Weekly Report: 9.11.2018 – 9.17.2018


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9.11.2018 – 9.17.2018


Space Coast Fishing Report: 9.11.2018 - 9.17.2018

Can the Space Coast dodge the bullet this year?


Storms are brewing, mullet are running, and the fish are biting… And now for a quick PSA: one year ago today, many Central Floridians were riding out the dark ages without water or electricity. If you’ve got a little time while you’re not out fishing, get yourself prepared for the peak of hurricane season before it’s an absolute necessity — or emergency. Bottled water, batteries, fuel, plywood, canned goods, etc. You don’t want to go to 7 different Lowes locations and be waiting in the Publix line at 6:00 AM while a massive storm is bearing down on the coast. It can be chaos out there, but with any luck, Florida can avoid any serious storm scares this year…



The Fall Mullet Run Hits the Space Coast


I’ve written many articles over the years about the fall mullet run. I’ve used terms like frenzy, blitz, mayhem and frenetic to describe the fishing. Those are all good descriptors and are no exaggeration. Hit it when the run is going off and your tackle will be in tatters and you’ll have sore arms and hands from fighting and unhooking so many fish. Hit it when the run is not going off and you can still have a pretty good day…


Strike-Zone Fishing, Melbourne FL








WEATHER OVERVIEW: At this moment, one can’t help but to be reminded of this time last year when the Space Coast braced for the impact of hurricane Irma. Fast forward one year an our hearts go out to our friends throughout the east coast of the Carolina’s as they find themselves in a very similar position. In one day, hurricane Florence has strengthened from a Category 2 to a Category 4 as she approaches the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. Interestingly enough, our winds throughout the week are not expected to climb above 15 mph but our seas offshore will reach heights of 7-10 feet by mid-week before laying down some by the weekend. As mentioned by our contributors, the bite in the lagoon has remained strong in the morning and late evening, so be sure to take advance of the inshore bite this week.

Click here to check out the forecast from the National Weather Service.

Strike-Zone Fishing, Melbourne FL

Contributor Reports

In every week’s Spacefish fishing report, we turn to both fishing pros and average joe’s for input on what’s happening in and around Brevard County’s many fisheries. Check out what people are saying about the bite in the Space Coast this week:

Black Drum and a few Reds
September 17, 2018

Black Drum and a few Reds

I’ve not been fishing that much this week, but I found some fish and noticed some changes in the Indian River Lagoon. The water level has came up a foot and is fairly clear by this year’s standards. There have been a lot of 15-25 inch black drum on drop-offs and near structure. I haven’t been able to find the big redfish school, but I’ve seen ones and twos of all sizes. I’m sure there are juvenile tarpon in the usual spots.
If you’re sight fishing, use shrimp and be very quiet. For blind fishing reds, use live finger mullet, chunked mullet/ladyfish, blue crab, or even topwater plugs.

Johnny “Little-fish”
September 12, 2018

Johnny “Little-fish”

mosquito lagoon redfish

I enjoyed a fine morning with Johnny “little-fish” Gay on Tuesday.

Leaving the boat ramp at O’dark-thirty I traveled farther north than normal to fish a stretch of the Mosquito Lagoon I haven’t fished in several years.

Pushing towards the shoreline is was obvious the thick schools of mullet were being harassed by the occasional big trout, lots of average trout and the occasional redfish.

Johnny tried his luck using a Tsunami K9 Walker on a light outfit sporting a Tsunami Shield reel I’m testing. I put this outfit into Johnny’s hands so he could give me a non-biased opinion on the reel. While he liked the reel completely the fish only halfheartedly smacked at the lure.

I repeatedly caught smallish trout on a Z-Man Diezel Minnowz rigged weedless. Changing Johnny to a Diezel Minnows on a EZ Keeperz hook was the right move and Johnny scored a trout and redfish in short order.

Moving down the shoreline and leaving the action left us in dead man’s land for a while. Eventually finding more mullet being worked over by more big trout I tied the K9 Walker on my rod and quickly hooked a huge fish from the poling platform. No head shaking for this Gator, she fought like a redfish, scraping bottom and pulling drag….

Alas, she straightened the hook at boat side while Johnny was getting ready to grab the leader and land the fish. I was really looking forward to posing with this big girl! A bit later I boated another decent trout (23 inches) that ate a Diezel Minnowz.

We finished up our trip in the Pole and Troll Zone and caught a few more trout and a wee flounder. All in all an good morning with one of my favorite people!

If you’re ready to try your luck SECURE ONLINE booking here: https://captmarkwright.com/
If you have questions call 321-302-3474!

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

Really Steady Fishing
September 11, 2018

Really Steady Fishing

This week has been some really steady fishing, still some snook and large tarpon around when the bait has been existent. There have been some decent flounder and snapper around as well! Unfortunately, with all the activity going on in the Atlantic, we’re going to see a little larger seas and probably a little change in the fishing.

The mullet are finally starting to roll in and the inshore bite remains good on everything from redfish and drum, to snook, and some nice seatrout, and this is something I will be putting more attention to within the next week! With all the mullet around the topwater bite should get nothing but better. Working small Rapala skitterwalks around the finger mullet pods early should produce some nice sea trout and even some good redfish. It’s not uncommon this time of the year to find the juvenile tarpon on the flats early as well, these fish usually range anywhere between 5 and 25 pounds and are a great fight on light tackle! It should be a great week to change it up and hit the shallows. Again, in the river I strongly suggest catch and release! I will be doing so with all of my charters.

by Capt. Alex Hughey
All Water Adventures | (321) 222-7511

A few Bull Reds in the IRL
September 10, 2018

A few Bull Reds in the IRL

Big reds are starting to show up in parts of the north IRL. I got a stray blind fishing a mullet chunk. There was a school of 50-125 on Tuesday. I threw a chunk well in front of them, and that worked too. I got completely skunked the next day. This was in the Indian River Lagoon near North Merritt Island. If you are going to blind fish chunks, make them big enough that the catfish can’t easily eat it.

Otherwise, there’s been some juvenile tarpon, slot reds, and trout feeding on mullet, but sometimes glass minnows. I’ve seen a few black drum, but nothing in numbers.

I’ve been enjoying the waves at Playalinda Beach, where I’ve a few mullet pods being followed by jacks and a few blacktips. I did see one tarpon probably around 60 lbs.


Mixed Bag in the Lagoon
September 10, 2018

Mixed Bag in the Lagoon

The canals have really taken off with a mixed bag of fish. We are seeing lots of small reds, trout, mangrove snapper, black drum and snook in the river. Early mornings and late evenings have been producing prime time action. There have been some really nice tarpon around Mather’s Bridge as well. One the beach there have been a lot of weeds this week but we are still catching a few whiting and a bunch of catfish.

by MOB
Man Overboard Bait & Tackle | (321) 777-8860

Try This Beach Bombing Technique
September 10, 2018

Try This Beach Bombing Technique

Live croakers and bigger silver mullet are deadly for snook on the beach right now during the finger mullet run. To get setup for success on the beach, make a double or triple drop rig with 40 pound test and attach it to a 5 oz pyramid sinker on the bottom of the rig. Next, put a finger mullet on each 4/0 hook and toss it out. Then just set the drag and put it in the rod holder — the fish will literally hook themselves!

This technique is best used by experienced anglers who are also familiar with bird release techniques. Also, please don’t ever use stainless steel hooks as they never rust and will torture any sea life or other animals that might get hooked.

Get clammy, Get fishy!

by Native Salt Clam
Native Salt Clam Bait | (772) 571-5883

Increased Winds Offshore
September 10, 2018

Increased Winds Offshore

With the increased winds our season this past week came to an abrupt halt. We ran two trips all week, ugh! The fishing as decent though. The kingfish bite is still going strong on the reefs. We did manage to catch live bait both days in the bite. We laid eyes on several cobia but just couldn’t get them to eat. The red snapper are still going strong as well. The snook bite on the jetty is solid too. Pinfish and croakers are hard for them to resist. I would recommend using fluorocarbon if fishing for snook.

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

Mullet Run in Full Effect
September 10, 2018

Mullet Run in Full Effect

The mullet run is in full affect along the ICW/Lagoon. The bite using artificial lures has been good. Use topwater or jerk baits in any mullet imitation and game on! Tarpon have been eating finger mullet only rigged on a 5/0 circle hook. The next few weeks is great time to get a tarpon!

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

Drop Offs and Docks
September 10, 2018

Drop Offs and Docks

The ladyfish and trout have been active around the drop offs and docks in the rivers around east Central Florida in the morning before it gets hot. Using a topwater plug in low light conditions and switching over to some sort of soft plastic is our preferred way of fishing those species. As for the offshore/near shore species, tarpon, sharks and king mackerel are all hanging around the bait pods. We recommend netting live bait and fishing in and around the bait pods either sight casting or trolling to get a hookup.

If you would like to do any of the above with us visit our website to book a charter online at finelinefishingcharters.com.

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

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