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.