Sebastian Fishing: Redfish, Snook, and Tarpon on the fly

Fly fishing in the Indian River Lagoon in Sebastian, Florida.
Fly fishing in the Indian River Lagoon in Sebastian, Florida.

Redfish, snook, and tarpon are biting in and around the Sebastian Inlet, and vacationers are taking advantage of it.

Brady Carter came down to Sebastian from Tennessee to visit his family, who live in Fellsmere. Carter is an Orvis endorsed professional fly fishing guide for the South Holston River Company in the mountains of northeast Tennessee.

“We have come down a few times before and have enjoyed figuring out how to fly fish in the Sebastian area,” Carter told Sebastian Daily.

“It was a windy day, so we moved up into the Indian River Lagoon to find mangroves to buffer the wind,” Carter explained.

He caught a 33″ snook on a shrimp fly pattern called a rattle rouser that he tied up. He was using an Orvis Helios 3D 9′ 8wt rod and a 3-Tand t70 reel with Orvis pro floating line.

Fishing in Sebastian, Florida.
Fishing in Sebastian, Florida.
Fishing in Sebastian, Florida.
Fishing in Sebastian, Florida.

“I was casting up underneath the mangroves. I made one strip on my line, and then I saw the line tighten as the water pushed and swirled underneath the branches. I strip set the fly, and the water exploded with commotion,” Carter said.

“Luckily, the fish ran out of there and towards us as I quickly took in line to keep it tight. I was able to get it on the reel and landed it quickly,” Carter added.

It was an excellent day for Carter and the boys as they caught a redfish, snook, and tarpon.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland. When he was age 9, his parents moved to Jupiter, Florida. Andy spent several years at various radio & television stations in Florida such as WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. In 1994, Andy made a career change to computer programming and worked for several technology companies (two are Fortune 500) in Atlanta, Georgia. However, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2002. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.