SPANISH MACKEREL, BLACK DRUM, POMPANO, SHEEPSHEAD, TROUT, FLOUNDER AND JACKS
Winds have picked up and are blowing out of the North-Northwest at 12 mph, gusting to 14 and there is a light to moderate chop on the water. Boating conditions are forecasted to remain favorable through the weekend. A cold front is predicted to move through Christmas Day that will result in deteriorating conditions through early next week.
The water temperature has warmed up from the cold water upwelling and Spanish Mackerel were quite active yesterday. If targeting Spanish Mackerel you may consider using a wire leader to prevent cutoffs from their razor sharp teeth. Many anglers use silver spoons to attract the fast moving predators but Gotcha lures are a local favorite as well. Mackerel move through the water very quickly so the shinier lures work well. Sheepshead and Black Drum roundout the catches from the north jetty. Anglers fishing from the beach have been having luck with decent sized Pompano and Whiting. Flounder and Trout catches have been good in the Indian River Lagoon.
Our featured photo today is courtesy of Amanda DiNatale of Mebourne who was fishing with her daughters Emma on the north beach who landed multiple Redfish using shrimp.
Today we also feature Ryan Wood of Malabar. Ryan was camping on one of the spoil islands near the inlet when he landed and released the Bull Shark in our second photo.
Our third, fourth and fifth photos are courtesy of Jonathan Reese. Jonathan and his son Brenden fish the inlet quite a bit and they always have a great time. Photo three is of Brenden with a slot Snook he landed using a bucktail. Jonathan wasn’t as lucky in photo four, a good sized Shark made dinner out of his Snook! Jonathan made up for it in photo five with the big oversized Red he landed and released.