INDIAN RIVER COUNTY
Nedra Maxwell, of the Sebastian Inlet District, posted a series of photos from recent catches by anglers and visitors to the Sebastian Inlet State Park. One thing that is always stunning about the photos is the diversity of species caught there. Anglers in the photos are posing with catches of redfish, black drum, sheepshead, snook, permit, cubera snapper, jacks, Irish pompano, sheepshead and more. Winds will be a problem this weekend, but fish inside the inlet and west of the State Road A1A bridge to find bites.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY
Capt. Carl Eby, of Fintastic charters out of Billy Bones Bait and Tackle, said his anglers have enjoyed catching pompano lately in the Indian River Lagoon. The spoil islands near Little Mud Creek are producing a few catches of pompano and jacks, and there have been a few decent snook caught on the flats. But finding a slot fish is tough, Eby said. Some of the better fishing is in the grass within a few miles of the Indian River County line. His anglers are using D.O.A. Cals in new penny and Arkansas glow colors.
William Miller, of the Treasure Coast Fishing Hub Facebook page, reminded anglers that snook fishing will be one of the few fisheries not negatively affected by the winds this week. Snook kind of like it windy. They also like it when the water gets stirred up. He said to swim large hand-picked or select shrimp with the incoming tide driven by the north wind at the bridges. Swim it or a big jig with the sweeping current into the shadow line, and hang on. That’s when the ambush strike comes.
If you’re not planning to “enter the portal” this weekend at the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, there will be plenty of fishing opportunities. But it will be windy, so…