December can be a month with a lot of action around Sebastian, Melbourne Palm Bay and Vero Beach. It may not be all big snook and redfish, but if the weather holds out like it did last year with warm temps and small seas, the reds and snook bite will continue to be pretty good from boat and from the shoreline. If the fronts are strong, anglers will be targeting Pompano, Bluefish, Mackerel and Flounder in and around Sebastian inlet. If the seas are calm, the weather stays warm and the winds are down, the bait can come in nearshore and the action with sharks blues, jacks and pompano can be strong. We can even get in on some Tarpon action this month depending on weather and cold fronts.
The Flounder bite has been hit or miss with the warm temps. There have been a few good fish caught on live finger mullet and a lot of small fish on jigs. The Flounder usually start around the first front in November that really cools down the water around Thanksgiving time. Fishing from shore or fishing by are both good options but if you are fishing for doormats, be patient and don’t be afraid to move around the inlet. Fish with live finger mullet, mud minnows and small menhaden rigged on a short 12-18”, 20 pound fluorocarbon leader rigged on a 3/0-5/0 hook with an egg sinker just above the swivel.
I like to jig the inlet for pompano, blues and mackerel in the month of December. Targeting Pompano Spanish Mackerel and Blues, I rig a ¼ ounce to 3/8 ounce jighead with a soft plastic from DOA or I use a Doc’s Goofy jig. If I am targeting Flounder I like to use a ½ ounce or ¾ ounce jigs with Storm 360GT or 4” jerkbaits on the bottom using either pro cure or strips of mullet or pinfish as an attractant. We catch a lot of flounder jigging but not as many bigger fish with that technique.
Fishing the Spoil islands in Palm Bay Grant, Sebastian and Vero Beach as the sun comes up will reward anglers with Trout, Flounder, Ladyfish and Bluefish along with the occasional Flounder Redfish and Snook. Fish soft plastics slow along the drop offs around the islands for the best success.