Along with the fall Mullet run late October provided some excellent fishing on our waters. Mahi have begun their fall migration and King Mackerel are showing up in good numbers and the Sails have returned. No matter if you are a, inshore, near shore, or an offshore boat, there is something out there for you to experience.
Starting inside Port Canaveral, the Snook bite has been spot on for this time of year. People have been getting them on top water using live bait in the late evenings and early mornings. In the meantime the Flounder bite is picking up close to the deeper spots around the Jetties.
Moving out to the buoy line and beaches there has been an insane Redfish bite on bait pods. Yesterday, my Daughter mentioned to me that she had never caught a huge redfish like what we were seeing in some fishing reports so… unable to let that go, we headed to Bluepoints at 2pm after she got out of school and shortly there after we were on our way. We cleared the port, took a left turn toward the shoal and saw a few boats with birds diving and noticeable upwells of sand. A couple quick throws of the cast net and we had enough pogies to do pretty much anything we wanted. We started off with knocker rigs which is a 8oz weight that slides above the 9/0 circle hook, we got a few fish this way but the bite wasn’t as good as it should have been. We switched to Cobia jigs and replaced the tails with live pogies and let them drag on the bottom under the schools of bait. From then until the next hour or so we boated ten fish all around 40 inches; my daughter was more than pleased. Another fish holding in this region is Tarpon, as long as the temps stay where they are those brutes will be here also. We try to get a well full of bait and get to where we see them rolling or crashing bait. We start by releasing bait boat side as our lines drift with the wind and current. An 8/0 to 10/0 Circle hook and 50-80lb Fluorocarbon will increase your chances of surviving the initial hookup with these fish. Remember, boating or removing a large Tarpon from the water without a tag visible in the picture may get you a fine after posting it on the Internet. I try to position the boat in a manner that the angler is holding the fish (with gloves) in the water and the fish is on the sunny side of the boat, moving the boat slowly forward, this makes for a great picture!
Ok… lets’ get to the offshore fishing boys and girls. We have had some really good days of fishing recently. The King Mackerel bite has been near perfect on the 80-90 foot bars and wrecks with Cobia making a showing as the fish come up. Be ready with that spinner when someone has a King on and you can have yourself a nice double with mixed species. Mahi Mahi have been thick in the 120 to 180 foot depths along very prevalent weed lines and current rips. I have been running a spread of 3 naked ballyhoo and 3 skirted ballyhoo and have had consistent knock downs. This time of year there a lot of smaller fish (15-25 inches) that we release but as always with Mahi the bigger fish seem to be lurking around them. Matter of fact we had a gaffer Mahi boat side and a very nice Sailfish came in ready to eat. He crushed the flat line and it was game on for the next 25 minutes.
Lastly and as always feel free to get in touch with me at the marina if you need help with rigging suggestions or fishing techniques.
Smooth Seas and Fair Weather,
Capt Brad Spalding
Brassy Hooker Sport Fishing