Friday, April 21, 2023

Ed Killer / tcpalm South Fla. Report


Inshore, there are redfish, black drum and speckled trout being caught in the Indian River Lagoon, Banana River Lagoon and Mosquito Lagoon. Offshore, anglers are catching mutton snapper on reefs off Sebastian, catch & release red snapper on reefs off Port Canaveral and have a chance to catch yellowfin tuna on long runs to the other side of the Gulf Stream. Bass, bluegill and shellcracker are chewing for freshwater anglers. About the only zone where fishing can be a challenge has been the beaches where erosion is an issue at some spots and seaweed has been too prevalent in others.

Mosquito Lagoon

Capt. Jon Lulay of 2 Castaway Charters in Titusville said over the weekend, his anglers were able to record a lagoon slam — snook, speckled trout and redfish. All three are available to catch in the lagoon and surrounding waterways on live shrimp either freelined or fished under a popping cork to mimic the sound of a trout feeding.


This zone's action is extremely localized so be ready to move beaches if too much seaweed or erosion. If a beach can be found that doesn't have too much of both, there have been some pompano being caught. Long casts to the sand bar are necessary. Fishbites and pieces of shrimp have been the best bait.

Sebastian Inlet

This conduit between the lagoon and the ocean has been a very good place to fish for snook right now. The outgoing tide from both jetties has been the best time to find them feeding. Redfish can be caught in the middle of the inlet during the outgoing tide. Spanish mackerel and bluefish are being caught by tossing jigs and retrieving them fast from the jetties, too.

Indian River Lagoon

Sheepshead and black drum can be caught around docks, piers, bridges and seawalls using a shrimp-tipped jig. Speckled trout can be caught with topwater plugs in 2-3 feet of water early in the morning. Big black drum are in schools in the northern lagoon and will take split blue crabs. Snook and redfish can be caught in the Thousand Island area near Cocoa Beach.


Bass can be caught with crank baits fished on the outside edges of beds. Wild shiners have also been very productive for bass in the 2-5 pound range. Bluegill and shellcracker fishing is best on live crickets or red worms fished from cane poles.

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