am a bit late on getting the fishing reports out each month. But
with Spring Break in full swing and Easter on the way, I thought there
might be some fishing going on. The Redfish are all over the
Inlet during the outgoing tides. Little swimmer crabs are leaving
the river right now and floating on top of the tides. Shrimping
is also in full swing during the darker hours of the night. Look to dip a gallon or two of fresh shrimp on the full moom later this month.
The snook at Sebastian Inlet are slow to take a bait during the day and
seem to be more active on the night time tides. Plugging from the
rocks with wind cheaters and bucktails will be the least work in the
cooler conditions. As the water warms up and the winds die down
use bait fish and shrimp during the day to land a few slot size snook
and redfish from the piers. Live baits cast off the jetties and
weighted with a light split shot or egg weight will place the bait
right in harms way for that hungry snook. Expect to see catches
of redfish, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, jacks, sheepshead, black drum
and even a few flounder. The larger over-sized redfish have been
a blast for pier anglers casting large 2-3oz. silver spoons out into
the tide lines. Spoons and smaller diamond jigs seem to be a
favorite when it comes to bluefish and Spanish mackerel that are
working the beaches and piers at Sebastian Inlet.
The surf has been rough due to N-NE winds and the larger schools of
pompano have moved south past us and most of the local pompano catches
have been smaller fish. Look for the legal sized pompano to bite as the
surf becomes calm again. The beaches south of Sebastian Inlet have been
good lately, but that can change at any point. Expect to catch some
small whiting, jacks, sheepshead and a few black drum from the sand.
Sandfleas have been spread out in the surf and may take some time to
locate, so when they are showing take that opportunity to rake extra
for a few days of fishing. While the water conditions are dirty,
look to clams for that extra scent in the water to get the attention of
Offshore has been good for a few who are trying their luck at trolling
the cones and deeper blue water close to the Gulf Stream. The end
of the cooler months is a good time to work the deeper structures for
some high speed wahoo action. To target the wahoo, drop a few
heavy deep running lures back in your spread and kick up your RPM's a
few notches. The increased speed of the lures whizzing by will
trigger an instinctive bite by most wahoo. Several good catches
of mahi have also been brought back to the docks while working the
cones for wahoo. Most of the mahi are ranging from 10lbs. Up to
30+lbs. There are still a few sailfish hanging out deep along the
weed lines and temperature breaks.
Most of us are getting a little Tuna bug and crossing to the other side
to hit the Yellowfin early this year. Several boats have brought
back quality fish with most in the 60-80lb range. Some of the
schools have been in the Stream on birds, so keep a close watch while
makeing the crossing. Matanilla is holding some nice smoker Wahoo
right now. Reports of a 70lb Wahoo came in from one of the local
fisherman. The trip is always a gamble, go big or go home!
Back to things in the shallow side of the ocean...the monthly
favorite, Cobia. Large pods of bait fish will start popping up
several miles off the beaches and further offshore, playing host to
some roaming cobia. Look for the nervous water or birds and take
a look with a bucktail ready to see if a cobia might be around.
Manta rays also make their way through our waters on a migration and
provide ample cover for schools of cobia. Position the boat along
side these huge rays and cast a bucktail in front of them, careful to
give enough distance for the jig to sink under the ray and then work it
back quickly to pull a few fish out and hopefully hook up. If you
do hook up, try to apply enough pressure to keep the cobia from
returning to the ray for cover. This will give you another shot
at catching a few more fish off that manta ray with out spooking
him. If you hook the manta ray in the wings or mouth, you can
kiss it goodbye and game over for that one. He will sound on you
and the cobia will take off too. That mistake is a humbling
lesson in patience and precision casting. Better to cast too far
in front of the ray, than hooking him.
Stop by and sign up for our annual Cobia for Cash Tournament. The
tournament is extended this year and will run from March 1 – April 30,
which now gives anglers 2 months to catch the big one. Entry fee
is $20 per person and you must be registered prior to fishing.
All fish must be weighed in at Whitey's. Check out the rules and
leader board online at www.whiteysonline.com for regular updates.