Thursday, November 27, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Winter has certainly arrived early! Cold fronts have been moving into the area on a weekly basis. Water temperatures are trying to stay near the 70 degree range, but it is struggling lately to get there. I am hoping for another mild winter...but we will have to wait and see... You learn over the years to cope with each days challenges and enjoy the fishing!Our redfish have continued to hold under docks and mangroves for us. Try a DOA shrimp fished slowly around these areas. Look for trout in deeper grass flats in the mornings. 3 to 5 feet of water is good to start. As the sun gets higher, these fish will move onto the shallower areas to warm up. I like CAL jerk baits this time of year. Jacks, mackerel and bluefish will be moving into the inlet with the tides. Small shiny lures work best in these areas. Look for black drum and sheepshead to be the prevalent fish around the docks. It's a fun time of year to be fishing!
Fishing changes this time of year. Water temps are dropping and the fish will look for warmer areas. Fishing deeper water can be more productive on cold mornings and moving shallower as the sun warms up the grass flats. A few degrees difference in the water can mean a lot in winter. My magic number is 68 degrees. It will be harder to find as we get further into the winter months. Channel edges, deep holes and areas around the bridges and inlet will be holding lots of fish this time of year. Working your lures very slowly can help coax a fish into striking, while working them fast might miss that opportunity. I like a CAL jerk bait or DOA shrimp this time of year and work them very slow. Fish will still be hungry, but less likely to chase a lure. They get lethargic and will sit and let the tides move food to them. Changing the fish you target can also be more productive. Sheepshead, black drum, bluefish and mackerel are just a few wintertime fish to seek. There will be plenty of action for anglers who change their tactics in winter.
Dress in layers during winter. We sometimes get thirty to forty degree temperature changes and being dressed appropriately will allow you to adjust to the weather easily. It's wonderful time of year...but I still like the warm weather....
11-26-14 WEDNESDAY: BLACK DRUM, REDS, SNOOK, SPANISH MACKEREL, FLOUNDER, BLUES, JACKS, WHITING, LADYFISH AND SHEEPSHEAD
We have a blustery morning at the inlet. It's windy, wet and cool. Winds are blowing out of the North-Northwest at 15 mph with gusts up to 29; hang onto your fishing hats! The water is choppy and there is a small craft advisory in effect through this afternoon, always check the NOAA forecast prior to going offshore.
We've been seeing a good variety of species making their way in and out of the inlet. We've gotten a lot of photos from our readers which we hope to get up on the fishing report next week. New equipment is on the way! Black Drum, Spanish Mackerel, Blues, Ladyfish, Whiting, Jacks, a few Pompano, Snook, Spanish Mackerel, Sheepshead and Flounder are all making appearances at the inlet. With the cool down, we may see some real nice fishing over the long weekend. Live shrimp, clams and sand fleas have been the live baits of choice. Most anglers have been using Gotcha lures or spoons for the Mackerel and Bluefish.
Our angler of the day is Nicole Parker. Nicole fished the inlet on and landed a few small Snapper, lost a nice Spanish Mackerel and a couple of Flounder.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
11-25-14 TUESDAY: BLACK DRUM, REDS, SNOOK, SHEEPSHEAD, BLUE RUNNERS, JACKS, POMPANO AND FLOUNDER
Thank you for your patience. We are still dealing with technology issues. We appreciate those who have sent in your photos and updates. Hopefully we will be back up and running smoothly again after the long weekend. We'll have a lot of photos for you!
This morning we have overcast skies at the inlet with a good chance of showers this morning and tomorrow. We have a cool down coming our way; it should be sunny and beautiful by Thanksgiving Day!
We received an update from Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach who fished the north jetty yesterday morning. Mike reported an early, short Black Drum bite between 7:00 - 8:00 a.m., about 8 - 10 fish came over the rails. Tony Swiderski of Sebastian was the fish lottery winner of the day with three nice Black Drum and a 24" slot Red. Several Sheepshead were landed and Mike got one of them. Anglers using shrimp and clams were having the most success. Lots of small Jacks, Blue Runners and Pompano were caught as well. Catfish dominated before and after the Black Drum bite.
Bis Rem of Orlando arrived on the north jetty around 9:00 a.m. yesterday and on his first cast, landed this beautiful 30" slot Snook while free lining shrimp.
"Fast and Flashy"
A small fast moving jig is a great lure for fooling Spanish mackerel this time of year. Gulfstream Lures Flash Minnow (pictured) is a great choice. Don't be afraid to try a blazing fast retrieve...chances are you can't reel faster than the macs can swim!