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.
Flats fishing in the north Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon has been pretty good this week. The topwater bite seems to be the best thing going first thing in the morning. Skitterwalk plugs made by Rapala are some of the better products we’ve been casting.
Nearshore catches this week include king mackerel, giant crevalle, unicorn (red) snapper and a few encounters with tarpon as well. Live pilchards and greenies are working best for bait and we are rigging these baitfish on 6/0 to 8/0 sized VMC 7385 circle hooks.
The near-coastal action remained really good this week. Bonito, crevalle jacks, shark, tarpon and king mackerel are some of the species we have been catching while slow trolling live pogies and pilchards in the 15-40 foot depths.
My son, Captain Justin Ross, and I have been putting our clients on some monster fish this week. The bite along our beaches of Central Florida is heating up with giant Crevalle and big tarpon following schools of baitfish along the coast between Sebastian Inlet and Port Canaveral.