Inshore we have noticed an increase in the trout activity around the docks on both sides of the Indian River. Using top water baits in the morning and swapping over to twitch baits as well as subsurface lures as the sun starts to come up, seems to be the best way to get a positive response from these fish.
The constant east wind has made it hard to get offshore this week but that’s okay because the inshore bite has been fairly good. The trout have really been aggressive in the morning on top water baits as well as paddle tails around the docks and mangroves.
Redfish have been running the beeches and inlets. Port Canaveral and Sebastian Inlet are both producing decent numbers this week. The mullet run has been a little spotty but when you find good pods of these baitfish, the reds are not far behind. Snook, crevalle jack and tarpon are other species you will probably encounter while fishing near the pods of mullet.
The recent hurricane we had off our coast has made the water very dirty which is causing our sharks, tarpon and king mackerel to spread out and not be in any one focal point. We recommend getting live baits where you can and trolling them around the bait in the dirty water. A recommended technique is putting some weight on your line to get your bait lower in the water column.
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.
It’s September and you know what that means, the fall mullet run is kicking into high gear! Fingerling mullet showed up for the first time this past week and the predators that eat them are right on their tails.
The Fineline Fishing Charters crew has been doing very well out of Port Canaveral lately. The snapper bite, both reds and mangrove has been good with red snapper ranging anywhere from 8 to 12 pounds in size.
The first open weekend of the Atlantic red snapper season is in the books and it was a really good one for us here at Fineline Fishing Charters. We ran charters out of Port Canaveral each day and got our customers their limit on each trip.
Speckled trout are still on the radar this week. We’ve had very good top water action from first light till about 8am. Rapala Skitterwalk and Storm Chug Bugs have been our “Go To” lures for these fish.
The drum bite on the Indian River lagoon is still going strong despite water temperatures touching the 88 degrees mark this week. Captain Justin Ross and myself are using live or cut shrimp or crab for these fish.