Mosquito Lagoon:Â Anglers are finding slot to well over the slot sized redfish in the shallow waters of the lagoon. Sight fishing techniques are working out well, so use stealth to find the fish before making a cast. Trout are being caught in the same areas, but look for them in the sandy potholes in areas where grass can be found.
Offshore:Â Ryan Foote of Beaver Dam, Wisc. spent his recent spring break from college with his grandparents, Tim and Ellie Foote of Cocoa Beach. One day,Â Ryan caught a 42-pound 51-inch cobia while fishing with his grandfather just outside of the jetties of Port Canaveral. It was the largest fish Ryan Foote ever caught. He was casting with a jig to the cobia which was underneath a manta ray in about 45 feetÂ of water. Snapper fishing has also been good in 70-90 feet of water.Â
Surf:Â Whiting fishing has been pretty good, but pompano have been hit and miss. There are sand fleas in the shorebreak at some area beaches, but the pompano are really selective about the water quality and temperature they are seeking. Jacks, a few bluefish and Spanish mackerel are still around and being caught on long casts with spoons and jigs. There are a few snook in the trough within a few miles of Sebastian Inlet.
Indian River Lagoon:Â The best trout fishing right now is happening at first light in 3-5 feet of water throughout the lagoon. Anglers are using topwater plugs like MirrOlures, Rapala Skitterwalks or Yo-Zuri Hydro-pencils to dial in on the best action. Look for schools of mullet and cast near them for the best strikes. Once the sun climbs into the sky above the horizon, switch over to soft plastic jigs and mid-depth baits or swim baits.Â Â
Sebastian Inlet:Â Capt. Terry Wildey of Big Easy charters out of Capt Hiram’s Resort in Sebastian said the fishing on the reefs has been excellent for big gray triggerfish, banded rudderfish and amberjacks and mangrove snapper. The best depths have been from 65 feet to 90 feet. Grouper season opens May 1, so bottom fishermen should begin preparations.Â At the inlet, anglers are finding good fishing for snook and redfish. Use live baits during daylight hours and Rebel windcheaters after dark along the shadow lines. Lookdowns are taking small jigs fished for pompano and jacks.
Freshwater:Â Bass fishing has been fair along the edges as the full moon Friday has generated another spawning period. Look for reaction strikes from fish on the beds or one coming off the beds by using topwater frogs and worms by pitching and flipping. Â Â
Ed Killer is an outdoors columnist for the USA Today Network based on the Treasure Coast. Friend him on Facebook at Ed Killer, follow him on Twitter or Instagram at @tcpalmekiller, email him atÂ firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ or reach him by phone at 772-221-4201.