A lot of Action Across the Region

By |2018-12-10T21:36:02+00:0012.10.2018|4 Comments

Snook fishing

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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About the Author:

I'm Kurt Boyken from Merritt Island. I'm 18 and I've been fishing since 2010. I used to fish inshore near my home on the Indian River Lagoon. I used to catch black and red drum, trout, tarpon, and a few small snook. When weather permits, I will fish out of Port Canaveral for the many various species caught nearshore and offshore. My very favorite is big tarpon.


  1. Wade December 11, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Nice work !

  2. JC December 11, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Great report again, Kurt! Last week you also mentioned trouble eliciting a black drum strike. Just curious if you’re using the same presentation as you are with reds. Have you tried throwing a rotten ass shrimp at them?

  3. fins fan 13 December 15, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    great job kurt so cool to see your reports and videos .great job so great to see younger peaple involved in fishing

  4. fins fan 13 December 15, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    in the sebastian area there have been reports of some bigger flounder and trying to catch bait at the wabasso bridge for the last day for snook season.the cooler weather hopefully brings in thebigger flounder and pompanoand brings the trout to the area bridges,

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