Sebastian Inlet Fishing Report: Snook, Tripletail and Redfish are Biting!

Kelly Young caught a snook at the Sebastian Inlet.
Kelly Young caught a snook at the Sebastian Inlet.

The colder weather hasn’t stopped anyone from fishing at the Sebastian Inlet. We observed people catching snook and redfish off the Jetty pier and in boats.

Kelly Young, seen in the picture above, caught a snook using an Okuma rod & reel. She used Snook Candy Jigs, which another popular way to catch snook.

Joey Aramini caught a 50 inch red drum weighing in at approximately 25 pounds. He used a Penn International Reel and live croaker for bait. Aramini then caught an Atlantic tripletail in the Indian River next to the Sebastian Inlet State Park.

Red Drum caught near the pier at the Sebastian Inlet.
Atlantic Tripletail
Atlantic Tripletail

“We used Star Rods Stellar Lite poles, and a 3000 reel. These tripletail are good eating when in season,” Aramini said.

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky when catching these fish, although a little on the chilly side.

Jake Collins caught a 19″ tripletail on a Tsunami Pompano Bucktail Jig, on an inshore Lew’s Blair Wiggins rod equipped with a Shimano Sahara 4000 reel wrapped with 30 lb suffix braid.

Jake Collins caught a Tripletail
Jake Collins caught a Tripletail

“I was just south of the Sebastian Inlet near some docks in my kayak when the tide started going out. The tripletail were floating around everywhere waiting to feed. Also seen the biggest trout of my life around there around 30″ I’d say and a few slot sized snook,” Collins told Sebastian Daily.

Bob Richter, who owns and operates Polar Express Charters out of Sebastian (207-314-8469), had a great day catching this big fish.

Fishing at the Sebastian Inlet
Fishing at the Sebastian Inlet

“The fish was caught on a Shimano Saragosa from Strike Zone in Melbourne using a live pinfish for bait,” Richter told Sebastian Daily.

A lot of people are using live pinfish as bait. They are a saltwater fish found in subtropical shallow coastal waters of the Atlantic and Gulf coast.

CeeJay Carter And Eric Hawkins caught a Snook and Redfish. Check out these fish as they are large in size.

Snook
Snook
Redfish
Redfish

“We used ‚Ā£Shimano Teramar poles with Shimano Saragosa reels, and used pinfish and croakers for bait,” Carter told Sebastian Daily.

We’ve been hearing a lot about croaker bait recently. While they can grow to 24 inches long, is an important food fish. Typically, fishermen use the smaller Atlantic croaker, about 5 or 6 inches long, because it’s considered to be the best live bait for catching snook. Croakers are usually caught in cast nets.

Omar caught a 42-inch redfish at the Sebastian Inlet. Look at that fish!

42-inch Redfish
42-inch Redfish

“I caught a 42-inch redfish using live shrimp on my Penn III fierce 40 lb braided 60 Lb leader,” Omar said.

Leo Mizrahi caught a 36.5 inch snook.

Leo Mizrahi with a snook at the Sebastian Inlet Jetty.
Leo Mizrahi with a snook at the Sebastian Inlet Jetty.

“I used a flairhawk jig,” Mixrash said.

Jim Gast caught a red snapper and a cobia near the Inlet.

Cobia
Cobia
Red Snapper
Red Snapper

“They were caught in 100′ of water out of Sebastian Inlet and caught using vertical Jigs,” told Sebastian Daily.

Nuno Ventura caught a big red fish using live shrimp as bait. For gear, he used a , Red fish, bait shrimp, using a Penn Fierce II 6000 Saltwater Spinning Reel.

Nuno Ventura caught a red fish at Sebastian Inlet.
Nuno Ventura caught a red fish at Sebastian Inlet.

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. 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.