East-CentralFishing Reports


September always brings a welcome change to the fishing of the Sebastian Area. The mullet run will help all aspects of fishing both inside and outside Sebastian Inlet. Shorter days and tropical rains will begin to cool the waters of the lagoon allowing trout and reds to spend more time in the shallows feeding. The fall migration of prey and predators alike will give anglers more options and opportunities.


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Photo: Live baiting the North Jetty at Sebastian inlet – welcometosebastian.com

Sebastian Inlet will be the focus of Sebastian area anglers with the start of snook season September 1st. Live bait anglers anchored off the north jetty are sure to have success as long as their supply of croakers and pigfish lasts. Night time anglers at Sebastian inlet throwing buck-tails and bombers and swim-baits will always take their share of snook. Along with the snook, big redfish usually follow the migrating mullet down the beaches and take up residence in the inlet through the fall. Spanish mackerel, jacks, bluefish and tarpon also give inlet fishermen a passing shot as they follow the bait down the beach in the early Fall.

The Sebastian River will spark back to life as the finger mullet enter the estuary. Snook and tarpon are both available throughout the river in September and finger mullet or something resembling them is sure to draw strikes.

I have always enjoyed fishing the late summer season in Sebastian. A tropical storm in September or a cold front in early October and it’s like you’re fishing a whole new place. Topwater plugs, gold spoons and D.O.A jerkbaits are excellent choices for covering large areas of shallow water and will draw strike from any predator keying on finger mullet.

Tight Lines,
Capt. Gus Brugger

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