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Monday, February 8, 2016

Wading

Wade fishing is becoming more and more popular these days, there's just something special about stepping into the water and becoming "one" with creation, it can be therapeutic in more ways than one. And for those that crave the occasional adrenaline rush, there's nothing quite like stepping off dry land and instantly becoming part of the food chain.
But I imagine that one of the biggest reasons people wade fish would be stealth, silence is essential when fishing shallow water flats along the coast, it can mean the difference between a successful fishing trip, or a disappointing work out.
If you're looking to jump in, there are few things you'll need to know before you head to the coast.
If you plan to wade in the colder months you'll need a good pair of waders. There are a lot of different brands available and I definitely have a preference but the most important thing to consider when shopping for waders is how they fit. You'll want them to fit snug, and you'll want to wear a belt. If for some reason you go down, this will prevent them from filling with water and becoming an anchor. For the colder months you might consider neoprene waders to help keep warm. In the warmer months waders aren't really necessary, but if you prefer to wear them I'd recommend a good pair of breathable waders to help stay cool.
If you choose not to wear waders in the warmer months you will most likely want to invest in a good pair of wading shoes. An old pair of sneakers will work just fine but be sure they are high tops. You will be wading through mud and shell at some point and need something that won't get pulled off your feet, and will withstand the sharp edges of the shell.
You'll also want to consider a wading belt to carry your gear. And again there are many different brands and options available. Some things to consider when choosing a wading belt are fit and storage. Wading can take its toll after several hours; you'll want to be as comfortable as possible, so choose a belt that fits well. Some are even designed to offer back support, and after a couple of long days on the water you will understand why.
You'll also need to carry extra tackle. Get a belt that has a storage compartment attached. A lot of them come as a package deal, they include things such as pliers and a stringer, and various other items that you'll need while wading.
You'll want a long stringer. I use a 10' stringer when I decide to keep a few for the frying pan. The reason is, if I encounter a shark that wants to eat the fish on my stringer, then I'll want those fish as far away from me as possible. And although it's rare, it does happen.
I also carry a small dip net while wading to help land the fish, it's not always necessary but will definitely come in handy in a pinch. Remember to slide your feet along the bottom, also known as the sting ray shuffle. To prevent yourself from stepping on the back of an unsuspecting sting ray and getting stuck. And as you move through the water, remember to take it nice and slow to avoid making too much noise. Remember, even if you can't hear yourself, the fish can. So take it easy to avoid spooking them.
These are just basic tips, but should be a good starting point for anyone looking to "think outside the boat".
courtesy of Jeff Dean

From James Cronk @ Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

                                                   
Inshore the snook fishing has been great with some nice fish around the inlets and bridges on the outgoing tide jigs and live bait have produced well stop on in we have a great selection of First Light Jigs.There were a few reports of some nice trout around midway road to the power lines soft baits have produced well.The pompano bite has been good around J.C park on the incoming tide with jigs and sand fleas,The south jetty in Ft.Pierce has had some nice pompano and flounder around to live shrimp has worked the best.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

From Todd / Eric @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

                                       photo courtesy of Chris Bishop for Yozuri Lures
                                           

Scouting Around Sebastian Area

It's cool, wet and blustery out on the jetties this morning. Winds are blowing out of the North-Northwest at 27 mph, gusting to 33 and the water is rough. Waves are blowing over the rails and rain gear is in order today. Even the rough conditions won't keep some of our more die-hard anglers off the jetties. We have about a dozen anglers out trying their luck. Fortunately they are spread out to avoid tangling lines. 

Sarah at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported a very slow morning today. Yesterday there were a few Spanish Mackerel hitting Gotcha lures, a few Blue Runners, one Flounder and a few Pompano that came over the rails, over all a slow day too. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Scouting Around Sebastian


                                    


 BLACK DRUM, POMPANO, SHEEPSHEAD, REDS, SNOOK, TROUT AND FLOUNDER 

It's a beautiful morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South-Southeast at 10 mph, gusting to 12 and there is a moderate chop on the water. The wind and waves will start building late this afternoon and NOAA is calling for a small craft advisory this evening through late Friday night. 

We are seeing the usual cast of characters biting for this time of year. The Black Drum bite remains good from the north jetty along with Pompano, Blues, Reds, Snook, Trout, Flounder and Sheepshead. Crustaceans such as sand fleas work well for Pompano and Sheepshead. Live shrimp and bucktails are working for Snook and Reds. Blues will hit just about anything. Black Drum prefer clams or dead, stinky shrimp.
 Our first photo today features inlet regular Richard Pearce of Sebastian. Richard landed the 25" Black Drum off the north jetty using clams.
 Bob Mann is featured in photo two with one of many giant Reds he landed and released! 
Mark is featured in our last photo with one of the huge C/R Reds he landed. 

Scouting Around - Palm Beach/Martin County Area

INSHORE
     Croaker and whiting are holding in the surf throughout the day along Jensen Beach, and there has been steady pompano action on the higher tide.
     In the Indian River, the redfish bite is still excellent on the west side, and the east side has been great for trout. Also, snook season is now officially open, and they are biting at night around bridges and dock lights. If you’re looking to keep a snook, keep in mind that they must be between 28 and 32 inches, and the bag limit is one per day. The season will remain open through May 31.
     Spanish mackerel are biting along Jupiter’s beaches and also in the Jupiter Inlet. There are whiting around as well, along with a few snook and pompano.
     Snook are also being caught around the bridges of the Intracoastal Waterway in Jupiter and throughout Palm Beach County. Snapper are also biting at the bridges and near Marker 42.
     A few snook and jacks were caught in the surf along Palm Beach this week. A few Spanish mackerel were also reported.
     Sheepshead are holding near the jetties at the Lake Worth and Boynton Beach inlets.
 FRESHWATER
     The bass fishing remains excellent in Lake Okeechobee and continues to improve. Large fish are being caught along the outside edges and back in the grass, and good numbers are being reported.
     Live shiners still get the edge over artificial lures, but skilled anglers are having plenty of success either way.
     Guides taking customers on half-day trips (4 hours) are catching more than 40 fish per outing.
     The largest bass reported this week was over 7 pounds, which hasn’t been all that uncommon recently.
                                                 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sebastian Inlet Report


                                 

                                   
02-02-16 TUESDAY: SNOOK, BLACK DRUM, POMPANO, BLUES, FLOUNDER AND REDS 

We have dense fog at the inlet this morning but it should burn off as the day progresses. Winds are blowing out of the East-Southeast at 6 mph, gusting to 10 and the water has a light chop. Winds are predicted to increase this afternoon. 

This morning the north jetty is crowded with anglers fishing for Snook, Pompano, Black Drum, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead and Reds. Anglers using sand fleas, shrimp and clams are attracting Pompano, Sheephsead and Black Drum. Live shrimp and bucktails are being used for Reds and Snook. Anglers fishing the rocks west of the A-1-A bridge have been landing medium sized Flounder. 

We received an update and some of today's photos from inlet regular Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach. Mike reported the first day of Snook season was crowded on the north jetty. Mike decided to fish for Pompano yesterday and landed two slot fish, plenty of other anglers were more successful. Sand fleas were the bait of choice with clams running a close second. Mike caught and released one undersized Sheepshead, four small Black Drum and one Bluefish. The beaches were packed with anglers who were Pompano fishing. Photos four and five are of the poles lined up along the beaches. 
  Our first photo today features Ryan McKay and Josh Gentile both of Satellite Beach. The young men were fishing the north jetty when the bite was excellent. Reds and Black Drum were hot and both guys landed some real nice fish. The men hooked up with giant Redfish simultaneously using bucktails in photo one.
 Photo two is of Ryan McKay with a 27.5" Black Drum he landed using clams. 
 Photo three features Josh Gentile with a 24" Black Drum he landed on clams.
 Photos four and five are of the many poles lining the beaches yesterday.