Black Drum, Rdfish and Snook!
February 17, 2020 Oak Hill 1 photo

Trip Summary

For the last few weeks the Haulover Canal in the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge has been the place to be for big Redfish and big Black Drum. There have been several large schools milling around. Night and day. It seems that the best bait to use has been Blue Crabs with Shrimp coming in a distant second. It also seems that the best time was at night with a lot being caught either just after dark or just a couple of hours before daylight. We did have some luck in the mid-morning on shrimp and lucked up on some nice Drum. If you have some large shrimp you could even end up with some Snook. Good luck and good fishing!
Neal Goodrich
Oak-hill, Florida, United States
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Capt. Neal Goodrich – Fishing Frenzy will show you the time of your life on the waters of Oak Hill! Capt. Neal is a descendant of four generations of fishermen. He has lived near and fished on the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon since he was 9, whe...

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