The only day I got out this week was Monday. I went to Port Canaveral, so we have a mid-September Port Canaveral Fishing Report.

There were a lot of parking spaces at 9 AM. I figured fishing might be less than scintillating. But once the boat was in the water there was Sargassum weed and mullet right at the ramp. I got my mullet before the engine was started. These were good signs.

At the north jetty there were usual boats anchored there, fishing. I went a couple hundred yards north and started looking. There were mullet moving, and fish breaking sporadically. There was a school of menhaden. A jig produced several large ladyfish, but nothing else.

The route took me to the tip of the cape. Breaking rollers from the hurricane pounded the beach. The shoals were too exciting for my tastes! The water got dirtier the closer to the cape I got. Didn’t see any fish.

From the cape I headed out to sea, checking weeds along the way. The weeds were all fish-free. Several of the barracuda that never bite were stationed at buoy 4, but nothing else was there. Did not see any bait.

From the buoy I headed south, then southwest, intersecting the beach near the Cocoa Beach steeple, and not seeing anything other than two bonnetheads along the way. The ride north up the beach turned up nothing.

So the ladyfish near the jetty were the only fish of the day, and the parking lot premontion proved to be true. That having been said, the boat ran great, it was wonderful being out there on home waters, and I enjoyed the day immensely.

Clerical note– my website states, “Subscribe to my blog and get of a free copy of ‘Secrets of Fabulous Fishing in Florida’s Mosquito Lagoon’… Twenty or so folks subscribed this summer. Due to my computer issues I have lost all the email notifications I got. If you send me an email I will send you your ebook! My most sincere apologies for any inconvenience.

The Marine Resources Council recently published a booklet, the Indian River Lagoon Health Update. Those of us who use the lagoon for recreation know it’s a mess without reading this publication. But the Council has quantified the problems, which makes the issues easier to tackle. There are also sections on Lagoon Restoration and the all-important “What You Can Do”. For more information contact the Marine Resources Council here…

And that is the Mid-September Port Canaveral Fishing Report!

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