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July Forecast: Port Canaveral Offshore/Nearshore

By |7.2.2019|

June was a bit of a rollercoaster ride with epic fishing to kick the month off, a lull in the middle, and right back on top to round out the end of the month. When it was good, it seemed like you could have shot a spitball at the plotter and as long as it landed inside of 100 ft of water you could stop the boat and catch fish. King mackerel, cobia, dolphin fish, mangroves, sail fish, sharks, cudas, bonito, jack crevalle. This was absolutely epic summertime fishing.

Kings Gone Wild

By |7.1.2019|

This week was one of the best for offshore and nearshore fishing that we've seen in a while. Kings showed up in the +40 lb class -- and in BIG numbers! Capt. Byrd had one in the 50s... Record numbers of fish are being caught out of the Port, with a variety of coveted species in the mix, including cobia to mahi. Live bait worked really well, with plenty of it being available in and around the Port. Fresh bunker was everywhere earlier this week, but have been trending downward over these past few days. If there's no bunker, spinning minnows will do a fine job for you, too.

Great Nearshore Bite in Sebastian Area

By |7.1.2019|

Our nearshore bite has been really good around the Sebastian Inlet area. Live pilchards and greenies are the two best baits to use right now, especially for targeting Spanish mackerel (up to 5lbs,), king mackerel (up to 25lbs.), and snook in the surf break or larger species like sharks or tarpon. Rig these on a VMC 7385 circle hook and some 60 pound Suffix fluorocarbon leader.

Summer Tarpon on Fly

By |7.1.2019|

Finally, with a little break in our recent brutal heat wave, a good friend and I planned a scouting trip to check on one of our favorite Tarpon spots for the chance to put potential charter clients on tarpon with fly gear. We arrived just as the sun was breaking the horizon and despite the voracious no-see-ums the Tarpon were plentiful and actively feeding on Glass Minnows as we had hoped.

Ponce/New Smyrna

By |7.1.2019|

In the Halifax and North IRL, the fishing continues to be really good for spotted seatrout. They are loving pigfish right now, which also happens to be the bait that's consistently producing the biggest trout. In the Intracoastal Waterway, tarpon are plentiful. On fly, they are digging a black and purple pattern, and live baits are working well, too. Finger mullet or a well-placed live shrimp does the trick. Over on the beach, the bite is really starting to heat up and we're seeing loads of Spanish mackerel, especially.

Tokyo Drift

By |6.30.2019|

The topwater bite was good for Tony this past Wednesday morning. Pushing the Banshee down a mangrove riddled shoreline in the backwaters of the Pole and Troll Zone I was mystified by a lack of fingerling mullet here. Even with the apparent lack of suitable baitfish at this particular time there were a few fish hiding near the trees that blasted Tony’s Skitterwalk.

Back to Fishing!

By |6.29.2019|

Back to fishing! A much needed week-long vacation kept me off the water for a bit, but this week I got back in the game and the fishing was incredible. I focused my attention back into the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon this week, and it showed why this is my favorite time of the year! We had shots all day at large breeder redfish, gator trout, snook, and plenty of opportunities with tarpon, which have been very hard to keep buttoned up!

Ponce de Leon Surf Fishing

By |6.27.2019|

I hit the surf in Melbourne Beach at Ponce de Leon yesterday. It was outgoing tide at about 6pm when I got a line in the water. Maybe it was just the sun going down, but the water didn't look as clean as it did on nearby surf cams just a few hours earlier. There were enough weeds in the water to be annoying, but it wasn't too bad and seemed to get better as the tide went out. Sand fleas were everywhere and abundant.

Catching My First Tarpon

By |6.27.2019|

Finally, it has happened to me right in front of my face, my feelings can't describe it… Last week while fishing for snook in the Eau Gallie River, I was surrounded by rolling tarpon. In the front of the river by Ballard Park was mongos, a little deeper into the river there was mid-sized, and finally near the spillway was juvenile tarpon. I found success early with snook by switching to a smaller presentation, but the tarpon had me retying and trying different tactics all week. This week I returned to the Eau Gallie River / Ballard Park area with a live well full of menhaden and white mullet.

Snook at the beach

By |6.26.2019|

We headed out to Melbourne Beach before sun up today, the waves were calm as the tide went out. Saw lots of pelicans diving along the beach about thirty yards out chasing the bait pods we saw. We set two poles out with sand fleas and I was tossing a [...]

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