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Todays Forcast

Updated for Jan. 17, 2004

By Beth Sinclair
For FLORIDA TODAY



Saltwater: Expect winds to increase today with forecasters predicting winds out of the south to 20 knots. Surf conditions are likely to be dirty later in the day, however morning anglers might be able to target cleaner areas early for pompano and whiting. Cocoa Beach and beaches adjacent to Sebastian Inlet have been best for pompano.
Port Canaveral offers decent numbers of Spanish mackerel, bluefish and sheepshead. Look for blues and mackerel roaming in and around the port. Small spoons and jigs work especially well for the mackerel. Live finger mullet cast under a bobber on a long shank hook is also a productive method. Blues will hit most natural baits and many artificials. Swimming plugs, spoons and jigs are especially effective, depending on where the blues are holding in the water column.

Cast live sand fleas, fiddler crabs or fresh cut shrimp close to pilings, seawalls and channel markers for sheepshead. Black drum are sporadically showing up around the Jetty Park Pier.

If winds are not a problem, anglers should find decent numbers of trout and redfish over shallow flats as temperatures warm today. Expect most of the fish to move into the shallows after the sun has come up and allowed water temperatures to rise. Better areas for trout recently have been around Long Point County Park and near the Moorings, near Vero Beach.
 

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Flagler and Volusia County Reports
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Ponce Inlet area

Fred Robert of New Smyrna Beach had the snook bite wired, hooking up 21 times Tuesday by fishing docks in the river. "This is the first time in four years I have seen so many snook," he said. Robert reported that redfish are moving through the inlet. Lynn Hamp at Brigadoon Fish Camp, where the Rose Bay waters were 56 degrees Thursday morning, said there are a lot of rat reds, some nice-sized trout and a few flounder.

Surf & Piers

Besides the standard fare of whiting and blues, Pete Blount at the Main Street Pier said trout, drum, sheepshead and pompano are being caught.

"Early morning and late afternoon have been tremendous," he said. "You can actually see hundreds of fish in the water in the late afternoon. There's more fish than I've seen in five years. You can see trout, drum and sheepshead just laying there in the shadow of the pier."

Mosquito Lagoon

Small, loose-knit groups of big trout can be found from shorelines out to about three feet near mullet schools. And even though the water has been 56 degrees some mornings, Capt. Leo Hiles has been able to catch some 24-inchers. He had Stan Katz of Orlando out recently and Katz caught a 4-pound trout, a 4-pound red and a smaller red. Schools of keeper reds have been biting in a little deeper flats.

Indian River Lagoon

Trout, redfish, snook and juvenile tarpon, can be found hiding from prevailing northeast and northwest winds, reported Capt. Rodney Smith. He says to search for water a degree or two warmer than surrounding waters around any kind of shelter, sunny shorelines or creeks with bottoms of dark, heat-retaining mud.

Smith said the best strategy is to fish a slow retrieve before a weather front and just after dark or before sunrise.

Tomoka Basin area

Ike Leary at Granada Pier Bait & Tackle said the big talk is all the black drum being caught around Tomoka State Park. Leary said trout are at High Bridge hiding near big pods of finger mullet.

Fishing the front end of a recent afternoon weather front, Capt. Kent Gibbens released seven reds and a flounder flyfishing in a light drizzle in just a few hours time.

Matanzas Inlet area


Capt. Gibbens said, "I was up at Devils Elbow and found seven schools of redfish around the 206 flats and they would not eat. One school had 250 fish in it.

Well, the next day I had a guy out who wasn't a great caster or anything, and I put him on that big school and he got nine reds on fly before the morning was through."

Offshore


Nick Teipen went out 12 miles to Holiday Reef with Capt. Chris Scaccia for some bottom bumping and everyone on the boat caught about 10 redeye snapper. They also picked up some vermillion snapper and puppy sharks. Teipen said he thinks the grouper were about 20 miles further out.

Capt. Budd Neviaser of the Halifax Sport Fishing Club said on the troll they're catching blackfin tuna, barracuda and "believe it or not, within the past week they've landed small dolphin," he said.

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Halifax River

Nick Teipen at the Bait Shack by the Port Orange bridge said the river has yielded trout, nice-sized sheepshead, whiting and he said there are lots of reds "over by Aunt Catfish's and the low bridge." There are keeper trout being caught, but all the reds are short, he said.

St. Johns south

James Hillman at Highland Park Fish Camp said he has weighed a lot of fish over 2, 2 1/2 pounds and he has seen lots of limits. "The trick trade is," he said, "the trollers are doing real good with a 1/16-ounce jig head with a curly tail and the preferred colors are white with a pink tail."

St. Johns central

Francis King at the Tackle Box in Palatka said the main place for specks right now is Rodman, where a guy caught 34 Wednesday. The best spot for bass has been Salt Springs Run.
 

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Who's telling the truth in all this and who's not ? :p
I have not seen good reports on any forums , makes you think .:p
 

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Indian River County

Vero Tackle & Marina’s Ernie White says big trout are being caught in 3 to 5 feet in waters north and south of Vero. Live shrimp will work, but White reports better action on the motor oil, Cotee chubby grub. Redfish are hitting in the shallows, while an abundance of snapper are in the deeper holes and along channel edges. Other action includes pompano and ladyfish, as well as a few flounder here and there. Sheepshead are just about everywhere with some black drum mixed in.
 

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St. Lucie County

Inshore action is good around Fort Pierce these days. Middlebrooks and The Shrimp Spot’s Scott Seitzinger both report flounder off the Fort Pierce jetty, especially the T-section of the south jetty. Sand perch are still showing in good numbers off both the South Bridge catwalk, as well as along the seawall behind the library in Fort Pierce. Sheepshead and snapper are also being caught around South Bridge. Good trout action is reported at both Harbor Branch and Queen’s Cove.
 

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Martin County

While pompano are still dominating the minds of anglers, a variety of fish are being hooked in Indian River. Catch 22’s Capt. Bob Bushholz reports good trout action on the grass flats on the west side of Indian River, north of Jensen Beach. Most of the bridges in the area are holding black drum, goliath grouper, catch-and-release snook and mangrove snapper, while the crossroads and Hell Gate areas of the St. Lucie River offer scattered pompano, ladyfish, jacks and blue runners.
 

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Pensacola, FL. Fishing Pier:
1/16 Friday: Redfish, Whiting

Navarre, FL. Fishing Pier:
1/16 Friday: Redfish, Sheepshead and Whiting

Okaloosa, FL. Fishing Pier:
1/16 Friday: Redfish, Ground Mullet, and Whiting

Fort Pickens Pier:

Week report 1/12 - 1/19
Fishing on the pier has been very good the past few days. They are catching Redfish, and Sheepshead .
 

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Fishing Report
By JIM LEE Tampa Tribune correspondent
Originally Published: Jan. 15, 2004

Saltwater
10,000 ISLANDS AND BACK COUNTRY FISHING: Captain Tom Haynes, (813) 973-0774: Live finger mullet are taking large snook in the back country. Lots of smaller snook will take shrimp. Redfish are scattered, but a steady catch in the back country. Calm weather will produce excellent trout catches.

SARASOTA: On the water with captain Rick Grasset, (941) 923-7799: Charlotte Harbor is producing trout to 20 inches. Turtle Bay potholes have big trout in them and will take a fly. More than 20 trout took flies in this area. In Sarasota Bay there were 30 trout, with about one-third of them 18 to 20 inches.

BRADENTON: Perico Harbor Bait & Tackle, (941) 795-8433: Grouper in 30 to 40 feet of water. Trout are everywhere. Snook and sheepshead are in the Manatee River. The Egmont pilot docks have sheepshead around them. Fish the sand spots for flounder.

LOWER TAMPA BAY: Captain Sergio Atanes, (813) 973-7132: Jigs are better than live shrimp. Use a chartreuse jig for trout in the 22- to 23-inch range in the Port Manatee and Bishops Harbor areas. Sheepshead are also a great catch.

UPPER TAMPA BAY: Denny B's Quality Bait & tackle, (813) 885-9811: Shrimp and creek chubs are the baits of choice here. Trout are on the flats, and reds are up in the creeks and canals. These mostly covered areas are a great place for foul-weather fishing. Snook are out of season.

SOUTH PINELLAS: Captain Paul Hawkins, (727) 560-6762: Redfish are the main target, with trout next. Redfish take a little more understanding to catch consistently. Trout action is easier and reaps quick rewards. A root-beer-colored jig works on both species.

SKYWAY, UPPER BAY AND OFFSHORE: Captain James Wisner, (813) 784-5658: Wisner still is taking grouper in 55 feet of water. The grouper grounds off Hudson have been the most productive. These fish are biting on cut bait, usually sardines or threadfins.

FISHING PIERS: South Pier, (941) 729-0117: Fish the pier for mackerel, pompano, speckled trout, redfish, bluefish, an occasional snook, flounder and a stray grouper.

MID-PINELLAS PARTY BOATS: Offshore bottom fishing from Hubbard's John's Pass Marina and Kingfish Dock, (727) 393-1947: Fish offshore for red and gag grouper, mangrove snapper, gray snapper and black sea bass.

GANDY BAIT & TACKLE: (813) 839-5551: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are still the best catch in the bay. Live shrimp is the best bait. However, on bad weather days, come early as shrimp bury up and are not as available.

CLEARWATER: Captain Richard Howard, (727) 446-8962: When you can get out, grouper catches are best in 65 to 75 feet. Inshore, trout and redfish have been the best targets. Fish the docks with live shrimp for excellent trout and redfish catches.

PALM HARBOR: Captain Wendell Akins, Drifter Charter Fishing, (727) 785-3018: Trout catches improved early in the week as the eather warmed. Drift the flats off Sunset Beach and Howard Park for trout catches.

TARPON SPRINGS: Captain Rich Knox, (727) 376-8809: Good trout and redfish catches blossomed as the weather got better. The power plant had been producing pompano, permit, jacks and ladyfish. Fish the docks for redfish and snook.

HUDSON: Captain Dennis Royston, (727) 863-3204: Sheepshead, mangrove snapper, redfish and jacks are in the residential canals. The power plant should produce pompano, jacks, trout and redfish.

HERNANDO BEACH: Hernando Beach Bait & Tackle, (352) 596-3375: Good grouper catches can be made on good weather days, but those days are scarce. Inside, redfish, mangrove snapper, sheepshead and black drum can be caught.
 

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Fishing Reports from the Florida Keys

Offshore:
A few charter boats ventured off to the Hump this week. Although there was current in the Hump area (500’depth), the water was not blue. ( better than saying it was dirty!) small Blackfin Tuna were caught along with lots of Bonito

Reefs:
Capt. Paul Odonnell of Skipper Charters feels that this year the Sailfishing may be as consistent as he has ever seen! The Sailfish are in depths of 90’ to 140’ and are eager to eat a live bait. The Kingfish action also is very good. While live baiting the edge, a few Wahoo have also been caught. No reports have come in regarding Yellowtail Snapper fishing, probably because the Sails and Kings are so willing.

Gulf and Bay:
The Gulf action has been in a lull as of late. Good catches of Spanish Mackerel and Mangrove Snappers have been reported by some and other fishermen are having a tough time. Tripletail are being caught and the numbers will only be on the rise next month. In Florida Bay, Nick (the Shrimp dipper from Cuda Bait and Tackle) reports a good bite of “legal” Trout in the Rankin area. Many area guides are fishing mainland shorelines and finding Snook and Redfish.

Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
Cooler water temperatures has made for tough Bonefishing. Numerous calls to local guides around the area inquiring about Bonefishing, have not yielded many answers. With the Holidays just over, business has slowed down, so reports should pick up again in late January when the business picks up and our "regular" season kicks in. Decent Snook and Redfish action in the Flamingo area has been reported with lots of “rod benders” like Ladyfish and Jack Crevelle, and the Trout action is improving. For the Trout, fish jigs along the banks ,where they drop off to three of four feet of water. An example is “Middle Ground” west of Flamingo. The standard Shrimp on a cork will work well also, but the Pinfish may drive you crazy chewing on the Shrimp making you think you are getting a Trout bite.
 
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