Weekly Fishing Forecast for Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, Port Canaveral, Merritt Island, and surrounding waters by: Local Lines Charters… Great fishing last week and a bit of the ick towards the end..lol Yes, even fishing guides get sick! Seatrout were hot and heavy along with slot reds or drum depending on what mangrove you put your bait under. The late week wind and rain jumped water levels back up and they should steady out. Some days held a solid morning bite while others were slow until the evening set in. Both Kayak and skiff clients had good fun!
This week’s forecast:
Hello water!! The south wind and rain at the end of last week made drastic changes on the BRL, IRL, M. Lagoon. We got our water back. Look for shorelines that were not fish-able to have plenty of water and fish in search of a meal. This will be most apparent in areas with heavy fiddler crab and minnow populations. Reds will look to get skinny and take advantage of the “new” hunting grounds. Slayer Inc. SST’s work great in this situation as the land very soft and wont spook those shallow fish. Rig it weedless and send it straight to the shore.
Wind and seas are starting to settle and a quick trip off the beach yesterday had us in plenty of weeds/debris. Though the seas were a bit sporty for us to spend the time needed, the tripletail are here. I would also be sure to have that cobia rod ready as they will also frequently be found in the same area. 5-10 from the south is what’s predicted for the rest of the week, so yaks or even skiffs should have some shots. A solid flounder bite (typical) has settled into Port Canaveral. Every spring those flat fish head back from their winter spawn on the continental shelf. Typically not as heavy for the same (inches) size as the fall fish, but that’s why these guys are hungry. Small live baits are best, but a bucktail and strip do wonders.
Open Dates this week: 4-16(thurs.), 4-19(sun.)
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