The weekend fishing was solid, especially for tripletail in the Indian River Lagoon, and for bass in Indian River County lakes. ED KILLER/TCPALM Wochit
The Kayak Bass Fishing Trail series fishedÂ its Toadfest on the Marsh II Saturday on the waters of Kenansville Lake, Blue Cypress Lake, Stick Marsh, Garcia and Headwaters Lake in western Indian River County. The results were a testament to how strong the bass fishery has become in these waters as three anglers each had five bass catches longer than 100 inches combined. Drew Mixon of Vero Beach won the event with 107.5 inches and a big bass measuring 22.5 inches. Jason Broach of South Carolina placed second with 103.5 inches including a 23.5-inch kicker. Matt Kasparek had 100.5 inches with a 23.25 inch big bass. Saturday, snook season opens in Florida. Anglers will be able to keep one snook per day between 28 and 32 inches. Valid Florida saltwater fishing license and snook stamp required. To learn more go to MyFWC.com.Â Â
Chris Abendroth of Fort Pierce fished with Capt. Mark Dravo of Y-B Normal charters in Fort Pierce over the weekend and he is ready for snook season to open Saturday. He caught and released a 38-inch snook on live bait, so Dravo is going toÂ have to steer Abendroth to his spots where there are shorter fish. Trout fishing in the Indian River Lagoon between Bear Point and Round Island has been better of late. Bigger trout have been caught and released on the flats during the falling tide in places where there are small schools of bait.
Capt. Marshall Busha of DayMaker charters has steered his clients to some pretty epic inshore fishing the past week. His anglers have jumped 41 tarpon and have caught 23 tripletail to 14 pounds. Tripletail fishing in the lagoon has been very good. If a tagged fish is located, write down or photo the tag number and call 228-818-8818 to report tag number, size and location of capture. Offshore, the trolling is off. Some kingfish can be caught in 40-70 feet of water. Bottom fishing has been more reliable with amberjacks, grouper and some snapper being caught on the deeper reefs, although sharks are thick, so reel fast.
Fishing at Lake Okeechobee for bass has been very good throughout the summer. Big fish can be caught around the bulrushes and spike rushes, and along the ledges where Kissimmee grass is holding bait and bass. Some of the best areas to fish have been Eagle Bay, King’s Bar, Tin House Cove and Harney Pond Canal. There has not been a lot of panfish fishing taking place. The water level is still high for this time of year.
Editor’s note: The fishing report in print and online editions of TCPalm and Treasure Coast Newspapers now runs on Tuesday and Friday. Send fishing reports and photos to Ed Killer at email@example.com and follow him on social media at @tcpalmekiller on Twitter and Instagram, or Ed Killer on Facebook.