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Bringing Bait to the Beach
July 14, 2019

Bringing Bait to the Beach

Noah's first beach tarpon

Noah got his first beach tarpon all by himself at 7 years old!

It’s been another good week on the beach. The bait pods holding tarpon, sharks, mackerel, bluefish, a few snook, and silver trout, too. Live Greenies have been excellent baits if you can find them, but we are getting our fair share of fish on Storm Coastal series jerk baits and shrimp rigged on a 1/2 ounce VMC jighead. We’ve been netting greenies from the river around the boat ramps and in the channel, then bringing the bait to the beaches with us in case we can’t find any bait pods to fish. Most of the fish we’ve been finding are roaming the waters from Melbourne beach south to Sebastian Inlet.

tarpon jump off the beach

The weather looks to be good this week and the bite should continue. Glass minnows should be moving in pretty good so the fish will shift to different baits. Small artificial baits or fishing with the fly rod will be key, but Greenies should still work. Smaller baits are preferable. Snook in the glass minnow pods will eat croakers or spots this time of year along with spots and possibly pinfish. Small artificial lures will also work well — as long as you aren’t fishing in a crowd of people throwing live baits. Pay close attention to the tides and get a pattern down and you can have a great time fishing the beaches!

by Capt. Glyn Austin
Going Coastal Charters | (321) 863-8085

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Sebastian Offshore Bite Red Hot
July 7, 2019

Sebastian Offshore Bite Red Hot

offshore fishing report

The offshore bite has been red hot as of late! Kingfish are leading the pack for the past week, they have been stacked up from the beach and any structure all the way out to the 90 foot ledges. Slow trolling a live threadfin or mullet on #5 wire has been the ticket, with the better bites coming early in the morning. There have been a few decent dolphin bites reported trolling out in 500 feet this week as well, but trolling this time of the year can be hit or miss.

The bottom bite has been surprisingly good this late into summer this year. If you can get your baits past the red snapper, there has been a steady mangrove snapper and grouper bite. Remember to keep a flatline out with a livie. There have been a lot of dolphin and kingfish swimming up to check out the commotion.

The red snapper season madness starts this weekend. As stated earlier, the red snapper have been as thick as ever and it should not be a problem to put a quick limit in the boat. Live bait really is the key when targeting the bigger fish, which means leaving a little later as the bait have been coming up after the sun rises. Bring a 5lb box of cigar minnows just incase the baits make themselves scarce. Remember to respect other anglers out there, pulling up 30 foot from someone and throwing out your anchor is bad etiquette. There is plenty of ledge for everyone. Good luck and be safe out there!

by Capt. Justin Ambrosio
Filet Show Fishing Charters | (321) 693-4918

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Don’t Leave Etiquette At the Boat Ramp
July 7, 2019

Don’t Leave Etiquette At the Boat Ramp

summer tarpon fishing

Kevin caught his personal Best!

Jesse and I have been putting in the time fishing the beach for Tarpon, Jacks, Mackerel and Kingfish. Despite the crowds and lack of etiquette from other anglers that continue to run over lines and cut people off with no regard, we still are putting quite a few fish in the air and in the boat. Live bait has worked well but we are also getting decent numbers of Tarpon, Kingfish, Jacks, sharks and Spanish Mackerel on soft plastics.

summer tarpon fishing

Ty from Texas put a whooping on a couple tarpon!

This week should be a bit slower with boats on the water with the end of the holiday, but the weather will still be nice. Look for bait pods on the beach from Port Canaveral to Sebastian Inlet and fish the bait pods. If you are looking for Kingfish to eat, fish the deeper bait pods with live greenies and you should do pretty well.

Anglers this week should start targeting Red Snapper with the limited window for harvesting opening up. There’s plenty of fish off the reefs that are biting on live bait or jigs in 80-120’ depths. Just use some etiquette and don’t pull up on boats that are already fishing.

by Capt. Glyn Austin
Going Coastal Charters | (321) 863-8085

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Great Nearshore Bite in Sebastian Area
July 1, 2019

Great Nearshore Bite in Sebastian Area

spanish mackerel nearshore

Our nearshore bite has been really good around the Sebastian Inlet area. Live pilchards and greenies are the two best baits to use right now, especially for targeting Spanish mackerel (up to 5lbs,), king mackerel (up to 25lbs.), and snook in the surf break or larger species like sharks or tarpon. Rig these on a VMC 7385 circle hook and some 60 pound Suffix fluorocarbon leader. The same baits will work on the larger 15 to 25 inch Speckled trout and 20 to 40 inch snook that are in the lagoon system hanging out around the docks and mangroves. In the upper Indian River and middle southern Mosquito Lagoon areas, there are quite a few slot size trout and slot to under-slot sized redfish. Chug Bug topwater plugs or small Rapala Skitterwalk plugs seem to be working well on both of these species before 8am.

by Capt. Jim Ross
Fine Line Fishing Charters | (321) 636-3728

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Plentiful Bait Pods Outside of Inlet
June 24, 2019

Plentiful Bait Pods Outside of Inlet

nearshore fishing

Jack, Kai and Jimmy came over from Hawaii for some quality time on the water with their family.

Spent our week fishing the beaches for Tarpon, Snook Mackerel and sharks. The bait pods are plentiful north of the inlet with some south as well. There plenty of sharks and mackerel with a few tarpon and snook mixed in the bait pods. Mackerel and Snapper have been plentiful along the reefs. Live bait has been working well but we’ve been doing good on artificial as well. Storm Shrimp rigged on a jighead have accounted for quite a few fish. Weather this week looks good for the same type of fishing and if the bait is around the fish should be plentiful.

big tarpon nearshore Sebastian

Bob and his brother in law Darrel had to take turns on this big tarpon!

by Capt. Glyn Austin
Going Coastal Charters | (321) 863-8085

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Find the Bait Pods on the Beach
June 16, 2019

Find the Bait Pods on the Beach

mutton snapper

Bill from Wisconsin with a Mutton Snapper on an artificial!

Had a good week fishing nearshore and offshore out of Sebastian Inlet. Bait has been hit or miss and moving quite a bit but the fish are close behind when you find the bait pods.

Tarpon, Jacks, Snapper, Sharks and cudas have been most of what we are catching on both live greenies and soft plastics and topwater lures. Fishing close to he beach has produced Snook and big silver trout. Live baits have been the best for the snook but rapala xraps have been good baits, too.

nearshore tarpon

Bill with a nice Tarpon!

With the weather looking the same this upcoming week, look for the bait pods and spend the time to see what’s biting around them. Focus your efforts here and you should have a lot if success.

by Capt. Glyn Austin
Going Coastal Charters | (321) 863-8085

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Fishing Bait Pods on the Beach
June 10, 2019

Fishing Bait Pods on the Beach

Sebastian tarpon

Tony with a big tarpon caught off the beach!

Had a great week fishing the beach for kingfish, tarpon and sharks from Melbourne Beach to Sebastian Inlet. Fishing live bait along the bait pods was the most productive, but artificial have been working well, too. We caught a nice tarpon and some spanish mackerel using soft plastic lures on 3/8 ounce jig heads. With the good weather this week, I look forward to more of this action on the beach. We’ll be utilizing these same methods over the course of good weather that’s projected during this upcoming week. It’s all about locating the bait. Do that, and you’ll find the action!

Tony with a smoker Kingfish

Tony with a smoker Kingfish

by Capt. Glyn Austin
Going Coastal Charters | (321) 863-8085

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Sebastian Nearshore/Offshore
June 3, 2019

Sebastian Nearshore/Offshore

african pompano

Sarah and her step dad Dave with a nice pair of African Pompano!

We spent most of our time fishing nearshore and offshore this week. The Tripletail bite was pretty good and the nearshore bonito bite was good as well. Snook bite was tough in the mornings but the afternoon bite has been pretty good on live pigfish and grunts. Big jacks, Kingfish and Spanish Mackerel are along the beaches and the tarpon are starting to show up. Find the bait pods and fish live greenies and you will have a good time and bring home some dinner.

Wrecks offshore Sebastian are holding some Bonito, Blackfin Tuna, Jacks and some African Pompano. Live bait works best for all species but they will all hit jigs too. Reefs are holding some good Mangrove snapper and a lot of big blue runners and banded rudder fish.

I’s spend most of my time fishing the beach for the Mackerel, Tarpon and Kingfish. Live greenies are the best baits. If you can find good numbers or Pigfish, grunts or croakers give the inlet a shot for snook and redfish as well.

kingfish

John and the boys with a nice Kingfish!

by Capt. Glyn Austin
Going Coastal Charters | (321) 863-8085

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Hit or Miss This Week
May 27, 2019

Hit or Miss This Week

tripletail

Fishing was hit or miss this week. The nearshore bite was great when we are able to get out, with plenty of King Mackerel, Bonito and Jacks, but when the the winds were up, we were stuck inside with a slow bite. The inlet bite was decent earlier in the week but got tough as the week progressed. Meanwhile, inshore fishing was alright with jacks, trout and some tripletail all biting on artificial baits.

tripletail

The upcoming week looks like we have a great weather window. Light winds and calm seas will let us get nearshore and offshore. Look for tarpon and jacks, kingfish as well as some Cobia along the beaches. The Mutton Snapper and big Spanish Mackerel should be moving in along the reefs as long as the bait moves in. Live bait is going to be the key as the warmer weather and calm seas will make it hard to get bit on artificial.

by Capt. Glyn Austin
Going Coastal Charters | (321) 863-8085

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Not Yet Out of the Weeds
May 27, 2019

Not Yet Out of the Weeds

Between the Eau Gallie and Pineda causeways there are a lot of trout, mangrove snapper, black drum and some snook being caught in the lagoon. You can’t go wrong with live shrimp, and right now it’s at the top of the menu for all of these species. Down south, we’ve been pleasantly surprised to see so many pompano being caught in the lagoon around Sebastian Inlet. Anglers have been doing well on these pomps with Goofy jigs tipped with shrimp.

On the beach and offshore, the sargassum situation remains at center focus. Although it’s weedy in the surf, there are still some pompano lingering, and plenty of margates and whiting are out there. Weeds remain scattered all over the place offshore, but we’re still seeing some dolphin being caught and the bottom bite has been good for mangrove snapper. Sharks have been numerous, though, so don’t be shocked if you lose a fish or two to the tax man!

by MOB
Man Overboard Bait & Tackle | (321) 777-8860

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