Seasonal reminder: Remember, shook season is closed to harvest along Florida's Atlantic Coast until Feb. 1 2021; spotted sea trout is closed to harvest until Dec. 31; shallow water grouper season will close Jan. 1 until April 30, 2021; and new flounder rules will go into effect March 1 creating a fall harvest closure from Oct. 15 through Nov 30. He is using live shrimp or cut mullet to catch the drum, fishing near channel edges and drop-offs.
Terry Wilda of Big Easy charters out of Capt Hiram's Resort and Marina in Sebastian said the fishing on the reefs this week was wonderful. His anglers caught king fish, trigger fish and mangrove snapper in 70-90 feet of water.
Melbourne Beach has been a good place to get bites from pompano, whiting and croaked during the last half of the incoming tide. Spoons fished here will catch Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks and blue runners, too.
Bluefish, lady fish, jacks, blue runners and Spanish mackerel are being caught on spoons and jigs. Pompano are along the beaches on both sides of the inlet taking Fish bites or sand fleas.
Inside the inlet, flounder can be caught on sliding sinker rigs with live mud minnows or shrimp. Then, as the temperature climbs above 72 degrees in the water, their feeding response turns back on again.
Trout and redfish will be on the flats during the middle parts of the day as the fish warm up. Cast into holes or channels and cuts to find fish which are seeking more stable water temperatures on cool days.
Crappie action is pretty good in most other lakes and in parts of the St. Johns River and canals. Florida has many wildlife creatures, including our fish population.
FloridaFishingcan be done as recreational or as a sport, either way it is fun for everyone, but there are some dos and don’ts when it comes to fishing in Florida ’s beautiful waters, whether it is in the ocean, lakes, or ponds. There are over 200 native species of freshwater and 500 native species of saltwater fish that are protected and managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FCC).
The laws are created by research with scientists on the Florida environment and wildlife that life in it. It is important to follow the rules that are enforced because they are there for a reason: to protect the environment, which is beneficial to humans and provides resources.
Water, sharp hooks, and fishing rods may not look dangerous, but they can be in the wrong situation. Remember to clean up after yourself dry your boots and gear after every trip.
Florida's first cold snap of the 2020-2021 winter season was welcomed he artfully by all. We had to break out socks with our flip-flops, find a pair of pants that fit our COVID-expanded waistlines and dig out that old food-stained sweatshirt from our favorite college.
The good news is the cold air brought with it fish from the north. Bluefish, Spanish mackerel, pompano, whiting, sailfish and flounder have all made appearances in greater numbers.
Jon Lula of Mosquito Lagoon Redfish Charters in Titusville said he has been fishing cut bait with anglers and having good success. Lula said cool mornings will help the water clear up and improve chances to sight cast.
Marine weather forecast conditions indicate anglers can probably find bites in 70-100 feet without too much trouble. To increase one's chances at a Yahoo bite, put it down in the water column using a down planer or trolling sinker.