Capt. Jim Ross with an update from the Space Coast

We got an update from our friend Capt. Jim Ross of Fineline Fishing Charters who guides anglers in the Space Coast area of the state. Capt. Jim is a native of the area and has been fishing it all of his life. Capt. Jim is heavily involved in the fishery on many levels, a weekly radio show, an activist in the conservation of the habitat and founder of the Indian River Fishing Academy just to name a few of the areas of his interest.

The weather here in Florida has been a bit tough on the fishing with colder than average temperatures and high wind conditions accompanying most of the fronts that have been moving through the state. Capt. Jim gives us the following report of a trip he ran on Thursday 2/25.

We finally got a day without 20 plus knot winds and had a chance to use the buggy whip on a few black drum here in the Indian River Lagoon near Kennedy Space Center.  The black drum were schooled up pretty good.  We had multiple shots at three different groups of fish that held between 250 and 300 fish in each group.  Most of them are in the 7 to 10 pound range, but we did manage one that topped the scale at 14 pounds. The best fly was a black colored 1/0 Redfish Candy tied by Dan Johnson.  This fly is larger than I normally use for drum, but they wouldn’t hit the usual offerings.  Between fly and spin gear we ended up with a “Drum Slam” consisting of redfish, black drum, and speckled trout (which is actually a member of the drum family).  Total catch for the trip was 4 redfish, 3 black drum, and 5 trout.

A nice mid winter day on the space coast.
A nice mid winter day on the space coast.
A very nice Black Drum taken on fly
A very nice Black Drum taken on fly

Thanks for the report Jim, we know that a lot of anglers suffering with the record snow falls in many parts of the country are making plans to escape the frigid north for a few days of milder weather here in Florida, are glad to see that we can have great days of fishing in spite of the challenging conditions. Visit Capt. Jim’s website at www.captainjimross.com.