Thursday, January 31, 2013

S N O O K the name says it all

Sebastian Inlet Report


We have overcast skies at the inlet this morning. Winds are blowing out of the North-Northwest at 7 mph and there is a light chop on the water. There is a small craft advisory in effect through this afternoon, although right now the water is pretty calm. As we all know, things can change in a nano-second, so always go prepared for rain on days like today and always check the coastal forecast prior to going offshore.

Fishing has been on the slow side this week. The species caught in decent numbers have been Sheepshead and Black Drum. A few Blues,, Jacks, oversized Reds and Spanish Mackerel have been cruising around the inlet as well.

We received a real nice update from Trina Perone of Inverness who reported quite a few nice Sheepshead came over the rails of the north jetty.
Our first photo is of Tony Bellamy of Ocala with a good sized Sheepshead he landed off the north jetty last Saturday.
Photo Two is of Trina's niece, Jasmine waiting for the big hook up!

Snook season opens tomorrow through June 1st. Please abide by the bag limits and size regulations. One per person per day, 28" - 32". 

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce

The inshore fishing was good yesterday with some nice pompano around bear point and south bridge with a few fish also around the inlet.The trout fishing continues to be good to the north and south on soft baits in 3ft to 5ft of water.Snook fishing picked up in the inlet and around the bridges last night, Don't forget snook season opens on Friday

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

From Todd @ Juno Bait - Juno Beach


                                                         Upcoming Seminar

                               Thursday Night    6:30pm

                 “February Fishing Outlook” 
              (Inshore/Offshore/Surf and Pier)                     .        
               And a little story telling contest!
             We have some pro story tellers showing up for 
                          this one, don't miss out!!

Sebastian Inlet Report


This morning winds are blowing out of the South at 14 mph with gusts to 19. There is a small craft advisory in effect through Thursday afternoon. It looks as if we have a cool down coming. Temperatures are expected to drop about 10 degrees between today and Friday, Snook opening day! That's probably a good, as a change in weather pattern and choppy waters are perfect for Snook fishing, they like it rough!

It's been slow out on the jetties, although a few persistent anglers are catching fish. Black Drum and Sheepshead have been the best bet from the north jetty, although a few Blues, Jacks, small Spanish Mackerel and an occasional Red will find its way to a jetty angler. A few Flounder are being landed from the jetty rocks. No news on Pompano, we may have seen the last of the season, but we hope not.

Our photo today is courtesy of Jose Pina of Orlando. Jose had good luck with Black Drum and Sheepshead earlier, using shrimp and clams. This cooler full of fish made some great dinners! 

Get Ready

                                                            February 1st 

From Capt. Charlie @ Fishing Center - Ft Pierce

The Treasure Coast continues to enjoy mild winter weather with a few cool nights as the weekly fronts work through the area.  Winds have picked up some this week, which is normal for this time of year.  Water temperatures have been anywhere from the low 60's to the low 70's lately.  Winter hasn't much longer to go this year and spring is about ready to take over.  The fishing has been very good if you can get to your favorite fishing spots.  It was a fun and exciting week on the Indian River.
The redfish bite has picked up just like last year at this time.  We have found them around docks and under the mangroves.  My favorite winter lure for redfish around the mangroves is a DOA CAL grub tail in the rootbeer/gold color.  It is small enough to skip under the mangroves to get at them.  If you are not under the trees, you won't find the bite. There is a fantastic crop of snook in the works to keep the population growing in the area.
You can find mackerel, bluefish, jacks and blue runners flooding into the turning basin with the tides now.  Small, shiny lures will get their attention.  The macs have been nice sized fish.  The pompano have showed up at the mouth of the inlet in Fort Pierce this week.  Just look for the fleet of boats and you will know exactly where they are.  Sheepshead and black drum are still thick around the bridges and docks of the river.  Many good size fish have been caught lately.  We are finding trout scattered in areas of the river.  Queen's Cove has been our most productive area this week.  The DOA CAL jerk bait in the 371 color has found most of our trout.  Look in three to five feet of water on the flats.  The fishing has been good and the only challenge has been dealing with the winds.  I love Fort Pierce this time of year with all the islands that provide productive fishing spots and cover from the worst of the winds.

Snook season opens February 1st so get things prepared and have lots of fun.  Many anglers are out scouting their favorite snook spots now to get ready for opening day.  Check your gear and make sure your license and snook permit is current.  Then have fun and good fishing!

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce

The inshore fishing was ok yesterday  with some nice trout caught to the south by the power lines on the west side of the river on the outgoing tide. The pompano fishing has been ok around bear point on the incoming tide and around south bridge. South jetty has produced some nice flounder and snook the last few days.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Photo Of The Week

                                                                                     Photo Courtesy Of Skinny Water Culture

               Just A Few More Days ........SNOOK

Sebastian Inlet Report


We have another beautiful morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South-Southeast at 5 mph and there is a moderate chop on the water. 

The dominate catches off the north jetty have been Sheepshead and Black Drum. Smatterings of Blues and Reds have been making an occasional appearance. A school of big Jacks moved in yesterday afternoon, up to 20 lbs. and gave a few anglers their daily exercise; they are such good fighters and fun to catch! Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported some nice Flounder coming out of the inlet as well. 

Our first photo is of "Granny" with a huge Sheepshead she was using sand fleas. 
Photo two features Sonny Advinucula of Kissimmee with a 16" Black Drum he landed off the north jetty  using clams. 
Photo three is of Glen Jenkins of Orlando with a Sheepshead he landed on sand fleas. Glen had a total of 4 Sheepshead.

From Henry@ Snook-Nook - Jensen Beach

How about this weather, I an not sure it could be nicer with cool evenings and moderate temp through the day, I love south 
Florida. Surf anglers have found plenty of Whiting and Croaker with a mix of Blues and Mac’s to keep one busy. River for the Reds and Trout with a mix of plenty of Black Drum, perfect.If the temps had been cooler we would be talking about Pompano but the water is still warm, to bad for the Pompano fans but it sureis nice. Plenty of Blues for the early morning anglers, short bite time you need to watch the sun come up and cut bait is favored. Whiting and Croaker for the angler that likes to sleep in or fish after lunch, just a pitch these fish are in that first trough, cast and you be beyond them.Yes there has been a few Pompano but not the numbers the plus side is the rods have been bent all day, come on down , when was the lasttime you fished the beach?Perfect for the Reds and Trout, mix is a Snook or two and then the Blues and Jacks, busy fishing I would say. Fishing from Round Islandto the Sail Fish Flats have had good reports of slot Reds eating a wide variety. Bite has been early but as the sun rises the Trout move in and it willkeep you busy. Snook opens February first, but all the rest is open, Flounder, Black drum, Blues, Jacks and a few I left out of course several nice south Florida days in a row sure makes it easy. May be next week the Pompano will show........

From Capt.Giles @Southern Angler - Stuart

Inshore this week, we have morning incoming tides to try for pompano. My friend John caught a few 2-3 pound pompano this morning at the crossroads using sandfleas. Some pompano and trout have also been caught by fly fishermen wading into trauphs of the Sailfish Flats and casting #2 green clousers. A few other pompano have been caught bouncing jigs at the Stuart Causeway along with black drum and sheepshead.
Back in the North Fork and South Fork, my clients caught some slot size snook last Thursday and Friday using “Gurgler” flies along the seawalls and docks. Get out there at sunrise and use at least 60 lb. shock tippet. We lost 2 on 40 lb. The mangroves have also been holding snook, but they’re usually smaller.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Great Day

This weekend I hung out with a few of the guys of 
BALLS DEEP FISHING TEAM  and caught a few.


Erick got a nice slam 

From Dave in Sebastian

Well up until the last couple of days the fishing has been pretty darn good for a fair variety of gamefish. However once the cold fronts broke the action slowed to a crawl. The cool water lately has made most species difficult to catch, however, the sheephead have been most cooperative. Over the past week the striped bandits have been stretching anglers lines and trying their patience like there's no tomorrow. Fiddler crabs, sand fleas and clams have been the top producers all over the inlet. Fish tight to the pilings or bridge structure for best results and keep your hooks small, 1/0 is perfect. This week's lone photo is of myself with a beauty I caught Sunday afternoon. At 8.505 lbs, its one of the best I've caught in a long time. Until next time, good fishing.

Sebile #4

This photo is from a friend Roberto Martines Monton, he's part of the Sebile Fishing Team. He's been doing some serious fishing all over sending me photos to share. All caught on Sebile Lures 

                                   (The Acast Minnow)

Sebastian Inlet Report


What a beautiful weekend we had! We have overcast skies at the inlet this morning; hopefully it will clear up this afternoon. Winds are blowing out of the East-Southeast at 10 mph and there is a moderate chop on the water. 

Over the weekend, we saw some Black Drum, Sheepshead, Blues, a few Pompano, a couple of Reds and C/R Snook. Snook season reopens on Friday until June 1st, so sharpen your hooks, anglers. Remember the bag limit is one per person per day, between 28" and 32" and you must have a Snook stamp on your license if you are lucky enough to land one in the slot, and plan to keep it. You can get one anywhere that you can get fishing licenses or order one online at 

Our first photo today features Tony Androdi of Poinciana with a Black Drum he landed using clams and shrimp. 

Photo two is of Larry Olmsted of Vero Beach and Minnesota. Larry landed his Black Drum using sand fleas. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Fun Time Tomorrow

 Headed out tomorrow the       Balls Deep Fishing Team             to do some wadefishing on the west side of the Indian River. If you want to join us we are meeting at SNOOK-NOOK at 6:00am come join the fun and make some friends

From Native Tackle - Sebastian

Reports coming in that the redfish bite has picked up.  Fish the docks back in the Sebastian River, spoil islands and the mangroves. The bigger trout are here.... fish the tips of the spoil islands, docks and the flats in Wabasso. The black drum andsheepshead have been plentiful around the docks, use live or frozen shrimp. If you are targeting pompano, fish the clam lease for better action.  Use a Doc's Goofy jig and you can jig it naked or tip it with clam. The blues and jacks are here....use a spoon for best results.   
Redfish, pompano, blues, sheepshead, small spanish mackerel, spadefish, snook, weakfish, flounder and trout has been the bite for the week.  The water clarity is great and makes for some really good action. 
Pompano, whiting, blues, weakfish and trout.  The winds were strong this past week but for those determined anglers that went... were rewarded! 

Sebastian Inlet Report


It's another beautiful morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing at 5 mph out of the West-Northwest and the water is clean and calm. We could see a swell for the surfers later this morning, if the winds remain westerly and pick up just a tad. As always, use caution when casting into the surfing area when surfers are present. Always check the coastal forecast prior to venturing offshore. 

This week we've seen a nice variety of fish come over the rails of the north jetty, but none in big numbers. A smattering of Black Drum, Blues, Reds, Sheepshead, a few Snook and Flounder have been landed. Small Pompano, Jacks and Spanish Mackerel have been in play as well. Tommy Turowski of the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports that the south beach saw some pretty good action yesterday with Whiting, Pompano, Blues and Jacks. Today would be a perfect day to get out and do some surf fishing!
 The first photo is pretty amazing and rarely happens. Arthur Anderson of Orlando was fishing for Pompano using shrimp around 9:30 a.m., when he came up with this nice surprise, a big Cobia! Cobia aren't seen on the jetty very often! 
Photo two is of a beautiful C/R Snook landed by Phil Tate of Orlando. Phil was using shrimp to land this big beauty. The Snook was released unharmed after the photo. 
Photo three features Angie Persons of Orlando who landed this slot Red using shrimp. This nice Red was 26 3/4", it doesn't get much better than that! 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

From Capt. Charlie @ Fishing Center - Ft Pierce

Mild weather conditions continue along the Treasure Coast again this week. Winds will keep blowing most days, but we have had a few days each week that it lays down and provides fantastic fishing weather for us. The cold fronts have been tolerable and the water temperatures have been anywhere from the mid 60's to the low 70's recently. The weekly fronts will drop the temps for a few days, but the sun warms them up again. We have enjoyed some great fishing action the past week.
Trout have been in three to five feet of water on the grass flats. DOA shrimp has been working great if you are using artificial lures. Our redfish have been along the west shoreline. CAL grub tails work great this time of year on the reds. We continue to find the juvenile snook along the mangroves. It's gonna be a good population this year. Sheepshead and black drum have been around docks, bridges and channel edges in very good numbers this month. Most anglers are using live or dead shrimp for them. Not much going on for the pompano fishermen. The cold fronts just don't cool the water enough for their liking so far this winter. As always, the jacks and ladyfish are everywhere right now. Jetty anglers continue to catch jacks, bluefish and Spanish mackerel on small, shiny lures. January is a wonderful fishing month!

Snook season re-opens on February 1st. It's a good time now to check your snook permit and license to make sure they are current. January will continue to provide windy days and great fishing action around the Treasure Coast!

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce

The inshore fishing was ok yesterday with the windy conditions, The trout fishing was good to the north around the islands with a few nice snook mixed in. The pompano fishing was ok around the south bridge on clams and sand flees.The flounder fishing has picked up with this cold weather in the inlet and around the bridges. The snook fishing is still ok at the jetty on jigs and live bait.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sebastian Inlet Report


Yesterday was quite cold and the wind was so rough, but today it is not as bad. The north jetty is already filling up with Anglers. The water is very clear right now; the catches reported this week include Spanish Mackerel, Sheepshead, Red Drum, Flounder, and even Jack Crevalle. Bait used is mostly live shrimp, frozen clams, and some Anglers use sand fleas they caught on the beach.

Our photo is of Erik Rose of West Palm Beach with one of many sheepsheads caught on shrimp.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Three The Hard Way

                                                     Give em a call and GET SOME

Fish Humor

Sebastian Inlet Report


It's a little cool out on the jetties this morning, but it's still a great day at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the North-Northwest at 9 mph and there is a moderate chop on the water. There is a small craft advisory in effect through this evening.

Over the weekend, a smattering of Blues, Spanish Mackerel, big Sheepshead, Black Drum, small Jacks and Reds were landed. The fish weren't real active, but there were fish to be landed for the patient angler, according to Tommy Turowski of the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. 

Friday morning was on the slow side as well, but a couple of large Black Drum came over the rails, along with a lot of small Jacks and three Flounder in the morning hours. Our first angler today is Dana Darling of Palm Bay with two of the three Flounder he and Chris Robinson of W. Melbourne landed off the north jetty using finger mullet. 

Photo two features Tom Meno of Titusville with a Sheepshead that was landed off the north jetty.

From Capt. Joe Ward @Bait Shack - Ft Pierce

INSHORE - Everyone is looking forward to snook season opening on February 1st and it looks like there is going to be plenty of fish at places like the area bridges, in the Turning Basin, Ft. Pierce Inlet and the docks and seawalls up and down the river. A live bait is always hard to beat. And, when the water temps drop it will be time to break out the big feathers and fish them slow and deep. The trout and redfish bite should be good with the weather conditions permitting. I know last year there were a lot of cold and windy days in February. Look for plenty of action in the Ft. Pierce Inlet coming from spanish mackerel, bluefish, black drum, croakers and there should be pompano in the mix too. Try spoons or a Gotcha jig for the spanish and the blues and live shrimp for the rest.

TREASURE COAST CASTERS - The Junior Division (5 to 11 age group) of Treasure Coast Casters will hold their from shore tournament this Sunday - Jan. 27th. If you would like more info you can call 772-201-5773 or e-mail Senior Division (12 to 18 age group) will hold their inshore tournament on Sunday - Feb. 3rd.

Monday, January 21, 2013


I saw this at Bass Pro shop the other day looks          like it would be good for the pier/jetty
From what I can Tell you and adjust to fit different sized coolers and rod holders. Check out more at Sorry forgot basspros's price.

From Henry@ Snook-Nook - Jensen Beach

Unusual week of weather from warm to cold, wind to flat with a mix of showers and I am not sure if the weather man called one day correct.  Pompano anglers were ready with the morning cold but by noon it was warm, next day cool all day and anglers just knew it was lowering water temps and they have been waiting. Sorry not cool enough long enough and yes I may be the only one happy, I just do not like the cold. Forecast for the week is cold, heard about Pompano in the Ft Pierce inlet so just maybe they will be here this week, I will have my cold fingers crossed.
Surf anglers Blues and Whiting were on the edge. Blues were eating cut baits, wind made it difficult to cast a spoon. Whiting were up close at mid morning, still a pitch not a cast, these fish are up close. Pompano to the north and on the move so just maybe this will be the week, clam and sand fleas are the bait of choice.
Bridge anglers had a good week with strong runs of fish all day. Black Drum, Blues and Snapper and a mix were in and out all week and when in it got very busy. Plenty of Sheephead, Jacks and a mix of the rest made the bridge the place, still waiting for the Pompano. Reds were in and out but the wind kept anglers on hold. Areas around the Power Plant, east or west side depending on the wind direction or the area south of the Stuart Causeway on the west side kept anglers busy with a mix of Trout and small Jacks. A few Pompano were reported across the Sail Fish Flats but not enough to say yes they are here, resident fish.
Weathermen friend or foe...

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce

The inshore fishing was good over the weekend with some redfish to the north of north bridge with a few trout mixed in . To the south around bear point has also been good for trout and redfish and few nice snook on top water . The snook fishing is good in the inlet and around the bridges on jigs and live bait. The south jetty has some flounder and bluefish around high tide. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

New Friends

                           Coming Next week

Make Some Friends And Get Wet Learn And Fish

Good Morning Everyone. Sorry for the delay in setting a location. The weather has played a huge roll in making a decision. Lets all plan to be at Snook Nook in Jensen Beach at 6am Saturday morning from there I will do the brief 101 This Saturday 1-19-13 I (Rod Gatorbait Salser) will do a small 101 on how I Rig and work the SlayerInc (Sinister Swim Tail) paired with a TommyHead Jig. I will also be explaining how I read the water as a fisherman using artificial lures. And for those of You that prefer to live bait fish I will show you all a great way to rig up an adjustable popping cork rig that is virtually tangle free. Please bring your own live bait. As far as SlayerInc I have plenty along with jigheads. Time and place will be set by tomorrow afternoon. Thanks to everyone for joining the Team here at Ball Deep.. If anyone has any questions feel free to message Erick Thompson or myself on facebook.  We will head out to our destination. Most likely going to fish the east side north of Jensen Beach out of the wind. That decision will be made at snook nook. Can't wait to see what we catch. Hope to see you all there. Good Times & Tight Lines (Gaterbait)


The Art Of Fish #1

                         This is one of the many pieces of art by   "Eric Estrada"   you can find him at 

Photo Of The Week

                            Photo courtesy of Jayson Arman That's R-Man Land-Based Fishing Charters

Sebastian Inlet Report


The north jetty has completely re-opened thanks the owners of "Liquid Addiction"', a new dive shop in Wabasso. They volunteered to dive for and recovered the lost grates. What an awesome job, our fishing hats are off to you! Many thanks!

It's cool and crisp at the inlet this morning. Winds are blowing out of the Northwest at 7 mph and there is a moderate chop on the water. There is a small craft advisory in effect through Saturday morning, which could continue through the long weekend. Always check the coastal forecast prior to venturing offshore. 

This week, we've seen Black Drum, Blues, Sheepshead, and Jacks off the jetties, Pompano and Whiting in the surf, Sea Trout and a few Flounder on the flats. Now that the north jetty is completely open, we will have room to spread out! Please read the Fishing Etiquette Page at the bottom of this page if you have any questions about fishing the jetties. Proper fishing etiquette is appreciated by everyone, particularly if you are using more than one rod. Please be able to tend the rod/s yourself, don't take up all the jetty space. If you are there early and have the jetty to yourself, its fine but once it starts to fill up, bring your rods in to a reasonable space so that others can fish. Thank you!

Know your sport, rules & regulations and how to use your equipment.
Know what fish are in season, what is out of season, bag limits and size restrictions.
Be prepared when going fishing – bring your own equipment.
Know the area you fish and how it’s fished – free-line, bottom fishing, etc.
Avoid putting fishing carts right up against railing – leave room for others to get around to fight a fish.
Avoid throwing a cast net over or between fishermen without warning. Yell “Fish On” when fighting a fish to alert others and avoid tangles. Pull in your line when your neighbor is fighting a fish. Don’t cast over someone fighting a fish.
Look behind you before casting to avoid hooking someone. Assist fellow anglers when needed. Don’t wade out between other fishermen, cutting them off. Anchor your boat far enough out so you don’t cut off shore fishermen. Release all unwanted fish – protect our resources for the future.
Don’t leave dead fish lying on the decks.
Don’t leave your trash and unused bait – use trash receptacles for trash – put unused bait back in the water.
Boats coming in and out of the Sebastian Inlet hug the north jetty for safe navigation not to cut you off.
The jetties are navigational jetties.
If you hook a bird, reel it in. Do NOT cut the line. If you aren’t sure how to free the bird, the Park Rangers and volunteers are trained to do so.
Please hold your catch and release fish properly when photographing. Support the fish under the jaw and belly. Do not place your hand inside the gills. Do not hold the fish vertically; it can damage its internal structure.
When bleeding your catch, always do it over the steel grates so the blood goes back into the water. If there are no grates, it is considerate to throw a bucket or two of sea water on the bloodied area to disperse the mess.
If your line gets snagged on the bottom, never cut the line at the reel. Tighten the drag and/or hold the spool and walk in the opposite direction of the snag in order to break the line at the leader. This will minimize the amount of “dead line” in the water which often creates more snags.
When cast netting live bait, primarily finger mullet and greenies, only take what you think you will use and quickly get the rest back in the water before they die. Our bait resources are not unlimited.
While there is no limit as to how many rods a person may use at once, Florida Administrative Code 68B-4.0086 says: “Hook and Line Gear: Tending Requirement: Beginning January 1, 1993, hook and line gear used in or on the waters of the State shall be tended. The term “tended” for purposes of this rule means that the person fishing the gear is physically present at the terminus of the gear”. This rule implies that one must be in control of one’s fishing rod/s at all times.