Welcome to this week’s fishing report from Sebastian Inlet in Sebastian, Florida. This week, the outgoing tide to almost slack tide has been the most successful time to fish.
The bait of choice has been large paddle tails, and slow retrieval has been the key to success. Anglers have been catching snook and redfish using this technique.
Pompano and Spanish mackerel are still being caught off the beaches using live bait and jigs. The preferred bait has been cut bait and sand fleas.
Speckled trout have been a bit finicky but are still caught on 4-inch paddle tails, closer to sandbars, drop-offs, and mangrove strips.
Todd Mossman, who fishes a little north of Sebastian, reports that he has been doing very well in the early mornings and afternoon using topwater gotcha swim baits and super flukes.
Todd has been catching keeper-size speckled trout, redfish, and black drum. His bait of choice for black drum has been blue crabs and fiddler crabs.
Todd says there have been tons of ladyfish lately and stingrays moving in. He has been successful in the mouths of the creeks and oyster bars with slight drop-offs.
Todd fishes from a 120 Peddle, Drive Old Town kayak and loves the versatility of his kayak and the ability to fish where most cannot in a larger craft.
Moving on to Headwaters Lake in Fellsmere, Florida, Headwaters Jim reports that this week’s artificial bite has been slow, but some of his bigger fish have been caught on bull shad and bluegills.
Some of his fish were in the 2 to 4-pound range caught on worms in the gooseberry color from Cobra Baits. Chatter and spinner baits with the golden shiner color have also worked for Jim.
The locations where Jim has been successful have been near grass edges and drop-offs. Jim says that if you can find the grass flat with open pockets, no matter what you’re working on, work it slow because some of the bigger fish are very selective due to the abundance of live natural bait in the lake.
The topwater bite has been hit or miss, and with the increase in temperature, finding some of the deeper water has proven crucial this time of year.
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Temperatures this week will range from 85 to 91 degrees as the high and overnight lows are around 70. A northeast wind on Monday will change to the southwest by Wednesday. Winds are 5 to 10 mph.
There’s a 30 percent chance of rain on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The rain chance increases on Thursday and Friday to 50 percent.
Seas are 2 to 3 feet, increasing to 3 to 4 feet on Friday.