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.  

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