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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Snapper patterns

Having identified that mangrove's are a seasonal species that are highly subject to water temperature and seasonal bait fish movements, you can go on to identifying likely habitat. Mangrove snapper are a structure oriented, ambush predator with a preference for high profile, rock or reef type structure. During the heat of summer, these fish stage near areas of high current close to inlets. Jetty's and bridges offer prime snapper grounds. The turbulent water and jagged structure make ambushing prey much easier. Immediately, here you have two more pieces of the puzzle. Heavy structure and current... Even though we've been discussing mangrove snapper, there is an elementary lesson to be learned here. Patterning fish means identifying and putting together pieces of the puzzle. So far so good...
courtesy of "Big Dave's land based lessons. How to get tight!"

From The Crew @ Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

Inshore the trout bite has been good around Midway road to the Power Plant with a few snook and reds mixed in. The channel edges have has some nice snapper around them on the incoming tide live shrimp and white baits have produced well. The snook fishing continues to be good around the jetty and down the beach in the glass minnows find the bait and you will find the fish. 

Sebastian Inlet Report


It's another still morning at the inlet. Winds are barely moving out of the South-Southeast which means the no see 'ums are making breakfast out of our jetty anglers. Be sure to take insect repellent with you if you head to the inlet today. NOAA is calling for calm seas with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning. It looks like a great day to get out and do some surf fishing.

Mangrove Snapper and Spanish Mackerel remain the most active species at the inlet but summertime is sketchy. The bite is hit or miss from the jetties most days. Boaters always seem to have an advantage this time of year. Catch and release Snook should be handled with extreme care, we need those Snook to get out and make more Snook. Reds are spotty but they are out there. Jacks, Ladyfish and Blue Runners continue to aggravate most anglers, although some people can make them taste great! 

Today's photo is courtesy of Frank Forgione of Vero Beach. Frank landed the beautiful 31" Permit in the photo from the beach on the south side of the inlet over the weekend. Frank was using brined clams and fought the fish for over twenty minutes. He was nearly spooled twice! After a quick photo, Frank released the Permit, his first. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Looking to get into Kayaking

2016 fleet sale is underway! Head on down to 
South River and pick up a boat.


My Buddy Hai Truong turned me on to Trapper Tackle and had to check them out at ICAST. I hope to be getting some to test out soon , will keep you posted

Juno pier fishing for permit 2016 !!

Sebastian Inlet Report


We have a very still morning at the inlet. A little puff of air will come out of the South-Southeast every now and then but it's a hot, steamy morning on the jetties. No wind = no see 'ums, be sure to take insect repellent with you if you head to the inlet today. 

Tommy Turowski is back part time at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop and this morning he reports a decent Mangrove Snapper bite. There is still a lot of bait in the water. Over the weekend it was mostly Mangroves and Spanish Mackerel with an occasional Red or C/R Snook. 
  Our photo today features Peter Balsitis with a C/R Snook he landed on the south side using croakers on the incoming tide. The Snook was released unharmed right after the photo.