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Indian River Lagoon

(07/27)
Last week was a great fishing week. We got into flounder, reds, trout, and snook. We had a couple inshore slams this week using are usual DOA lures. Baitfish have been very plentiful in the IRL which has drawn in alot big fish including tarpon!

Last week, I gave you some flounder fishing tips. You can follow the same fishing tips to catch snook and redfish. The gamefish are clustering towards the bait pods which is making it easier to target multiple species at one time.

Smaller is better. Don't be deceived into throwing a huge lure. Make sure you match the size of the baitfish in the water. Baitfish are ranging from 1-4 inches so a 3inch shrimp or CAL will do the trick. Throw are darker bait if you are trying to imitate a crustacean and a lighter bait if you are trying to imitate a baitfish.

Tight lines!
"Indian River" Joel
www.wadefishingflorida.com
321-402-9881 - Surf Guru - Surf Guru

Indian River Lagoon

(07/18)
The IRL Flounder bite continues to be on. We caught several decent flounder this week on various DOA lures. Trout are also hitting pretty well, with a snook mixed in once in a while.

Look for sandbars or rocks and you should be able to find flounder. We have been catching the bigger ones on the rocks and the smaller ones in good numbers on the sand. In either scenario, you need to be able to keep your lure near the bottom. In the sand, it is important to kick up sand during your retrieve. This will cause the flounder to react in a feeding mode, causing a quick strike. When you are fishing the rocks, it is best to just bump your lure off the rocks. Don't worry if you get hung up a couple of times. That just means you are fishing the right area. When wading, just wade over there and quietly free up your lure and keep casting.

DOA CALs, shrimp, and TerrorEyz have all been working with fairly great success. If you are interested in snook, you'll do well working the TerrorEyz near the same rocks that are producing flounder.

"Indian River" Joel www.wadefishingflorida.com 321-402-9881 - Surf Guru - Surf Guru

Indian River Lagoon

(07/11)
Flounder in July? We are catching some monster flounder in the IRL in July! This has been a weird year for the IRL, but in a good way. You can pull in a flounder on one cast and yank out a snook a few casts later. It has been crazy! This past week has brought in a little bit of everything including flounder, snook, trout, reds, blues, jacks, and ladyfish. The water temp is cooler then usual, but the fish still know that is summer and the bite tends to die off a little bit during the heat of the day. So get out early! The water has been very dirty due to all the rain we have been getting. That means you need to pick darker colored lures, rootbeer and dark green have been working really well. I have always been an advocate for TerrorEyz by DOA, and they have been excellent lately. I love using them in dirty water because of the baitfish flash that they make.

Send me a picture of the biggest or best fish you have caught along with a story and
I'll put the winner on the website and send you a free T-Shirt! info@wadefishingflorida.com It can be deep sea, inshore, or freshwater. I will announce the winner next week Joel "Indian River" Joel 321-402-9881 - Surf Guru - Surf Guru

Indian River Lagoon

(06/06)
As the summer sun starts to blaze down on East Central Florida, the water temp begins to rise. The fishing remains excellent as long as you know what to look for. The snook are making their yearly trip to beds on the flats as they get ready to spawn, and the gator trout are as hungry as ever. Redfish are starting to move into the mangroves and docks as the water heats up and are looking to ambush their usual crustacean prey with as little effort as possible.
All gamefish have been really active during the mornings and evenings. During the day, structure fishing has been excellent. Skip live or artificial baits underneath mangroves and docks. Make sure you have your drag set and ready for these big fish!
"Indian River" Joel 321-402-9881 www.wadefishingflorida.com - Surf Guru - Surf Guru

Indian River Lagoon

(05/23)
The past week of fishing has been great. You couldn't ask for better weather and the water temp has been just right. The snook bite continued to be on this week, if anything it got hotter. There's alot of smaller snook hanging out in the mangroves along with the occasional slob. Flounder are still laying down in the rocks and are still ambushing DOA lures. The trout bite continues to be excellent, I can't seem to remember a bad week for trout this year.

What's working? Pretty much any DOA artificial. We've had equally good success in the mangroves and in the flats this week. Melbourne seems to be producing better then the Sebastian IRL lately. Get off of work early and wet some lines!

"Indian River" Joel www.wadefishingflorida.com 321-402-9881 - Surf Guru - Surf Guru

Indian River Lagoon

(05/17)
It has definitely been the week of the trout! Just get yourself out of the wind and you should get some nice trout. I can't believe how many gators were caught this week. My clients and I landed 8 trout over 5 lbs this week on DOA shrimp and CALs and countless more in between 9-20 inches. The snook are in too, no slobs this week just some small males, but there are still a blast! The Reds and Flounder have been a little more elusive the past week. One of my clients got into a 15lb red in Melbourne , and we caught a couple rats, but It has been harder to spot the tailers with the wind.

If you're seeing fish pound mullet and are having trouble getting them to hit artificials, Try throwing a weightless CAL or a shrimp in the school. You can keep the bait on or near surface and have realitively slow presentation simulating a wounded mullet. I had alot of success with this yesterday and got into some snook as well as big trout.

I got a couple new setups that I cant wait to try on the water. Two light action rods with 1500 Capricorns spooled with 4lb mono. They should be alot of fun when getting into a bunch of trout. Indian River Joel www.wadefishingflorida.com 321-402-9881 - Surf Guru - Surf Guru

Indian River Lagoon

(05/09)
Sorry that I have been slacking with my fishing reports lately. I've been too busy fishing! It has been an incredible past couple weeks of fishing on the IRL. You can throw a jig out to the flats and connect with trout and redfish pretty consistently over these past couple weeks. When you get bored with that, you can tie on a DOA shrimp and skip it underneath overhanging mangrove branches for snook and flounder.
The fish are loving the water temperature right now as much as fishermen and surfers are. It seems to be just right to keep them happy. Early mornings and evenings have been the best times to fish as usual, but the fish are still feeding pretty well during the day. DOA shrimp along with DOA terror eyz and gold spoons have been yielding the best results. I like the gold rush colored shrimp and the green back colored terror eyz. "Indian River" Joel 321-402-9881 www.wadefishingflorida.com - Surf Guru - Surf Guru

Indian River Lagoon

(04/12)
As we move full force into spring, the water is really starting to warm up. The fish are active, hungry, and aggressive. Trout and redfish have been very proficient in the flats lately. The only thing that is a continual battle, as of late, is the wind.

The trout bite continues to be very good. Not only are we catching trout in big numbers, but they are good size ones as well. There has been a pretty steady redfish bite in the IRL this year, but they tend to be either undersized or on the small side of the slot. The redfish may not be huge, but at the numbers we have been catching, we are going to have a bright future for the reds. Snook have moved in to the IRL, as well. They are going to move in for the spawn soon, so get ready for some action!

I have been throwing alot of different baits recently, but the DOA CALs continue to bring in the fish. The new penny color has been working the best. Another trick that I have been doing is rigging the CALs upside down. You still get the swim action, but you get a wobble too. I seem to get almost double the amount of strikes when I toss them out upside down.

"Indian River" Joel www.Wadefishingflorida.com 321-402-9881 - Surf Guru - Surf Guru

Indian River Lagoon

(03/28)
I want to apologize for missing last week's report. I was in St. Pete pre-fishing for a tournament most of the week, and I didn't want to give an inaccurate report. Now back to the East Coast, the trout bite has continued to be crazy. Some big Jacks have moved into the lagoon as well and are hitting hard. The jacks and trout are in the same water and are hitting the same baits. Once again, you want to look for trout popping on the water. Dolphins are another good indicator that trout and jacks are near. The fish are holding on the flats in 3 to 4 feet of water, and are biting quickly once you find them. If you go more than 15 casts without a bite, you are in the wrong area. Melbourne and Eau Gallie seem to be the hotspots for trout. Trout and Jacks aren't the only fish biting, expect to catch some ladyfish, redfish, and maybe a flounder. I've had the best success with natural colored DOA shrimp and gold rush colored DOA CALs recently. Get out there and catch some fish! "Indian River" Joel 321-402-9881 www.WadeFishingFlorida.com If you get a chance check out the site and sign up for a free fishing trip if you haven't already. The contest ends March 31st. - Surf Guru - Surf Guru

Indian River Lagoon

(03/14)
The cold weather is gone for as long as the forecasts predict. Hopefully it is gone for good! It will still be cool in the morning, but highs will be in the 80s. This was a great week for trout. They really started to get into a feeding frenzy. Luckily for anglers, trout make their presence known while they are feeding. Look for breaking on top of the water and baitfish jumping to escape the trout! Dolphin are also a great way to spot feeding trout. You'll have to work the edges where the dolphin are feeding because they really stir things up. Trout are a sight feeding fish so don't be afraid to use artificials. I actually prefer using artificials when fishing for trout because the movement generates more and harder strikes. Once again, DOA lures are my favorite for trout. Try rigging up a natural colored shrimp or green TerrorEyz. On almost all my reports lately, I have been telling you guys to fish near the inlets. Well, the water has warmed up enough where the fish are now located throughout the lagoon. I had my best day in Melbourne this week. The redfish haven't been biting as good this week. I think it's because they are starting spread out in the lagoon. Previously they were all bunched up near the inlets, making them easy targets. Last but not least, I have my once in a while surf fishing report. This month has been a pretty rough month in the surf. I've been using heavy weights to hold bottom and shrimp seem to stay on my hooks almost the entire time with very few takers. I haven't heard much positive news for surf fishing this month except for the occasional whiting, blues, and jacks. I'm kind of surprised that the snook haven't been hitting in the surf yet. They are usually pretty thick this time of year. Snook are a very hard fish to understand. Their habits seem to be very sporadic. The surf should improve in April and May. That's when the pompano are thick just in time for grilling season.

"Indian River" Joel 321-402-9881 www.wadefishingflorida.com - Surf Guru - Surf Guru
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