Friday, July 29, 2011

From Mike @ Native Tackle Supply-Sebastian

Typical for this time of year big snook and oversized redfish have dominated fishing at the Sebastian Inlet.  Pinfish, Pigfish, and Croakers have been the live bait of choice for the Snook as the Redfish have been all over live select shrimp and small pins.  The snook have been an easy catch at night and during the day.  Lately the overslot reds that are usually only caught at night are starting to appear during the day and as soon as the crabs start flowing out of the inlet get ready for a crazy redfish bite as the big overslot reds stack up waiting for a floating crustacean to drift by on outgoing tide.  For those of you fishing from the jetty please remember to handle your catch and release fish with care and try no to throw them back over the rails but rather use a pier net and lower the fish back into the water.  Also at the inlet the mangrove snapper bite also continues to remain hot with most anglers using shrimp, squid, or cut mullet

I can't say it enough but this time of year if you are looking for a slot redfish or trout you need to be on the water early and might as well hit the sandbar by 11:00am.  Morning water temps are in the mid-80's and by mid day the surface temps are over 90.  The trout bite has been steady on just about any grass flat in our area with most reports coming in from the clam lease.  Best bet look for schooling bait and fish a top-water early like a Rapala Skitterwalk in Bone and switch to a sub-surface jig or finger mullet in the late morning.  It has been a hell of a year for Flounder in these parts and they continue to surprise local anglers as 20" plus Flounder have been regularly reported in the shop with most of the catches surrounding the inlet.  Try bouncing a Gulp Swimming Mullet off the bottom and focus on those potholes and ledges for best results.  

From Mike @ Native Tackle Supply-Sebastian

Dog days of summer are in full effect come August, as this is the slowest time of the year for guides and tackle shops even though the fishing can be red hot.  Snook and Tarpon are firmly on the beaches and the Redfish are getting ready to stack up in the inlet waiting on a crab to float by. At the shop we are gearing up for Snook season and getting our selection of bucktails, lures, and jigs ready for September 1st.  As always, if there are any products that we don't currently stock that you need, just let us know and we'll be glad to bring it in and stock it! 
As some of you may know, the FWC has agreed to open the Atlantic Snook season for 2011 on September 1st.  Gulf angler were not so lucky as the snook closure will remain in effect until August 31, 2012.  The daily bag limit remains at one snook per recreational angler and a 28"-32" slot.  Snook season will remain open until December 15, 2011. 


We were very happy to donate all the bait needed for a recent "Kids Hooked on Fishing" event.  Kids Hooked On Fishing is a Non-Profit Organization that has been created for kids of all ages. They enjoy teaching the fundamentals of saltwater fishing and providing kids with a positive fishing experience.

Kids Hooked on Fishing meets at different locations, 5 days a week. Please follow their calendar which can be found on their website at or look them up on our Native Tackle Supply's Facebook page.  


Sebastian Inlet Report


It's a gorgeous morning at the inlet but the sun is shining and it's going to be another warm day. Winds blowing out of the East at 9 mph are helping keep the anglers cooled down a little. 
The water was clean with a nice chop yesterday but the fish weren't cooperating very well. Mangrove Snapper were the most popular fish coming over the rails, a Bluerunner or two and a few hook up of big Spanish Mackerel. 

The flats (river) have been producing some nice Speckled Trout and we should start to see more Tarpon and hopefully the Black Drum will start making a come back in a few weeks.

From White's Tackle - Ft Pierce

Inshore, there was an epic bite of mangrove snapper on live bait north in the lagoon around the Harbor Branch area. Last night at the south jetty the snook fishing was good on jigs a few where caught, 1 around 20 lbs. all on jigs. The folks on the jetty were catching sheepshead and black margate last night as well on live shrimp.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sebastian Inlet Report


There are a few clouds over the inlet this morning but it looks like it's going to be a hot one! Be sure to take lots of water, sunscreen and insect repellent if you head to the inlet today. Winds are blowing out of the Southeast at 9 mph and the water is choppy.
Varieties of fish have been coming over the rails in small numbers. The only thing we are seeing a lot of are oversized Reds and catch and release Snook. The outgoing tide seems to be producing the larger number of Reds. We can't stress enough to please handle these species with gentle care.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My Photo Of The Week

                                                       Summer Time Snook

Sebastian Inlet Report


It's another beautiful overcast morning at the inlet, at least for the time being. Winds are blowing out of the East at 10 mph and there is a chop on the water.

Jacks, Ladyfish, small Mangrove Snapper, oversized Red and plenty of Snook have been coming over the rails. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sebastian Inlet Report


It's overcast again this morning keeping the temperatures tolerable, at least for now. Winds are blowing out of the Southeast at 11 mph and there is a pretty good chop on the water.

We have received word from the FWCC that Snook season will remain closed on the west coast of Florida until September of 2012. Fortunately for us on the east coast, the season will reopen on September 1, 2011. Please use great care when handling those precious Snook, we don't have long to wait now!

From Capt. Joe Ward in Ft. Pierce

INSHORE - Not much of a change over this past week other than a few tripletail on the channel markers to the south of the South Bridge.  Try using a live shrimp and a trol-rite jig.  The trout fishing has stayed about the same with most of the bigger fish being caught on a live pigfish.  A live shrimp fished under a popping cork and soft plastic baits will also work.  Just remember that the best bite has been from first light until about 8am and then again from about 6:30pm until dark.  I am still getting a few reports about the redfish bite around the docks along both North and South Indian River Drive.  Try a live shrimp if you can find a good sized one or a gold spoon.  The snapper action has been a hit or miss thing along the channel edges.  It is just a matter of catching the tide just right.  A small live shrimp will work just fine for the snapper.  The catch and release snook action has been good in the Ft. Pierce Inlet when fishing a live bait on the bottom.  The bite has been the best on the out going tide.

From White's Tackle - Ft Pierce

Inshore, the water temperature in the lagoon is very warm and has managed to keep fish a little on the sluggish side. The tarpon again were very active feeding on mullet at the mouth of the Ft. Pierce inlet last night. The catch and release action for snook slowed a little last night on the south jetty at Ft. Pierce. Bottom fishing remains good during the night time hours, there you can expect to find black margate, mangrove snapper and goliath grouper around the bridges and channel edges.

Monday, July 25, 2011

From Capt. Charlie @Fishing Center-Fort Pierce

August Fishing Forecast – Treasure Coast

As summer continues to bring the daily chance of afternoon rains and thunderstorms, fishing will take the usual second seat to the opening of lobster season.  Those dog days of August will continue with hot weather, so take the normal precautions while on the water. 

Trout fishing will continue to be the best bite around the river. Top water lures early, followed by a DOA shrimp or CAL jerk bait will be productive on the grass flats. Queen’s Cove, Bear Point and Harbor Branch will all be active with trout. Fish shallow early and move to the edges of the flats as the sun warms thing up each day. Look for sand holes on the grass flats. Trout love to sit in them and wait for the tide to bring their food to them. This month will provide great weather in the mornings for fishing the river.

Head out to the docks along the river for snook, snapper, sheephead and redfish. Some big fish will be hanging under the shady areas around many of the docks along the river from Vero to Stuart. Fish your lures slowly. If you use the tide in your favor, the lure will remain under the dock longer and give you a better chance at hooking up. Snook will be active around the jetties, bridges and docks of the river. Live baits, Terror Eyz and Bait Busters will all work well for you. As the rainy season continues, try some of the spillways when the water is actively running over them. A root beer Terror Eyz is a great lure around those areas.

Bridge will hold some nice snapper during the month along with some sheephead and black drum. The turning basin should become alive with glass minnows and a variety of predators to feed on them. The edges of the channel will also be holding lots of snapper around any of the structure or rocks. It’s a great time of year!

Make it a point to keep hydrated and lathered up with sunscreen. Take those precautions early so that the end of your day will be as enjoyable as the beginning. Sunburn or sun poisoning isn’t any fun and can become dangerous to your health. Drink plenty of water or Gatorade. Have fun in August and good fishing!

Sebastian Inlet Report


It's real nice at the inlet this morning. It's overcast and not too hot yet, winds are blowing out of the South at 6 mph and the water is choppy. It looks as if we will have sun and clouds with chances of afternoon showers all week.Over the weekend we saw Mangrove Snapper, oversized Reds, a few Spanish Mackerel and even a couple of nice Flounder come over the rails. Sporadic showings of Atlantic Spade and Sheepshead made appearances as well. A lot of mojarra have been seen in the tide pool and many anglers have been netting those and having pretty good luck. Live shrimp have been attracting the rest of the catches.
The beautiful Flounder that one of the Sebastian inlet regulars landed  was 25" and weighed 4 - 5 lbs. He landed this beauty on live shrimp. 

Friday, July 22, 2011

From White's Tackle - Ft Pierce

Inshore, water temperatures in the lagoon remain hot and fishing can be a little on the slow side. Early morning and after sunset have been the best times to find snook, trout and tarpon feeding.  The tarpon have been active at the mouth of the inlet late at night feeding on mullet. Tarpon were also reported around the moorings in Vero Beach. One angler phoned the shop yesterday and reported a fish kill of mullet and squid around Jaycee Park. I don't believe I have ever heard of a squid kill in the lagoon. He was going to call the fish kill hot line for the FWC @ (800-636-0511).

Thursday, July 21, 2011

From White's Tackle - Ft Pierce

Inshore, water temperatures are steamy,making it difficult to find any numbers of trout. You will want to get out early to beat those hot air temperatures as well. Snapper fishing around the bridges and a long the channel edges has been good and snook fishing in the inlet has been decent as well. 
There are tarpon south in the lagoon and are around the moorings in Vero Beach.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sebastian Inlet Report


Fishing action picked up a little yesterday. There have been schools of Jacks churning up the water. Also, many fishermen have been snagging catch & release Redfish and Snook, even during the daylight hours. Most are hitting on pinfish.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My Photo Of The Week

                                              "IS THERE A PROBLEM" !!!!!!!!!!!

Sebastian Inlet Report


It's a beautiful morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the North-Northwest at 7 mph and there is a chop on the water. 

Fishing remains hit or miss during the day. An occasional Mangrove Snapper, Spanish Mackerel or Bluerunner will make an appearance but the night time anglers have been seeing more activity with oversized Reds and catch and release Snook. Tarpon have been seen in the river and inlet but we've not heard of any catches, although there have probably been some. 
Our angler of the day was fishing the north jetty and landed a nice catch and release Snook on a Silver X-Rap 14. The Snook was released unharmed after a photo. 

Please handle your catch and release Snook with extreme care, it's spawning season and we need those Snook to go out and make more Snook. If you need a net to get it up on the jetty, please lower it back into the water by net. If no net is available, make sure you release the Snook head first and beware of rocks below.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Sebastian Inlet Report


Once again, the fishing has been a bit slow at the Inlet. There's a nice variety of fish being caught, however. Come out to the Inlet this weekend and try your luck. Most of the reports we get on Snook, for example, are being caught at night. Many Anglers have luck surf fishing and they bring in Pompano and Whiting.

From Mike @ Native Tackle Supply-Sebastian

For the first time in a while Redfish have made their way to the top of our inshore report. Some big reds have found their way back into the our part of the Indian River with decent sized schools of nice sized fish being reported in the usual places.  Try fishing Long Point and Black Point in the early morning while working a DOA CAL Shad #415 Gold Rush Black on a 1/4 oz. jig head.  Sea Trout bite has also been steady with some bigger fish being reported the past week on the clam lease.  Early morning bite has also been the best with top water action yielding the best results.  Once it gets too late in the day the fishing has been shutting off so you might as well wait until the afternoon storms cool the water down. After that the fishing action will pick up again with the fish moving towards cooler water.


At the inlet fishing has been slower than usual over the past week.   Best catch of the week has been Mangrove Snapper.  Best bet for both anglers fishing by boat and off the jetty going after mangrove snappers has been live shrimp on a jig head.  Anglers fishing by boat need to fish the ledge in the inlet but please try not to anchor in the channel.  Those playing the tides have seen some redfish and snook landed but nothing in great numbers as we should be seeing for this time of year but you can expect that to change at any moment.  
Tight Lines from everyone here at Native Tackle Supply!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sebastian Inlet Report


Hey there, Anglers!

Fishing has been a bit slow this week, but the catches that we have heard about were quite a variety. Some Anglers caught Redfish, Bluerunners, Mangrove Snapper, and even some Pompano.

 14" Pompano caught on live shrimp

From Whites Tackle-Ft. Pierce

Inshore, last the night the tarpon were active at the mouth of the Ft. Pierce inlet and were hitting mullet. The snook fishing has slowed considerably with cooler water temperature and very clear conditions. The trout fishing remains consistent a lot of smaller trout are populating the lagoon right now and will hit soft plastics and live pigfish.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sebastian Inlet Report


What a beautiful morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 7 mph and there is a light ripple on the water. We may see a buildup of clouds later today with possible rain.

Received a report of lot of greenies were schooling along the inlet side from the catwalk to the end of the jetty. Early in the morning Blues and Jacks were biting and several Mangrove Snapper came over the rails on greenies and mojarra. Good sized Snook were abundant off the tip of the north jetty, but none were interested in biting. Please remember Snook are catch and release only until Sept. 1st.


From White's Tackle - Ft Pierce

Inshore, trout fishing has been good. There seems to be plenty of the little trout in the lagoon right now. Reports of some trout last night caught off Jaycee Park using a rainbow trout color DOA Cal Minnow on the incoming tide. Mangrove snapper, trout and redfish are on the flats, north in the lagoon. Live shrimp have been producing mangrove snapper along the channel edges of the intra-coastal and the Ft. Pierce inlet.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sebastian Inlet Report


It's overcast at the inlet this morning and there is a chance of afternoon showers. We seemed to have had our July upwelling of cold water come in and it should have invigorated the fish, but the action remains slow off the jetties. Every now and again a patient angler will come up with a real nice catch but they have been sporadic. Mangrove Snapper, Pompano, Bluerunners, Reds, Jacks and Snook have been seen coming over the rails but nothing in big numbers.
Still a lot of oversized Red on the outgoing tide using live mullet.

From Capt. Charlie @Fishing Center-Fort Pierce

Summer weather patterns keep anglers watching the radar most days this month.  Lots of much needed rain has greened up local yards and it looks like Florida again!  Watch the weather as many afternoon thunderstorms have been into the area each day.  We have had good weather when getting on the water early and heading back at noontime.  The morning have been very nice on the river.

Trout has continued to be our best bite.  We had a couple days with the recent cold water influx that made it more challenging to find the bite, but we have continued to have good luck when trout fishing.  DOA shrimp in the clear holographic has been outstanding on the flats. We have been fishing them slowly along the bottom and also jigging them under a popping cork.  Both ways have been very productive.  We again found trout with Cliff on a day that provided cold water and a challenge to find a good bite. The trout have been feeding along with lots of jacks and both devoured the DOA shrimp.  We even landed a fat 36" snook hanging around the docks down south of Fort Pierce.  The action is picking up and we should have another good fishing week ahead.

Its a great time of year to work a top water lure in the early morning.  Trout have been feeding on the many bait schools around the river and working a top water lure can get some explosive action.  Harbor Branch has been our most productive area up to the north.  Bear Point and the many docks to the south have also provided us with lots of action.

Drink plenty of liquids and use lots of sunscreen to make sure the end of your day is just as much fun as the beginning!  Have some fun and get out fishing soon!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

From Whites Tackle-Ft. Pierce

Inshore, reports are steady for snook and mangrove snapper. Catch and release for snook until the season opens in September. The brackish water in the lagoon caused by storm water runoff will hamper some species and actually improve the snook and snapper bite. Look to the channel edges and around the bridges for some action into the summer rainy season.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Sebastian Inlet Report


It's overcast at the inlet this morning. Winds are blowing out of the Southeast at 16 mph and there is a chop on the water. 

Over the last two days we've seen fishing pick up with a smattering of everything coming over the rails of the jetties. There are a lot of silver mullet and greenies in the water attracting Mangrove Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, Bluerunners, Reds, catch and release Snook, Sheepshead, Margate, Flounder and big Jacks. Tarpon have been seen rolling along in the surf and in the inlet.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sebastian Inlet Report


It's a real nice morning at the inlet. Skies are overcast, winds are blowing out of the North at 4 mph and there is a light chop on the water. We expect rain later today and tomorrow so keep that in mind if you head to the inlet.

The bite picked up yesterday and apparently the word travels quickly. There are more folks out on the north jetty this morning than we've seen all week. Mangrove Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, Reds, Pompano and Flounder all came over the rails yesterday, not in huge numbers but at a steadier pace than it has been. 

From Whites Tackle-Ft. Pierce

Inshore, there are tarpon on the beach working over bait pods mostly south towards the nuclear plant. The inlet and the turning basin are full of snook and are active early in the morning and into the evening. Live bait and jigs are working well and with some predicted rain today and tomorrow Taylor Creek should kick off again. The mangrove snapper fishing is good inside as well along the channel edges, the inlet and the turning basin.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sebastian Inlet Report


It's a real pretty morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the North at 4 mph and there is a chop on the water.
Mangrove Snapper, Spanish Mackerel and Jacks have been the most prevalent catch other than catch and release Snook during the evening hours. An occasional Black Drum, Flounder or Pompano will find its way to our inlet anglers, but shore based fishing has been on the slow side.

From White's Tackle - Ft Pierce

Inshore, trout fishing has been good lately with a lot of small trout in the lagoon. Anglers have been catching snook  at the south jetty at Ft. Pierce last night on red tail hawks. Mangrove snapper are taking live shrimp and small bait fish around the bridges and on any rock pile you can find in the lagoon. The mangrove snapper are also a long the channel edges of the inlet and intra-coastal. Tarpon can be found along the beach towards south towards the power plant and are taking live bait.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Good Day

I had a chance to fish up at Juno this weekend and stopped by Juno Bait and Tackle where I meet a family who was down from the Cape Canaveral, Ponce Inlet area, Todd was hooking them up with what they needed and I showed them how to get to the pier. We talked a bit and got down to some fishing, "WELL THEY DID". I didn’t have much luck at all that day. They had a much better day, some GOOD FISHING  an a lot of SMILES from the two YOUNG  ANGLERS, (Noah & Calvin) seen in the photos sent to me. 

Keep in touch on how you are doing in checking off your new species list.

Thanks Guys

Sebastian Inlet Report


Winds are blowing out of the East at 5mph and there is a light chop on the water. We had a variety of fish landed over the weekend but nothing in large numbers. The Snook bite remains consistent in the evenings. Big schools of Jacks have been making their way in and out of the inlet giving anglers a little excitement. This morning a few Spanish Mackerel and Mangrove Snapper have come over the rails of the north jetty.

From White's Tackle - Ft Pierce

Inshore, reports of trout being caught on the incoming tide near bear point using DOA CAL Minnows. An angler reported a catch of 38 trout on Saturday using a DOA Deadly Combo. They ended up with 9 keepers and lost some larger trout. The mangrove snapper fishing is real good right now using live bait around any structure or along the channel edges.

Monday, July 4, 2011

From Capt. Charlie @Fishing Center-Fort Pierce

As the rainy season settles in on the Treasure Coast, you can expect each day to provide an opportunity of rain and thunderstorms.  Luckily, we managed to skirt all the weather this week to find some great fishing action along the Indian River.  Morning will generally be calm and the weather systems will build in the early afternoons.  Getting out early can give you lots of opportunities to get in some good fishing time.
I had the privilege to attend the DOA Outdoor Writers Event again this year.    We found the trout eager to bite on the DOA shrimp in various colors.  The lighter colors worked best for us.  
The rest of the week also provided us with lots of trout action on the grass flats.  Using a combination of DOA shrimp and live bait, we caught lots of trout this week.  
Most of the grass flats are holding good numbers of trout.  We fished the majority of the week south of Fort Pierce to the power lines.  The water that direction has remained remarkably clear with all the recent rains.  Up to the north has been a little more on the murkier side, but we found trout biting as well.  Get some fishing in soon!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Sebastian Inlet Report


It's a beautiful morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 4 mph and the water is very calm. It would be a great morning to be on or in the water although our afternoon forecast is calling for clouds and possible rain. Always check the coastal forecast prior to venturing out on the water.

Fishing has been hit or miss all week. The Snook bite has been consistent in the evening hours but please remember they are catch and release only until September 1st. Handle these catches with caution PLEASE........
The photo today features a big Permit which was landed doing the week on small frozen shrimp off the tip of the north jetty, at the beginning of the incoming tide using 15 lb test. Great catch 
 A beautiful Permit.