It’s was a blustery morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Northeast at 15 mph, gusting to 20 and there is a moderate chop on the water. Seas are 3’ – 5’ with a wave interval of 6 seconds making it bumpy offshore. The forecast looks like we will have these conditions most of this week.
The water is clean and clear at the inlet but bait in the water is scarce. We depend on the bait fish to bring in the predators and we’re just not seeing that happen right now. Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports that Whiting and Sharks are being landed from the beaches and the Snook bite has been better in the evening hours on the incoming tide. Anglers using shallow diving plugs, greenies or pinfish seem to be most successful.
Grouper, hogfish fishing reopens May 1 in Atlantic, Monroe County waters
The following species will reopen to recreational harvest May 1 in Florida state and federal waters of the Atlantic: hogfish; gag, black, red, yellowmouth and yellowfin grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby.
Hogfish will remain open through Oct. 31, 2018, on the east coast of Florida as well as south and east of Cape Sable on the Gulf coast. The other species will remain open through Dec. 31, 2018, on the east coast of Florida and all state waters off Monroe County.
More information about hogfish and grouper bag and size limits, gear restrictions and fishing seasons, including a map of the Atlantic and Gulf grouper fishing boundaries, is available online at MyFWC.com/Fishing; select “Saltwater Fishing” then “Recreational Regulations.”