06-14-16 TUESDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, JACKS, BLUE RUNNERS, REDS, SNOOK, LADYFISH, WHITING, FLOUNDER AND TROUT
We have another stunning morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South at 4 mph, gusting to 7 and the water is clean and calm. Winds will shift to the southeast this afternoon and NOAA is calling for a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. It looks like a great morning to get out and do some surf fishing.
The Mangrove Snapper bite is starting to heat up. These fish spend most of their juvenile lives inshore and average between 10 -14" and normally weigh between 1 - 2 lbs. They are usually found in the middle of the water column to the bottom. A light spinning reel on a medium light action rod with a low visibility leader between 10 - 20 lbs. will work well. Use baits that are small enough to fit in their mouths. Small shrimp, small baitfish or crabs or you could use artificals, just make sure they are small. Offshore they can reach up top 20 lbs. and can be found on reefs.
We've seen some real big Jack Crevalle come over the rails along with Lookdowns, C/R Snook and Reds, Ladyfish, Spanish Mackerel and Blue Runners. The beaches are holding Croakers, Whiting and Mackerel. We're still hearing reports of Speckled Trout and Spring Flounder on the Indian River Lagoon.
Our angler of the day is inlet regular Bill Hillman of Kissimmee. Bill landed the enormous Jack in our photo from the north jetty. Bill was fishing the incoming tide when the 47", 38 lb. monster hit a mullet. The state record is 48.5" and 57 lbs. We definitely have some world class fishing at the inlet.