See-sawing temperatures may have affected some fish, but there’s still a good variety hitting.
Area anglers are pulling in strong catches of whiting, trout, drum and redfish, and even some snook are showing up.
OFFSHORE: The cobia are back in town, according to Capt. Doug Davis (saltybonesnewsmyrna.com). “We feel the water turned warmer a couple of weeks ago and the cobia migration may have started,” he said via email. “However, the water turned cooler so they may be in a state of confusion.” Perhaps a warmer forecast around the corner will help.
MOSQ. LAGOON, INDIAN RIVER: The Edgewater Backcountry is seeing morning water temperatures around 60 degrees, emailed Capt. Michael Savedow (EdgewaterRiverGuide.com). Sheepshead, schooling bluefish and oversized ladyfish are on the move with an early spring migration, he said. Black drum from 1 to 5 pounds are “widespread through the backwaters.” He added, “Still catching good numbers of trout, jacks and whiting and a few pompano.”
PONCE INLET, HALIFAX RIVER: Sheepshead and black drum are plentiful around the jetty, according to Don’s Bait & Tackle. Emily Patterson said she also caught some flounder, three of which were keeper-sized. In the river there’s a lot of trout and redfish and the pompano are still hanging around, she added. Live shrimp, mud minnows and sand fleas are getting the best hits.
SURF, PIERS: Flagler Beach Pier reports whiting, trout, bluefish, sheepshead and pompano are biting shrimp, mullet and sand fleas. It also reported a shark was hooked. The Sunglow Pier reports strong bites of whiting, black drum, pompano and sheepshead and a few red drum are showing up. Shrimp is the still the hot bait, frozen and live.
ST. JOHNS RIVER: Bass fishing is picking up, but Capt. Bryn Rawlins at Highland Park Fish Camp in DeLand said “it is still not up to the standard we are used to this time of year. We have seen bigger bass lately up to 8 and 9 pounds, but the numbers are just not there.” She said in an email that the speck bite is still strong. “Fishermen are catching them in Lake Woodruff and surrounding creeks.” Minnows and jigs are the best bait. “We should have a couple more weeks left of speck fishing before it dies down for the season,” she added.
TOMOKA BASIN, RIVER: Capt. Barry Englehardt (fishwithcaptainbarry.com) reports weather is still being a pest, with fishing “sporadic. It’s good one day and bad another day.” He had some success in the river alongside the Clinker Islands adjacent to the Basin, where he picked up some black drum and trout on the dropoffs of the Intracoastal, and found some small snook up river.
Capt. Justin Long (Goodtimez Fishing Charters) agreed the wind has made fishing a challenge, but he’s had some success in the afternoons. He reports in an email catching a “few redfish mixed in with a trout or two. Most bites have been on a slow retrieve or almost sitting.” He’s optimistic about the weekend with warmer temperatures in the forecast.
MATANZAS INLET, RIVER: Snook are all over the place, quite of few of which have been slot-sized, said Rob Ottlein (flagerfishingcharters.com). He’s been using live shrimp, Mirrodines and paddle tail jigs. He said trout are hitting basically the same baits, and that “there’s a lot of jacks around. A lot of jacks. And they’re being caught on almost anything. We’ve been getting them from 1 to 5 pounds.” He also mentioned redfish can be caught in the backwaters while sight-fishing.
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