The Bite is Changing Daily, but I haven’t Been Skunked all Week!

By |2019-04-15T14:27:35+00:004.14.2019|1 Comment

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Mahi-mahi have been hit or miss this week. We got one peanut and trolled five hours. Because of how migratory mahi are and the fact that the Gulf Stream flows 4-5mph, the fishing changes daily. Trolling skirts and ballyhoo will catch them if they’re around.

After an epic kingfish bite on March 25, we tried Pelican Flats again. There were red snapper and a few smoker kings up top, but they were very hard to get past the sandbar and hammerhead sharks.

It was very windy with 3-5ft chop, but the boats that found rays did catch cobia. We should have done this, it just seemed like it wasn’t going to be good enough to sight fish.

In the Indian River Lagoon, the southerly winds have made for high water levels and dirtier water. There have been groups of 2-10 of slot sized redfish cruising the shore and hiding in the mangroves. They have been slamming glass minnows, but were very much willing to eat a small piece of shrimp. Even with the water being fairly dirty, 12lb fluorocarbon leader made a big difference over 20lb leader. There will also be a few big trout, small black drum, and a rogue small snook or two in the mix with the reds.

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About the Author:

I'm Kurt Boyken from Merritt Island. I'm 18 and I've been fishing since 2010. I used to fish inshore near my home on the Indian River Lagoon. I used to catch black and red drum, trout, tarpon, and a few small snook. When weather permits, I will fish out of Port Canaveral for the many various species caught nearshore and offshore. My very favorite is big tarpon.

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  1. JC April 15, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Great report, as always, Kurt! We went Cobia fishing out of the Port on Thursday and came back empty-handed. FWC officers greeted us at the docks and were eager to have a look through our coolers. The boat behind us got busted with a peanut mahi, so a word of caution for those tempted to keep undersized fish — please just throw them back, it’s not nearly worth the risk OR any perceived reward.

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