For Florida Fishing Today

Paul Gonzalez
• Friday, 16 October, 2020
• 4 min read

Santa Claus is bringing some of the coldest weather the Space Coast has felt on Christmas Day this millennium. They will also push bluefish and Spanish mackerel south, as well as sailfish, dolphin, black fin tuna, pompano and whiting, too.

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The resident fish should bite pretty well, but expect the ones in shallow water to behave a little differently. Bass and trout will be sluggish, so slow down one's presentation and use live bait if possible.

Redfish, black drum and sleepyhead should bite pretty good. Top water plugs will catch trout and redfish, but work them slowly.

There has been good fishing on the rip for dolphin, black fin tuna and sailfish in 100-200 feet of water trolling. Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks and blue runners are in schools moving south in 20-30 feet of water.

Spoons will catch bluefish, Spanish mackerel, jacks and blue runners. Shook fishing is going to slow down a little when the cold temperatures arrive.

Shook fishing may slow down Friday and Saturday as water temperatures drop into the 60s in the Indian River Lagoon. Being tropical, they will seek deep spots in the lagoon near docks, channels and cuts.

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He has been using cut mullet since pinkish have been scarce, and it's working fine for the drum. In some cases, schools of black drum can be found and sight cast to.

Sea conditions may be a little sporty until Sunday, so use caution and check the latest weather advisories before leaving port. Grouper season will close Jan. 1, but snapper fishing should be steady in 70-90 feet of water.

Porgies and trigger fish, sharp nose sharks and occasional cobra should also make trips to the reefs worthwhile. Croaked, whiting, bluefish and Spanish mackerel are other catches anglers can expect at the beach right now.

The flounder are inside along the sides of the inlet, and they are taking live mud minnows and mullet on sliding sinker rigs. In other areas, such as the western shoreline of the lagoon, and spots around the causeways, fishing is steady.

Sleepyhead are biting around bridge pilings and docks, seawalls and rocky shorelines. Bass fishing has been pretty solid with big fish being caught in the Indian River County lakes, Lake Washington and some parts of the St. Johns River.

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Use lidless crank baits, spinner baits or shiners during the warming periods to get bites. After a few days when anglers were actually able to get onto the water and catch a few fish in the surf and offshore, it all comes to a crashing halt again as the wind speeds climb.

According to the Marine Weather Forecast, it looks like winds will be in the 20-knot range for most of the weekend meaning sea conditions will approach double digits, again. Small boat owners should not even attempt being near an inlet where an outgoing tide combined with an east wind will definitely be dangerous.

Keep visiting family members away from trying to swim at any beach on eastern Florida where rip currents are downright deadly. And the western shoreline of the Indian River Lagoon is also out of operation since winds will whip up whitecaps and churn up dirty water.

Anglers are catching trout, black drum and redfish on the flats by using cut baits fished on the bottom. Top water plugs fished early along shoreline flats in 2-3 feet of water will draw strikes from trout lying in ambush.

Black drum fishing is better in the channels and deeper cuts, and Haul over Canal. When the winds allow, bring along a good casting rod to catch bluefish and Spanish mackerel.

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Lady fish schools have moved in near Grant to provide rod bending fun for anglers. Speckled trout fishing is getting better as temperatures are slightly cooler than they were a couple of months ago.

Fish the edges of the spoil islands, channel and shorelines, especially where there are red mangroves and seagrass present to get the best bites. Te next few days, the easterly winds will make it difficult to fish anywhere but along the eastern shorelines.

Remember, all trout in eastern Florida waters between Palm Beach and Völuspá counties must be released Nov. 1 through Dec. 31. Bluefish, Spanish mackerel, shook, redfish, snapper and flounder are all being caught in the waters around the inlet.

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