There were big schools of 3-4 inch pogies all over the bight and port. At the north jetty, there were a lot of undersized snook eating the pogies. Because of the small baits, I was using a medium-heavy shimano rod, 40 lb leader and a 2/0 circle hook. I’d use a bigger hook with bigger baits and consider heavier leader. There have been a few sheepshead already, and I expect them to become abundant soon. Use a small hook and live fiddler crab or shrimp inside the port.
If weather permits, there should be some tripletail under floating objects and buoys. Lastly, I’ve heard reports of sailfish offshore, but good luck getting offshore this week.
There have been a lot of 5-15 lb black drum and a few juvenile reds on the flats near structures in the North Merritt Island area of the Indian River Lagoon. Shrimp, clams, crabs, and soft plastics will produce a bite when the fish cooperate. It seems like the bait has to be within inches of the black drum to get a bite, unlike redfish which find the bait from a much greater distance. Push pole the flats very silently and reel the bait into the fish’s path.
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