Fall Season Is Here
Septiembre 08, 2020 Grant-Valkaria 6 fotos
The Fall season has finally started and so has the fall mullet run. The mullet are up north near Cape Canaveral right now but will soon be in Sebastian. There are big schools in the lagoon showing up from Turkey Creek to Grant, FL as well. The mullet run is so much fun. It brings all the predators out which produces a lot of action for us anglers. The inshore bite has been really good the last few weeks. We're catching lots of smaller snook and slot redfish fishing along the mangrove shorelines. We've also been fishing some docks and underwater ledges loading up with some nice medium size mangrove snapper when trying to get a bag of fillets. Most of the time I have my customers throw live bait and cut bait depending on their level of casting skill. You can easily lose a lot of lures fishing the mangroves if you don't know how to skip a bait. The lures I love to use this time of year are Slayer Inc. paddle tails with a 1/4oz jig head or the go to DOA shrimp. For top water I like to throw a Mirrolure Top Pup in the early mornings when it's glass flat. Sebastian Inlet has been pretty busy lately with the opening of Snook Season on September 1st. It's not a secret fishing spot and everyone knows that's the easiest place to pull in a slot snook. Unfortunately if you want to catch fish at the inlet this time of year you have to be aggressive. Don't be a jerk but you gotta be aggressive. It's a never ending battle between the jetty fishermen and the boaters but try to give some respect to each other, we're all fishing there for the same reason. For those of you that don't know, snook have to be between 28" to 32" tip to tip in order to keep. I'll say this, the inlet is the only place that I know where the snook have a dinner menu. One day they want this bait the next day they want what you don't have. Now everyone loves catching snook for sure, but the fish that I look forward to this time of year are the big bull redfish and yes they are here. The bull reds are just a different type of fight. They pull and pull and just don't want to give up. We can't keep the big ones, they have a slot size between 18" and 27", but they're sure fun to battle with. Those big reds will be around up through February. Another prize fish that's being caught are cubera snapper. Cuberas are like a mangrove snapper on steriods. I haven't got one yet this month but I've seen a couple of the other guys get lucky pulling in a few nice ones. As far as offshore goes the seas have been excellent and the fishing has been really good. The last few trips I've taken we've bottom fished all over from 60 ft out to 130 ft of water. We've been catching nice lane snapper, triggerfish, vermilion snapper, sea bass, sharks, almaco jacks, bonita, big kingfish, cobia, mutton snapper, and of course big red snapper. Live shrimp and greenies have been the ticket on the bottom for the snappers and freelining live grunts or chunks of sardines on top for the kings. For the cobia I'll say this, "bring in the sharks". If you bring in the big sharks the cobia will follow. For this upcoming week it seems the weather is going to put a damper on getting out. Looks like we've got big waves and howling winds from these tropical systems so probably gonna be doing a lot more river fishing this week.
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Other reports from this captain
Hot and Rainy
Julio 1, 2022
June and July are running the usual summer pattern, hot and rainy. All through June the storms have been pretty consistent. Normally we get the first half of the day is sunny and beautiful then around 2pm the thunder storms come in. Lately we've getting a lot of scattered storms all throughout the day. Even though we get a little wet every now and then it hasn't stopped the catching. We've been back at Sebastian Inlet the last few weeks on inshore trips and the snook bite has been fantastic. The outgoing tide has given us the best luck. The snook have been big, hungry, and plentiful out around the north jetty. Go to baits have been pigs, pins, and threadfin herring. Some of the guys have also had some good luck landing big redfish on live crabs that have been floating out of the inlet as well. There was a good run of mutton snapper for a week or two at the beginning of June along the beach and big tarpon have been schooling up along the beach as well. The closer reefs have been holding numerous lane snapper which we've been able to limit out on fairly easy and some decent sized kingfish. Offshore has been excellent, catching good sized mangrove snapper and lots of triggerfish. Almost every reef has been holding at least a couple decent sized kingfish as well. What's great about offshore bottom fishing is you really never know what you're gonna pull up sometimes. Trolling for mahi has been kind of a bust this summer so far. There's been scattered weeds everywhere making it almost impossible to troll. We've hit the red snapper reefs a few times and there was no disappointment there. Those red snapper spots we have are loaded with big thick red snapper. To bad we're only getting 2 days to harvest red snapper this year (July 8th & 9th) cause man we could fill some coolers with ease. The airboat is almost done so soon adding to Whatever Turns U On Fishing Charters will be bow fishing, bass fishing, airboat rides, and gator hunts on the freshwater.
Windy Spring Break March
Marzo 23, 2022
March has been one hell of a month as far as weather goes. We've had a few nice days but most of the time the winds have been kicking up in the 20 plus mph range. This just makes it a little difficult to fish a lot of inshore spots and definitely prevents us from doing any offshore trips. Now don't get me wrong, we've still been catching a lot of fish but it's just been a little more challenging at times. Most of the fishing we've been doing lately has been inside the lagoon just trying to find cover. We're catching a lot of smaller speckled trout with a mixed bag of redfish, jack crevalle, and ladyfish. We're using some artificials but mostly popping corks with live shrimp. The sheepshead fishing around the bridges has been pretty good as well. Sheepshead are some of my personal favorite eating inshore fish and a challenge to catch. Sebastian Inlet is always a go to spot for catching something. If the ocean is to rough outside the jetty we've been drift fishing the channel catching some big bull reds and a whole bunch of jack crevalle. Local Floridians give jack crevalle a bad rap but they are pound for pound one of the hardest fighting fish around and will definitely wear your arms out. To tell you the truth, I've had many of my customers in the last couple years decide to take home some jacks. Everyone has said they are fantastic tasting so who knows maybe us Floridians are just spoiled. The snook bite hasn't been all that great for us lately, we've been in somewhat of a slump on catching any big snook ever since the season started. Hopefully this slump will end soon because I want to start ringing that bell.
Febrero 9, 2022
So far February has been a chilly and windy month. The fishing has really been hit or miss from day to day. Mother nature just makes us work for our catches during these times. The water has been chilly, some days down in the 50's. Yes I know, you northerners think this is hot weather but me being 100% a native Floridian feel the same way the Florida fish do, it's dam cold. The inshore bite has been pretty good for the smaller seatrout, redfish, Spanish mackerel, and sheepshead. The snook really get bothered by the colder water and really don't want to eat at all. We've rolled up on schools of 10 to 15 big 35" to 40" snook in 2 ft of water that just won't touch anything we throw at them. We've been catching most of the trout on popping corks with live shrimp, fishing the deeper channels near the mangroves. We're also having good luck with trout and reds throwing artificial, Slayer Inc. paddletails and Slam Shady paddletails. My favorite bait to catch those slot reds is just a chunk of mullet. It's hard to find any fiddler crabs at the bait shops for sheepshead but those little bitty live shrimp will do the trick as well. Sebastian Inlet has been pretty consistent with big bull reds while drifting on the incoming tide. If it's calm enough to get outside by the north jetty the snook have been hitting a little on the outgoing tide along with lots of bluefish and Spanish mackerel.
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