Sebastian to Eau Gallie Causeway Inshore Report
The inshore bite has been pretty decent over the last few weeks as the weather pattern early January was very warm. The cooler temps the latter part of the month and allowed the water to clean up drastically and the sight fishing is starting to get pretty good from Palm Bay down to Sebastian. There have been a lot of Trout, some Reds and snook on the mangrove shorelines and one of the better baits the last few weeks has been the Storm Twitch Stick and DOA Jerkbait rigged on a 20lb fluoro leader. Pompano have been consistent the clam leases and spoil islands as well on DOA Shrimp, Lil jon rigged on a ¼ ounce jighead and Doc’s Goofy jigs.
Jacks and ladyfish are in the Sebastian Rivers as well as Turkey and Crane Creek and will eat anything you throw at them. The warmer weather has had the snook more active as well. Mangrove Snapper and Black drum are on the oyster bars and around the deeper docks and will hit on live shrimp rigged on a 1/4oz jighead or a 1/0 to 3/0 circle hook with a split shot to get the bait down.
The nighttime Redfish Snook and Tarpon bite at Sebastian Inlet continues to be strong after the cold fronts. They Snook and Redfish are hitting bucktails from the north jetty at Sebastian inlet on outgoing tide. There have been a few tarpon hitting the bucktails as well Hogy Eels and Paddletails rigged on a 2 ounce Barbarian Jighead or a Rapala XRap 14 plug on a drift from the south jetty. The snook have been hit or miss off the jetties at night with most of the fish caught with bucktails. There is some big trout on the outgoing tides off the south jetty and along the shorelines inside the inlet.
If you can get outside Sebastian inlet on calm days, look for Rays a mile or two outside and Cobia following them. There can be some tarpon off the beach mixed in with the sharks, kingfish and mackerel that feeding on bait pods outside the inlet. Anglers should look for Pompano, Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel along the beaches. Use Goofy jigs or Mirrolure lil jons for the Spanish and Pompano and the blues will eat anything you want to throw at them. If there is a lot of bait around, the blacktip and spinner sharks will be in the mix also so have a big rod ready to go.
Capt. Glyn Austin
Capt. Glyn Austin is a lifelong Brevard County Resident and full time inshore/nearshore fishing guide. My 23’ Shoalwater tunnel boat is comfortable for up to 4 anglers and will let us get shallower than most flats boats for inshore fishing and offers a smooth dry ride when fishing the Inlet and nearshore waters of Brevard County.