Orlando and Cocoa Beach area fishing is on fire right now. In the Mosquito Lagoon redfish, baby tarpon, and speckled trout have been striking live fingerling mullet or Saltwater assassin jigs that imitate them. We are Concentrating on areas with a lot of bait present. Casting our lures and baits tight to the shorelines because the water is high right now and the edges of the banks are holding most of the fish. The mullet run is still going strong along the beaches and at the port jetties in north Cocoa Beach as well. Snook, redfish, mangrove snapper, flounder, jack, and bluefish are all possible for anglers casting live fingerlings on a sliding sinker rig. Rapala X-Rap plugs in the size 12 are also accounting for many of these fish. In the Banana and Indian Rivers due east of Orlando, speckled trout, redfish, and black drum are cruising many of the mangrove covered shorelines and docks between the 528 Bee-line and Pineda Causeways. Live fingerling mullet are working best for the reds and trout. Live or cut fresh shrimp are best for the Black drum. Farther south snook and redfish are blowing up on the mullet at the Sebastian inlet jetties. We’ve been doing best with live baits and Rapala X-Rap lures in the size 12 or 14. Back in the river system snook, tarpon, jack, trout, and redfish are striking top water plugs, jigs, spoons, and soft plastic jerk baits fished near the mangroves and docks on the eastern shoreline. Schools of jack in the 2 to 10-pound ranges are feeding aggressively the middle of the river system. We are finding them by looking for birds working over them on most days and when you get close you will see them busting baitfish. These schools move quickly, so a run and gun approach is best if you want to stay hookup up.
Fishing is really good right now so it time to get out there and get your rod bent.
Until next time….Catch a memory!!!
Captain Jim Ross