Treasure Coast Marina is a full service facility in Grant, Florida, at Marker #35 on the ICW and just 4.5 miles north of Sebastian Inlet. By car it is conveniently situated on US Hwy #1, twelve miles south of Melbourne, located between the two county boat ramps of South Brevard County.
Well, it was kind of a slow and frustrating week! Inshore, it was so hot that it was uncomfortable just to be out there. Those willing were rewarded with some pompano near the inlet and a few trout and sheepshead along the lagoon’s docks. Everyone mourns the closing of snook season, and naturally, they started biting immediately upon closure!
We’re very busy at marina this week getting ready for our 20 year anniversary event on memorial day! I can’t believe we opened this place on Memorial Day weekend all the way back in 1999 — time flies! We’ve got a lot of fun planned, including free drawings for prizes, etc., so come by if you are in the area.
Dolphin are starting to appear east of Sebastian Inlet and it looks like they are the front runners for migration! The weeds are broken up out there and constantly having to clear clumps of weeds off baits is tedious, but the results are definitely worth it! We saw several good dolphin catches this week, such as the fish caught by Dale Risker, pictured above.
We’ve seen a good run up to the coming week in spite of that extremely bright full moon. The fish have been feeding all night, leaving them sleepy in the morning, but if you wait until the afternoon, the bite has been good from about 3-4pm on. Windy and stormy weather last week made it difficult for the bait boats to get out so it has been challenging to provide live baits at the shop.
Fishing has really improved this past week and it looks like this should continue into next week. The jetties are on fire with big snook and reds everywhere. From Grant to Wabasso, slot trout and red fish abound along the west shore docks and any structure you can find. They seem to only interested in live shrimp right now. Heading north from Grant, we hear that there are triple tail around that last island in the chain. There’s also some pompano in the mix, and again, live bait is the way to go.
Between talk with some of our local captains and word from our repeat customers, the fishing has been pretty rock solid in the lagoon from Grant to Sebastian. We sold a boat load of shrimp and pinfish this week, which is a pretty reliable indicator that these baits are producing well. At the Inlet, it’s all about the Mojarra. They call these bait fish “snook candy” for good reason, but right now, they are also proving to be a “fin” favorite of the bruiser redfish in and around the Inlet. Come by and stock up on bait, you never know what surprises await you on the water — for instance, just this week, a cobia was caught INSIDE the Inlet!
If there was ever a “week from hell” this week was it! We were warned of impending bad weather. We prepared for it. It turned out to be a mini hurricane! Waves in our part of the lagoon were 2-3’ with the occasional 5’ on Wednesday. It blew for two days with 50+ gusts. Early in the week there were some decent catches of mostly trout and a few pompano, but by Tuesday the bite in our neighborhood had basically shut down.