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Week of March 9: Rough Seas Putting a Damper on Fishing

man holding large fish standing in surf on beach
Joe Hardy from Syracuse, NY showing off his massive Black Drum.

A brisk SSE wind, rough seas and general weather conditions are making it a challenge for anglers out there right now, but we see a few brave souls on the webcam.  The fish are around according to Sarah at Sebastian Inlet Bait & Tackle; Snook, Redfish, Pompano, Jacks, Black Drum and some good-sized Bluefish.  The NOAA forecast has the weather turning mid-week.  Thursday and Friday, East winds top out at 10 knots with seas expected to be 3-4 feet.  Definitely head out later in the week to drop a line.

A hearty WAY-TO-GO to our featured anglers of the week!  Joe Hardy from Syracuse, NY, and Ed Nunez from Milwaukee, WI.  “We love Space Coast surf casting, especially near the inlet.” 

Check out this massive 47” Black Drum that Joe brought in using sandfleas on pompano rigs.   We hear that Ed has been surf casting near Sebastian Inlet for years while visiting his parents who winter in Melbourne Beach, but Joe is relatively new to the sport.  “He’s a great student and to bring that Drum to the beach on a light line was quite impressive!  My sister and 88-year old Dad were also there to help land these fish.  Teamwork!” 

man holding large fish standing on beach
Ed Nunez from Milwaukee, WI showing off the massive Black Drum he caught two days later fishing the beach just North of the North Jetty.

When you do make your trip to the inlet, try the jetties for the Bluefish with your spoons or Gotcha lures.  We’ve also been getting reports of massive Black Drums that were caught on the North Jetty, but also from the beaches (the photo says it all, right!?).  Use your sandfleas, shrimp and clams to target Black Drum.  Anglers are still seeing Sheepshead too.  Snook and Redfish can be found throughout the inlet system and are hitting on live shrimp. 

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!