We have high winds to contend with at the inlet this morning. Winds are blowing out of the North at 20 mph, gusting to 25 and the water is choppy. NOAA is calling for small craft to exercise caution. Boating conditions are predicted to improve through the weekend but seas may remain high. Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating. Our small inlet can be tough to navigate. For boating tips please see the upper right hand corner of this page. You will also find FWC regulations, catch and release handling and photographing and jetty etiquette. Knowing these things can improve your fishing experience as well as those around you.
The fish have been biting in spite of the rough waters, if you're brave enough to toss a line out. Drum have a tendency to like the churning conditions, both Red and Black. Black Drum love the stinky baits, including dead shrimp, fresh clams or artificials tipped with the same. If using fresh clams, PLEASE toss your clam shells into the water. One of our favorite fall and winter species are becoming active, Sheepshead are being landed from both catwalks and the T-Dock. Sheepshead love structure and fishing near pilings, fenders and docks can be productive this time of year. Use any type of crustacean for this delicious species. As our water temperature begins to drop we can expect to see the big Blues moving in as well.
Our photos today are courtesy of Tyrone of Palm Bay. Tyrone and his three sons fished the north jetty and even with the strong winds and large clumps of seaweed in the water, they managed to land a few nice fish using sand fleas. Son, 8 year old Malachi is featured in our first photo with his largest catch to date, a 27" slot Red. Excellent job Malachi! Our second photo features 10 year old Elijah with a 12" Pompano, very nice! The last photo if of all three boys discussing their fishing techniques. Thanks Tyrone, we love to see young men out fishing and learning environmental stewardship!