Orlando and Cocoa Beach area Fishing report for early February

Orlando and Cocoa Beach area Fishing report for early February

NEAR-SHORE CONDITIONS HAVE CHANGED

The ocean conditions have changed drastically since my last report. The near-shore coastal Atlantic waters along Cocoa Beach due east of Orlando are very dirty due to last weeks continuous hard north winds. This has driven the tripletail and cobia way south of the Sebastian Inlet area at the time of this report.

DEEPER AREAS OF THE LAGOON ARE NOW PRODUCING FISH

Captain Justin and I have still managed to get out on the flats and lagoons of this area of central Florida, and we have found a good bite in some specific locations. Speckled trout action in the Indian and Banana River lagoons is getting much better this week than it has been in quite some time.  When areas of clean water can be found, our anglers are catching pretty good numbers of trout in the 10 to 17-inch range.  This isn’t fishing-It’s catching. The trout bite has been so good on some of the places we’ve tried that we are getting multiple double hookups for our anglers.

WHAT WHERE CATCHING THEM ON

Saltwater Assassin 4-inch sea shad tails in the silver phantom with chartreuse tail are our “go to” lures on our charters this week.  This color is outperforming everything else we have tried including live shrimp.  Rig the assassin tails on a 1/8 ounce Assassin spring lock jig head and hang on.  With the warming air and water temperatures we are expecting through Friday, these fish may move back out onto the shallower flats in search of their next meal. That remains to be seen.

CONDITIONS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

Redfish have been very elusive for the most part. The calm conditions we experienced over the last few days have these fish extremely wary and nervous. It has been a real challenge to get close enough to even make a cast on some days even when using the push pole on our 17′ flats skiff.

Well as they say….That’s fishing. It looks like the weather over the next week is going to stay consistent with our usual February conditions. It will be sunny for a few days, then a frontal passage will reset everything, and we’ll have to find the fish again. Come on out and join us in our search by booking something today.

Until next time….Catch a memory!!!

Captain Jim Ross

1 Comment
  • Norm Channell
    Posted at 15:33h, 11 February Reply

    Went to Grant for my weekly excursion and found exactly that Jim; we found a flat that was LOADED with redfish in about 3 ft of water. Pitched everything at them except for the chunk lady fish (which probably would have been the best option in hindsight) and they were seriously skid-dish. It’s bad when you lightly land a Smoking Shad jerkbait behind and 10 ft away from them and blow the school out.

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