Thursday, January 13, 2011

From Mike @ Native Tackle Supply-Sebastian


Pompano, whiting, and bluefish have been steady for those fishing off the beaches. Pompano have been hitting more on cut live or frozen clams instead of sand fleas.  A double rigged Pompano Pro rig with a #1 Mustad Kaehle hook is a great setup for those using bait.  We rig up our own Pompano rigs here n the shop.   A ½ oz - ¾ oz Doc's Goofy jig has been a good bet for those fishing the beaches by boat or off the jetties. Those going after the Pompano have also reported some mixed Black Drum catches on the Pompano rigs using live clams. 


The bite has definitely slowed down at the inlet over the past week.   Most notably the Black Drum bite that was hot just a few weeks ago has slowed to just a few every day mainly on live clams or shrimp on a jig.  There are some Pompano around with the best bite coming on the first hour of incoming using live clams.  A few of the big slob Redfish that were around late last year started appearing again with several reds up to 40" being reported caught on small pinfish.  This latest cold front though may have pushed them south for the time being.  
Flounder has been hit or miss the past few days as the flounder have been moving in and out of the inlet.  Several nice sized, 6 - 8 pound, fish have been caught when the bite gets hot using live mud minnows or a good artificial choice is a Capt. Joe jig with pink stinger. 


Trout is in season and not in short supply with a real good bite just about anywhere in the river.  Live Shrimp or DOA Deadly Combo will be sure to land you a 15"+ fish.  We also like to use Fiji Chix or New Penny CAL Shads in our part of the Indian River.  The Redfish bite has slowed down the past few weeks with mainly small fish being caught.  The only slot sized Redfish reported have been north of the Wabasso Bridge, west side of the river, or in the Sebastian Inlet.  Mirrolure 17MR in Black / Gold / Chartreuse and DOA's Fiji Chix CAL have been a good wintertime artificial baits to use for both Redfish and Trout.  For those willing to make the trip there has been a good morning bite of Tarpon up in the north fork of the Sebastian River using top water plugs at sunrise. 

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