Capt. Alex Hughey

Member since: June 11, 2018

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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 which are home to a variety of species including the most popular redfish, black drum, sea trout, snook, and tarpon. Alex has had a p

    Things are Finally Heating Up!

    April 17, 2019

    It looks like we might finally be done with the cooler temps. As the water temperatures pick up the fishing has done so as well. This week has been really good.

    Inshore, the bite has been very productive in the Indian River and Mosquito lagoon for large seatrout, black drum, and redfish. I have even started seeing some tarpon and snook, which is expected as the warmer weather pattern continues. In the lagoon, redfish and trout have been up shallow around the mangroves and docks, feeding quite well early on Rapala Skitterwalk topwater plugs. Look for the finger mullet schools and the predators will be close behind. My favorite pattern is holographic silver and chartreuse. These two colors are great low light mullet imitators and work really well.

      Spring Trout Bite Picking Up!

      April 4, 2019

      The spring trout bite has been living up to its reputation! This week has been some nice weather and the trout bite has really picked up. The trout this week have been ranging anywhere from 15 to 25 inches. Pretty much every spoil island, drop off, and trough in the Indian and Mosquito lagoon have been holding these toothy critters.

        Good Fishing!

        March 27, 2019

        This week has been really good, lots of large drum still roaming the flats and bridges along with large redfish and some nice seatrout as well. This week we managed a few days of slick calm conditions which was just what I hoped for. I focused my attention on the northern Indian River Lagoon this week and changed over from spinning to fly fishing, the slick calm conditions made sight fishing ideal. After a few small trout and redfish we decided to go after some larger black drum, most of the fish were between 10 and 20lbs and proved to be a great battle on fly.

          Get Funky with Black Drum

          March 14, 2019

          Windy week of fishing! The wind has really picked up this week but the fishing has been pretty good. I have shifted most of my fishing around the Indian River and some in Mosquito Lagoon. The black drum have made another good appearance around the docks and bridges, a dead stinky shrimp has really been the key. Don’t be scared to let you bait sit in the sun for an hour or two to get some added funk!

            Odd Week on the Water

            March 7, 2019

            It’s been a bit of an odd week! It seems as if the weather still can’t make up its mind, after a few warmer weeks we have been experiencing yet another cold snap, hopefully the last one for this year. This week has been somewhat tough but with a little persistence we have still been able to create several good days. Yesterday I hit the water in the most undesirable conditions possible, a stiff north west wind, dropping temperatures and a steady drizzle, but Grayson and I got the itch and had to give it a go. We started on fishing wind blown shorelines looking for any signs of life, the north wind really had the water churned up good and it was difficult to even cast.

              Fish the Bait!

              February 26, 2019

              Tough bite this week! This week has been a big change in the lagoon. Dirtier, higher water conditions made things a bit tough. Although conditions haven’t been ideal we have still been able to get on some good fish. The best advice I can give this week is to fish the bait. With the warmer temps we are seeing a lot more mullet and finding the bait has been key.

                Inshore Remains Best Bet

                February 18, 2019

                What a crazy few weeks we have had! Inshore remains to be the best bet. We have experienced cold and windy to hot and calm, the weather just can’t seem to really make up its mind! Regardless, the nearshore fishing has been very slow. With water temps in the high 50s to low 60s, there hasn’t been much bait or predators other than a few sheepshead and pompano which seem to like the cooler temps. With this being said, the inshore redfish and trout bite really can’t be beat.

                  Exciting Week Inshore!

                  February 5, 2019

                  The past few weeks have been some extremely un-pleasant weather that has kept us off the ocean. With heavy winds from all different directions and cold front after cold front, it has definitely kept things interesting. Subsequently, the inshore bite has been pretty good! The few good weather days have been great sight fishing for large tailing black drum. These fish have been all over the Indian River in large schools tailing on small marine worms, crabs and any other organisms that might be living in the mud. These large drum can be picky at times but often don’t refuse a handpicked live shrimp on a light jig-head. As stealthy approach as possible and a long cast seems to do the trick.

                    Focus Back Inshore

                    January 23, 2019

                    Time to change things up! Last week was some really amazing fishing! I spent most of my time nearshore and offshore targeting triple-tail and cobia, but unfortunately that will all be coming to an end this week due to some really intense rain and hard cold fronts.

                    With this being said, this week my attention will be focused all on inshore fishing.

                      Good Trout Action!

                      January 7, 2019

                      Finally some good trout action! 2019 has started out a little bit warmer than I expected, but since the last cool front the trout bite has really picked up. Most anglers can always find the typical 12-15 inch sea trout in large numbers along deeper drop offs, channel edges, deeper spoil islands and pretty much all year round, but I personally love to target large speckled seatrout in our cooler months. With that being said this week has finally been more consistent “gator trout fishing.”

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