Capt. Jim Ross
The beaches come alive this month outside of Port Canaveral. Anglers will have a huge variety of species to chase with light tackle. Bluefish, jack, ladyfish, and spanish mackerel are always great fish to keep an angler busy along the outside edge of the surf break.
Small trolling spoons, diamond jigs, Rapala X-Rap lures in the size 10 with a green back, and even minnow style flies should work on these fast swimming species. Pompano and whiting are good options in the surf zones for anglers using 2 or 3 drop surf rigs. Use sand fleas and fresh shrimp on these rigs. Goofy style jigs tipped with a fresh piece of shrimp are a great way to fish the surf zones from the beach or from a boat a well. Tripletail and cobia may be possible near buoys, floating debris, and weeds in the 20 to 50-foot depths. Live shrimp or baitfish like pilchards or pogies are great bait choices for these two species. Tarpon will show up in really good numbers around the middle of the month. Look for schools of tarpon feeding on pogies in the 10 to 30-foot depths. Slow troll or drift with live pogies through these schools and get ready for a battle. Speaking of a battle, the giant jack crevalle should make an appearance outside of the inlet. Often you can see them schooling with the tarpon, so take your vitamins and get ready to feel the power of these incredible gamefish. It’s a great month to get out and catch a variety of fish, so make sure you take the time to go.
Capt. Jim Ross
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