Florida Fishing report

Fishing forecast FLORIDA
Saltwater: When anglers have been able to venture out on Indian River Lagoon grass flats, fairly good numbers of redfish and seatrout have been found throughout the IRL system. Clean water and healthy grass in water at least 21/2-feet deep has been ideal to target redfish and seatrout during the day.

Cooler temperatures have kept fish in deeper water until the sun has warmed the water. On cooler days and during overcast conditions, anglers likely will not see many fish in shallow water.

Bluefish have been consistent and scattered at Port Canaveral and Sebastian Inlet. With winds primarily out of the north, these two inlets should offer decent wind protection. At Canaveral, blues often roam the main channel, along the jetties, around the turning basins and near the drawbridge. They often target schooling mullet and other baitfish. Spoons, jigs and plugs of various sizes have been productive. Use fresh cut finger mullet or live finger mullet for blues.

At Sebastian, bluefish have been found along the inlet channel during the day and night, especially with outgoing tides and tide changes. Blues travel back and forth through the inlet, around the adjacent beaches and along the Intracoastal Waterway Channel west of the inlet. Live and cut finger mullet, spoons, jigs and plugs all work well.

Freshwater: Bass have been found in open water hydrilla when winds are not too strong. Cooler temperatures have slowed the reaction time for bass. Use a slow retrieve with artificial baits. Soft plastic jerkbaits have worked best, especially when flipped around edges of thicker vegetation. Rat-L-Traps and other shad-imitations have been effective when scattered hydrilla can be found. Cast baits in and around the weeds. Live wild shiners also have been effective when cast under a bobber around vegetation.

— Beth Sinclair, for FLORIDA TODAY

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