321) 636-3728

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Tripletail, Cobia
January 15, 2019

The fishing has been on fire on the east central coast with tripletail being caught off the beach and cobia on the chamber of commerce days following rays in 65 feet of water. The Mosquito Lagoon has been on fire with extremely shallow clean, cold, clear water for trout and redfish. Expect the black drum to start showing themselves over the next seven days with the clear cold nights.

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by Capt. Mike Mann
Fat Fish Guide Service | (386) 295-5991

Tons of Black Drum in the IRL
January 14, 2019

Reds up to 27 and black drum up to 36 inches are on the flats on the eastern shoreline Indian River Lagoon near North Merritt Island. I was using live and frozen shrimp. Target the reds around mid-day on flats near the mangroves. Look for tails in 2-3 ft of water after 4:30 PM until last light. Water cleared up nicely after the front with 3-5 ft of vertical visibility.

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Blood Thirsty Super Wolf
January 14, 2019

Odds are, you’ve probably already heard everything there is to know about the Man Eating Wolf Moon because it’s been all over the headlines in newspapers and on the internet. BUT, what you may not know is that this blood lusting celestial event coincides with the season’s PEAK period of fish activity, as projected by the solunar forecast. Sunday is projected to be great for fish activity, but the true peak begins almost precisely upon the end of the Blood Thirsty Super Wolf’s eclipse.

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by JC

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Drumming Up Some Fun
January 14, 2019

The black drum bite continues to keep our customers’ rods bent this week. Most of these fish are striking live shrimp rigged on a ¼ ounce Saltwater Assassin chartreuse colored jig head. When the fish are not grouped into schools, we switch tactics. We often rig cut crab on a sliding sinker rig with a 5/0 to 6/0 sized VMC 7385 circle hook. Fish this type of bait around bridge pilings, rocky areas and docks for drum that are 30 plus pounds.

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by Capt. Jim Ross
Fine Line Fishing Charters | (321) 636-3728

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Outstanding Offshore Action
January 14, 2019

This week was outstanding once again. Sail fish continue to surprise us with double hook-ups seen daily. They are eating the same baits as the kings, so nothing special is needed to get the attention of these beautiful fish — just the usual bunker and dead sardines are getting the job done. The reef and the ridge are both good places to start. Or, just go straight out to the lumps. Kings are still holding strong as well. A few areas are holding the big ones. 30-40lbers this time of year are not uncommon. Live bait 100% works better for the smokers.

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by Capt. Chris Cameron
Fired Up Charters | (407) 222-3573

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Inlet and Inshore Producing
January 14, 2019

Inlet and inshore bite was great this week. The Flounder bite is still decent for guys fishing with live bait along the channel edges. Pompano are thick around Sebastian on the beaches and in the Indian River Lagoon. We caught most of our pompano jigging either Goofy jigs or Storm Coastal Shrimp rigged on 1/4 ounce jighheads. If the bite was slow, we put a little pro cure on to help the bite. Along with the Pompano, the jacks, bluefish, mackerel and ladyfish have been thick. Same baits as we use for the pompano worked well on these species.

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by Capt. Glyn Austin
Going Coastal Charters | (321) 863-8085

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Good Surf Fishing
January 14, 2019

The surf fishing has been great lately and anglers are having some real fun out on the beach. Lots of species are biting and being caught, including big drum, permit, pompano, bluefish, and Spanish mackerel. Anglers are also doing well catching these same fish at the Sebastian Inlet Jetty.

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by Black Dog Bait & Tackle
Black Dog Bait & Tackle | (321) 725-1200

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Flipper Joins the Fun
January 14, 2019

We had three enjoyable trips early in the week with Tony joining me on Monday. As usual Tony starts his day tossing a top-water walking plug and it paid off in spades for him.

The trout bite was on and while he caught a bunch of lower slot trout and a few under-slot fish as well, his best trout came on a “twitchin’ mullet” lure. The chunky twenty plus inch fish was not a trophy by any means it was still welcome catch.

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by Capt. Mark Wright
Florida East Coast Fishing Adventures | (321) 302-3474

Pompano at first bite
January 14, 2019

Lots of activity north of the jetty at Port Canaveral this weekend. Pompano, Whiting and some other beach going fish. The bite was good with shrimp. Was in my flats boat just past the breakers […]

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Awesome Fishing Offshore & Nearshore
January 11, 2019

I have been slammed working on the boats lately, but when granted the opportunity to go fishing, the bite has been AWESOME both nearshore and offshore. The reef is on fire with sailfish, kingfish, dolphin… I mean, everything! Live bait is plentiful all over and easy to catch. Slow trolling with these live bait rigs should produce good results. Nearshore is also insane with sharks of many species and giant reds schooling up and down the beach. Look for the birds and you’ll find the fish. Cobia have also been out there in good numbers from PAFB to Buoy 2. Look for the rays and you’ll find the cobia.

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by Capt. Chris Cameron
Fired Up Charters | (407) 222-3573

Stuck in the cold !,,
January 9, 2019

I live Connecticut waiting for warmer weather. I enjoy your reports , helps me get thru New England winters. 👍

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by Edward

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The winter season offers but a brief reprieve from the punishing year-round heat dealt across the bulk of Florida’s four annual “seasons.” During these very limited number of cool days, I try to spend as much time as possible enjoying the weather outdoors. Now, I love fishing as much as anybody, but fishing is great here no matter the temperature. That’s why, when it’s cool, it’s another outdoor activity that tugs at my heart strings: cooking…

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