321BigFish

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I, Kurt Boyken, have been fishing the inshore waters of Brevard County for over 10 years catching redfish, tarpon, snook, trout, and black drum. I run offshore and nearshore out of Port Canaveral for the many various species caught when weather permits. I enjoy sharing knowledge a; perhaps little too much. Subscribe to my YouTube at 321BigFish.

    Inshore Mullet Run

    October 7, 2019

    This past week has kept me inshore with 20+ mph northeasterly winds, but that was not a problem. The mullet were nowhere to be seen close to shore during the week, but huge schools could be found near manatee signs, causeways, and the ICW channel. Once the east wind picked up, big numbers showed up close to the east bank in spots. 30-60lb tarpon were schooled up in parts of the ICW and near bridges. I also noticed the water level is super high everywhere.

      30 Miles Offshore or 30 Yards Offshore

      October 2, 2019

      The fishing on Friday was very good. We made a long run out deep at the crack of dawn. The amberjack fishing would have been absolutely epic had the elusive sandbar sharks not been so thick. Fish vertical jigs or live bait over large, deep structures with heavy spinning or conventional gear. If they are around, you will mark them sometimes more than 100 feet off the bottom. Reel as fast as you can once they show up. They will be a good target as long as the current stays light like it has ever since Dorian.

        Post Dorian Offshore Report

        September 8, 2019

        West winds behind Dorian pushed the Gulf Stream way out there and the water is a stirred up turquoise/clay within 25 miles before some gradual clearing. The debris and weeds were all likely 40+ miles offshore due to the wind. These conditions gave us a rather unusual opportunity to fish at depths where the current is typically so strong you can hardly fish.

          Poor Fishing Inshore Lately

          August 12, 2019

          The inshore fishing within north Brevard has not been productive lately probably due to algal blooms. I honestly can’t remember it being this bad in all of my life other than freezes and extreme weather. With 2 inches of clarity and manatees accessing the shallows, you can say goodbye to the little manatee grass that recovered from the slight improvements this lost (spelling deliberate) summer. Yes, it’s rained over 18 inches in the past two weeks, but shouldn’t that get the bait and tarpon going despite dirty hyposaline water? I usually crush the snook and slot reds in high water too.

            Red Snapper Season Ended with a Bang!

            July 23, 2019

            We left the boat ramp at 3:30 Saturday and went to 130ft with live baits in hopes of bigger red snapper. They were definitely bigger than last weekend, but I’ve caught them three times as big in the past. There’s still no shortage of them even after “experts” decided to have a mini season during the peak spawning time of the year. If only the eggs would hatch inside the Port. That won’t realistically happen but maybe they will move into state waters someday?

              Limited on Red Snapper as Expected

              July 16, 2019

              Catching our red snapper was not a problem and we got some big mangrove snapper in the mix. We struck out on tarpon off the beach Wednesday but that was a good thing because we changed our tactic for red snapper completely. Nearshore tarpon fishing still will be good anytime the water is above 76 or so. Nothing major is happening with cobia, but be ready while snapper fishing.

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