With solid reports of tarpon and blacktip sharks crashing on pogy schools outside of Port Canaveral and off Melbourne, I invited online director Mark MacKenzie out for a trip with Capt. Glyn Austin of Goin' Coastal Charters. Sunrise casting with Rapala XRap plugs around pogy schools got us into 3-pound bluefish, but no tarpon or sharks were to be found.
We changed plans and headed a few miles offshore to a known wreck and began to send down fishfinder slide rigs of 2-ounce egg sinkers, 40-pound fluorocarbon and 6/0 VMC hooks to drift the bottom for possible grouper or snapper. Capt. Glyn freelined some pogies on the surface to nail three false albacore that were being harassed by schools of 4-foot barracuda, and schools of dozens of spadefish made for an interesting spectacle on the surface. From the first drift it was on. One southern flounder after another kept coming on board with a final tally of ten flounder all between 4 and 8 pounds with dozens of dropped fish as well that couldn't get the 6/0 hook all the way down for a hookset, as those larger model hooks were meant for tarpon originally. But the highlight of the trip was when on one particular drift over the wreck, Austin and I doubled down on our rods and after a 15 minute circus dance on the boat between us, we hauled in a 26-pound jack crevalle and a 23-pound snook! Both were released promptly.
Summertime wreck fishing off the Space Coast can be a seriously productive experience, and no doubt, it can put some serious fillets in the cooler. Mmmm… crabmeat stuffed flounder sounds good right about now, right?! - Nick Honachefsky, Managing Editor
For more information contact Captain Glyn Austin, Goin Coastal Charters; 321-863-8085; www.goingcoastalcharters.com
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