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Week of March 3: As water temps warm up, so should the snook, snapper and redfish bite

A man holding a large fish on a sunny day at a pier, with a boat in the background.
Angler of the Week: This is Armando with a 27-inch black drum he caught last week on the north jetty using live shrimp on an early incoming tide. 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 partly cloudy skies, a high of 75 degrees, NE winds at 11 mph, and three to four-foot seas.

It’s time for another weekly fishing report from “Snookman” Wayne Landry!

“What's happening, Sebastian Inlet fishing fanatics? I hope everyone had a great weekend! It's the first week of March and we are headed into our springtime weather, finally. The water has been warming up quite a bit the last few days — up to 67 degrees from the low 60s we experienced over the last several weeks. The fishing hasn't picked up since last week, but anglers are catching nice fish around the inlet. You just have to be there when the fish decide to play. The massive schools of threadfins have thinned out greatly, but they are still around. My expectation is that when the water warms up this quickly (similar to rapid temperature drops in the fall) the snook go into what I call a transition mode, and makes them a little tough to catch. You have to be there when they decide to play. So, this report is going to be another brief one, as no single place is in the inlet is the ‘place to be’. There has been some nice slot-sized snook being caught on both the north side and south side on live baits, no bait has been the special one to use.

I also saw black drum caught on both sides of the inlet, with the action mostly on the incoming high tides, using live and dead shrimp; and bluefish of about 4 to 5 pounds on cut baits and silver spoons, on either tide for those, some small Spanish mackerel caught on small white or chartreuse jigs. I also saw pretty nice sheepshead along the rock shorelines, both sides, not a lot, but a few, and I did see one nice cubera snapper about 16 inches caught Sunday afternoon on the north rocks by the catwalk. The surf fishing on both sides has been slow due to the dirty water. Not a lot going on when I chatted with my surf anglers Sunday. 

As I wrote earlier, we are in that winter-to-spring transition period, and fishing will only improve from here on out as the water continues to warm back up. The water temperature needs to rise to 70 and above for the snook, snapper and redfish to become active. Trust me, if that happens, they will - they always do. Also, the water clarity needs to improve as well. All you can do is be there when the fish decide to turn on, and lately it has been a quick, short bite, and it's all over! 

Well guys and gals, that's it in a nutshell for this week. As I mentioned, better days await, so grab your gear, bait and go to the inlet and see what you can muster up - you never know! Oh, and don't forget, Sunday night to spring forward your clocks one hour. Have a great week, everyone!” — Snookman