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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Sun, Sand, Snook & Surf

Sebastian Inlet Report


We have a gorgeous morning at the inlet. After yesterday's deluge, the sun is shining and skies are blue! There is a moderate chop on the water and NOAA is calling for small craft to exercise caution. 
The bite remains slow from the jetties. Anglers fishing the rivers and canals have had better luck, particularly with Speckled Trout. We received an update from Jerry Connors of Melbourne who went out on the north jetty at 2:00 a.m. Jerry reported high winds but after about thirty minutes he landed two Reds back to back. The first was 29" and the second was 32" both fish were landed on live shrimp and returned to the water unharmed. There was no action for the next hour or so, he worked his way to the bridge, still no hits until 6:00 a.m. when he landed two 26" Snook back to back then he settled into another lull. Around 7:30, he landed a 31" Red and at 8:00 he landed a very angry 41" Red which were also returned to the water. After that big bull, Jerry called it a day and headed home. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Look Downs/Moon fish

Folks, it's come to my attention that very few people know the pleasure of look down fishing. It's high time that changed. The look down is a fi sh unlike any other. This curious critter is a slab sided silver fish that rarely gets to more than two lbs but can pull like a truck on appropriate tackle. It's active both day and night and is a top predator in its own right. Look downs are one of my favorite warm water targets for a few different reasons. They'll chase just about anything they can fit in their mouth, they can be a challenge to master and they are seriously good eating fish.
Targeting lookdowns is best done from the beginning of may through early September with the peak bite centering around the full moons. They can be found around docks, bridges and jetties but have a preference for flowing water and like to hang around vertical structure adjacent to a substantial dropoff. They mostly feed on small baits like juvenile greenies, glass minnows and small shrimp though I've caught plenty of bigger fish on mojara or sardines while snapper fishing.
To catch these guys, you'll want to keep your tackle light. This is finesse fishing at its finest. I like a soft rod and tiny reel loaded with 4# mono. Small jigs ranging from 1/16-1/8 of an ounce will get the most strikes. White is the best color most of the time but in dirty water I like orange, pink or chartreuse.
Speaking of dirty water...I find that some of the best action I've had with these fish is after a few good rainy days. When the outgoing tide turns dark at an inlet and meets clean ocean water, the resulting edge creates a serious ambush point for feeding lookdowns near the slow water at the end of most jetties. These fish will often be tight to the rocks right on the edge of the tide line.
Work your jigs by casting toward the current edge and letting it touch bottom. Keep your rod high and work the jig with a series of no more than two or three short twitches. Reel up slack and repeat until you reach the surface. When you hook a fish, make a note of it. Generally, lookdowns will school at a level depth so once you hook one, there will be more at the same depth. This is much like crappie fishing in freshwater. It's important to keep presenting your jig above the fish because they feed by attacking from below.
If you work your jig below the fish, it may go unnoticed...
Stay tuned for part two with some nice pics coming with it in the near future!
story courtesy of David Hartwell@Big Dave Slay City, Land Based Lessons 

Sebastian Inlet Report


We have a wet day ahead of us today. This morning winds are blowing out of the West-Northwest at 9 mph, gusting to 17 and the water is very calm. Winds are predicted to pick up late this afternoon and NOAA is calling for small craft to exercise caution at that time. Showers and thunderstorms are likely throughout the day so be sure to pack your wet weather gear if you head to the inlet today.

Rainy, cloudy days can sometimes invigorate the bite, throw on some rain gear and give it a shot. The action has been slow off the north jetty so maybe today is the day it turns around. With the water temperature rising, we should start to see snapper starting to show up. 

Our angler of the day is Mike Zambrano of Melbourne. Mike was kayak fishing at Long Point when he landed the beautiful 26.5" Red. Mike was using a Gulp swimming mullet to land the slot fish. 

Scouting Around Palm Beach/Martin County Area

     Spanish mackerel and bluefish are still being caught in the surf along Jensen Beach but the numbers are definitely down. There are quite a few snook at the beach now, and the croaker bite has been great.
     The west side of the Indian River is still producing a hot redfish bite, and there even some being snagged on the east side near Vitola Park, along with trout and a few tarpon.
     Snook are still holding around bridges and docks, but they are also thick around channel markers. Tripletail and flounder are also chewing at the channel markers.
     Snook are cruising the beaches in Jupiter as well, and there are also ladyfish in the mix along with the occasional pompano. Tarpon are also starting to roll in the surf.
     Whiting and croaker seem to be holder around the mouth of the Jupiter Inlet.
     Jacks and snook are chewing in the surf along Palm Beach, and a few Spanish mackerel can still be found.
     Those fishing in the Intracoastal Waterway in the Jupiter area are reporting snook at the bridges and docks at night, and plenty of jacks.
     Anglers fishing in the Intracoastal from Palm Beach down through Boca Raton are seeing tarpon rolling through the channels and feeding on the flats. Permit and bonefish are also showing up around the flats.
     Red drum, snook, jacks and sheepshead are all holding near the bridges as well.
     Snook, mangrove snapper, permit and tarpon are all biting in the surf along Boynton Beach, especially near the inlet.
      photo T&A Jig's
     The bass bite has been pretty good on Lake Okeechobee this week. Good numbers and sizes of bass are being hooked along the outside edge and back in the grass. You can catch them out in the open water as well, but for best results, stay toward the grass.
     As the temperatures rise, the window for catching bass gets smaller. You can still have success throughout the day and night, but the biggest action is definitely taking place early in the morning at this point – first light. It does pick up a bit around sunset as well.
     Live shiners still get the nod over artificial lures, but anglers are catching fish either way.
  report courtesy of Palm Beach Post    

Sebastian Inlet Report

We have another pretty morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South-Southeast at 6 mph, gusting to 11 and there is a light chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories this morning but we have a chance of showers this afternoon. 

We received an updated from inlet regular Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach who fished the north jetty yesterday from 8:00 - 2:00. Mike reported a very slow day. Mike went armed with sand fleas, live shrimp and mojarra but the best he could do was the 22" Black Drum in our photo today, a gift from the "fishing gods" as most of the Black Drum have disappeared. Mike saw two Whiting and three small Sheepshead come over the rails and one Snook that was hooked up but lost due to dead line in the water, the angler was using pinfish. 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Sebastian Inlet Report



We have a windy day at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Southeast at 16 mph, gusting to 19 and there is a moderate chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories.

Over the weekend the bite was hit or miss. A few Black Drum and Sheepshead came over the rails, a couple of Pompano and Snapper were landed and Summer Flounder were landed outside the channel. Yesterday, Blues were hitting spoons on the outgoing tide. Reds and Snook have been biting better at night according to Sarah at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop.

We received an update from Jerry Connors of Melbourne who fished the north jetty on Thursday night. Jerry took a bunch of jumbo shrimp with him and started fishing the inlet side about half way out. Right after dark he landed a 41" C/R Snook. Jerry said the Ladyfish were thick and it was hard to keep them off the line. He slowly worked his way to the end then all the way to the bridge and back. When he returned to the end he worked the area without interference from the Ladyfish and landed a 29" slot Snook. Working his way back toward the parking lot, he found the Reds; he landed five in a row with the third one being a 26" slot fish, his first keeper in years! From 3:00 a.m. to sunrise the Redfish bite was hot, he lost count of how many he brought over the rails. Sounds like a great night. Way to go Jerry, thanks for the update!