Spring time is one of my favorite times to fish, the weather is just right and the bait fish start to move in the river system and off the beaches in my area and behind the bait fish will be the predators that lurk beneath them. Inshore fishing has been very good these past couple weeks. Redfish are tailing in small pods, Black Drum are schooled up on the flats, and the Sea Trout catches have been really good with fish averaging around 20 inches. Most of the catches have been on D.O.A. Soft plastics rigged on a 1/8oz weedless 3/0 hook. Dark colors(Morning Glory, Rootbeer, Gold Rush/Black back) in the morning and lighter/natural colors(Baby bass, Green back, Arkansas glow) during mid day worked best for me.
Last week I had Steven and Patrick join me on their first trip to Mosquito Lagoon. We got into tailing fish and pods of fish rooting around the grass in search for food. Blind casting in sand holes resulted in some nice sized Sea Trout.
Another favorite thing of mine during the Spring is Cobia fishing off the beaches out of Port Canaveral. During this time of year, the Cobia make their way north for their annual migration. They will be either cruising in pods, singles, under turtles, or shadowing Manta Rays. Most fish can be spotted free swimming on the surface and will look very similar to a shark. I had a chance to sneak out last week to see if the Cobia run had started yet. It wasn’t in full swing, but plenty of fish were out there to be caught. Bright colored jigs work great, but I have best luck on D.O.A. Swimmin’ Mullet!
Woody, Marshall, and Chris joined me last week to search for these fish and try to catch a few for the grill. We didn’t see many, but we had our chance to catch our daily limit hooking 4 fish but only landing 2. Cobia are good at shaking hooks out of their mouths with their powerful head shakes. Here’s Woody with his first ever Cobia!
Give me a call if you would like to get in on some of the action whether it be inshore for tailing Redfish or Nearshore for the hard fighting Cobia. Large Tarpon should be showing up soon off the beaches as well for those of you who would like to tango with the Silver Kings!
-Capt. Willy Le