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okie man

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Oct 24, 2006
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new palestine indiana
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kerry way
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18' javalin
Gonna be in the Orlando area end of the month. What can I guy go catch on his own? Some back water canals, maybe something in saltwater, taking my own vehicle so I can drive a bit for fun. Ideas?
 
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Chicago Pete

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Jan 17, 2012
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Peter D Womack
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Party Boat or from the shore? There are some boats out of Port Canaveral and Clearwater. Very different from SoCal boats. Fresh water gear for the surf. I'll be down there in May. I'll probably do 1 day out of Hubbard's Marina and 2 days out of Port Canaveral.
 
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cortezpirasea

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Feb 23, 2012
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la mesa, ca
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Russell
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21 ft panga Sea Moan/17 ft gregor Pirasea II
Peacock bass in the canals...
 
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Glades Angel

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Nov 15, 2020
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Robert M Rogers
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Aquasport 215
Sorry, but too far north for peacocks. Draw a line from Naples east to West Palm Beach and fish south of it. Miami area is the epicenter of peacocking in the USA.
Orlando is ringed by hundreds of sweetwater lakes,creeks and rivers and late March is prime time for bass,google Lake Ivanhoe if you don't wanna drive far. Personally I'd stow a couple of surf rigs and head east on Hwy.50 to the beaches. Bonus if you like Vietnamese food, Little Saigon neighborhood is on 50 on the east side of Orlando, must be a hundred Nam restaurants and Ive yet to find a bad one!
 
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MattFred1414

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  • Jan 3, 2020
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    How far are you willing to drive and what gear do you have? Sebastian inlet can be pretty great depending on the season. I used to be there 2-3 times a week when I was younger. You can drive south and catch exotics and peacocks in canals.
     
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    okie man

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    Oct 24, 2006
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    kerry way
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    18' javalin
    Hour or so. Farther if I had to. I have tons of gear. How about land based Goliath grouper! That looks like a fun thing to try! Lol
     
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    Creed

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    Nov 13, 2012
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    Coral Gables, FL
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    Richard
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    Everglades 275
    Drive 4 hours to Miami and hop a charter, half or full day. You may get into some sails, blackfin, kings, dorado, and misc bottom species. It's been windy lately but could be better at the end of the month.
     
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    MoIsFishing

    Captain Mo Fishing & Charters
  • Sep 11, 2020
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    Ancelmo
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    Sea Hunt Gamefish/ Action Craft
    If your headed to Central Florida and would like to get some shore based saltwater fishing in you have some great options. On the East coast you have Sebastian inlet that holds an abundance of species including cubera snapper, mangrove snapper, mutton snapper, snook, redfish, tarpon, jacks, trout flounder, sheepshead, Goliath grouper, pompano, permit, mackerel, and a shark fest. On the west coast you have the sunshine skyway fishing pier. It has a north and south bridge that crosses Tampa Bay and you can drive your car onto the pier and stop on your favorite pilling. Not uncommon for folks to catch a pelagic species on the pier. Cobia and Kingfish definitely frequent this area. If you want to stay closer to Orlando there are canals in Merritt Island that hold juvenile tarpon, mayan chcilids, and some other inshore species. I have more fun doing this type of angling on light tackle. Have fun!!!
     
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    MoIsFishing

    Captain Mo Fishing & Charters
  • Sep 11, 2020
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    Ancelmo
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    Sea Hunt Gamefish/ Action Craft
    If your headed to Central Florida and would like to get some shore based saltwater fishing in you have some great options. On the East coast you have Sebastian inlet that holds an abundance of species including cubera snapper, mangrove snapper, mutton snapper, snook, redfish, tarpon, jacks, trout flounder, sheepshead, Goliath grouper, pompano, permit, mackerel, and a shark fest. On the west coast you have the sunshine skyway fishing pier. It has a north and south bridge that crosses Tampa Bay and you can drive your car onto the pier and stop on your favorite pilling. Not uncommon for folks to catch a pelagic species on the pier. Cobia and Kingfish definitely frequent this area. If you want to stay closer to Orlando there are canals in Merritt Island that hold juvenile tarpon, mayan chcilids, and some other inshore species. I have more fun doing this type of angling on light tackle. Have fun!!!
    If your in town give me a call. I would love to talk about the fishing over here with you (888)516-1750
     
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    MattFred1414

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    Matt
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    If your headed to Central Florida and would like to get some shore based saltwater fishing in you have some great options. On the East coast you have Sebastian inlet that holds an abundance of species including cubera snapper, mangrove snapper, mutton snapper, snook, redfish, tarpon, jacks, trout flounder, sheepshead, Goliath grouper, pompano, permit, mackerel, and a shark fest. On the west coast you have the sunshine skyway fishing pier. It has a north and south bridge that crosses Tampa Bay and you can drive your car onto the pier and stop on your favorite pilling. Not uncommon for folks to catch a pelagic species on the pier. Cobia and Kingfish definitely frequent this area. If you want to stay closer to Orlando there are canals in Merritt Island that hold juvenile tarpon, mayan chcilids, and some other inshore species. I have more fun doing this type of angling on light tackle. Have fun!!!
    Cichlids made it up to meritt island? The farthest north I saw one was the Sebastian river. But they’re getting a little more frequent to encounter in that water system.
     
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    MoIsFishing

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  • Sep 11, 2020
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    Ancelmo
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    Cichlids made it up to meritt island? The farthest north I saw one was the Sebastian river. But they’re getting a little more frequent to encounter in that water system.
    Unfortunately Matt. I would rather see more native fish thriving but it look they will be sharing the waterways with Mr. Mayan.
     
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    marlyn

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  • Dec 18, 2005
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    mark
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    21' skiff and 12' portabote recycled from milk jugs
    Sea trout and blue crabs were what my grandpa used to take us fishing for years ago.
     
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    jackedup

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    Oct 2, 2020
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    Bill
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    37 seahunter 21 Shoalwater
    From shore in that area is a little tough. But not impossible. PM Me and I can help ya out!
     
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    MattFred1414

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    Reading the reports from Sebastian inlet, it looks like a good time to fish there and getting better. Idk what gear you have or normally fish but fishing large spoons on the outgoing tide is killer for blues, Gotcha plugs will get mackerel if they are there, double dropper loop with live shrimp for black drum and sheepshead (Or dead shrimp and clams). But I’ve caught big snook fishing for drum too. if you go to the inlet just watch and see what people are fishing with and try not to go on a weekend.

    I caught my PB black drum on a dead shrimp/clam combo. They love that. I think it was 47#.
    I’m going in a few weeks and if there is mackerel there I really want to try small colt snipers for Macs because I think they’d crush them.
    If you have 4000/5000/6000 spinning combos I would fish those. Maybe even an 8000. You never know what you’re going to catch there and it can turn on and off in about ten minutes so you gotta be ready.
     
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    MattFred1414

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  • Jan 3, 2020
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    San Diego
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    Matt
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    20ft Skeeter Zx20Bay
    Reading the reports from Sebastian inlet, it looks like a good time to fish there and getting better. Idk what gear you have or normally fish but fishing large spoons on the outgoing tide is killer for blues, Gotcha plugs will get mackerel if they are there, double dropper loop with live shrimp for black drum and sheepshead (Or dead shrimp and clams). But I’ve caught big snook fishing for drum too. if you go to the inlet just watch and see what people are fishing with and try not to go on a weekend.

    I caught my PB black drum on a dead shrimp/clam combo. They love that. I think it was 47#.
    I’m going in a few weeks and if there is mackerel there I really want to try small colt snipers for Macs because I think they’d crush them.
    if you have 4000/5000/6000 spinning combos I would fish those. Maybe even an 8000. You never know what you’re going to catch there and it can turn on and off in about ten minutes so you gotta be ready.
     
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