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FROM THE GULLETOutdoors writer Jordan Kahn takes a closer look at fishing events, tips, and trends. Every Friday.

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Where they're biting

OffshoreCapt. Tony Crane said the amberjack bite has been good at 250 depths, especially around The Steeples as well as some wrecks in 160 feet.

Bottom fishing has been all right around the 100-foot range, he said.

"You're not going to load the boat up like they were in January, but you might get eight or 10 good fish during a day's campaign," he said.

In 60- to 70-foot waters around the Port Orange bridge and other older artificial reefs, Capt. T.C. said the king mack bite has been very good and boats can get a few cobia by looking for loggerhead turtles. The rays haven't been around, though. And you're bound to get some 'cudas fishing those spots, too, he said.

Ponce Inlet area

Capt. Lee Noga said she caught more than 16 slot-sized flounder targeting sandbars on outgoing tides by the Coast Guard station. She said she has been catching some small mullet for bait on the shores of Disappearing Island. "We are adding a gold spinner 8-inches above the hook on the leader for sparkle," she said.

Halifax River

Finger mullet are thick on the river banks. The Beach Street drive from Granada Boulevard south to Riviera Park has provided daily temptation to pull over and fish, with loads of jumping mullet pinned in by pods of suspicious swirls and frothy explosions.

Matanzas Inlet area

Capt. Chris Herrera said redfish are in the Intracoastal at low tide and hitting the flats at high tide. Look for bait near oyster beds. The reds are looking for food and shelter from dolphin around those bars. Water temps have warmed to the high 70s, so pogies and tarpon should arrive soon, he said.

Surf & Piers

Billy Lancenese at Flagler Beach Bait & Tackle said they have 80-degree surf!

He said drum and flounder are doing good and they've been getting kings all week, with three Tuesday, one Monday and one Thursday, plus three more kings that got away.

Blues, whiting and a few sheepshead and trout are also hitting the planks, he said.

Paul Gill at the Daytona Beach Pier said they did have "hot and heavy" flounder until those storms muddied up the water. Now they're slower but still around, mangoes to 16 inches are thick and whiting have returned.

Tomoka Basin area

Capt. Kent Gibbens said with all the rain the bite has changed a bit. The snook seemed to have moved off the deep dropoffs in the rivers that they were staking out. He noted that a good bottom machine will pick up the strong thermocline that's developed about 5 feet down in the river and suggested targeting creek mouths.

Mosquito Lagoon

Capt. Gibbens and Capt. Scott MacCalla put in at Riverbreeze and ran to the south end. Along the way they fished 10 or 12 schools and "at least a thousand redfish," but only managed to get a half-dozen reds from a stingy, spooky bite. They did get fish up to 41 inches though.

Capt. John Tarr said he has been getting snubbed by a lot of reds and even had 30 reds run away from a free-lined hand-select shrimp.

So Tarr got curious and cleaned a red that took a sand-eel Kwan fly. It had a stomach full of grass and an inch-long silver bait that looked like mojarra.

Indian River Lagoon

The north end has spread out packs of black drum and reds holding tight to shorelines, Tarr said. They're back in areas that had been inaccessible until water levels came back up. The tarpon are still in the channels, too, he said.

St. Johns River

Rich Tareco at Shady Oak Bait & Tackle said the river level has come up about a foot and the current is ripping north again. Mullet and blue gill anglers are doing well and the latest bass tournament was won with a 19-pound bag and a big bass of 9 pounds.
 

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Great flounders were biting last week. The problem is there was no anglers' instant report then. There is always people asking about fishing in the area but not much reporting about fishing. It is no telling whether the problem is lack of anglers, lack of reporting or lack of catching.
 

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Fish Catching

Wetting your line will always increase your odd's of catching. I have never put Fish on the Table reading about it....... when you read about it next week, the Fish have already been Caught. Put your time in thats it...its all up to you.

Something to increase your Chances is to......

This time of year Fish High tide going out in the River.

Or Incoming Tide in the Surf.
 

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Here a fresh update for ya:

Sunglow Pier has puppy drum, baby sheepies, black margates, and lower slot sized reds at high tide in the front. Catch some sandfleas out of the surf in front of the pier and you will have good bait. Occasionally you will get a decent size sheepie mixed into the bunch, but probably not more than 1 per day. Finally, if you are thinking of fishing at low tide = dont. Just stay home right now. Fishing in the middle of summer is a grind and if you put in 4 to 6 hours you might come away with 2 keepers.
 
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