Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Sebastian Inlet Fishing Report 5-2010

Whiteys Fishing Report
May 2010

Sebastian Inlet Report

Nighttime anglers are catching snook on buck tails and windcheaters during the outgoing tides. Focus on the tide changes and that should help produce a slot-sized fish. The blue fish have been very thick at the inlet and expect to hook a few while trying to bag a redfish or snook. Good numbers of black drum, sheepshead and pompano have been around the rocks at the tip of the North & South Jetties.

With all the bait moving in and out of the inlet, don't let the mangrove snapper fishing go by without exploring it. They love all the Mojarras and other bait fish rushing by them. The mangroves will hang out under rock ledges waiting for an easy ambush around the channels and catwalks.
Fish your baits close to the drop offs with a ¾ oz. lead weight on a light 15-20 lb. fluorocarbon leader and a #1 or even a #2 light gauge hook to minimize the sight of your gear. Fluorocarbon is expensive but in the grand scheme of things it can make the difference between catching and just fishing for the mangroves.

River Report

Flats fishing will remain good throughout most of the month as schools of bait continue to gather on the grass flats. The trout are up on the flats getting lots of food to fatten up for their spawn. Try to really key in your fishing time early in the mornings or when the bait is up on the surface. Use soft plastic baits with a light jig head or your favorite top waters to put a few fish on your stringer. As the weather continues to settle into summer like patterns, the water temperature will rise on the flats and slow down the daytime fishing.

Offshore Report

May is great time for offshore trolling and usually means to head out deep toward the cones or Gulf Stream for some of the best dolphin and wahoo fishing all year. The dolphin are migrating back north this month, using the currents of the Gulf Stream to head towards the Carolinas. Trolled ballyhoo naked or with a skirt will help you cover some ground as you look for dolphin action around weed lines, floating debris, temperature breaks or color changes. Many boaters will venture to the other side of the Gulf Stream in search of yellow fin tuna, while crossing all that water, an occasional board, tree or weed line will hold some of the best dolphin action around.

Bottom fishing is a good relief from trolling and right now the amberjack have shown up along the deep-water reefs. Live bait and vertical jigs will set any angler up for a good 10-20 minute tug of war against some 40lb. + reef donkeys. Most of us could use a good cardio workout from the bottom species since we have been stuck on land for the past few months. Grouper opens back up this month, so break out the bottom digging gear and go for it.

The kingfish are back up in our area and thing are heating up around the Pines and along the 90 ft offshore bars from Bethel Shoals up towards the Northern grounds by the High Bar. If your pockets are empty and the cost of fuel is keeping you at home, hang out close to the beach or right outside the inlet for the kings and Spanish mackerel. Pods of Greenies and Pogies are showing up right along the beaches in 40ft of water and the smoker Kingfish are right on their heels. This can be a great alternative to running way offshore and provide lots of great action for all. Who knows what else you might find at the end of your hook…

As usual stop by Whitey’s to get the latest information or check us out on the web at www.whiteysonline.com. Until next month…

Whitey's Bait & Tackle
9030 S Highway A1a
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951


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