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Is fishing lures in the surf a good idea? Or is it a bait only deal right now? 

Ill be there this weekend and might have a chance to fish. I'm not much for bait and wait.  Would it be fruitless to even think of throwing some shrimp jigs or Carolina rigged plastics ? 

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Small metal may get you pompano or whiting. Blues are around. Sharks should be picking up. Id bait on inside of inlet. Theres some teen and 20 lb redfish in the inlet. I live 10 mins from the inlet. Busy with fishing club on sat but Im around on sunday. If you want to fish creeks in backcountry we could do that. Hit me up if you want to meet up. If not and you want fresh live bait hit Donalds tackle by dunlawton bridge.

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11 hours ago, reelfire said:

Small metal may get you pompano or whiting. Blues are around. Sharks should be picking up. Id bait on inside of inlet. Theres some teen and 20 lb redfish in the inlet. I live 10 mins from the inlet. Busy with fishing club on sat but Im around on sunday. If you want to fish creeks in backcountry we could do that. Hit me up if you want to meet up. If not and you want fresh live bait hit Donalds tackle by dunlawton bridge.

I'll be driving down on Saturday, so that's out any way.  

Would love to take you up on fishing the creeks Sunday though. I'll need to check the family's itinerary to see when I can get out. 

 PM incoming when I have that figured out. 

 

Thank you,  

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On 1/12/2020 at 8:59 PM, Fishbucket said:

Is fishing lures in the surf a good idea? Or is it a bait only deal right now? 

Ill be there this weekend and might have a chance to fish. I'm not much for bait and wait.  Would it be fruitless to even think of throwing some shrimp jigs or Carolina rigged plastics ? 

I have caught some gator blues in the whitewash on SP minnows while locals were soaking shrimp on the inlet side. 

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4 hours ago, Fishbucket said:

I'll be driving down on Saturday, so that's out any way.  

Would love to take you up on fishing the creeks Sunday though. I'll need to check the family's itinerary to see when I can get out. 

 PM incoming when I have that figured out. 

 

Thank you,  

This is what you will see if we hit the back country.

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Well we had our outing. Had to change destination because mosquito laggoon and indian river creeks were off limits due to rocket launch.

Went north to Tomoka river and then back to Halifax river by Granada bridge.

Awesome fishing....lousy catching. Lot of wind ahead of this cold front.

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6 hours ago, Fishbucket said:

Thanks again ! 

was better than I would have done sitting on the couch. 

 

 

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Nice view

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On 1/20/2020 at 0:26 PM, ged said:

I would quickly change gear from fishing to hunting if I saw those little piggies. 

They are all over the place. 

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I’m heading to the area in early April.  Staying in NSB.  I had read that Spanish mackerel might be migrating through the area.  What else is usually around then?  I was looking to fish the surf and possibly lagoon in Canaveral Seashore area.  Any suggestions of where to focus efforts on at that time of year?  

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2 hours ago, Porktown said:

I’m heading to the area in early April.  Staying in NSB.  I had read that Spanish mackerel might be migrating through the area.  What else is usually around then?  I was looking to fish the surf and possibly lagoon in Canaveral Seashore area.  Any suggestions of where to focus efforts on at that time of year?  

Ill take you around if you want. I ddint move here to June last year but Im in two fishing clubs now and learning a lot of the spots.

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Thanks Reelfire!  When we get a bit closer to the date, I will get with you to see if schedules can match up.  We are going to have a bit of a busy week, that I will be fishing around my "work" schedule.  Likely not have a full day for fishing while there.  I am going to do my best to wet a line at some point every day for at least an hour.  We are meeting with realtors, property managers and touring a bunch of the beach towns between Jacksonville and Cocoa, to see if a rental property is a possibility for us.  If the realtors/property managers convince me that we'd have it rented enough to break even most years, with the ability to be in the area 2-3 weeks per year to fish as much as I want, and a place to retire to, it might just happen...  If not, then I get a week to check things out and wet a line as much as possible while there and try to avoid sharks while boogie boarding with the kids.

 

At this point, I am just looking for basic info to get gear together and daydream while it is 30 degrees outside here in Western PA...  I am assuming that it will be similar patterns to summers in NC?  With Spanish mackerel and bluefish in the surf early morning and late evenings (sling metals to mimic glass minnows).  With sand fleas or fish bites on high low rigs for whiting, pompano and black drum?  Guessing the lagoon is similar to the ICW there, with jigs to mimic shrimp and mullet, on their own or popping corks (live bait if I can find any)?  Hoping puppy drum, trout and flounder around?  Even more hoping some other fish that don't frequent NC are around.  Mangrove snappers, jack crevalle or snook.  Guessing the last one is more of a pipe dream and I'm pretty sure you guys mostly try to avoid the jacks.  I got one last year that was maybe 12" long and fought like it was 20".

 

Let me know if hot or not on my thoughts.  It would help on packing.  Usually when going to NC, I have about 200lbs of fishing gear packed into our SUV.  I am trying to get that down to about 10lbs in my suitcase.  Which means no cast net, no crabbing gear, narrowing down to 2 rods, and leaving 80% of my other tackle at home.  Which is all that I usually end up using in NC anyway...  Just every time I go, I end up using different gear.  Hopefully we find a place that works and has storage for me to have a stockpile of gear!

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