Today’s fishing forecast & solunars By Don Wilson Sentinel Staff Writer
HOT SPOT: The Harris Chain in Lake County continues to yield hefty stringers of bass at local tournaments. At the two most recent, the winners each had nearly 27 pounds of fish. The best technique is fishing deep-water structure with either crankbaits or Carolina-rigged plastic worms. Places to try include an underwater mound in 10 feet of water in the southwest corner of Little Lake Harris, the pilings of the Howey bridge in Lake Harris, and an underwater ledge off a point in southeast Lake Eustis.
OTHER TOP SPOTS: North Cove, Lemon Point and Grassy Island in Lake Kissimmee are good at first light for schooling bass. Lake Harney is tops for panfish. You’ll catch bluegills on the northwest shore, where the lake empties into the St. Johns River.
HOT SPOT: Schools of pompano are cruising the Indian River flats north of Fort Pierce opposite the Harbor Branch Foundation. You’ll find them by running the deeper flats until a fish skips in your boat’s wake. Use small red/yellow jigs tipped with sand fleas. You also should find some large seatrout in the same areas, feeding at first light. Use topwater plugs.
OTHER TOP SPOTS: Another good spot for trout is in the Indian River north of the Titusville railroad bridge. Fish the eastern side, in the cove that ends at Black Point. Topwater plugs are best here, too. If the surf clears, you should catch pompano from the Cocoa Beach Fishing Pier and in the surf south of Port Canaveral. In Tampa Bay, you can catch tarpon weighing as much as 125 pounds by using live bait fish and fishing around the Gandy and Howard Frankland bridges.
HOT SPOT: Fort Pierce also is the best place to troll for dolphin. The fish are everywhere from 70 feet of water out to 250 feet. The fish are larger than those you’ll catch farther north, weighing as much as 51 pounds. Troll blue/white-skirted ballyhoo. Bottom fishing here is excellent as well. The best fishing is in 150 feet of water for grouper, if you can find live bait fish.
OTHER TOP SPOTS: Bottom fishing is good in 90 feet of water off Sebastian Inlet for snapper and smaller dolphin are plentiful in 150 feet of water. Up at Port Canaveral, grouper, snapper and some king mackerel are being caught in 140 to 160 feet of water. Your best choice for king mackerel is off Daytona Beach, where the fish are concentrated at the Long John Reef and the Mango Hole
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