In terms of variety the Sebastian Inlet has been red hot the past weeks with reports of Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, Black Drum, Redfish, Pompano, Sheepshead, and some wintertime Snook. For the bluefish best bet is a 1 to 1-1/2 oz spoon or try drifting a cut bait. For the Spanish Macks no other lure works quite as good as a Gotcha plug. Black Drum have been hitting on shrimp tipped jig heads while the Reds have been most active at night drifting live pinfish. The pompano bite has moved to our inlets to the south but a few smaller keepers are being caught on the Doc's Goofy jig.
In the river it has all been about the trout. There is no shortage of 16" plus trout up and down the Indian River in all the usual fishy places and no better artificial lures than a Gulp Swimming Mullet or a DOA CAL Shad on a 1/4oz jig head. I like using the DOA CAL Shad New Penny on a chartreuse CAL 1/4 oz jig head with a small squirt of Pro-Cure for added scent. In the shop, we have a great assortment of DOA's for just about every condition. In addition to the trout, the redfish bite seems to get better with warmer weather with most of the action centered south of the Wabasso Bridge. Twitching plugs, soft baits, and live shrimp have all worked well. When plugging artificial we have had good luck drifting a live mud minnow behind the boat and more often that not, that seems to get hit hard.
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