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FL
United States
28° 23' 20.3424" N, 80° 35' 4.9812" W
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Average: 5 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 71-80 F Water Temp: 61-70 F Clarity: Clear
4 fish caught | Lunker: 100lb Cobia using a Bucktail

      March Madness is here so bring on the cobia! This is the historic time frame here in the central east coast that the migration of cobia swims by us. Although we catch them all year long, this is usually the best time. The water is warming back up to the 70-degree mark.  Free-swimming cobia are the most fun to target in my opinion.  A few things must come together though. One being sunny skies, you must be able to see into the water a little bit and two, try to get as high as possible.

      A hungry cobia is not a picky fish nor are they the smartest. My bait of choice is a buck tail with a whole squid hooked on it. This gives a natural look and smell.  There are many different types of baits and lures people use. 

      I also like live bait. Pogies and pin fish work great too.  It’s fun to watch a cobia go nuts trying to eat a livey. Sometimes there are days that you will see 30 fish and maybe only 2 actually eat or get Fired Up on a jig. I haven’t had many cobes turn down a live fish. Some say they will never turn down a live choice shrimp or their magic swim bait etc. Fishing is just what it says, fishing. Some days they’re on fire others they swim away from whatever you throw at em.

      My gear of choice is 7-foot medium action rod with a light tip to jig the lure and enough backbone to stick the hook.  Line is 40lb braid and a 50lb leader.  If I’m using live bait, I use an 8/0 circle hook and I hook the live fish through the back of the head and cast forward and past the fish.

    Don’t forget to register in the sunrise tournament for the month long Cobia Madness. Good luck!

    This report has been brought to you by Captain Chris Cameron of Fired Up Fishing Charters, your premier fishing guide charter of shark fishing Cocoa Beach, offshore fishing Port Canaveral, nearshore fishing Cape Canaveral, Orlando charter fishing

 

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1CobiaBucktail100
2King MackerelSardine
3Blacktip SharkBluefish
4Mahi-mahiBallyhoo
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Average: 4 (1 vote)

Many charters have been calling me and asking if the fishing is any good this time of year. My answer is, the fishing is about as good as it gets right now. The only thing we are dealing with is the winds. When the weather allows and we can manage to get offshore the king fishing is great. Use your standard stinger rigs and frozen minnows. If you find live bait that’s great too.

In the mix of kings have been mahi, sails and blackfin tuna. Everything is eating the same baits, no need to change anything up. Use your machines and find and mark the bait, once you find that you should be good to go.

Even though you can’t keep any red snapper or grouper right now the bottom fishing is great. The bigger the bait the bigger the fish.  Near shore fishing has really picked up as well. If it’s too rough to get offshore then work the near shore beach line. Pompano and whiting have been great and excellent eating as well. Our shark bite is still in the dumps!! Not sure what it is but hopefully it picks up for the shark trips scheduled. Hope this helps and enjoy the pics

     This report has been brought to you by Captain Chris Cameron of Fired Up Fishing Charters, your premier fishing guide charter of shark fishing Cocoa Beach, offshore fishing Port Canaveral, nearshore fishing Cape Canaveral, Orlando charter fishing.

 

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Clarity: Cloudy

Canaveral has finally been picking up. The pogies and mullet are in full swing and theres many species following the bait. We are still seeing some tarpon mixed in with snook, bull reds and plenty of sharks. You can find the mullet much closer to the beach and the pogies will be just offshore of that.  Look for them flipping on the surface as well as the mudd balls. 
Using fish finder rigs and knocker rigs with a 1 oz weight seem to be working just fine with a 6/0 circle hook. You can hook the pogies through the lips or even through the tail and giving them some slack to swim around. 
further offshore we are seeing the kings starting to eat. Also mixed with them are some mahi and cobia the last few weeks. Sails and wahoo are not uncommon this time of year either. 
The best areas seem to be the reefs as usual in 70 feet of water. 
Good luck and we hope to see you out there!

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