Brevard fishing report for New Year's Eve weekend – Florida Today
Blacktip sharks were weeks late for their winter migration to Florida, but now that they’ve arrived, they’ve pretty much taken over.
Capt. Jesse Austin of Going Coastal Charters in Palm Bay and the Sebastian Inshore Fishing Facebook page chose to head out to the reefs in 70 feet of water for a little snapper fishing. Toro snapper, identifiable by their big eyes and bright red color, are tough little fighters on tackle used for lane snapper, black sea bass and triggerfish.(Photo: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JESSE AUSTIN)
Mosquito Lagoon: Capt. Jon Lulay of Mosquito Lagoon Redfish Charters out of Titusville said you never know what you are going to catch when you head out onto the mysterious waters of the lagoon. This week, he had a charter client who caught and released an estimated 15-18-pound Goliath grouper while fishing in about five feet of water with a Slayer Inc SST XL jig in the “Chicken Off The Chain” color. Other action has included black drum and redfish with trout catches improving daily. The expected dip in temperatures may mean the fish will move. Expect trout to seek potholes, channels and cuts where they can find more stable water temperatures. Anglers should slow presentations in order to enable cold-blooded fish to catch up to lures. Natural baits like cut blue crabs, cut pinfish, chunked ladyfish and live jumbo shrimp are getting plenty of bites, too.
Offshore: The party boat and offshore charter fleet fishing out of Port Canaveral and Sebastian Inlet have been finding steady fishing on relatively calm seas. Friday and Saturday may be a little sporty offshore with winds from the north and northwest expected, but by Sunday, conditions should allow for reef