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Week of January 27: Black Drum, Sheepshead, Flounder, Redfish and Spotted Trout

man holding redfish kneeling at night

Tommy at Sebastian Inlet Bait & Tackle tells us there’s been some good action at the inlet recently.  Anglers have been catching a lot of Black Drum off the jetties, and both jetties are open after being closed temporarily for public safety by Park officials due to weather and rough surf blowing out the grates on the North Jetty.  Try for Sheepshead from the catwalks under the bridge and throughout the inlet system.  Small shrimp, clams and sandfleas are your bait of choice for both the Black Drum and Sheepshead.

The Flounder action West of the bridge continues to be good and they are hitting on live shrimp and frozen finger mullet.  Anglers have been reporting some Redfish action and Spotted Trout too, mostly West of the bridge and in the backwaters.  Try to T-dock and fishing from the North and South shorelines. 

Remember your FWC size and bag limits:

Black Drum
Size limit: 14”-24”
Bag limit: 5 per angler

Size limit: 12” minimum
Bag limit: 8 per angler

Size limit: 12” minimum
Bag limit: 10 per angler

Redfish (Red Drum)
Size limit: 18”-27”
Bag limit: 1 per angler

Spotted Trout
Size limit: 15”-20”
Bag limit: 4 per angler (SE Zone)

Cooler morning temps this week in the 50s with rain chances creeping in for Friday and Saturday.  NOAA’s marine forecast is calling for NE winds all week through Friday and some pretty high sustained winds with gusts.  Definitely check out the report HERE before planning your trip to the inlet this week and check our webcam for real-time weather data, images and video.

This week our featured angler is Sandesh Sukhdeo.  Sandesh and a friend were fishing off the North Jetty a few weeks ago and caught two bull Reds on crabs.  Not too many people fishing that night because of the choppy water, but he tells us 2oz bucktails were also working for the Tarpon and Reds.  If you want to be feature as our angler of the week, use the Contact Form to send us the details of your catch with photos (horizontal and vertical, please).  Have a great week!