INSHORE- A little slower on the inshore reports this week. Snook fishing remains good, and should only continuer to improve as the water warms up. It's kind of hard to believe; but we aren't that far away from the snook starting to head towards the inlets in good numbers. Before they do that though they tend to go on a feeding frenzy. Look for the snook to start biting the bigger baits (Flairhawks, NLBN's, Hogy Swimbaits, Etc) better than shrimp jigs and smaller wintertime lures. Day or night the key to snook fishing is using the tide to your advantage. Snook are lazy and want to lay nose into the current and wait for baits to come to them. Present baits and lures that way and snook fishing gets a whole lot easier! Some big springtime jacks cruising seawalls inshore right now, along with an occasional tarpon or two as well.- Pompano fishing remains very good right now! Although action slowed a bit on Tuesday and Wednesday on the pomps; overall it remains very strong both along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier. The usual assortment of sandfleas, clams, shrimp, and Fishbites continue to be the top bait choices; while Doc's Goofy Jigs remain the top lure choice. The bite seems to be best first thing in the morning and then again later afternoon (Like 4-6, not as much at sunset); and then off and on throughout the day depending on tides. The sharks (mainly blacktips) are also a fan of the pompano and hanging out close by...In other words REEL FASTER!!! The Juno Beach Pier has also had some nice schools of big jacks cruising through; with a GT Ice Cream or diamond jig being a top lure choice. No cobia reports to speak of from the pier this week; but they could come cruising by just about anytime.
Friday, March 31, 2023
Saturday, March 25, 2023
Spring has sprung.
The week began with mild temperatures as what may be the last cold front of the season made its way along the peninsula. South winds have replaced the north breeze meaning the migrations have begun again.
Inshore, the snook fishing has been great at many of their back country hangouts. Live bait, live crabs and large jigs will get bites from the aggressive predators.
Indian River County
Inshore: It's all about snook at Sebastian Inlet. Fish the outgoing tides with live pinfish or live croakers to catch top end of the slot fish. Other catches there include redfish, black drum which can be sight-casted to in schools, Spanish mackerel and pompano from the beaches. Lewis Arnold of Vero Beach used a No Live Bait Needed jerk bait to haul a 41-inch snook out of the mangroves near Round Island.
Freshwater: Bass fishing is about as good as it can ever be at Headwaters Lake near Fellsmere. Work through the crowds to get bites from 3-6 pounders. Some are sitting on the beds. Spinnerbaits, wild shiners and crank baits are working well.
St. Lucie County
Inshore: Spotted seatrout can be caught along the ends of the docks at St. Lucie Village, along Indian River Drive and Hutchinson Island. Wade fishing is a good approach to find the trout. Use live shrimp or artifical shrimp or jerk baits. Tripletail can be caught using live shrimp near the channel edges.
Surf: Pompano finally showed up this week. The fish are probably moving north as part of their migration. Cast to 100 to 150 yards off the beach with Fishbites to get bites.
Inshore: Snook fishing is the best option in the area right now. Fish can be caught from the Roosevelt Bridge down to Hell's Gate docks and around Rocky Point and Sailfish Point docks. They will take live bait, large jigs and swim baits fished around structure.
The lake finally has fallen below 15 feet above sea level. Tuesday, it measured 14 feet 8 inches which means there is still plenty of water in the western spots like Point of the Reef, Sportsman's Channel and Observation Shoal. As days get longer, look for bluegill fishing to be picking up along with shellcracker. Bass fishing is best around spawning beds. Toss lipless crank baits, topwater frogs and stick worms to get reaction bites.
Mosquito Lagoon: Capt. Jon Lulay of Mosquito Lagoon Redfish Charters in Titusville said the fragile lagoon this past week featured clear water, and great fishing opportunities. Big redfish and big black drum can be caught by sight casting to schooling fish with a Slayer Inc SST swim baits or a Berkley Gulp! jerk bait on a Mission Fishin jig head. Lulay said his anglers had a few nice trout up to 5-6 pounds this week. When it has been calm, he said he has been able to locate 2-3 schools of black drum between 10-14 pounds, too. What works best for the drum are live shrimp on a Mission Fishin jig head. When trying to locate a school of big drum or reds, look for the color change in the clear water. Lulay said the water quality has belied the lagoon’s long term issues which seems to be habitat loss. The sea grass is really depleted and some spots which had acres of sea grass even one year ago look like a desert he said. But the fishing is still good for now, and the spring bait run is coming soon.
Surf: Caleb Couture of Tradewinds Surf Fishing Charters with Caleb Couture on Facebook said the surf fishing from Spessard Holland to Sebastian Inlet has been pretty good, and it’s going to get even better in the coming weeks. His anglers have been catching limits of pompano, plus whiting, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and, close to the inlet, even a few surprise permit. Anglers using Pompano Rigs by Couture, found at Strike Zone in Melbourne or Reel Em In in Sebastian, with the pink and white colored floats, or chartreuse floats, and Fishbites in pink with shrimp or sand flea flavors have been having good success. The best times have been to fish an hour before or after high tide or an hour before or after sunrise and an hour before sunset, he said.
Indian River Lagoon: Capt. Jim Ross of Fineline charters in Rockledge said anglers can still find a few black drum and redfish by fishing from area bridges with live shrimp and cut crabs. However, water quality in the Indian River and Banana River lagoons is really poor. Ross said it’s hard to get excited about a fishing trip on these waters when the nutrient load has caused so much degradation that a fish kill seems to be looming. Hopefully, it will not happen, but warm weather and possibly a rain event could trigger one this spring similar to the one in 2016.
Sebastian Inlet: Capt. Glyn Austin of Sebastian Inshore Fishing said the variety of catches being caught in and just outside the inlet has been excellent. Everything from giant oversized redfish to slot-sized snook to early season tarpon is being caught on live baits. Some anglers fishing from the jetties at Sebastian Inlet State Park are not having as much success as anglers fishing from boats, however. Black drum and sheepshead are staple catches, and schools of bluefish and Spanish mackerel provide flurries of action.
report courtesy of Ed Killer Florida Today
First, I'd like to start off with a little educational info for all of you who want to do battle with one of our ‘jetty monsters,’ the Goliath Grouper. As you may know, Sebastian Inlet State Park employs me to educate and enforce the park rules and regulations for fishing on the north jetty and the park, as well. A large white signboard on the way out to the jetty and information kiosk between the parking and the jetty contain important rules for fishing the jetty. On both signs — especially the large sign — it states rule number 18: “Targeting Goliath Grouper, a protected species, is prohibited.” In simple terms, you cannot fish for goliath groupers on the jetty, at all. The rule is in place to protect our sea life resource, the goliath, from any harm, as they are protected strictly by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Please leave your heavy gear at home and leave them be. Also, since it is a written rule, law enforcement will get involved, and we don't want that to happen. Help us protect our valuable marine resources. Now on to the fishing action.
INSHORE- Snook fishing was good this week inshore. A fair number of mullet moving around inshore; and the snook aren't too far behind along with a few jacks and maybe a tarpon or two. The night bridge bite started to improve this week as well. Sheepshead action seemed to slack off a bit, but still a few around. Palm Beach Inlet has had some bruiser jacks cruising through. A few early season mangrove snapper starting to show up inshore.- Really, and I mean REALLY, good pompano fishing this week both along the beach and at the Juno Beach Pier. On the beach the usual assortment of baits (sandfleas, clams, shrimp, and Fishbites) are getting the job donr on the pomps. Best bite has been first thing in the morning, and then again late afternoon. On the Juno Beach Pier the pomps are biting Doc's Goofy Jigs in bright colors the best. Pink and green jigs have been the most productive. A handful of ladyfish and bluefish mixed in with the pomps. Some big jacks cruising through the pier as well over the past few days.
Monday, March 20, 2023
INSHORE- Snook fishing remains good over the past week. The Loxahatchee continues to produce some good fish, especially on moving water early in the morning. A decent push of springtime mullet and warm temps have the fish relatively fired up on bigger baits. A mullet or loud topwater fished along seawalls with decent current flow are going to be a solid choice for cruising snook. A few big jacks and the occasional tarpon mixed in as well. Sheepshead action has slowed a bit, but still a fair number around. A few more mangrove snapper reports sneaking in this week as well.- The Juno Beach Pier has had a pretty solid pompano bite this week. Rough conditions, mixed in with a strong rip, made the pier a little better option than the beach. The pompano seemed to bite a little better first thing in the morning; with a few midday flurries, and a evening bite as well. Bright colored Doc's Goofy Jigs (Char, Pink, Orange) seemed to get the most bites; with a fair number of pomps falling to bait as well. If the surf allows this weekend, should be a good number of pompano along the beach as well...it's that time of year! Blacktip reports seemed to pick up a bit late last week into this week. Again, conditions are the main thing working against us along the beach.
Friday, March 17, 2023
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is adopting a holistic management approach for snook that includes a review of several environmental and human factors including habitat, fishing effort and stakeholder feedback to evaluate the fishery at a more local scale. FWC staff is proposing to establish 10 new management regions with snook regulations based on the status of the fishery in each region. The public is encouraged to attend one of the FWC’s in-person workshops that are being held throughout the state.
Below is a list of locations. Workshops will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude by 8 p.m. EDT.
March 23, 6–8 p.m.
Sebastian City Hall
1225 Main Street
Sebastian, FL 32958
March 27, 6–8 p.m.
South Florida Water Management District, Building 1
3301 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
March 28, 6–8 p.m.
Crystal River City Hall Council Chambers
123 N.W. U.S. Highway 19
Crystal River, FL 34428
March 28, 6–8 p.m.
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Karen A. Steidinger Auditorium
100 Eighth Ave. S.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
March 28, 6–8 p.m.
Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center Auditorium
300 Tower Road
Naples, FL 34113
Friday, March 10, 2023
INSHORE- Snook fishing was decent again this week in the Loxahatchee River, and some wind this weekend will likely keep it pretty good. A decent number of springtime mullet pushing through, and the snook are keyed in pretty good on them. Relatively warm weather has got the snook willing to eat the big baits, especially when presented to them along easy ambush points with a little current. A few jacks and the occasional tarpon mixed in with the snook. Sheepshead fishing has slowed a bit over the past few weeks; but did hear of a decent little handful being caught this week. The warmer weather has a few mangrove snapper showing up already as well.
Friday, March 3, 2023
Inshore Fishing ReportThe wade fishing on the east side of the river has been yielding Redfish, Trout and Snook. Areas to checkout have been Little Mud and Bear Point. DOA Cals, artificial shrimp and topwaters have been the go to presentations up there. Along with those species, there have been plenty of Jacks and Ladyfish to keep you busy.
SURF/PIER- The Juno Beach Pier has had a few Spanish Mackerel around. Calm clearer conditions have the Macs dialed in on white crappie jigs. When the bite gets tough add a super small piece of shrimp to the jig to attract a bite. A handful of snook reports also coming in from the pier and along the beach as well. It is a bit "early" for the snook on the beach; but calm warm conditions have them showing a little ahead of schedule. Pompano reports were SLOW this week; but a little south wind in the forecast could help get them going a bit. Sandfleas and Fishbites remain top bait choices for the pomps. A few croaker reports coming in; but not in big numbers. Singer Island has been holding the best number of Blacktip/Spinner sharks. Doesn't seem like we have seen full on migration yet, but a fair number around for sure.