Fishing forecast FLORIDA
Saltwater: Anglers will need to wait a few days before venturing back offshore while weather conditions calm. Brevard County coastal waters will remain under a small craft advisory from the NOAA through the afternoon and anglers should watch for bands of strong winds and thunderstorms associated with tropical storm.
When fishermen can return to beaches, they should find some snook, redfish, tarpon, jack crevalle and Spanish mackerel following schooling baitfish. Clean water is important for catches, while catfish and sharks dominate dirty areas. Better areas for the snook before the recent storm were between Indialantic and Floridana Beach. The first trough has been ideal for casting a live bait for snook and redfish. Tarpon have been sporadic, some showing up around Port Canaveral on one day and around Satellite Beach the next. Most of the tarpon average 80 pounds and require heavy tackle to land in the surf. Live baits like finger mullet, Atlantic croakers, pigfish and pinfish are working well for catches of snook, redfish and tarpon. When anglers can find groups of Spanish mackerel, small spoons, jigs and glass-minnow imitation lures such as Gotcha, Diamond Jigs and Sea Sharks are working best.
Freshwater: Plenty of rain will mean anglers can expect water flow along many of Central Florida lakes and the St. Johns River. At the Stick Marsh, south of Palm Bay, hot spots during rainy periods include the spillway and pump house. Though these areas can not support many boats, those getting there early when water is flowing are usually rewarded with good catches of bass on a variety of artificial baits. Dark-colored plastic worms and crankbaits are usually preferred.
The narrow portion of the main river along the St. Johns is flowing fairly strong and anglers can find bass, bluegill, catfish and crappie taking advantage of the swift currents along shoreline edges and in little cuts just outside the main current. A Texas-rigged plastic worm or crankbait worked through the current is effective on bass targeting small shad. Bluegills are more likely to hit Beetle Spins, small popping bugs and live crickets. Try drifting or slow trolling live minnows or small jigs along edges of vegetation for crappie.
— By Beth Sinclair,
for FLORIDA TODAY