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FL
United States
28° 23' 20.3424" N, 80° 35' 4.9812" W

Fishing Reports

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F Water Temp: 81-90 F Clarity: Murky 4 fish caught

Hope everyone had fun cobia fishing last month. Continue to look around the 50/60 foot range for the rays and leatherbacks holding fish. Free swimmers will be abundant continuing through this month as well. If you find some type of color change, weed line or temp break, 70 degrees, in that depth your gold. Buck tails and live bait will do the trick. If they won’t fire on the buck tail follow it up with a live bait of some sort. Cobia are not picky so whatever you have will work. When using live bait, I use a 60lb leader from my 50lb braid to an 8/0 circle hook. This is also the time of year that they will come in very close as well. Don’t hesitate to start or end up in the 20 foot depth. Cover your ground and use the sun to your advantage.

Kings will start showing up in better numbers as well. Live bait will be choice this time of year for the big ones that come back through. We were just on the tail end of the smaller fish migration. Soon the 30lbers will start showing more consistently. Fish your local reefs and any structures that hold bait. Ship wrecks and any other structures work great. You can also sabiki these structures for baits.

Bait pods will soon show up. The water is warming up and the fishing will only get better. Start looking for birds and flipping pogies. It’s been scarce to non-existent lately but don’t worry its almost here. Get yourself a good cast net. Tim Wade nets are what ya want. Get a little extra lead on it to sink it faster. Leave the wally world net at home. That 4 footer just won’t cut it. We normally throw a 10/12 foot net.

Bottom fishing for grouper and throwback reds are gonna be good. (check your local regs) use live bait with 3 ways and knocker rigs. (whatever works best for you) 80/100lb leaders. 8/0-10/0 hooks. I believe you’re supposed to have circle hooks now in federal waters, so again check the regs.

To keep the kids busy you can chicken rig all the reefs for triggers and the mighty sea bass. Use squid and small chunk baits. Triggers tend to hang a little higher off the bottom so once it hits crank it up a few feet.

Mahi are close by so get that gear ready. I will touch base on that in Mays issue.

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 and split fishing trips.

Good luck see you out there.

Captain Chris Cameron

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Red Drum
2Blacktip Shark
3Sandbar Sharks
4Cobia
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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Cloudy Air Temperature: 61-70 F Water Temp: 61-70 F Clarity: Cloudy

Shark fishing has continued to provide some awesome action and excitement.  We have seen a big influx of the offshore sandbar sharks lately. These species of shark are normally the annoying large sharks that are known to eat ½ your kingfish many times while offshore. I’m not sure as to why there are so many so close to the beach. Possibly breeding? And when I say close to the beach, I am talking about 6 feet of water. Many of the Sandbar sharks actually have a long liners circle hook in the corner of their mouth, so you know they were at least 80 miles out.  This is a good thing for our customers because of the constant action with sharks over the 100lb class.  Also in the mix has been a lot of sand tiger sharks. They’re a lot of fun as well and the teeth on these sharks are kinda just poking out all over the place and make for great pictures. They look very vicious.  We have been using everything for bait. Sharks will eat almost anything. The odd thing is I have not had any luck with what I thought would be the best bait ever, week old nasty stinky bonita. I thought the bait would be sure to attract the biggest thing out there but never got a bite on it.  Turns out they are actually kind of picky. They love it fresh! Just like you, lol .  The fresher and the bloodier! Just like a nice prime rib. Bait can include bonita, kingfish, Spanish macs, bluefish and ladyfish Just to name a few. Next month  a little about the rigging and tackle used. Good luck and enjoy.

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 and split fishing trips.

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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F Water Temp: 61-70 F Clarity: Clear 6 fish caught

Fishing has continued to be as good as it gets! We have gotten so many phone calls lately where the customers ask, I know its winter and I’m sure fishing is slow, but can we go and do something? LOL I tell them it’s Florida not NY our winters are still warm and the water is the same. Obviously the weather is the only issue that we normally deal with more so now then during the summer. Winter has the winds and summer has the afternoon lightning storms (always fun, NOT). Check out some of these fish, Wahoo, black fin tuna, king mackerel, sailfish and mahi. When it’s not blowing you have to get out there and take advantage of this. Not sure if you have ever seen offshore pogie pods but they have been plentiful as well. Giant pogies in massive balls with every species of fish crashing in on it and birds diving down. National geographic at its best and its right here off our coastline. Fish have been anywhere from 50 feet of water to 100 feet. Wish I could tell you more but it has been changing daily. Good places to start are again, your local reefs, from Ponce to Sebastian. Hope you all can take advantage of the awesome fishing. 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, near shore fishing Cape Canaveral, Orlando charter fishing and split fishing trips.

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Wahoo
2Cobia
3Mahi-mahi
4Blackfin Tuna
5Sailfish
6King Mackerel

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