I’m Capt. Glyn Austin, the owner and operator of Going Coastal Fishing Charters. I’m a central Florida native who was born and raised in the Melbourne and Palm Bay area. It’s here where my love for fishing was nurtured. Now, that passion is now my full time job.
Pre front, the bite was pretty good early in the week. Snook and reds were plentiful in the inlet and there were a decent number of tarpon and sharks off the beach — if you could get out and get to them.
Early week, the inlet was on fire and we caught a bunch of Redfish, Snook and a few jacks. Throw in some Spanish Mackerel and the fishing was great. Once the front went through and the temp dropped to high 30s and low 40s the bite became difficult in the inlet and the lagoon.
We had a pretty good Thanksgiving week despite the weather. The redfish and Snook were stubborn during the daytime but the guys fishing at night did well with them. We managed to get some on Pigfish and shrimp. Inshore bite was well with a lot of small Flounder inside the inlet and along the flats caught using Storm 36GT Coastal Paddletails with Pro cure. Keep the baits slow and low in the water column so the flounder can find them. The pompano bite around the inlet was good this week as well. Doc’s goofy jigs worked well and we caught a few on the Storm Shrimp with Pro Cure jigging the flats around the inlet.
Had a great week fishing the inlet. The reds were stacked up and chewing good and the snook were mixed in as well. Live pinfish worked well for the reds and snook and Shrimp worked well for the snook on incoming tide. Pre front the Tarpon and sharks were thick on the beach. After the front on Thursday, the bite slowed a bit but the fish are still there. With the winds dying and the weather warming, look for that Snook bite to heat up at the inlet and keep an eye out for tarpon on the beach!
The bite in Sebastian inlet has been good with plenty of redfish and snook around with some jacks and a few permit mixed in. Incoming bite has been mostly snook on pigfish and live shrimp fished from the jetty. Redfish, jacks Snook and permit on outgoing tide with live pinfish and pigfish accounting for most of the fish. Live shrimp are getting a few Snook and Permit as well on outgoing tide.
With 15-20mph winds and generally inclement weather, we stuck to inshore fishing this past week. We did well with a lot of Pompano, trout, jacks and ladyfish, and also some redfish and flounder mixed in. The fish were on the move with the red tide but the further you could get away from Sebastian Inlet, the better the fishing was. While the bait schools scattered and moved a bit, the fish were still in with the mullet and feeding well on Storm 360GT Coastal soft plastic baits along with live shrimp and mullet.
Weather wasn’t good for us to get off the beach most of the week. We fished inshore from Palm Bay down to Sebastian and had a good bite on Trout, bluefish and jacks with some small Snook and Redfish mixed in. Soft Plastic jerk baits and Rapala Twitchin Mullet are the best baits with the most success for us. Live Finger mullet and pigfish will give you some decent fish but we haven’t caught the numbers of fish using live bait as we have using artificial.
The mullet run is finally in full swing and unfortunately, so is the red tide here on the east coast. While the red tide hasn’t hit us as hard as it has the west coast of Florida, we certainly don’t want any red tide or algae issues to deal with. It seems to be in pockets along the beaches from Vero Beach to Cocoa Beach. I haven’t had any issues inside the Indian River Lagoon in the areas around Sebastian, Grant or Palm Bay this week.
The Mullet Run is finally getting going with a lot of bait in the lagoon and the beaches getting some action as well. Inshore bite has been good with a lot of trout as well as slot redfish and some snook.
Since we aren’t able to fish the beach much this week, we spent our time fishing the lagoon from Palm Bay down to Sebastian and Vero Beach. The mullet are starting to show up in good numbers in the Indian River Lagoon from Palm Bay to Sebastian but the winds and seas are too heavy to get out off the beach and look for the tarpon migrating with the mullet.