North Indian and Banana River Fishing Report
October was a great month to be on the water and one I always look forward too. Large schools of big redfish proved to be great fun for most of the month. Quite a few clients caught their largest redfish on fly. The tarpon also were very cooperative with some of the years most spectacular eats up close. I am already looking forward to October 2016.
December is typically a very transitional month on the IRL. Weather patterns are changing and fronts are beginning to push through the region on a regular basis. The water temps have cooled down considerably and the snook and tarpon have started moving into their winter time haunts. Big sea trout are starting to move up shallow and lay up during the daytime which provide excellent sight fishing targets. These fish require a stealthy approach and a delicate presentation to not spook these wary predators. Redfish and black drum also prove to be great targets this month as you get the best of both sight fishing opportunities, laid up individual fish and large groups of actively feeding fish. Depending on the regularity of the fronts and if they bring cooler temperatures with them the fishing can get real predictable. Pre and post front fishing can get red hot throughout the winter as long as we get the proper conditions. Currently the bait is still thick throughout the IRL and the early top water has been good. Once the surface bite slows down we have had great success throwing DOA C.A.L series shad tails on spin gear and baitfish flies on the long rod at redfish and sea trout. The black drum have been eating weighted shrimp and crab patterns on fly and DOA shrimp or crabs on spin gear.
Happy holidays to all and please remember to respect the fish, the environment and your fellow angler while on the water.
Capt. Rick Worman is a fly and light tackle fishing guide who specializes in sight fishing the flats of the Indian River Lagoon. His enthusiastic attitude and positive demeanor are infectious on the water. That paired with his work ethic and uncanny knowledge of the local fishery insure you will have a memorable trip. Captain Rick Worman – 321-525-3893 Flatline Guide Service www.flatlineguideservice.com