Friday, June 29, 2012

Sebastian Inlet Report

06-29-12 FRIDAY: THE BITE IS SLOW.... 

It's a warm, gorgeous day at the inlet today. If the fish were cooperating, it would be perfect. Winds are blowing out of the South-Southeast at 7 mph and the water is pretty calm. The outgoing tide was dirty from all the run-off from the rain, but probably will clean up on the incoming. Not much was biting this morning, a few small Sheepshead, some decent sized Spottail Pinfish, some Catfish and a couple of Whiting was all that came over the rails, according to Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach. 

The highlight of the morning yesterday, was Tony Swiderski of Sebastian's two Black Drum he landed on the outgoing tide using dead shrimp. One was 17" and one was 18.5". We haven't seen Black Drum in a while.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Looking Around

The word is there has been a nice Mack run at Juno Pier. The smaller live baits on a long shank hook size 1 should do the trick, if not live bait, Gotcha, or Crappie Jigs seem to work well in Juno.
Still looking for those bigger snapper to start showing up.....  

Sebastian Inlet Report


What a difference a day makes! Winds are blowing out of the North-Northwest at 4 mph, the sun is out and it's beautiful at the inlet again. There is a light chop on the water.

We received an update from Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach who got a case of cabin fever and took a drive to the north jetty yesterday morning, just to see what was happening. Mike reported a decent Spanish Mackerel bite and a lot of greenies in the water. Visibility was poor due to overcast skies, but the bait was there. Mike only spent about 15 minutes on the jetty before he was run off by the rain, but just as he arrived, John Coleman of VA landed the Bonnethead Shark in our first photo today. John was using shrimp to land his fish. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sebastian Inlet Report


Hang on to your fishing hats anglers; it's another overcast and windy morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South-Southwest at 18 mph and gusting to 25. There is a small craft advisory in effect through early Thursday morning, which likely will continue. Always check the coastal forecast prior to going offshore. 

We haven't had a lot of people out fishing in the wind and drizzling rain, but Tommy Turowski at the Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported there are some big Reds on the outgoing tide, Mangrove Snapper, Jacks and a few Spanish Mackerel have been biting as well. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Snook Pro Team #1

I try to share a video each week, the first series was titled 
Fishin For Shore 
 this is the start of a new series, 
"Snook Pro Team"

If you want to play with BEACH SNOOK now is a good time they 
                                        **L O V E**  
this rough water, and this time of year there on the beaches ready to spawn and eating everything. I saw this video series and wanted to share... sorry its not in English, but some of the biggest snook speak Spanish.

When this water starts lying down the Pompano bite should really be on, there have been some nice early summer schools around
( "Juno" )

Sebastian Inlet Report


This morning is a repeat from yesterday, only windier! Winds are blowing out of the South-Southwest at 20 mph and the water is choppy; more so, on the inlet side. There is a small craft advisory in effect; boaters should exercise caution. We expect to see rain most of the day today, so go prepared if you head to the inlet.

We received an update from Randy Dudley of Indialantic who fished the Bonsteel Park Shark Fishing Tournament this past weekend. Bonsteel Park is just north of the inlet in south Melbourne Beach. Randy reported the weather was good for a tournament on Saturday as there was plenty of cloud cover so it wasn't hot and the rain was no more than a light drizzle. There was a lot of action, with Sharks being landed up and down the beach. Randy and his team landed a few small ones and other teams brought in some large ones. There were a lot of break-offs with the big ones as the tournament rules required lighter tackle. Randy said a couple of hundred people participated and although the Sharks were fairly consistent, he kept landing Pompano! He had to sacrifice a few for Shark bait, but did take a couple home for dinner. Our photos today are courtesy of Randy, thanks!

Our first photo today is of an unidentified angler with a Nurse Shark he landed at the tournament on Saturday. The angler is shoving the Shark back into the water. 
 Photo two is of Randy with two of his nice Pompano.

Monday, June 25, 2012

From Henery @ Snook-Nook Jensen Beach

Just maybe this should be a rain report or maybe something about the
wind but this is a fishing report. Rain or the threat of rain had us all week watching the clouds and waiting, yes it did rain but this is Jensen and if it did rain is was short and not as it was called for.
Now the wind, it was out of the east all week, some times more that others but it was blowing. So it was the east side of the river with its sheltered shore line or the North Fork that drew attention.
Little Mud Creek , with its sheltered shore line, close proximity to the boat ramp and the shelter of the bridge was the spot. Excellent Trout on top water, Reds on suspending baits and Flounder on jigs were some of the catch list. All day bite, the over cast sky kept the water temps under control and the bait in the shallows. All so on the catch list was a good bite of Jacks and Blue fish, not sure of these Blues but they were a hungry group taking most bait home with them. Tarpon were south in the channel going to Big Mud Creek and the Snook know their season is closed ate about any thing you put in the water. North Fork it was about the same, putting in at Sports Mans Park and running south but no quite to Club Med, great sheltered run with a tree shoreline just no as many Blues but they were there also. Wind was the problem, looking for flat water. Tarpon,, put in at the Prima Vista boat ramp and start fishing, not big Tarpon but plenty of Tarpon, trick is, what are they chewing today. Surf was a hard call, changed daily, east wind. High surf kept the temps cool so we had a few Pompano make the catch list, lots of Blue Fish and plenty of Whiting and Croakers. Whiting and Croakers were take home size, to big to use for bait but you know how I feel, big bait big fish. If you have the time and equipment put a big bait out, just do not wonder to far from that rod because a big fish will take it for sure,any thing that can eat that big bait can take the equipment home, pay attention. Snook Bite is excellent, if they are your target take the barbs off the hooks and Tarpon made the list, finally, Bath Tub Beach south to the inlet, live bait.

Sebastian Inlet Report


The dreary skies continue; it's overcast and raining at the inlet this morning. Winds are blowing out of the South-Southeast at 15 mph with gusts to 20. There is a good chop on the water on the inlet side, but on the north side, we have smoother conditions and even have a few surfers in the water this morning, taking advantage of a small swell. As always; use caution when casting into the surfing area when surfers are present. There is a small craft advisory in effect through Tuesday afternoon, always check the coastal forecast prior to going offshore.

We didn't have a whole lot of action over the weekend, although a couple of folks got out in the wind and rain and fished. Tommy of the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported more anglers were out on Saturday than Sunday and some over sized Reds were landed, Mangrove Snapper, a few Pompano and Spanish Mackerel, but nothing in large numbers. 

We received an update from Simeon Coleman who was one of those weather-proof anglers who fished yesterday. Simeon fought 20+ mph winds and rain and ended up with the 26" slot Red in our first photo today. Simeon also reported quite a few Mangrove Snapper coming over the rails as well, but overall fishing was on the slow side. 

From Whites Tackle - Ft. Pierce

The inshore fishing has been good with a few trout and redfish caught around the spoil islands north of Fort Pierce. For the snook and tarpon they have been caught in the inlet and around the jetties on the out going tide with live bait and artificials.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Here Spot

              I got this from and had to share..
           This is about the most "Unique Red" I have ever seen..

Friday, June 22, 2012

From Native Tackle - Ft. Pierce

 The flounder bite has been spot on.... fish the flats.  The reds and trout bite has remained good for those that have been able to get out this week.  The snapper bite has been outstanding inshore.  Since the weather has been undesirable this past week, the anglers trolling the channel have been having great luck with the grouper bite!
Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, jacks, snook and reds have been the bite of the week. In addition, anglers are having fun with some nice size tarpon as well.
Good reports of whiting, tarpon and shark for those die hards that hasn't let the weather stop them!

Sebastian Inlet Report


Winds are blowing out of the South-Southeast this morning at 5 mph and there is a moderate chop on the water.

We received a fishing update from Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach who fished the north jetty yesterday morning. Mike was fishing the tip of the jetty and landed a few good sized Spots, one Sheepshead and one Mangrove Snapper. Mike reported the highlight of the morning was Diane Buyce's Permit that she landed on her last, stinky, dead shrimp. She had been fishing the north side of the jetty for Mackerel and not having much luck, so she went to the end and joined him. Mike said she must have thrown the shrimp right into the fish's mouth because as soon as it hit the water, her reel started peeling off line. Diane fought the fish until it succumbed and was brought over the rails. Mike said that there were lots of greenies in the water, but no Spanish Mackerel were biting. Mangrove Snapper were fairly active for anglers using mojarra. 
Our first photo today is of inlet regular Diane Buyce of Melbourne with her 14 lb., 28" Permit.

Photo two is of Irvin Williams of Cocoa with a good sized Mangrove Snapper landed on mojarra. 

The last photo is of Phillip who hooked up with his first Tarpon, successfully landed on 15 lb braided line with an 80 lb leader and a homemade bucktail. The Tarpon put up a great fight and finished it off by jumping into the drop net!! 

Thursday, June 21, 2012


I just got my Pass/ID for ICAST today,  I can't wait to go. When I started On Foot Angler, It was  in the TOP 5 of my "To Do -To Go" list. Its the Biggest Fish Show there is...,. Vendors from all over the world are there showing what we have to look forward to. I will be doing alot of looking, networking and reporting to you readers of

Sebastian Inlet Report


It's a real pretty morning at the inlet. Skies have cleared for now, but we may see some rain this afternoon. There's a nice breeze blowing out of the Southeast at 12 mph and there is a moderate chop on the water. We don't have much to report from yesterday, except Michael Bett's report from yesterday morning. We saw rain off and on all day yesterday and not too many folks went out to fish. 

Our first photo today is of inlet regular Diane Buyce of Melbourne with a 27" Spanish Mackerel she landed last off the north jetty using a greenie (threadfin herring). Diane put a couple of nice Mackerel in her cooler.
Our next  photo is of Dustin Doan of Orland managed to bring in a large Jack using a silver spoon. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

My Photo of The Week

                                                          In Your Face 

From Capt. Charlie Conner @ Fishing Center - Ft. Pierce

Summer has arrived and you can bet on hot afternoons and lots of great fishing action around the Treasure Coast during the last part of June. The mornings will be calm and it is certainly to your benefit to get out early to beat the afternoon heat. Being on the water at first light is worth the effort to watch the sun rise. Expect a chance of afternoon thunderstorms each day…we could sure use some rain around the area this year! It’s a fantastic month to fish.
Inshore will provide lots of redfish, snook and trout action on the flats. Get those top water lures cleaned up and plan an early morning to get some of that explosive action in the shallows. Switch to DOA shrimp or a CAL jerk bait as the sun warms up to continue your success. Watch for bait schools on the flats and you can be assured there are fish nearby. You can expect the fish to be feeding shallow early and move to the edges of the flats as the sun rises. Look for sand holes on the flats! Fish are traditionally lazy and love to sit in a sand hole and wait for the tide to bring the food for them to ambush.
You should be able to find plenty of redfish around the shallows. The population this year has been outstanding and they have been growing all spring. Lots of schools will be feeding on the flats, so be on the lookout for them. Most will be slot size to just over the slot. I love using a DOA shrimp while fishing for reds. Try along the mangroves as well. Lots of fish will move under the mangroves as the sun heats up for the day. Trout will be on the grassy flats and feeding on the same food out there. Move out to three to five feet of water as the day heats up to continue your action. A Deadly Combo can provide inexperienced anglers with lots of fun learning to fish artificial lures. Don’t forget to fish the docks around the river. Lots of big fish will be hanging around many of the docks along the Indian River. Live bait, TerrorEyz and DOA shrimp can find some exciting action in June. Harbor Branch, Queens Cove and Bear Point will all be hot spots for action all summer.
Snook will provide lots of action around the bridges and jetties this month. Snook season closes on May 31 and won’t open again until fall. Night anglers will be heading to the jetties for catch and release snook and maybe some tarpon action. Top water lures, feather jigs, TerrorEyz and Bait Busters can all get you in on some fantastic action. Handle the snook carefully and release them quickly and safely so that they will be there this fall. Jacks will also be hanging around the inlets and give you some rod bending activity.
Make sure you take plenty of water with you. It will be hot out there. Drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated and reduce the risk of heat stroke. Slather on lots of sunscreen! Sunburn isn’t a good feeling at the end of the good day of fishing. A little common sense and a few minutes can a big difference. Make that part of preparations for your adventures on the water. It will just make a great day even better!

Sebastian Inlet Report


It's overcast, windy and it's raining off and on at the inlet. Winds are currently blowing out of the South-Southeast at 11 mph but this morning, winds were gusting much higher. 

Tommyat  the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported that nobody was on the north jetty this morning, so he wasn't sure what was biting.

We got an update from an angler who braved the elements to fish the rocks west of the north catwalk this morning. Michael Betts reported the fishing was epic, despite the crazy wind gusts! Michael and a buddy were the only two people out fishing and they landed 6 huge C/R Snook, all in excess of 35". They also had three cut-offs.

Our photo is of a young man who was fishing from the south jetty rocks with a couple of buddies when he landed this C/R Snook, we didn't get his name, but what a beautiful catch!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

As The Tide Turns

Know that its getting warmer ( HOT ) how the tides are running will be even more important to follow. You don't want to be out in the sun Waiting for the water to move. I picked this up from one of my many fishing sources, which will hopefully make it easier to under "HOW THE TIDE TURNS"

Fishin For shore # 15

Sebastian Inlet Report


The wind has picked up a little this morning; it's blowing out of the East-Southeast at 14 mph and there is a moderate chop on the water. There is a lot of bait in the water, greenies and mullet according to Tommy at the Bait and Tackle Shop.

We received an update from Mike  of Vero Beach who was on the north jetty yesterday morning and reported a slow bite, but it wasn't completely dead. No Mackerel were biting yesterday, even for those anglers with greenies. Mike and Diane Buyce both landed 13" Flounder using greenies. One keeper Red, a couple of Mangrove Snapper were landed on live mojarra, one Black Drum and one Pompano were landed on dead shrimp. As Mike was leaving the jetty, he happened to catch a guy coming out of the surf with a huge C/R Red landed on a big plug.

Photo one is of Al Beltran of Vero Beach with a 23.5" slot Red.

Our second photo is of Charlie Boscoe of Melbourne Beach with a couple of Mangrove Snapper. 

Photo three is of Joe Zsabo, his friend Joe and Joe's son with a Pompano and a Black Drum. 

Photo four is of an unidentified angler (who looks like Duc Nguyen) with an enormous C/R Redfish. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

From Henry @ Snook-Nook - Jensen Beach

Well sort of a quiet week on the fishing scene, not sure why the fish are home but not a lot of anglers.  Seas off shore have been a little sporty and this mornings
ten MPH wind may have dampened a few plans but still it has been a beautiful week.  Lets start on the surf edge, Whiting and there has been a good catch, one just had to look for an area that was free of weeds.  Keep in mind weeds offer a lot of cover for our fish but I am sure glad when it leaves, Snook, Tarpon, Permit and more will be there.
Still  the Blues early with a very narrow bite time, but plenty to make up for.  Big Whiting and Croaker, some thing to take home but  the Snook are there with them so before you use one as bait take the barbs off the hook for an easy release.  Still waiting to hear about the Tarpon, we know they are rolling and we have had a few pick up a bait just not the hook and no I don’t know how they do it.  Permit again this week on sand fleas, anglers looking for Pompano found them with a long cast, not a lot but still worth the effort and even you are not fishing, the surf is the sight we all came to be with, bring your coffee and come on down you will not be disappointed.
River anglers pick out a spot and be there before sun up throwing a top water bait or a chugger,  a bait that makes noise, one that will get some attention.  After the sun has been up for an hour or two the fish will move to deeper water.  Trout and Reds are on this list,  when these fish move to deeper water soft rubber or a suspending bait will find them, slow down.  Turn the motor off and drift to the channel markers, shrimp on a jig head, the Triple Tail love the warm sun, and the Tarpon, who knows but low light seems to work best. 
           Yes it is warm and the sun is bright and that is what I love about south Florida............till next week.........................HENRY

Sebastian Inlet Report


Winds are blowing out of the East-Southeast at 8 mph this morning and there is a moderate chop on the water. 

We had a beautiful weekend although fishing was on the slow side. A variety of species came over the rails of the jetties but nothing was running in big numbers. Some big Reds were landed on poppers on the outgoing tides, Snook and Tarpon were hitting at night. A few Mangrove Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, Jacks, Sheepshead and Sea Trout made appearances. 

Our first photo today features Ashton Campbell of St. Cloud. Ashton was fishing with his father when he landed this good sized Spanish Mackerel using a greenie. 
Photo two features an unidentified angler who was fishing the Tide Pool a good Flounder spot at times.

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce

The inshore fishing has been ok with a few trout and redfish being caught around the spoil islands out of the wind, along with a few flounders. Snook and tarpon have been caught on both tides in the inlet and around the jetties on buck tails, plugs, and live bait.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

New Toy

I got a few new TOYS in the Mail today one I'm in love with and have only used it once. It's called Snips.........Check This Out.........................

The other is the Tactical Anglers Clip. I haven't had a chance to use it yet but the friend who turned me on to them real likes them, I have the small ones - 50lb, and can see how helpful these will be....

I don't know of any store that carries ether of these yet but you can find them on line......

Friday, June 15, 2012

This morning winds are blowing out of the Northeast at 12 mph and there is a light chop on the water. This morning around 8:00 - 8:30 there was a flurry of Spanish Mackerel activity off the north jetty, with some real nice ones coming over the rails. A couple of Sheepshead and a couple of Mangrove Snapper were landed as well. One large Jack was landed on a silver spoon; just about everything else was landed on greenies. 

Our first photo is from the north jetty  of John Mitchell of Melbourne. This nice Permit was 23" to the fork and between 10 - 15 lbs. It was definitely the highlight of the morning! 
Photo two is of Anh Nguyen of Vero Beach with a real nice Sea Trout he landed off the south jetty rocks. Anh was fishing with two friends and they had real good luck with a couple nice Sea Trout, a 40" C/R Red, and multiple C/R Snook, using mojarra.

Photo three is of Anh Nguyen with a Snook   before it was gently released. 

From Todd @ Juno Bait & Tackle - Juno Beach

The summer Pompano run looks like it has started.  The past few days have seen a nice number of pompano caught from the pier, and when the weather allows from the surf as well.  On the calmer clearer water days bait fishing has been the top producer.  While everyone has an opinion about the best bait; shrimp, clams, and sandfleas will all produce some bites from pompano.  When the water is a little murky the pompano are very fun to catch on artificial lures.  Bounce a Doc’s Goofy Jig up and down in the sand and eventually a Pompano will swim by and slam it.

From Native Tackle - Sebastian

 Trout bite has been red hot around the Wabasso area still!  Use DOA jig heads and attach a DOA CAL (darker colors work the best, such as root beer)if you are an artificial angler.  If you are a live bait guy/girl, use live shrimp. Now that Snook season is over, the bite is going to be red hot.  Fish around the docks, bridges, and structure. Live bait, such as pinfish or shrimp work the best, but hard baits have proven to work as well! Now that it's summertime the redfish are going to be in deeper waters since the water temps are warmer.  
Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, spottail pinfish, jacks, snook and reds have been the bite of the week.  It has been great weather and the bite has been even better.  If you want flounder, fish the North jetty, reports of some nice size ones coming over the rails.  

Good reports of whiting, tarpon and shark!  Lately, there has been lots of mullet and croakers running in the surf.  Anglers targeting pompano have had the best luck with a pompano rig or Doc's goofy jigs tipped with clams or shrimp.  

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sebastian Inlet Report


We never get tired of saying this; it's another beautiful morning at the inlet! Winds are blowing out of the North-Northeast at 6 mph and the water is calm.

Inlet regular Mike Ricciardi was out on the north jetty yesterday and reported a marginal bite. Snook were visible, but weren't biting. An angler had a Spanish Mackerel on the line and a Goliath came out of the shadows to try to nail it, the angler yanked on the line to try to pull it from the fish, but lost the Mack in the process....but the Goliath didn't get it either! Three to five Spanish Mackerel were landed, 4 small Mangrove Snapper, one was keeper size and 4 Flounder came over the rails, one was undersized and returned to the water. Mike reported lots of bait fish in the water and he netted all he needed in one cast. He also reported that the word on the north jetty is a lot of Ladyfish in the evening hours along with C/R Snook. Thanks for the update and photos Mike!

Yesterday, the south jetty produced some nice catches for some young men fishing from the rocks. In a 15 - 20 min time span, they landed 4 C/R Snook. One young man reported landing a 40" C/R Red earlier in the day. Big Jacks were in play along with a couple of Whiting and one Pompano. Hopefully, we will have those photos for you tomorrow.

SISP Ranger Ed Perry finally got to go fishing after work on Tuesday evening and reported the water was super clean. Ed managed to land one Spanish Mackerel using a greenie. Ed casted off the north jetty for his bait and reported it difficult to net the greenies in the clear water, they just out-swim the net. Ed suggested a sabiki rig with very small hooks would also work when the water is real clean. 

Looking Around

Juno Pier has had some nice size schools of pompano and croaker in the late evening. Capt Joe's Jigs tipped with a piece of shrimp has worked well from the pier or beach. You can get them at Fishing Headquarters in Jupiter.  They sell them singles, in a nice case or a bulk bag...

From Whites Tackle - Ft. Pierce

Inshore, your typical summer time fishing in the lagoon remains the same. You will want to get out early before it gets to hot and the afternoon thunder storms pop up over the land mass and move east. Trout fishing has been good over all and anglers have been producing results with live pigfish, and artificial lures. Tarpon are moving along our beaches and in to the Ft. Pierce inlet. Snook fishing has been good around the areas bridges and in the inlet for some decent catch and release action.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Something New -- Something Blue

I spoke before about the Wright-Macgill  (Blair Wiggins-Flats Blue)  Surf Rods... at Dicks Sports

Heres the sizes, both 2 piece rods

      Length         Lure WT       Line WT

1)   11'0"               3-6                20-40

2)      9'0"              1-4                15-30

Both have the S-Curve Technology,  I use several of these rods, spinner and bait casting and I'm hoping for the 3-piece Travel rod for Fathers Day "HINT HINT"...........  I like them alot and have caught my Biggest snook 24lbs and a few tarpon on these rods. I love wade fishing with them alot of power but real light rods, pluse they look good paired with my Black Van Staals with the Blue Fins Braid.  Theres also a fly rod.

Sebastian Inlet Report


This morning winds are blowing out of the West-Southwest at 7 mph and the water is calm. It's a beautiful morning at the inlet.

We received an update from Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach who fished the north jetty yesterday morning. Take your insect repellent, the no see 'ems are back! Mike reported a decent Spanish Mackerel bite on the outgoing tide for anglers using greenies. Diane Buyce of Melbourne landed eight, Mike landed 2 and several other anglers landed a few. Mike also landed a Pompella using a live greenie, a few Jacks came over the rails, and 3 or 4 small Mangrove Snapper were landed. A couple of guys on the tip of the jetty landed 30 - 40 Atlantic Spadefish, one right after another using small pieces of bait on tiny hooks. 

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce

Inshore, tarpon have moved along our coast and are spilling into the inlet and lagoon in search of something to feast on. They will take a live greenie, pilchard or mullet and can provide you with some exciting action for catch and release. Tarpon will also take a DOATerrorEyz, fished very slow and as close to the bottom as you can with out getting hung up. Trout fishing has been good, but you will need an early start to get results. Mangrove snapper have moved into the Ft. Pierce inlet and along the channel edges and will take a live shrimp.

Fishin For Shore # 14

Tuesday, June 12, 2012



It's another beautiful morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Southeast at 8 mph and there is a light chop on the water.

We received an update from Diane Buyce of Melbourne who was on the north jetty yesterday. She didn't arrive until 10:00 a.m. and stayed until 1:30. Diane reported a lot of baitfish in the water, but they weren't easy to catch as they were small and slid through the nets. Diane was targeting Mackerel and five or six were landed before she got there. Diane had three on the line, two broke off and the one she landed was 27". Four or five mangrove Snapper were landed during Diane's time on the jetty.