Fishing Reports by Captain Keith Mixon

About The Author:

Company: Mixin Work With Play Fishing Charters

Area Reporting: Indian & Banana Rivers, Cocoa Beach, Fl

Bio: Captain's Bio: Captain Keith Mixon I am a Florida native who has fished all over this great state for 35 years. My specialty is fishing for redfish, trout, snook and flounder on light tackle. I am USCG licensed and insured and will provide you with a friendly, professional & fun guided day along Florida's Space Coast. My sponsors are: Bass Assassin, PowerPro, Ocean Potion Sunscreen, The Ledger & King Sailfish Mounts. Contact me @ 321-212-8484 or www.mixinworkwithplay.com

321-212-8484
Click Here For Past Fishing Reports by Captain
Banana River Fishing (11/01/2010)
[Cocoa Beach,FL] During the past week, several redfish have been willing to bite both artificial and fresh dead baits when fished near the bottom. At first light, Nemire’s ½ ounce Spin Ripper has enticed several slot size reds into biting. Retrieving this lure just above the grass flats near pot holes and drop offs is the key for a successful hookup.
Brevard County Fishing (5/15/2010)
[Cocoa Beach,FL] Slot size redfish and black drum measuring up to twenty-one inches have been hitting both live and dead baits when fished on the bottom throughout the Haulover Canal. Cut mullet and lady fish have enticed many black drum to bite near the bridge when rigged on a circle hook.
Tight Lines for Reds (5/07/2010)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Both breezy and rainy conditions have made inshore waters throughout Brevard County murky. Several species of game fish have continued to bite both artificial lures and live bait.
Port Canaveral Fishing (4/30/2010)
[Port Canaveral,FL] In the past week, cobia continue to hit bright colored buck tail lures as well as live eels when fished near the buoy line just outside Port Canaveral. “Hook Up Lures” in 5/8 ounce (model 117, tan/orange color) have worked well on days with abundant sunshine.
Tight lines (4/25/2010)
[Cocoa Beach,FL] During the past week several slot size reds have been willing to bite live pinfish when fished just off the bottom. Many of these fish have been caught near mangrove shorelines along drop offs in three feet of water or less near the eastern shoreline of the Banana River.
Lets Go Fishing (4/10/2010)
[Port Canaveral,FL] Sheepshead measuring up to five pounds have been caught near the jetties, barnacle covered pilings, and other structure. Also, cobia weighing up to seventy pounds has lost the tug of war battle just south of Port Canaveral. Live eels and bright colored buck tail jigs have been used to catch these fish.
Top Water Action (3/27/2010)
[Cocoa Beach,FL] In the past week, trout have been hitting a wide variety of top water lures when fished along the eastern shoreline of the Indian River as well as the western shoreline of the No Motor Zone. When fishing inside the No Motor Zone, low light conditions have been very productive while wading the flats in three feet of water or less.
Go Fish (3/12/2010)
[Port Canaveral,FL] During the past week, slot size redfish measuring up to twenty two inches have been caught when using a Nemire’s ¼ ounce Red Ripper Gold Spoon Lure. Most of these redfish have been caught near pot holes in two to three feet of water near Scottsmoor located north of Titusville, Florida.
Fishing With Old Man Winter (2/20/2010)
[Cocoa Beach,FL] In the past week, strong winds and cold temperatures have made it nearly impossible to fish. With this in mind, I was still able to find a few fish near spoil islands inside the Thousand Islands.
Sight Casting For Reds (2/03/2010)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] In the past week, several small schools of redfish have been spotted along the western shoreline of Mosquito Lagoon south of Haulover canal. During mid-day, many of these reds have been caught on live shrimp when using light tackle.
Cocoa Beach Fishing (1/28/2010)
[Cocoa Beach,FL] Near Port Canaveral, Pompano continue to aggressively feed on cut clams, sand fleas, and shrimp. Low tide, a light west wind, and seas two feet or less are ideal conditions for catching pompano.
Fishing in Janurary (1/09/2010)
[Port Canaveral,FL] In the past week only a few species of fish have been willing to bite a hook. Around Port Canaveral, sheepshead have been hitting shrimp when fished near barnacle covered pilings and other structure.
December Flats Fishing (12/29/2009)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] During the past week, several black drum, red fish, and sheepshead have been schooling up in tighter schools due to the cooler weather. As water temperatures continue to drop, many of these fish have been moving along the flats during mid day in search of food.
December Fishing (12/23/2009)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Throughout Mosquito Lagoon, several black drum have been caught on live shrimp or a fresh chunk of lady fish.The average weight of these drum has been nearly four pounds with an occasional larger one.
November Fishing (11/06/2009)
[Cocoa Beach,FL] Black drum have been caught near the "No Motor Zone" in the Banana River around spoil islands and channel drop offs. Live bait (mullet and shrimp) rigged on circle hooks or artificial lures (scented jerk baits) hooked weedless have worked well for a solid hook up.
October Fishing For Trout and Redfish In The Indian River / Banana River (10/29/2009)
[Indian River,FL] In the past week, several trout weighing up to four pounds have been caught at first light near S.R. 405 in the Indian River. Top water lures fished with a slow retrieve have worked exceptionally well along the grass flats in three to four feet of water.
Banana River Trout Fishing (9/24/2009)
[Cocoa Beach,FL] At first light, several trout measuring up to twenty inches have been willing to bite both live shrimp and mullet when rigged on a circle hook. With a quiet approach, clients have caught several of these trout in three to four feet of water when fished near schools of bait.
Fishing Mosquito Lagoon Reds and Mangrove Snapper (9/11/2009)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] Early morning and late evening fishing has paid off when targeting schools of reds in the southern region of Mosquito Lagoon. With a quiet approach, many slot size reds have been caught when using live bait such as mullet and shrimp when rigged on a circle hook.
Banana River Reds (9/03/2009)
[Cocoa Beach,FL] Large trout have been caught in the Banana River in areas along the S.R. 520 when using Storm's 3/8 ounce Rattlin' Saltwater Chug Bug (color 207). The average weight of these trout has been nearly three pounds with an occasional larger fish.
Light Tackle Action (8/27/2009)
[Port Canaveral,FL] Around Port Canaveral, mangrove snapper continue to aggressively feed on live shrimp around the jetties. In addition, large jacks have been attacking top water lures and scented jerk baits throughout the port.
Banana River Fishing (8/19/2009)
[Cocoa Beach,FL] Throughout the Banana River early morning fishing has paid off for sea trout. During this time of year it is not uncommon to see many anglers targeting trout before first light.
Space Coast Fishing (8/14/2009)
[Port Canaveral,FL] In the past week, mangrove snapper have not been able to resist live shrimp when fished inside Port Canaveral. During an outgoing tide, a free lined shrimp has worked very well around the jetties, docks and other structure.
Night Time Is The Right Time Fishing Banana River, Port Canaveral (8/07/2009)
[Cocoa Beach,FL] With the full moon upon us, top water lures have worked exceptionally well along the flats in three feet of water or less. Large "gator" trout weighing up to five pounds have not been able to resist MirrOlures MR16 when fished with a slow retrieve.
Schooled Up Reds (7/31/2009)
[Mosquito Lagoon,FL] In the last week or so, the redfish bite has improved along drop offs near the flats in three to four feet of water.When targeting schools of reds, scented jerk baits and gold spoons have worked well for fish measuring up to 35 inches in length.
Sunrise Fishing Port Canaveral, Banana River (7/23/2009)
[Port Canaveral,FL] In the past week, the black drum bite has been hot around the spoil islands in the Banana River near the "No Motor Zone". Around Port Canaveral, flounder have continued to bite a wide variety of artificial and fresh dead baits along sandy bottoms throughout the port.
Summertime Door Mats (7/16/2009)
[Port Canaveral,FL] Inside Port Canaveral, flounder measuring up to twenty inches have been caught on sandy bottoms near pilings, docks, and other structure on both live and artificial bait. Snook fishing at night has also been good near the North jetty at Port Canaveral.
Summertime Fishing (7/09/2009)
[Titusville,FL] With the full moon occurring this past Tuesday, night fishing has been good along the flats in the North end of the Indian River north of Titusville. Small top water lures have worked well around schools of mullet in two to three feet of water.
Trout On Fire (6/18/2009)
[Titusville,FL] The trout bite is on fire reports Captain Keith Mixon (www.mixinworkwithplay.com). In the past week several trout weighing up to six pounds have been caught during the last few hours of daylight. At Port Canaveral, many flounder with an average weight of four pounds has been caught around boat docks and other areas with sandy bottoms.
Chamber of Commerce Fishing (6/10/2009)
[Titusville,FL] Light winds and bright sunny conditions have made sight fishing easier reports Captain Keith Mixon (www.mixinworkwithplay.com).In the past week, many slot size reds have been caught throughout Mosquito Lagoon in three feet of water or less.
Indian River Trout (6/04/2009)
[Port Canaveral,FL] Top water lures such as MirrOLure's (16mr808) Mirromullet with a black back and orange belly have worked well from as early as one hour before sun up to 9:30 am, and again during the last few hours of the day. Also, live bait fish such as mullet or a pinfish under a cork has worked well later in the day until around noon in about four to six feet of water.
Red Hot Fishing (5/29/2009)
[Port Canaveral,FL] In the last few days of snook season, my clients have had many opportunities to catch snook in and around Port Canaveral. Many of these fish have measured 24 to 38 inches in length. When fishing the flats, large "gator" trout can not resist a live pigfish, pinfish, or mullet when fished under a popping cork. Many of these large trout have been caught in three to four feet of water during low light conditions.
Snook At the Port (5/14/2009)
[Port Canaveral,FL] Around Port Canaveral, snook have been caught on a variety of live and artificial baits near the jetties, docks and the S.R. 401 bridge located at the west end of the port. Live mullet, pinfish, and shrimp have worked well when free lined near these structures at night.
Unusal weather for the spring (4/10/2009)
[Cocoa Beach,FL] Wind, rain and unusually cold temperatures have limited the access to some prime fishing spots along the flats this past week. Wind, rain and unusually cold temperatures have limited the access to some prime fishing spots along the flats this past week.
Spring Time reds (3/21/2009)
[Port Canaveral,FL] Bright sunny days, and warm temperatures have helped redfish and black drum return to the flats. In the Indian River, north of Titusville, live shrimp have worked well when sight casting to smaller schools of reds.
February Fishing (2/19/2009)
[Cocoa Beach,FL] As cold fronts make their way through central Florida, there have only been a few days when I have been able to get out and wet a line. On these days, cold water temperatures have left fish feeling somewhat lethargic.
Fishing around Port Canaveral (2/13/2009)
[Port Canaveral,FL] Around Port Canaveral, sheepshead have been in abundance around the jetties as well as other structure. Live shrimp have been the ticket when it comes to bringing these tasty fish to the boat.
Braving the Elements (2/05/2009)
[Cocoa Beach,FL] Cold temperatures and breezy conditions have made fishing along Florida's east coast somewhat difficult reports Captain Keith Mixon. However, these less than ideal conditions haven't kept the fish from biting.
Port Canaveral Fishing (1/29/2009)
[Port Canaveral,FL] Fishing along Florida's east coast has been good reports Captain Keith Mixon. Sheepshead continues to aggressively feed on sand fleas, shrimp, and small jerk baits. In addition, look for schools of Jack Crevalle to put up an awesome fight near the jetties as well as the locks.
Winter Time Fishing (1/22/2009)
[Cocoa Beach,FL] Fishing along Florida's east coast has slowed down due to frigid temperatures and breezy conditions reports Captain Keith Mixon. In the past week there have been only a few opportunities in which Mother Nature has allowed us to get out and wet a line.
Indian River Fishing (1/15/2009)
[Titusville,FL] Several slot size reds have been caught near Titusville in the Indian River in two feet of water or less. When targeting redfish it will be important to have the right approach.
Reds for the New Year (1/07/2009)
[Cocoa Beach,FL] A slow presentation will provide a good day on the water.
Shallow Water Reds (12/29/2008)
[Cocoa Beach,FL] Catching reds and trout can make a perfect end to 2008. Many fishermen will find that the right approach will bring more fish to the boat.
Stealth for Reds (12/17/2008)
[Cocoa Beach,FL] A stealthy approach will help provide some awesome fishing action for reds and trout.
Fishing Florida's Space Coast (12/15/2008)
[Cocoa Beach,FL] Fishing has been exciting along Florida's East coast. Redfish, Trout and even Pompano have been willing to feed on a wide varity of baits.