Thursday, July 18, 2019
We hear the Mangrove Snapper moved in a few weeks ago and are still around the inlet, biting on shrimp and minnows. Spanish Mackerel and Blue Runners are hitting on spoons or jigs and shrimp and minnows too. Pompano can be found on the beach. Anglers have also reported some Permit and Barracuda. For the most up-to-date info on what’s happening at the inlet, go visit Tommy or Sarah at Sebastian Inlet Bait & Tackle Shop.
Fishing in the Indian River has held up well, with good numbers of Snook and Redfish showing on the shorelines as well as outflow areas following rain. Jigs, soft plastics, and flies such as the Clouser Minnow and EP Pilchard flies working the best. The surf temperature has ticked back up, providing a bit more activity from Snook, Spanish Mackerel, and Jack Crevalle, and more bait is around as well. Offshore, there’s lots of smaller Kingfish, and Snapper fishing has been pretty good, despite an abundance of current. Nearshore, there’s a fair number of Tarpon being caught on live bait.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Monday, July 15, 2019
I had the opportunity to fish for a couple of hours this morning with my son Randy and we were lucky enough to put some nice sized whiting and croaker in the cooler. The location was Tiger Shores beach access with Orange Clam, Pink Shrimp, EZ Flea, and Yellow Crab Fishbites all producing fish. When cutting your Fishbites for these two species make sure to cut the strips into a diamond shape and only use a small strip of half an inch. These fish have small mouths and using a thin strip will produce more solid hook ups. The first two hours of the falling tide produced the best action. Tiger Shores, Stuart, and Santa Lucea all seem to produce some great fishing during the summer when you target your trips around the high tide mark. It looks like we are going to have some nice surf conditions this week so get out and bend a rod.
With the recent rains the Indian River is starting to dirty up a bit, so sight fishing is becoming a bit trickier, but still productive in areas of cleaner water. There’s still plenty of Redfish and Snook around shorelines, and soft plastics are doing the most work, along with flies such as sliders and Clouser Minnows.
With the runoff, Snook and baby Tarpon are hanging out near outflows and culverts, with smaller baits working best, such as DOA TerrorEyz and Yo-Zuri suspending baits. In the surf, there has been seaweed from Ft. Pierce south, but Vero has been pretty clear. Those sight fishing in the middle of the day have had success on Snook, but there hasn’t been much bait around for the early morning bite. There are still Tarpon and some Kingfish in fairly close for those running the beaches.
Monday, July 8, 2019
Saturday, July 6, 2019
INSHORE- A decent number of jacks around in the ICW and Loxahatchee River right now. Live mullet along a seawall or boat dock is a solid choice for them, and an backcountry resident snook as well. Catch and release snook fishing remains good inshore, but a bulk of the fish are in the inlets and along the beach currently. Mangrove snapper reports are decent at night, with live shrimp and small pilchards being top bait choices. SURF/PIER- Snook fishing (the catch and release style...) is the main game in town right now. The Juno Beach Pier has had a great snook bite, as has Jupiter Inlet. In both places a live croaker is going to be the top bait. At night the snook are biting flair hawk jigs and swimbaits well. Decent number of croakers and big sandperch are biting small pieces of shrimp in the the first trough. Still some schools of tarpon roaming the beaches as well.
Friday, July 5, 2019
Thursday, July 4, 2019
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
The beaches are calm and clear, but you may have to find areas without seaweed, but there’s plenty of weed free areas around. Glass minnows and small Pilchards are along most beaches, and Snook, Spanish Mackerel, Ladyfish, Jack Crevalle, and even a few Tarpon are there to thin their numbers. Jigs, plugs like Mirrodines, and flies such as Clouser Minnows, Polar Fibre Minnows, and Bush Pigs are catching their share. Snook are still being caught on Croakers and other live bait in the inlets, but remember that season is closed and release them with care. Inshore, Snook and Redfish are prevalent along shorelines, taking flies like sliders and Kwans, as well as DOA CAL jigs, and baby Tarpon are around for early risers around outflows and basins.