Calm, warm conditions mean Space Coast anglers enjoy good fishing

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Some good news this week. Sargassum seaweed seems to have given some of us a little respite.

Matt Fleming was fishing near Satellite Beach where he caught and released an estimated 40-inch snooker that he caught between the sandbar and the trough on a clipped greenie. Fleming was quite surprised as he was using a pompano rig, so a good job on his part to keep the giant nosepiece connected to a relatively light tackle.

But he admitted he was able to snag the snub since the grass had thinned out a bit – it didn’t go away – but it was light enough to allow his grip. Several other shark and Spanish mackerel catches were recorded on the Brevard County Surf Fishing Reports The Facebook page suggesting that the fishermen had a little break. Will the easterly winds this weekend push the seaweed towards the beach? We’ll have to wait and see, I guess.

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Closures and regulatory changes in effect: Anglers are reminded of these fishing closures currently underway and those about to begin and end.

  • Goldfish: Harvesting of rockfish is prohibited in Indian River Lagoon and Mosquito Lagoon beginning September 1.
  • Alligator: Hunting season open from August 15 to November 15. 1. Permit required.
  • Snook: The season opens statewide on September 1.
  • Lobster: Regular season opened on August 6.
  • Dolphin: New fishing regulations began May 1 for state waters. The catch limit is now 5 fish per day per angler; Ship limit is now 30 fish per day. Captain and crew may not be included in the limit.
  • Consolidator: The shallow water grouper season is open from May 1 to December 31. This includes gag grouper, red grouper, scamp and six other lesser species.
  • Pig : The hogfish harvest is open May 1 through October 31, 2022 in Atlantic Ocean waters off the coast of Florida.
  • Tilefish: A commercial fishing closure is in place from July 6 to December 31, 2022.
  • Low: Headwaters Lake bass will soon become a catch-all.

For complete Florida fishing regulations, go to MyFWC.com.

Mosquito Lagoon

Redfish have been the main target in this area and can be fished in two different ways at present. One way is to stalk the shallows and watch for fish to feed the reds along the shores, banks and flats. Use artificial shrimp, shrimp flies or live shrimp. Fishing for live shrimp freeline or under a popping plug is a good way to catch black drum, speckled trout and snook in the same areas. A second way to catch big reds, black drum, or snook is to fish the Haulover Channel with split blue crabs.

Offshore

Some Bluewater bandits may have had to take a second look at their electronics this week and be sure to note that they weren’t actually in the Keys – that’s how bad the water got. clean summer, especially near the shore. The fishing was somewhat similar with tarpon, shark, snapper and lobsters. The Couture brothers from Melbourne used a Brownie Third Lung to dive in shallow waters along Melbourne Beach where they found a limit of lobsters, mutton snappers and snappers. . Farther offshore on the reefs at 70-100ft, the southerly current may have slowed the bite, but a check of the deeper reefs had a northerly current, where the action was better.

Surf

Anglers have been relieved by waves of seaweed that have plagued the Space Coast over the past month. Anglers caught snook, sharks, Spanish mackerel, croaker, trevallies and whiting, although fishing in this area isn’t as hot as it will be in the fall. A change of seasons and the migration of mules should make things interesting in September and October.

Entry of Sebastian

Better fish in this area as the seaweed gave everyone a break. Mangrove snapper fishing picked up live and cut mojarras and live shrimp. Some snook and redfish for jetty anglers. Remember that snook must be released UNTIL September 1 and redfish must be released AFTER September 1.

Indian River Lagoon

The best approach for anglers in these waters is to stay in the Indian River Lagoon and fishing spots, docks, dykes, and places with changes in depth. Some fish bask in shallow water early in the morning, then move to deeper water as the sun rises in the sky and the temperature rises. Use live shrimp or cut bait when possible, as many fish, such as rockfish, speckled trout, and black drum feed on scent. A few small tarpon are caught near the mangrove islands.

Fresh water

It’s been a tough area to fish lately. A lack of precipitation has resulted in low levels for some of the lakes along the St. Johns River, such as Poinsett Lake, Hell N’ Blazes Lake, and Lake Washington. Water levels are still stable at Headwaters Lake and Stick Marsh and bass are caught there.

killer ed is Florida today outside writer. Friend Ed on Facebook at killer edfollow him on Twitter @tcpalmekiller or email him at[email protected].

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