There have been a lot of fish in the Indian River Lagoon. I’ve been in the North Merritt Island area because it’s what I’m familiar with. I’m sure that much of what I write can be applied further north and in the ML.
There have been black drum around 12-25 lbs tailing on the flats in 2-3 ft of water most afternoons and evenings. There has been a lot of very small redfish and a few seatrout on channel drop-offs and under some docks. There have been a few slot size reds on shallow flats, but the low water levels are certainly changing where to target them. The wind direction has been a factor too.
All these fish will hit live shrimp, but the black drum are very picky. Try big dead shrimp; I’ve had great success with that. With the water being so clear, do not use too big of a hook or too heavy of a leader. I like to use 20 lb braid with a 4ft 20 lb fluorocarbon leader for the black drum. For the redfish, it’s essential to cast something light a long distance. I use 10 lb super slick braid and a long leader of 12 lb fluorocarbon. The 2/0 size circle hook is my preference, but if you’re shrimp are small, you may need to downsize,
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