Fishing forecast florida

Fishing forecast florida – Saltwater: Anglers venturing offshore Port Canaveral are finding fairly good catches of mangrove and red snapper along the 27 fathom ridge. Gag, red and scamp grouper are also being taken, though the snapper are more numerous. Further offshore, anglers are finding scattered dolphin around weed patches in 140 to 260 feet east of both Canaveral and Sebastian Inlet.

Closer to shore, some anglers are spotting small groups of tarpon, jack crevalle, kingfish and a few cobia free-swimming in water out to about 50 feet. While most anglers anticipate tarpon just outside beaches around pogie pods, few anglers are actually finding them. Beach renourishment efforts are creating very murky, dirty conditions along beaches, and most fish seem to be staying further offshore during this time. Catfish and sharks, on the other hand, are very common in the murky water.

Capt. Jim Ross, of Port St. John, has been finding good numbers of oversized redfish along the Indian River recently. Ross guided Alabama visitor Rick Alecka to several reds up to 42 inches in length, with a 47-incher estimated at 36 pounds on Monday. Alecka was using a live shrimp on a circle hook, sight-casting to a school of the big fish in water about 3 feet deep. Ross reports that several schools of oversized fish are roaming the Indian River between State Road 405 and the Scottsmoor area, and he suggests looking for them in water between 3 and 5 feet deep. Live baits are working well, but Ross advises against using live finger mullet because the fish seem to prefer shrimp, pigfish and pinfish right now.

Freshwater: High water levels on the St. Johns River are pushing fish back into the marshy grasses, making it a bit more difficult to target them. Some anglers are finding bass while flippin’ with plastic worms and craws in the thick vegetation. Others are taking advantage of high water by working newly flooded canals or targeting areas of flow. Bass, bluegill and crappie are still active, though high water has spread them out more than usual for this time of the year. Much of the St. Johns south of Lake Washington, west of Melbourne, is murky and unproductive due to dredging, but anglers on the north end of Washington are finding fairly decent water quality. Further north is better with bass taking an assortment of artificial baits along the swift-flowing shoreline edges and reed islands.

— By Beth Sinclair,

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