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Friday, 30 July 2010 02:00

Florida East Coast Report 07-30-10

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As we say goodbye to July all we can do is hope that August brings us more rain. The water levels are down in all the Intercoastal waterways and with that it makes finding fish on the flats a little harder, so with that I am going to focus this report on finding fish in deeper water.

tarpon-pilingUnlike the west coast, here on the east coast we are not affected by tides in the north end of our waterways due to the lock system that is located in Port Canaveral rather the wind as our tide. Yes the water moves in the rivers and the lagoon but only when the wind moves it. I like to fish bridges when there is a South or North wind because it pushes water past the bridge much like a tide would and this really gets the bite going. The Intercoastal this time of year is packed full of baitfish of all kinds from Glass Minnows and Mud Minnows to Pigfish and Pinfish. The first thing I look for when picking a bridge to fish is the amount of bait and kind of bait that is in the area.  If I want to target Snapper or Flounder I will look for Glass minnows, Pilchards, and Thread Fins and if I am looking for Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, and Sea trout I will look for Mullet, Pins and Pigs, and croakers.

There are a few tools that will make your fishing trip more enjoyable when fishing bridges,

1. If you find a nice concentration of fish in one spot an anchor will help you stay in one spot.  You can use a few different styles of anchor like the 1.5lb folding kayak anchor, 2-3lb downrigger ball, or a 2-3 lb stick lead. If the water isn’t more than four feet I use an anchor pin from Stick It Anchor Pins.

2. If you are going to be drifting for Snook or Tarpon you might want to use a Sea Anchor. With a Sea Anchor you can slow your drift down so you can fish a live bait and keep it in the strike zone longer.

3. A landing net is always a nice tool to have along with a lipper style tool. I like the Mustad lipper tool MSTD-15A with a retail price that is less than $30.00 it is a great lipper without spending 150.00 + for one.

4. I like to eat Flounder and Snapper so I bring along my YETI Cooler to keep my fish cold and my 15qt Roadie fits right behind my seat.

5. Most important, a visual safety flag.  YakAttack makes the visi carbon pole this will help boater see you as drift under the bridges

All of the Game Fish you will want to target can be found in and around the bridges that run across the Indian and Banana rivers. Bridge fishing is great because the water stays cooler longer allowing the fish to feed better and there are so many different fish to target; any YakAngler at any skill level can catch fish.

photo-snook-underwaterAs I have said a few times in other reports there are many different ways to rig to fish the bridges. If you’re using live bait, think about the game fish you wish to target and rig accordingly.  Example, If targeting Flounder you don’t  want your bait swimming around on the surface get it as close to the bottom as you can.  Use a short 6-10 inch section of leader with a swivel tied to your main line and a small egg weight above that. This will keep your bait close to the bottom so a Flounder can just swim over and pick up your bait without having to leave the bottom for too long. Or if it's Snook and Tarpon you are after they feed from the top to the bottom of the water column. Free line your baits and cover there strike zone but remember Snook and Tarpon have sharp gill plates so a longer leader will serve you well. I use a four to six foot section of fifty to sixty pound leader when targeting these fish. 

When fishing with Artifices the same ideas as live bait fishing apply; for fish on the bottom or deeper in the water column use a lure that targets that area and vice versa.

I hope this helps and as always if you have any questions feel free to E-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">[email protected]com

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Charles Levi Jr

Charles "redfish chuck" is a life long fisherman located on Florida's Space Coast that at thirty-one years old he prides himself on being a well rounded angler. From freshwater to saltwater and open ocean fishing, Charles not only builds his own rods but he also ties his own flies. Charles is also a Pro Staff Member of Yakangler.com, Jackson Kayaks, Yeti coolers and Handler Fishing Supply.

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