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Gulp or go home

Capt. Joe Porcelli
December 11, 2009
Daytona Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

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In the Indian River and Lagoon fishing has been pretty consistent. Reds are really happy these days tail waving giving us a real advantage when thinking out our next cast. School management is the real key to being able to fish a school for a good while. I have seen so many anglers trash a school of redfish by just casting on top of fish. I try to teach my clients what to do if they see their Gulp shrimp rocketing towards the school of reds heads. If you aboard the cast you will get another shot, but if you splash offerings on top of them they will freak! To what level? That depends on how many times you do this. Pace yourself with the schools attitude and let them get in that comfort zone before you take your next shot. Try not to pull line over the fishes back on your retrieve. A perfect cast is only perfect when you can add it to your bite to catch ratio. Chris took many redfish and a few trout that were nice enough to show their teeth before release. His casting placement was key to catching many fish. A speckled escort is usually on the edge of each redfish school AKA Gator trout. So don't be surprised when you get that signature head shake water frothing barking at the surface action on your line. OK you can be surprised of the size of these trout. Trout season will open soon and these fish will be even more abundant.

We fished the river this week and tossed Gulp shrimp for two hours. We rigged our Gulp on 1/2 ounce jig heads and bounced them off the bottom. We caught snook, redfish, pigfish, grouper, trout and some ladyfish. The grouper were small but we caught six of them, and that's a good sign. It was fun jigging docks and sea walls in the intercostals, breaking up our day from the flats. Some flounder should be around but we have not fished where they are lately. We did catch one offshore on the 29th along with a slue of red snapper, grouper, jacks, porgy's yellow tail sea bass and a few vermillion snapper that went back. Think like a fish to catch fish or just call me at 386 314 5656

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