Captain Alex Hughey is a 25 year old Florida native to the Space Coast. This being said, Alex has been able to focus his attention on the three main lagoon systems, the Indian River, Banana River, and Mosquito Lagoon.
Wind, wind, and more wind! The last month on the Space Coast has been relentless with easterly winds from 10-20mph each and every day, which has made things quite tough — not to mention, super low water levels. But, even with all the odds stacked against us, the redfish bite has been very good!
It’s flounder time on the Space Coast and the bite couldn’t be better! The last few weeks have made for some really great flounder fishing, from Sebastian to Ponce and everywhere in between, flounder have been showing in good numbers and some great size fish at that!
Trout season is upon us here on the Space Coast! Spring is one of my favorite times to get on the gator trout. They typically spawn and larger fish are caught this time of the year, more so than others. I will say it seems as if the numbers aren’t quite good this year as others, but I believe the inconsistency in our weather could play a huge roll in my observations.
Spring has sprung and the redfish bite is definitely picking up! This week the redfish from 18 to 45 inches or more have been cooperating quite well. Slot fish have been tight to shallow mangrove shorelines. One key has been looking for the small glass minnow pods. With all the glass minnows around, the artificial bite has been good when tossing smaller plastics like gulp paddle tail baits and doa paddle tails in silver mullet or black and silver. I personally prefer throwing more natural colors.
March winds bring April showers has been a saying for many years, and this March has definitely been living up to that reputation. With all the wind we have been experiencing lately there has still been a good bite tossing artificial baits around large mullet pods.
Spring is almost here and the snook bite couldn’t be better! The warmer days we have had lately have really had the water temps climbing and with that, the snook are hungry. From pitching the mangroves and docks with paddle tail jigs, to fishing bucktails and tossing large live baits around the inlet, the bite has been very good!
It’s been a tough week of fishing here on the Space Coast! Winter has definitely been taking its toll around the entire region making water temps the among the lowest in years. This has made the bite very difficult, but on the flat and sunny days the black drum have been very cooperative. Large schools are hitting the flats in all three lagoon systems. These drum are using the sunny days to feed and have been getting up as shallow as possible feeding on crustaceans like small crabs, shrimp, and other small organisms.
Cold, wet, and windy pretty much sums up the last week and a half here on the Space Coast, leaving very few options to get out fishing. Fortunately, if you’re willing to brave the conditions, there are still a few options that are productive such as sheepshead fishing, and my favorite, beating the bushes!
This week is all about the tripletail! Tripletail are one of the hardest fighting, best eating and overall one of the oldest and coolest gamefish around. In my opinion, this week has been some fantastic fishing for this species. I’ve been catching them from 8 all the way to 20 pounds, even.