We have had another long winter and the winds are still blowing at the end of April. There has been some bait around outside Sebastian Inlet between the fronts and we have seen and caught a few Tarpon already on the beach. If we can just get rid of the cold fronts and let that bait stay around, the action will be consistent and hopefully it will happen soon. I am looking forward to the schools of Tarpon, big Jack Crevalle and Bonito out on the beach Outside Sebastian Inlet. I also thing we are going to have another good summer Cobia bite nearshore since we weren’t able to get out and get many this Spring.
Between the fronts the bite in Sebastian Inlet has been pretty good. When we can get out and find some bait, the snook and redfish bite at the jetty and in the inlet has been very good for late March, April timeframe. I haven’t done as much Snook fishing with the fronts and rough seas, but we have caught a bunch of big reds lately. Last week schools of Mullet moved in the inlet and into the lagoon with Snook, Redfish and Jacks tearing up the mullet. We were able to get a few big jacks on Storm Chug Bugs.
As you may already know, they are dredging Sebastian inlet. The dredge has made the water very dirty on incoming tide from pumping the sand out on the beach and it being washed back in the inlet. Outgoing tide is cleaner than incoming tide right now and that may change as we get more rain and the fresh water comes out of the Sebastian River. With the dredge in the inlet, the pompano have come back in on the late outgoing tide feeding on the bait that the dredge has stirred up. There are also a lot of ladyfish and jacks and a few blues and mackerel in the inlet. With the dirty water, it’s hard to get the mackerel to eat, but the ladyfish and jacks chew pretty well.
I haven’t fished inshore a lot in the IRL over the last few weeks due to algae around Sebastian Inlet It has been blown around with the wind and some has been pulled out the inlet on outgoing tide. However there are some good fish on the spoil islands and along the mangrove shorelines. The key is to find the areas with schools of mullet, no algae and you can get some decent fish.
I have attached a few pics of our better fish from the last 2-3 weeks for you to check out.
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