January is normally our coldest month of the year but 2017 was very warm for the south end of Brevard County. The cold fronts never slowed up the fishing along the beaches with plenty of jacks, sharks and a few tarpon from Melbourne Beach Sebastian Inlet and Vero Beach. The cool temps and clean water in the Indian River Lagoon had brought in Pompano bluefish and some spanish mackerel that were hungry.
Anglers fishing the jettys and drifting the inlet on outgoing tide daytime or nighttime have had steady action with Snook, Redfish, Jacks, Bluefish, Sharks. Live bait has been best during the daytime, however, nighttime anglers have been catching fish using lures like the Rapala XRap 14 and the Long Cast 14 along the west side of the bridge. Hogy Eels and Paddletails will work well also as will DOA Baitbusters.
The Flounder bite was ok but not a lot of big fish. They are still in the inlet and anglers can catch them from shore and boat with live bait or ½-3/4 ounce jigs with strip baits or soft plastics like the DOA Paddle tails or 4” jerkbaits. Bluefish, Jacks, Mackerel and Pompano will be in the inlet as well and can be caught on a number of soft plastics. Work your baits deep and look for bait pods while drifting the inlet for best success.