Spacefish Report: Brevard County’s Premier Fishing Report and Outdoor Communityspacefish2020-09-22T00:57:38-04:00
9.22.2020 – 9.28.2020
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Fired Up Charters crushed the kingfish and mahi before the weather turned this week…
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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.
September 21, 2020
We ended the week off nicely out of Port Canaveral with some pretty good fishing all around. From offshore mahi and kings to nearshore bull reds, snook and sharks. As you can see we have 40knot winds now and everything is pretty much screwed for the upcoming week, unfortunately. I mean why wouldn’t it be? We only have 22 trips on the books…
This week’s winds and rough ocean conditions have us plying the lagoons for speckled trout and redfish. Water levels in the Indian and Banana River Lagoons are way up. This is allowing these fish to access places they don’t normally get to go. In some cases we can’t get our boats way back in these flooded marsh and mangrove areas so we stage at the entry points and use cut baits or noisy lures like top water plugs to create awareness of our offerings to these fish.
The mullet run was popping last week. We had a few days with big schools throughout the lagoon and a few small schools along the beaches. Lots of jacks, trout and some snook and reds following the schools in the lagoon. The schools around the inlet had some snook and reds mixed in. Live mullet and pig fish were the best baits in and around Sebastian Inlet.
The last week or so on Headwaters hasn’t been like when it first opened. Blame it on the heat of summer or that maybe the angling pressure it received every day since the opening, but probably a little of both. Most of the fish average 1-3 pounds and then on occasion a respectable 6+ comes along. Last week the topwater bite was very slow to happen so throwing a soft plastic was the better choice to catch some fish.
With the King Tides, there’s a lot of water which is pushing the redfish and trout up higher along the shoreline. Jacks are moving in large packs up and down the ICW feeding on the large bait fish pods. Bull Reds have remained thick along the ICW in the inlet.
Bull season is upon us! Every year around September and October the bull redfish are gathering up to spawn. These are some of the most important months for redfish in the entire lagoon system. These fish are anywhere from 20-40 years old and produce thousands of spawn in a single cycle. Most anglers can find these bull redfish in larger deep canals, sandbar edges, and drop-offs with deep water close by.
Had another good week of tarpon fishing on the bait pods but with the tropical storms, the seas have been too rough to get out since the weekend. Offshore has been great as well with cobia, snapper, triggerfish and kingfish on the menu. With the winds and seas building, we will be fishing the lagoon for the foreseeable future. This week we should start seeing more bait in the river. The mullet run is getting started and the river should have great action as the water is cooling down due to shorter days and a bit of rain from the tropical storms. Fish the bait pods along the shorelines for Snook, trout and reds and you will also get some flounder and ladyfish and jacks. Should be a great week if you find the bait and can put in the time.
Apart from some tough weather, there’s not too much to complain about this past week! Fishing was really good when we were able to get out. For those of you that just love your mahi mahi mahi mahi, we caught several in the reef areas. No flouro. No weedlines. No islanders. No rips. Just random fish eating steel wire and hooks. Gotta love it! Kings did well, too! We had several days of limiting out with full boats and tight lines all day.
Well, if you managed to dodge the rain for the last week, you probably had some pretty good fishing. The sharks, snook, kingfish, jacks, redfish and even the tarpon have been very eager to play lately. We’ve been catching the fish on a wide variety of things from live finger mullet to pogies and even on artificial using topwater lures such as the explode mini and subsurface lures like the subwalk. All you have to do is follow the caravan of mullet up or down the beach until you see them getting fed on and with snook season here, you can even take one home with you if you catch one in the slot. I expect the fishing to get even better into the next week as the mullet run continues to grow.
Surf fishing rigs like pompano and knocker rigs have been on fire this last week. Fishing from the beach with these rigs has delivered a wide variety of species leaving fisherman to ponder what could be next. This event is a direct result of the fall mullet run appearing right on time. Predatory species such as snook, tarpon, jack crevalle and sharks can be caught fishing the tightly packed bait pods moving along the beaches from Port Canaveral to north of Sebastian Inlet.
Fall is arriving quick and so are the mullet! Every fall anglers across the entire coast get amped up for the mullet migration. The mullet run typically consists of a plethora of bait fish and, as most know, the big fish follow the little fish! The mullet run can be incredible and makes a plethora of species available, including Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, snook, tarpon, sharks and much more. It’s an awesome sight to see!
Another banner week with amazing flat calm seas. Nothing better than fishing on a lake! The reefs were on fire with the slow troll. Kings, Mauis, Cobras and a few blackfins. Bottom fishing has been insane, as well. Big amberjacks were plentiful along with a pile of the porgies and lane snappers. Great eating all around!
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Check out what’s been caught on camera while fishing in around the Space Coast this week.
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