Inshore, the fishing has been really good lately in the canals around Satellite/IHB. Redfish, juvenile tarpon, snook, mangrove snapper and sheepshead are all being caught in good numbers from Dragon Point to the Pineda Causeway. The redfish are also still tailing just north of Pineda in the Banana/Indian River Lagoon. We’re starting to again see a surge of tripletail in the lagoon, too.
In the the surf, there’s still some residential Pompano hanging around, big bull whiting, and the snook are plentiful for some sweet catch and release action. Just off the beach, the kingfish and bonito bite is looking really good, too.
by MOB Man Overboard Bait & Tackle
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June 9, 2019
In Satellite/IHB, the bite has been really good around the Grand Canal and the Banana River. Anglers are still catching good-sized snook, juvenile tarpon, redfish, mangrove snapper, and sheepshead. For the beach, there has been a few Kingfish and Bonito landed, in addition to some big Whiting, Margate, and Bluefish in the surf. I’m also hearing lots of people are having success with dolphin offshore.
by MOB Man Overboard Bait & Tackle
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June 6, 2019
Sebastian Surf Fishing
We went to the surf today down by Sebastian looking for Snook or anything else really. The surf was pretty clear and we saw lots of bait fish and no seaweed. And a few mating turtles which was pretty cool too. I caught a whiting and a small hardhead. I did see some fish in the first breaker that looked like a snook and a couple of reds. Wife caught a Jack and something we’ve never seen before, turns out it’s a small Angel shark. Returned it to the water with no harm. Next time out will have live bait.
We are getting into the summer months and it is time for BIG Snook on the beach. There are a few different ways to target them. You can fish artificial at first and list light. Some lures that work well are a Skitterwalk if you are looking for some top-water action and a variety of swim baits will work well too (Tsunami Swim Shad, Hogy Paddletail, Spooltek, just to name a few). The real deal this time of year is live bait on the beaches. Croakers are always a hot bait in the summer time. You can catch them in the surf on a pompano rig using shrimp, clams, fishbites, small sandfleas — basically anything. If you are getting taps, but not catching them, just drop your hook size down.
Once you have the bait, you can fish them a variety of ways. As for what works best, that just depends on the day. My favorite way to fish them is on a few feet of 30lb fluorocarbon tied to a 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook freeline-rig. You can also experiment with different pinch weights and pyramid sinkers depending on the size of the surf. If Snook fishing isn’t for you, you can try for some straggler Pompano and there are still some Whitting around, too.
After reading Pompano Rich’s report we decided to head out to the beach this morning. We got there about 7:00 and packed up about noon when the tide started to come in. The weeds weren’t terrible early but when the tide switched they started to clog the lines. We were using live fleas and we brought a couple of seven foot poles to toss some snook jigs and DOA plastics to see what might hit. Nothing with the seven footers but we did well with the fleas on the whiting.
The majority of the whiting were average with a couple of big guys tossed in and a few hard heads for good measure LOL.
I had one really hard hit that definitely wasn’t a whiting, it was pulling line and I had to turn up the drag to turn him towards the beach, fight on! A bonnethead shark about three foot hit the sand flea haha!
With the heavy easterly winds the entire coast has been burdened with Sargasso. Many are under the notion that the pompano season is over. These are fisherman of habit. They haunt specific beaches and find comfort with an area that has been productive on occasion. Perhaps they have a friend they pal with and they always meet there. Naturally, fishing isn’t always catching. Sooner or later, the heat and the seaweed declare an end to the season.
Friends, there are still fish to be caught. Yes, pompano and many other fun to catch-and-eat species in the surf. Here’s a simple plan that could work for you. Good fisherman don’t go offshore without their number one principle. Can I visually find fish or certain birds that feed on the bait that offshore fish eat. Once offshore, one never overlooks testing every patch of seaweed they come upon. Probably throwing chum at it and then casting its perimeter. Naturally, they may try many spots and that is their advantage.
Shoreline Sargasso is certainly a big deterrent, but can be overcome. Of course, this is not something I can guarantee. Fresh seaweed in the water presents cover and nutrition to pomps, lookdowns, jacks, croaker and whiting. If you jump some beaches, generally you will find some openings of less weeds where you can fish. The number one chewy for the pomps and these species is glass minnow with small live sandfleas being in second place.
Once you find an area and you spot a few snake mackeral or a seagull diving into the smallest of shiny objects in the sea, you’ve found your spot. A nice light 7′ rod and a 10′ rod with a light tip for bite detection. Tie a pomp rig on one and a whiting rig on the other. You could easily find some ½ inch live fleas to rake. One of those cheap 3/8 inch rakes that folks use to find shark teeth. Put 2 or even 3 small fleas on the the pomp rig and fuel the whiting rig with fresh shrimp. Spike in the longer pomp rod and cast only 30 to 70 ft out. If the weeds are dragging it down put on a 4 ounce sputnik sinker. Hold the whiting rod and cast 10 ft. past the break.
Watch for fish cruising under the shoreline weeds and just outside the weed line. These are resident fish and will stick around a good part of summer. Croakers and small whiting are in good numbers and some pomps up to 16 inches. To find openings to fish, always look for points and areas that have deep shoreline breaks. Coves and jetties are major holding areas for seaweed. Also, there is nothing like live croakers for snook!
Enjoy the summer. Keep your eyes peeled and youll blessed with Tightlines.
Went to vacation in OBX with my kids last week and did a little surf fishing and wade fishing in the sound. Nothing on the surf side, after talking to the local bait shop owners we determined we weren’t in the ideal beach location. The Pompano hadn’t showed up yet and I only managed one small white. On the sound side, the bait shop told us that the Spanish Mackerel were hitting so I bought a couple lures and headed out. Ended up hooking up on a small one. Lots of fun bringing it in, though. Put up a good fight and made a run until I turned up the drag.
Always nice to check out different areas, so next time we’ll be better informed of where to go.
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
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May 20, 2019
See you in the Fall!
It ain’t over til the fat lady sings, and I can hear her her in the distance!
With Pompano season officially over, this will be my last report for a while. I want to start off by saying thank you to everybody who has tuned into Spacefish over the last year to read my surf fishing reports. We had a great pompano run this year and I look forward to an even better one next season!
While waiting for the coming season, I like to prepare myself for next year’s pompano run. This is the time to service all of your fishing reels and apply new fishing line to make sure they are all in tip top shape when the pompano are back on Brevard-area beaches. Another thing I like to do to prepare myself is to hit the beach in search of fleas to rake up, blanche off and freeze. When employing this method, make sure you are instantly putting the fleas in ice water to cool before patting the fleas dry with paper towel for freezing.
I want to finish my last report of the season by reminding you guys that, even though the pompano are very few and far between this time of the year, you can still fill up your cooler with plenty of whiting and croakers. Add sheepshead to that list if you’re able to fish around structure. Bait of choice for these species is going to be Fishbites, peeled shrimp, sand fleas and fiddler crabs.
If you’re still having that Pompano fever and are ready for a summer vacation, you can always book a trip to Alabama or the OBX, NC. That’s where the Pompano are heading and will be until the cold forces them back down to us in mid October. Otherwise, the beaches on our Space Coast Will still have plenty of action as the summer surf bite heats up for the huge Tarpon and over slot Snook! To cover these subjects, I’ll be passing the torch to my good friend Joey Antoneli to be filling in for me until Pompano season returns. Joey is a highly respected angler in our area and has a strong following on YouTube. Stay tuned to some awesome fishing from him followed by some incredibly helpful reports!
I’m signing off here and wish all of you guy’s tight lines and even tighter knots!
by Caleb Couture Tradewinds Surf Fishing Charters, Pompano Riggs by Couture
| (321) 271-1061
April 29, 2019
Last wk recap
We went to Melbourne Beach on Thursday for a few hours, with pretty good results with small whitings, one really big one and a nice Jack and a shark in the mix.
Friday we headed over to Dragon Point and Mather’s Bridge area. Hooked up on a few trout early with Bass Assassin paddle tails and snapper on shrimp by the docks. Moved north of the bridge another small trout and on the next cast I hook up on something big, making the drag work and pulling line. The fights on!
Thinking I got a nice trout for sure, but no, one big sail cat ate the paddle tail!
Sunday we went to Kars Park in the late morning, the water was like glass wish we had made it earlier. The water was pretty dirty. Tossed a few different colored paddle tails with a few sort hits. Changed tactics with a sliver Z-man split tail, worked real slow on the bottom and that resulted in a few better hook ups on the trout.
Stopped for lunch, left a shrimp over the side of the kayak and got a nice black drum. LOL