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Sebastian Suggestions...?

A couple buddies and I are headed down from the north for a golf and fishing marathon Thurs- Sunday. We have a 26' CC all rigged up with all the necessary tackle/outriggers/down-riggers for offshore, inlet fishing or 'not super skinny' inshore. I have been reading a bunch of the forum posts and just wanted to get an idea of whats biting or whats worth going after. I'm familiar with the area and fished out of Sebastian a lot but I just hope to put these guys on some fish.
Any help is really appreciated!


  • bay20bay20 Posts: 1,491 Officer
    A little bit of a dolphin bite is starting to happen had some friends out a couple of weeks ago ran out to 350 south east picked up some gaffers, if you want to play catch and release the 100 ft stuff is producing a bunch of the endangered red snapper along with some real big triggers.
  • Final PointFinal Point Posts: 459 Deckhand
    Inlet has a bunch of snook and reds at night. The beach has blues, Spanish mackerel, jacks, and sharks. If you do venture offshore then be sure to keep your eye out for cobia up top.
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  • CLEVeroCLEVero Posts: 2 Greenhorn
    B-20, Thanks for the suggestions...I think we are going after some Mahi early to TRY and fill the fridge for the weekend! Have you heard of any weedlines at certain depths? Are the best live bait options looking for porgies and blue runners out by the bouys (we'll also have rigged frozen ballyhoos)? Are there any mullet. greenie, etc around to net?
    F.P. - My one buddy has been asking to be put on a big red/snook since he broke off a monster last year. I think we'll try the inlet and drift for some one night. Last time we caught pin fish around some local docks and used those, do you have any other bait suggestions or where to hook/net some? Is it normally better on the incoming or outgoing tide? Are guys mainly sight casting to the Cobia or are they having more luck chumming them up off wrecks/reefs?
    Thanks for all the help guys, I really appreciate it!
  • ButcherButcher Posts: 118 Officer
    The mahi are around. 150-300 was where they were yesterday.
  • bay20bay20 Posts: 1,491 Officer
    heard reports of bait pods just outside the inlet, final point would probably know what they are, guessing sardines or cigar minnows. Not a lot of people do live baiting at the deeper depths, but I wouldn't hesitate to get over the cones a do a little drifting with livies have done it in the past in my boat and had pretty good success.
  • ownlemeownleme Posts: 13 Greenhorn
    Was out today, big rip and scattered weeds with good temps at 330. 5 phins from 8-25lbs in a couple hours. Weather might not be great for a trip that far this weekend but they are out there.
  • Final PointFinal Point Posts: 459 Deckhand
    At the inlet I've been using pins and pigs almost exclusively. And your method of catching them is right on. I use a sabiki style rig tipped with peeled shrimp. If the docks don't produce then try the channel edges. There was some nice bait on the beach yesterday....saw schools just to the south of the inlet. I didn't try to catch any but I think they were sardines.

    The fishing in the inlet can be good on both tides, but the incoming is a lot easier and safer to fish. Start out by the jetties and drift in. If you catch fish then keep doing the same thing. If not, then try altering your weight, drift starting point, or bait. Eventually you'll get into them.

    The cobia can be either on the surface or on the reefs. While you're running keep a lookout for large rays or anything that looks like a shark. Turn on those sighted fish and cast jigs, soft plastics like hogys, or live baits. Also, while on the reef, watch for a cobia who decides to follow up another fish or come check out your boat. These bonus fish can be a day saver sometimes.
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