Happy Monday everybody as we charge into the short week and get ready for Thanksgiving it looks like the fishing has been pretty good, those of us who fished offshore got into some Cobia and a nice mixed bag of snapper.
It looks like the bite is on! For the beach fisherman, the Pompano have started out snapping, the black drum have showed up and large catches of Blues have also been reported — and let’s not forget about those tasty Whiting and Margate that are just waiting to jump into the frying pan. For the Pompano, fresh dead shrimp, sand fleas, live or frozen clams appears to be the bait of choice. For the drum shrimp and clams.
The river has been much of the same from last week. We are seeing some really big reds around the bridges and docks and large schools have been seen tailing on the flats north of Pineda. Big pompano are also being caught around the bridges using live shrimp and pompano jigs. Mathers Bridge has been good at night for targeting some of these big redfish, too. Use a big chunk of cut bait of crabs will work too.
The fishing in the Banana and Indian River Lagoons around Dragon Point remains similar to last week. Lots of catches are being reported of smaller reds, mangrove snapper, and trout in the canals and around the mangroves. A well placed live shrimp should get these fish to eat. However, the we are seeing some big redfish caught in the Banana River lagoon along S. Tropical Trail. Big baits seem to work best for these fish like live blue crabs or a chunk of cut mullet.
In the IHB area, the lagoon and canals are producing good numbers of nice redfish, trout, pompano and mangrove snapper. It’s hard for most of these fish to resist a well-placed live shrimp. If you’re gunning for pompano, try using Doc’s Goofy jigs tipped with shrimp, which we hear are producing some really great results.
The canals have really taken off with a mixed bag of fish. We are seeing lots of small reds, trout, mangrove snapper, black drum and snook in the river. Early mornings and late evenings have been producing prime time action.
Happy Tuesday, evening everybody! The weekend the red snapper bite was hot, there was a lot of them caught in the 5 to 10 pound range with the few over 15 lbs congratulations to the Anglers below with their red snapper catches, if you’re getting ready for the second half of the 6 Day season the bait of choice was sardines and Northern mackerel.