Fired Up Port Canaveral Offshore Fishing Forecast – February

Massive schools of redfish have been near the port and around the tip of the cape. Look for the birds diving. There have been large bunker schools around. They may not be flipping so watch your machine and the muddy water. The reds will eat anything you throw in the school – buck tails, bunker, even a hotdog. They’re all big and upwards of 35 pounds!

If you want to catch a variety of fish and keep the kids happy, get some live shrimp and have fun fishing just off the beaches. Start with medium to light tackle. Use a 1/0 circle hook with a 20-pound fluorocarbon leader tied to a small swivel, then tied to the mainline. On the mainline use a 1 or 1.5 oz egg sinker the typical fish finder rig works great, very basic. Everything eats shrimp.

Last year this time was the best ling run (cobia). Many of the giants were caught in February last year. It was even better than March. Take advantage of those sunny days and go look around. 55-foot depths seem to be the most productive this time of year. Patrick AFB has always been productive. Don’t forget to get enter the local tournaments. The deadlines for registration are at the end of the month. Sunrise Marina’s cobia month long tourney starts soon.

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