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Week of April 11: Hit-or-miss with snook and reds, but lovely weather anticipated this week

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Check out smiling Tom Doherty, an angler visiting from  the Canadian province of Manitoba., shows of his rock blenny. According to our fishing guide, "Snookman" Wayne Landry, this is actually a huge example of the species.


Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies, a high of 75 degrees, ESE winds at 14 mph and one and two-foot seas.

Our trusty fishing guide, “Snookman” Wayne Landry provided us with the following fishing report:

“I hope everyone had a great weekend! The weather was good, but a bit windy to say the least. Fishing at the Sebastian Inlet overall has been slow, as it has for the week and a half, due to extreme winds which dirties up the water. Also, water temperatures have dropped again, down to 72 as of Monday morning from the 74 to 75 is has been for a week and a half. 

North jetty:  Fishing here is still a hit-or-miss with the snook and redfish. Most were caught on the outgoing tide with live baits such as mojarra, pilchards and large shrimp, if you can find some. Bluefish and a few Spanish mackerel are still being caught with small jigs and gotcha lures on both tides. The sheepshead bite has pretty much over, but there are still some small fish being caught on live fiddler crabs around the pilings. There are some nice fish around, but they just don't want to play until the water warms up. Last week, I saw schools of very large jack crevalles passing by the jetty, a huge school of large redfish, and a few pods of bonito about 8 to 10 pounds breezing by. Also, I had a report of some cubera snapper swimming around the rocks at the tip. 

South jetty: Like the North jetty, fishing is hit-or-miss on the snook and reds, most being caught are on the incoming tide on live mojarras. Decent flounder are still being caught on small rubber grubs in the surf when the water is clean and calm. Most I've seen are around 15 to 18 inches. Black margates, sea bream, sand perch, and whiting are still being caught at the tip on the outgoing tide when the water is clean, otherwise it's catfish city. Large jacks, blues and Spanish mackerel are a possibility when throwing silver spoons to the channel area, both tides. 

 T-Dock area: Back here I saw some nice Spanish and blues being caught on small jigs and silver spoons on either tide, incoming is better. Also, I got word of some nice snook, again showing up on live mojarras on the incoming tide. Also, those large jack crevalles are back here following the schools of mullet that are coming in the inlet. Large silver spoons or live mullet tossed out to the channel will attract them. The ones I saw swimming around the jetty were around the 20 to 30-pound class. Fun to catch. 

Surf area, both sides: When the water is clean and calm, expect some pompano. Small pieces of shrimp or sand fleas will get the job done on these fine-eating fish. Also, nice whiting and croakers are being caught on the same baits. Fish bites will also work for these fish. I also heard that some nice blues and Spanish are still being caught to on silver spoons. Another note is that it being spring now, we should start seeing snook and tarpon along the surf line looking for schools of mullet running the beach, so be on the lookout for them. 

Offshore: Fishing out here is starting to pick up a bit, but most of the fish I hear you are having to hunt for. Cobia are being reported in the 50 to 80-foot reefs and ledges. They can be caught with sardines and live pilchards. Medium-sized jigs tossed in front of them will get the bite also. Not many have been seen around the large rays along the beaches though, and most are offshore in that area. Most of the fish are small with a few being caught in the 30 to 40-pound range. Dolphin (mahi mahi) are showing in the 300 to 1000-foot depths around the weed lines and the thermal breaks. Most of the fish are in the 20 to 30 pound range and are being caught on trolled baits such as ballyhoo and strip mullet on Islander lures with feathers and streamers. The bite is a random one, so have a pitch rod ready, so that while trolling you can toss a bait or lure at them. Fish are averaging 5 to 10-pounds with a few larger ones in the mix. Bottom fishing is pretty good if you know where to go. I had a report from a couple of my friends last week whohad a good day in the 100-ft depths with a catch of mangrove snapper, large porgies, vermillion snappers, or what some folks call "beeliners", and  a couple of amberjacks up to 35 pounds. 

Winds are supposed to be strong this week (10 to 20 mph E, SE) but the sun is forecast to be out most of the week, with comfortable temperatures. So, get your gear, coolers, chairs and enjoy the Florida outdoors. Summer is just around the corner, enjoy the mild weather while we have it. Cheers... Snookman.”