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Week of November 6: Expect improving conditions and a chance for black drum, pompano and sheepshead

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Today's forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, a high of 80 degrees, NNE winds of 12 mph, and three to four-foot waves. 

”Good morning, fishing friends. I hope everyone had a great weekend! Again,  I don't like writing these kinds of reports, but I tell it like it is — no sugar coating. Last week’s sloppy weather practically shut down the fishing action at Sebastian Inlet. Waves peaked at six to seven feet and winds at times exceeded 35 miles an hour. Access to the north jetty was nearly impossible and dangerous! Trust me, I've been out in those conditions, personally got hurt, and saw some other folks sustain injuries and even broken bones! NO FISH IS WORTH YOUR SAFETY! Be smart. Conditions at the south jetty were similar: Waves were breaking over the jetty from the tip, along the rock shoreline to the catwalk. Again, not a safe scenario; nobody was out there.  To that end, there were fish caught back inside the inlet in the protected areas along the shorelines on both sides (west of the catwalk).

I received reports and saw sheepshead and black margate caught on cut shrimp. Nothing big, but nice fish to take home. The T-dock area was producing Spanish mackerel and bluefish on silver spoons, small jigs and live greenies. Again, not any big fish, but big enough to take home for dinner. I haven't heard much about snook or redfish as the winds and dirty water has put a damper on the fishing until the water clears up and calms back down. 

This coming week the ocean and winds are expected to calm down considerably. The coastal water temperatures are in the 73 to 75-degree range, which draws cold-water fish. If it cleans up quite a bit look for the black drum, pompano and sheepshead to show up again as they did last month when the water was clean and cool. Sand fleas, live and dead shrimp and clams will be the baits to use for them. Also, if there are any small mullet or greenies available, Spanish mackerel and bluefish should show up again, picking up where they left off two weeks ago when they were biting. Catching snook will become trickier because they don't like the cooler water. Redfish should be around as well as they don't mind the cooler water. 

That's it for now, friends! As I stated earlier, expect improved conditions this week. Enjoy the comfortable fall weather, wet a line or enjoy the beach. Be safe, be smart and have a great week, everyone.” — Snookman.