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Bottom Fishing Charters Near Orlando, Florida
Head Out To The Deep Water For Gamefish
Tuesday October 17, 2017
The Space Coast on Florida's eastern coastline host some great bottom fishing for snapper, grouper and other benthic dwelling species. There are no less than nine WWII wrecks out of Port Canaveral and a multitude of other natural reef formations, publicly built reefs and other debris from NASA and launch facilities.
A stout rod and reel combo with 80 lb braid can tackle most bottom fish targeted by recreational anglers. Skill and strength will separate the men from the boys when if comes to the tug-a-war game between man & fish. Most bottom dwelling fish are very familiar with their wrecks and structure and once hooked head straight for shelter in the comfort of a nook-and-cranny place in a wreck or under a rock crevice.
The lazy way to bottom fish is to simply purchase frozen cigar minnows, sardines or whatever frozen bait is available. The knowledgeable anglers will use some form of live bait with croaker being their first choice.
Most bottom fishermen use a simple slip sinker rig with a long 40 pound fluorocarbon leader for snapper or stronger leaders for grouper. A good rule of thumb is one ounce per 10 feet of depth depending on the currents and tide. If the tide is ripping you may never hit the bottom in deeper waters over 100 feet. Current can make or break a good day of bottom fishing and each day or moon phase can change the current situation drastically.
Anchoring up on structure is often the key to a successful bottom fishing day. A properly anchored vessel can put baits consistently in the correct location. Use a depth finder in tandem with an accurate GPS and you'll consistently find good bottom to fish. Finding lat/long coordinates and keeping them private, may be the most difficult thing for a hard-core bottom fisherman to protect.
Summarizing bottom fishing
1). Heavy Tackle with good braid
2). Weight your baits according to depth and current
3). A Good GPS and Depth Recorder is crucial
4). Practice Anchoring to present baits in the Strike Zone or understand the drift
5). Live Baits work Better than Dead, but Dead will often work
6). Brute Force and Skill will often overcome a big bottom fish, but not always
Enjoy your day on the water
Captain Richard / Lagooner Fishing Guide
Orlando Florida Bottom Fishing Charters
Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: January 26 2017 23:04:28.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
October - 2017 Fishing Report
The summer is over and the autumn winds are starting to prevail as we head toward the holidays and winter. With water temperatures on the fall and water levels above average you can find good numbers of fish very close to the shoreline and against the mangroves. Mullet are in their peak run and will start to subside as we enter November, but bait, comfort and the end of the redfish spawn should keep anglers busy during the month of October. Lie mullet will trump any given bait during the fall on most days and if you're lucky enough to run into a school of big breeding redfish, it typically doesn't matter what you throw at them, just be ready for these fish that often exceed forty pounds.
Wrapping up the October report, we have been catching snook along the deeper shorelines with the seasonally high water, breeding redfish are coming to an end, but you have a chance to catch them and the fall mullet fun will keep the gamefish interesting into November.
October - 2017 Fishing Forecast
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