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Orlando and Cocoa Beach area fishing 4-cast for week of June 1, 2018

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OFFSHORE-Most anglers will be targeting the Mangrove snapper and gag grouper 
located on the reef and wreck structures starting at the 75 foot mark.  Chum and 
chunk for the snapper.  They should respond well to this technique.  Tarpon, redfish
and snook should be possible targets along the near-shore waters.  Live pogies, pilchards
and croakers are the best baits to use for them. 
INSHORE-All this rain has pushed many of the juvenile tarpon and snook out of 
the creeks.  Look for them on nearby structures such as docks, and mangrove 
covered shorelines.  They may also frequent drainage pipes in areas that don't 
have too much freshwater flow into the lagoon.  The pipes in the Eau Gallie, 
Merritt Island, Rockledge, and Cocoa areas are good one to check for this type 
of activity.  Flounder action inside the port was pretty good last week, but 
with the current rainy weather pattern, there have been no recent reports.  This 
may be one of the better bites this weekend if anglers can find some fingerling 
mullet or mud minnows to use as bait. 
OFFSHORE-Lane, Mangrove, and mutton snapper have been reliable bottom species 
over the past few weeks on the reefs and wrecks out of this inlet.  This 
weekends' weather should allow anglers an opportunity to get back out there and 
try for them again.  Chunk baits or small live offerings like pilchards and 
fingerling mullet are usually willingly accepted by all three species in the 50 
to 90-foot depths.  Tarpon, big jack, and bonito should be roaming the waters 
within about a mile of the beach.  Live pilchards or small lures that imitate 
glass minnows are usually good offerings for these fish.   
INSHORE-Snook and redfish are the main species anglers are catching at the inlet 
this week.  Although croakers have been hard to come by they have been by far 
the best bait option for these fish.  Other live baits that have been working at 
times are pigfish, pinfish, and large live shrimp.  Pilchards and mullet have 
not been getting a very positive review from the snook or reds at the jetty over 
the last few days.  Speckled trout, pompano, ladyfish, and bluefish are roaming 
the deeper flats and can often be found by watching the gulls and terns working 
over them as they feed.  They are moving around a lot in this portion of the 
river because of all of the storm water influx into this section of the lagoon 
system, so anglers should be prepared to search them out from day to day.  Snook 
and juvenile tarpon are holding near some of the deeper docks on the west side 
of the Indian river between Turkey Creek and the Sebastian River. Larger tarpon 
in the 50 to 80 pound range can be seen rolling along the edges of the main 
I.C.W. channel between Grant and Melbourne.  Live mullet are often the best bait 
for them but anglers can sight cast these fish with soft jerk baits or fly rods 
during calm morning periods.  
Until next week....Catch a memory!!!

Captain Jim Ross

Fineline Fishing Charters

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