Capt. Jim Ross

Member since: January 22, 2018



Capt. Jim is a professional saltwater fishing guide based out of Rockledge, Florida.

    Trout Spawn, Silver Kings

    April 15, 2019

    This week has been another good week for trout in the northern Indian River Lagoon. Topwater plugs like the Rapala Skitterwalk and Storm Chug Bug are working from first light until about 8:30am. We are fishing these on the shallow flats near schools of mullet the trout are shadowing. The trout are looking for an opportunity to ambush one of these unsuspecting baitfish.

      Schooling Drum

      April 1, 2019

      The northern and central Indian River Lagoon has had a resurgence of speckled trout this week. Captain Justin Ross and I have been using topwater plugs near mullet pods on the shallow grass flats of the northern Indian River from Scottsmore to Titusville with good success this week. Two of the more productive lures have been the Rapala Skitterwalk in redfish pattern and the Storm Chug Bug in the chartreuse back with chrome sides.

        Sheepy Down South

        March 25, 2019

        This past week’s full moon improved the sheepshead bite around the southern Indian River Lagoon from Melbourne to Grant. Live shrimp or fresh cut shrimp on a jig head was about all you needed to get these fish to bite. As a bonus, we caught quite a few pompano using this same method. What was surprising to me is that I usually do not catch pompano near dock structures. Captain Justin and I are also finding speckled trout, small jack crevalle and a few mangrove snapper as additional species while working this pattern.

          Good Trout Action in IRL

          March 4, 2019

          Speckled trout action in the Indian River has been really good this past week. Our customers are landing trout from 12 to 24 inches in length on a variety of lures and live baits. Our favorite way to get these fish to strike is by casting topwater plugs from first light until about 8:30am. The Rapala Skitterwalk plug does a majority of the work on many of our trips. This model of lure has what is called a “walk-the-dog” action. Walking the dog is an erratic retrieve style that imitates an injured bait-fish struggling at the water’s surface. Unlike many of the freshwater bass videos that I’ve seen on how to retrieve these lures which have a steady cadence, we prefer mixing it up and pausing, slowing, then speeding up our retrieve when targeting trout with these lures. This erratic action seems to produce more strikes, especially from larger fish. This week the redfish and speckled trout patterns on these lures have been producing best.

            The Jig’s Up

            February 11, 2019

            It’s the time of year when anglers can expect good numbers of small fish working just off the shorelines where mangroves are present. Soft plastics like the 4 inch Salt Water Assassin Shrimp or Sea Shad tails rigged weed-less on an 1/8 ounce head are your best options right now. Cast out in front on cruising fish and slide these lures across their path. Once the reds see the offering, let them approach it and strike. Don’t move the lures too quickly, this often spooks these fish and they rarely give you a second chance.

              IRL/Mosquito Lagoon

              January 28, 2019

              With the extremely windy conditions we’ve had over the past week Captain Justin and I have been concentrating our efforts in the Indian River lagoon system with our customers. Black drum action remains very good on most days. Saltwater Assassin jigs tipped with crab or shrimp scent have been working best on these fish.

                Even BIGGER Black Drum

                January 21, 2019

                Black drum action continues to be outstanding in the Indian River this week. We’ve had a group of larger fish move in from what we had previously been catching. These new fish are in the 30 to 50 pound class. We are having to tackle up to pull them away from the structures they are holding on using our cobia rods instead of our typical flats fishing rods.

                  Drumming Up Some Fun

                  January 14, 2019

                  The black drum bite continues to keep our customers’ rods bent this week. Most of these fish are striking live shrimp rigged on a ¼ ounce Saltwater Assassin chartreuse colored jig head. When the fish are not grouped into schools, we switch tactics. We often rig cut crab on a sliding sinker rig with a 5/0 to 6/0 sized VMC 7385 circle hook. Fish this type of bait around bridge pilings, rocky areas and docks for drum that are 30 plus pounds.

                    Tripletail Nearshore, Black Drum Inshore

                    January 7, 2019

                    Tripletail action along the near-shore waters has been very good over the past week and a half. Live shrimp or small baitfish on a jig head are the best way to get them to strike. Floating debris and buoys are good places to search for these tasty fish. Bait pods are holding sharks, bluefish, cobia and bonito which are all possible catches when you cast a live pogie, jig or top water plug around the pods. Some of the sharks are running in the 150 pound class.

                      Cooler Temperatures and Clearing Water

                      December 10, 2018

                      Cooler temperatures and clearing water conditions are creating a good bite in the northern Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon for redfish and speckled trout over the last few days. Live shrimp seems to be the top natural bait to use for these two species at this time. We are rigging our shrimp a 1/0 or 2/0 sized VMC circle hook and prospecting sandy potholes in grassy areas or sight casting to fish we see cruising along the shorelines.

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