Capt. Jim Ross

Member since: January 22, 2018

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

    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.

                Strong Nearshore Bite

                November 19, 2018

                This week the nearshore bite has been strong. Bluefish, Spanish mackerel and jack crevalle have been very active on top water plugs such as the Rapala Skitter Pop. Find the bait and fish the bait pods cruising up and down the beach and cast around them. There have also been big sharks and redfish around the bait pods as well.

                  IRL/BR Bite Turned On!

                  November 5, 2018

                  Our bite in the Indian River and Banana River has turned on this week. The approaching new moon phase seems to be bringing these fish into the shallows despite the dirty water conditions that we have in some areas. Our best catches are coming around areas were mullet are congregating on the flats. Soft plastic jerk baits like the Salt Water Assassin 4 inch Sea Shad in the avocado green with red flake Houdini and Mama’s 14 K color patterns have been getting great results when rigged on a 1/8 oz. jig head or weed less weighted worm hook.

                    Cooler Temps Bringing More Fish

                    October 29, 2018

                    Despite the red tide in the area we are still managing to work around in the cleaner water areas and find quite a few fish. Bluefish, Jack, ladyfish, flounder, snook, and redfish are the main species for us on our charters this week. Live fingerling mullet and Rapala X-Rap size 10 or 12 lures are working best for most of these species. Silver Krocodile or Gator spoons ranging from 1/4 to 3/4 ounce will also get many of these fish to strike.

                      Increased Trout Activity

                      October 15, 2018

                      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.

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