Spring fishing is heating up on the Space Coast. For our offshore anglers, so much is based on the weather, and let’s be honest, Mother Nature has been a bit stingy with her weather windows to get offshore this year.
I am excited to see what the week brings! If the last couple of days are any indication, it looks like the bite on the reefs is good. Along with kingfish making an appearance, we’re also seeing some sailfish and black-fin tuna mixed in. I am anxious to see how the dolphin bite is, too.
Capt. Steve Goff and crew (Owen, Brian and Wayne) on the Southern Charm took full advantage of the calm seas before the latest cold front moved in. They ended their day with several dolphin and their limit of tasty porgies! Nice job fellas, way to bring home some groceries!
Alligator hunting season here in Florida officially opened August 15th. Hunters jump at the chance to stalk these elusive critters in the dead of night in search of a trophy bull gator. Check out Jimmy from Capt’n Butcher’s Restaurant & Marina in Sebastian with this 12 ft. dinosaur! Jimmy teed him up, and Mike Melhado put him down. Great catch guys!
A swordfish tournament in East Central Florida — it can’t be done. Daytime swordfishing is just for the anglers in South Florida, they said. Well, have I got news for you. The team at Strike-Zone Fishing in Melbourne said we can and we will, and they did… and it was awesome!
This past week the Ocean Obsession II (OO) had some epic trips targeting the bottom bite out of Port Canaveral. Some of the usual suspects you can count on, including mangrove, lane and red snapper (even though you can’t keep ’em). Grouper, triggerfish, bee-liners, jacks, cobia, kingfish and even dolphin make an appearance from time to time. However, this past week they welcomed mutton snapper and African pompano to the party, as well!
This week has been good offshore overall. The kingfish bite has been nothing short of fantastic on the reefs. In addition, there have been a number of quality bottom fish coming from the same areas. Big triggerfish, vermillion, lane and mangrove snapper, as well as porgies, all have been making for healthy coolers of fish — and great table fare too! The grouper bite was solid this week as well. Big live baits seemed to work best.
Dylan & Jacob have been tearing it up around Satellite Beach. These young men have been fishing mangroves and docks with much success. Trout, redfish, sheepshead and juvenile tarpon are all species that have been caught lately.