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Week of July 13:  Spanish Mackerel, Mangrove Snapper and Red Drum around

man holding large snook at night

Anglers tell us there have been a lot of Spanish Mackerel out there, mainly around the jetties.  Use your little spoons, jigs and Gotcha lures to target them. 

We hear there has also been some good action with Mangrove Snapper.  You’ll find these guys throughout the inlet system and backwaters so try fishing the different areas in Sebastian Inlet State Park.  Best bait to use to use, live shrimp.

Tommy tells us there’s also been Red Drum, Jacks and some Pompano around.  He’s even seen a few big Permit come over the rails of the North Jetty, hitting on large, live shrimp that can be more difficult to find this time of year. 

Red Drum are hitting on live shrimp too, same for the Permit or crab if you can find it.  Jacks prefer live bait and Pompano love sand fleas.  Seems like incoming tide in the afternoon has been ideal, but the fishing has been good on the outgoing tide in the morning as well.  Go see Tommy at Sebastian Inlet Bait & Tackle and he’ll get you all set up.  Plus he’ll give you the latest on the action at the different fishing spots at the inlet.

A shout out to our featured angler of the week – Viquar Syed.  Late June, he had a great night of fishing on the North Jetty, facing the northern beaches.  It was low tide, around 9:30 p.m. with low winds and temps in the mid-80s.  Viquar tells us “Snook were abundant and some Red Drum were biting too.”  Viquar landed and released this massive 35lb. Snook on pinfish as bait.  Wow!  Just wow. 

Please remember that Snook are catch and release only until the season opens again on September 1 to help ensure sustainable fisheries for future generations of anglers.  If you want to be featured as our angler of the week, use the Contact Form to send us the details of your catch with photos (horizontal and vertical, please), and check our webcam to plan your next fishing trip to the inlet using real-time weather, tide charts and more.

Have a great week and don’t forget to thank a Sebastian Inlet State Park Ranger during your visit!  These guys work really hard to make sure we all have a wonderful Park to enjoy right here in our backyard.