My father-in-law came into town for a few days and I wanted to put him on some fish!!! We started the day by stopping by the shop to load up on croakers(one of the many benefits of owning a bait and tackle shop:wink). We then broke the inlet as the sun was cracking and made our way north looking for tarpon chasing the mullet schools. Made it about 5 miles before my passenger had had enough of the 3'-4' close period swell so we headed back to the inlet to see what was chewing.
First few drifts resulted in snags and not much else, but then we had a fish on.
It was one hard pulling jack and put a smile on my in-laws face so all was right in the world.
The next 6 or 7 drifts resulted in more of these great fighting fish, but then the reds started chewing. This was the next guest aboard
After that it was non-stop action for the next 3hrs with numerous double hookups. We were so busy catching that we didn't take a whole lot of pics, but here is one of the bigger guys of the day. He measured in at just over 47".
The total for the day was 36 reds from 34" to 47", several big jacks, and a few freight train break-offs. A really great day of fishing in the beautiful Sebastian Inlet. On a side note, it I put my father-in-law on his biggest fish ever and he fought it like a pro.
We used croakers rigged with 4/0 circle hooks, 40lb pink floro leader, and various split shot weights. We fished the incoming tide.
Good job!! thanks for the report!
Awesome! I love when the inlet goes off like that.:hail
How are the tides looking for next week? Gonna fish Wednesday thru Saturday while camping at Long Point for the BASH. Hope to get a few snook also.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 10 High 3:45 AM 2.5 7:20 AM Rise 2:20 AM 35
10 Low 10:09 AM 1.0 6:58 PM Set 3:37 PM
10 High 4:20 PM 2.6
10 Low 10:40 PM 1.0
Th 11 High 4:46 AM 2.6 7:20 AM Rise 3:17 AM 25
11 Low 11:04 AM 0.9 6:56 PM Set 4:15 PM
11 High 5:13 PM 2.7
11 Low 11:29 PM 0.8
F 12 High 5:41 AM 2.8 7:21 AM Rise 4:16 AM 16
12 Low 11:54 AM 0.7 6:55 PM Set 4:53 PM
12 High 6:02 PM 2.8
Sa 13 Low 12:16 AM 0.5 7:21 AM Rise 5:17 AM 9
13 High 6:33 AM 3.0 6:54 PM Set 5:32 PM
13 Low 12:42 PM 0.6
13 High 6:50 PM 3.0
Su 14 Low 1:02 AM 0.3 7:22 AM Rise 6:21 AM 3
14 High 7:23 AM 3.2 6:53 PM Set 6:13 PM
14 Low 1:29 PM 0.5
14 High 7:37 PM 3.1
Looks like it's going to be an afternoon incoming tide which is always nice, and then a switch after dark. I'd start fishing about an hour after the tide turns and fish through the switch and the begining part of the outgoing(unless the inlet is calm then fish the thing all night). I had been going pretty good on the snook on the incoming but didn't put one in the boat yesterday. I think the moon has a lot to do with that.
Remember when reading tide charts for Sebastian to add abt 3hrs to any tide and you will get the real tides inside the inlet.
Very nice, hopefully the fish will stick around for the bash next week!
These fish should be here for quite a while. I'm sure that during the bash it will be going off. I've fished the inlet at least 2 times a week for the last month and it's been like this almost every day. The only thing is that they are def bait specific at the moment...they will take a pig, wont touch a pin, but will destroy a croaker within seconds. I've had the snook be a little picky before, but never had the reds like they are now.
Originally Posted by Riverdog
Congrats on Reel Time and a great day!