Skip to main content

Week of January 8: Black drum have been active on the north jetty – and redfish mixed in

May contain: water, waterfront, animal, fish, sea life, face, head, person, photography, portrait, pier, port, outdoors, beach, coast, nature, sea, and shoreline
Our Angler of the Week is the Snook Queen, Erica, with a very nice catch-and-release redfish caught on the south jetty on live shrimp.

We need your fishing photos! If you'd like to be featured as the Angler of the Week, please send your photos to We love details! Please include your name, hometown, species of fish and (if you want to share) the bait or lure that worked for you! 

 Today’s forecast calls for cloudy skies, a high of 71 degrees, E winds at 13 to 15 mph and one to two-foot seas. Tuesday will be windy and cloudy, with S winds reaching 27 mph. Partly cloudy on Wednesday, afternoon showers on Thursday and morning thunderstorms expected Friday and Saturday.

It’s time for the weekly fishing report from our own Wayne “Snookman” Landry, the man who has fished Sebastian Inlet for half a century (we’re not lying).

“Good morning, Sebastian Inlet fishing lovers, I hope everyone had a great weekend despite the weather! Here we go with our report for the week. This report will largely be a ‘rinse-and-repeat’ of last week. Fish are being caught all throughout the inlet, with the incoming tide being ideal due to the cleaner water on that tide. The breakdown:

North jetty: This has been the fishing hot spot. Last weekend, the black drum lit the fire, with a lot of nice fish caught. Live and dead shrimp and sand fleas are the best baits to use. Most fish were caught toward the end of the jetty on the ocean side, both tides. Fish the bottom with a dropper rig or with a Carolina rig with one to two-ounce weight to keep it stationary. Most of the fish I have seen were again in the 20 to 28-inch range, with a few even bigger, and some at the minimum 14-inch range. Also, there have been catch-and-release redfish mixed in with the drum. On the beachside, there are still a few pompano and whiting being caught on cut shrimp and sand fleas. Mostly on the high tide. Incoming tide for you folks that only like to catch-and-release snook — the bite was excellent on Sunday, with a lot of nice slot fish being caught and released. It’s a bit unusual for them to bite this well in the 67-degree water, but they are. The sheepshead bite is picking back up again, with fish being caught between the pilings with sand fleas or fiddler crabs. Cut shrimp will also work. I saw one nice flounder caught out there last Friday on live shrimp. Not happening with them. 

South jetty: The fishing has mirrored the north side: incoming tide with the clean water is the key. Live shrimp are accounting for catch-and-release snook and redfish all along the seawall. Also, there have been a few spotted seatrout caught on live shrimp free-lined or a small split shot. At the tip, outgoing tide, anglers are catching black margates, spot tail pins, black drum and some sheepshead on sand fleas and cut shrimp. In the surf pocket area, the flounder bite is picking up. They’re being caught on mud minnows and live shrimp, and small jigs. Most of the fish I saw and heard about were in the 14 to 16-inch range. 

T-dock area: It’s slow here. On the first of the outgoing tide, boaters are getting a few flounder on finger mullet and mud minnows. Most are in the 14 to 18-inch range. 

Surf area, both sides: The south side was producing a lot of pompano until SSE winds arrived and dirtied the water. The weather was calm enough for boaters to get in on the action; beach anglers were getting a bunch of them. Several anglers caught their limits of five each. Sand fleas and cut shrimp were the key baits. Also, in the mix were whiting and black drum, same baits. 

North surf: Here it was the same thing: pompano, black drum and whiting on the high tides on sand fleas and cut shrimp. Then the winds changed, as I previously mentioned, and dirtied up the water. 

That’s all, folks. This week, anticipate unsettled weather and high winds, particularly on Tuesday (see forecast at the top of the report). Good luck fishing! They’re out there, but you have to get them. Stay safe, stay well and enjoy your week.” — Snookman.

May contain: water, waterfront, accessories, glasses, adult, male, man, person, port, box, animal, fish, and sea life
Black drum, baby! Alberto Rodriguez of Orlando bounced a shrimp on the bottom of the inlet channel and caught this gorgeous specimen.