12-30-15 WEDNESDAY: TROUT, BLACK DRUM, SHEEPSHEAD, BLUES, MACKEREL, JACKS, FLOUNDER, POMPANO AND LOOKDOWNS
Winds are blowing out of the Southeast at 10 mph this morning, gusting to 14 and there is a moderate chop on the water. We have cloud cover and NOAA is calling for a chance of showers today.
We have had significant numbers of Spotted Trout on the flats. Good sized fish are being landed in the river near the inlet. Anglers using live shrimp cut mullet or pinfish and live baitfish or bait-tail jigs, swimming and topwater plugs are having a lot of success. Trout are even being landed from both jetties. Black Drum remain the prominent species from the north jetty. Sheepshead, Lookdowns, a few Spanish Mackerel and Blues, C/R Snook, slot and oversized Reds, a few Pompano and Flounder are being caught.
Our first photo today features Werner Straumann of Switzerland. Werner is vacationing in Florida and decided to give the north jetty try. He landed the beautiful 20" Spotted Trout.
Inlet regular Bill Hillman landed the huge 40" C/R Red in photo two. He was using a blue crab on the incoming tide and estimated the big boy weighed 26 lbs. The Red was released to fight another day.
Our third photo is courtesy of Laura Weinberger of Palm Bay. Laura sent in the photo of family friend Steve Hackley, also of Palm Bay. Steve landed the 29" slot Snook.