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I am new to the area I really wanted to catch some snook and tarpon or almost anything. I fished Round Island Beach in Vero Beach I went 4 xs caught nothing. I used shrimp with a 3oz weight the waves dragged it in and my shrimp never really stayed on for very long.
  I tried paddle tails, spoons and surface bait nothing.
  Any advice would be appreciated.
Is there a better place to fish


  • MissedMissed O-townPosts: 679 Officer
    Snook should be around the inlets with the mullet schools.

    Shrimp off the beach = catfish, spots, whiting, maybe a flounder or red or bluefish.

    You using the funky weights with wires hanging off them?  Pyramids?  They shouldn't drift too much.
    I had flat weights I just bought some pyramids
  • MissedMissed O-townPosts: 679 Officer
    You will do well if you can net some mullet and freeline them around the jetties - the tarpon and snook will be there.

    If you can - watch the water for a bit and see where fish are blowing up on the bait.  Then go and toss a bait there.  fun watching tarpon explode on schools of mullet, flying out of the water and such.

    Be careful with your sinkers around the jetties - bank sinkers, egg sinkers work better around rocks but still get caught.  Pyramids, and such for sandy surf.

    Also - pay attention to what everyone else is doing.  You can also go and talk to em if they seem friendly - might help w your learning curve.

    Saw in another post that you have a small boat - fish mangrove points and channels, cuts, and dips in the shoreline.  Use live shrimp, live finger mullet (notice a trend with the mullet yet?), cut mullet.  It is real easy to use 2 live finger mullet on a roughly 5/0 circle hook and let em kick around in an area for 15-20 minutes then move to the next.  After a while you will know what spots hold fish.

    If you want to cut your learning curve short, do the guided thing a couple of mornings and ask questions of the guide - they know how to fish and can reduce your blank trips with at least some fish. 

    Thank you Missed for the tips.I just retired in May and I have been waiting to retire and fish Florida for about 40 years
    I found a article on the inlet thaat talked about Vero Beach seems like the Indian River North and South is a great place to fish.
  • MissedMissed O-townPosts: 679 Officer
    It is a lot diff than fresh water.

    Not sure exactly what style you want to fish with and such.  

    A couple guided trips will really shorten your learning curve and let you see what to expect out of the fish.  The lagoon is in rough shape right now but should be getting better over the next couple of years.  We're seeing an explosion of "sea critters" (crabs and such) up on the north end of the lagoon, plus the mullet have come back. 

    The fall mullet run may still be on down that way.  A 25# rig with a 30-40# leader and tail or nose hooked mullet around one of the inlets will work for snook.  These things fight and are worth the time and effort.  Up the leader to 60#, have 500 yards of line and you may be able to land a tarpon off the beach of inlet.  Run the drag a bit stiffer than you would for fresh water fish.
    Thank you. I am going out with A guide next week on the I
    ndian river to shorten the learning curve
    I live 1.25 hours away from Vero Is there a paticular inlet or 2 I should fish
  • ShoNuffNoahShoNuffNoah Junior Member Edgewater, FLPosts: 197 Deckhand
    Where do you live?  Ponce Inlet is a great inlet to fish and Canaveral National Seashore is about the best beach around. Parking lots ,3 and 5 usually are the best.  Lots of whiting, pompano, and others.  
    Indian Lake Estates
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