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Maria Garcia
• Thursday, 22 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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Fishing for trout, sleepyhead and black drum should be steady on cut bait and shrimp. Running up to the Home Sound area from Jupiter to avoid the sharks, Capt.

Bill Taylor of Black Dog Fishing Charter has been getting good numbers of mangrove, yellowtail and a few short buttons in 40 to 60 feet of water using mostly thread fin herring and squid. There is still a decent sailfish bite off of Jupiter and people fishing for them are also getting good numbers of dolphin as by catch.

Working very specific depths from 100 to 115 feet, kings up to 15 pounds have been caught from the Boston Inlet and then following as they move south. The sailfish bite is still holding steady off of the Boston area with many boats having several releases per trip.

They are hitting goggle eyes, blue runners and pilchards on kites in 100 to 150 feet. There have also been red grouper caught in the same depths using cut or whole squid on the bottom or slow pitching jigs.

On the inside edge of the reefs off of Boston, lesser amber jacks, some keeper gray trigger fish, yellowtail and mangrove snapper are being caught. Though the season is closed until Feb. 1, the bite for shook in the St. Lucie River has been excellent recently.

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Around the bridges spanning the St. Lucie and Indian Rivers there has been good action for black drum, pompano and bluefish. In the Intracoastal Waterway in the channels a quarter mile north and south of the Boston Inlet, there has been an excellent bite for jack crevasse, lady fish, bluefish and some nice mangrove and mutton snapper.

Also in the Ice, on the east side from the Santana Bridge up to the Shook Islands, there has been good action for sea trout and a few slot-size redfish. Though the artificial bite has been tough, a Carolina rig with a strawberry color worm did produce a few fish.

Anglers catch hundreds of brawny, beautiful and delicious species in teeming estuaries, off gorgeous beaches and in the deep blue oceans surrounding the Florida peninsula. The reasons for fishing are as varied as the species and the methods of catching them.

Or, catch bass species that thrive only in North Florida rivers such as the magnificent Suwanee, where class III rapids add serious excitement to a fishing trip on the river between White Springs and the Town of Suwanee, where the river passes through the Lower Suwanee National Wildlife Refuge, pouring out into the Gulf of Mexico. Whether it’s a red snapper caught off Destiny, speckled trout from Tampa Bay, or a mess of crappie from Tallahassee ’s Lake Alcuin, there’s not much more satisfying or delicious than eating fish you caught yourself.

Most places you can find a restaurant that will cook your catch to order. Florida ’s the place to fire up a young angler’s inner fishing fanatic.

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Spring break or summer vacation are both great times for feisty, delicious easy-to-catch fish. The biggest sea trout on record came from Fort Pierce.

“I'd advise you to bring/obtain live bait when fishing this lake. “Target bends in the old river channel that holds associated woody structure.

We developed and refined a complex algorithm that tells you when the fish are expected to most active in relation to the moon phase, sunrise, sunset, and more. We do the complex work so you can make the most of your time fishing.

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3 www.takemefishing.org - https://www.takemefishing.org/how-to-fish/when-to-fish/fishing-almanac/
4 myfwc.com - https://myfwc.com/fishing/freshwater/fishing-tips/seasons/