Brevard fishing forecast for Feb. 16-18 weekend

Mosquito Lagoon: Some of the lagoon guides have been scoring big fish for their clients, so don’t let the early morning fog stop you. Conditions are setting up for pretty good fishing to continue the next week, at least. Oversized redfish can be caught on the edge of the flats using 4-inch soft plastic jigs and 1/4-1/2 ounce jig heads. Slot redfish are close to the mangroves and shorelines, and in some spots, where the water is clear enough, can be caught by sight casting. Black drum are also being caught on split crabs. Cut pinfish will catch both. Trout fishing is starting slowly.

Offshore: Snapper fishing is very good and there finally will be a stretch of several days ahead featuring good fishable seas offshore. Whether fishing out of Port Canaveral or Sebastian Inlet, the best depths have been 70-100 feet to find lane snapper, mangrove snapper, triggerfish, black sea bass and Atlantic sharpnose sharks. Dolphin have been difficult to find, but the few being caught are in 140 to 200 feet of water trolling ballyhoo rigged with a skirt in blue and white or yellow and green. There should be cobia and kingfish showing up on the inshore side of the reefs, but it’s been pretty slow for both.

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