Lets hope we don’t get the cold weather we had in early January. While the fishing hasn’t been red hot after the fronts, as the water warms into the 60 degree range, the fishing has get decent. Trout, flounder, bluefish, jacks and some snook and redfish will feed in the lagoon on soft plastic baits.
Pompano are plentiful during January and there should be plenty of them around if the water isn’t too cold. Doc’s Goofy jigs will work well in the inlet and along the beaches and flats of the lagoon from Sebastian to Melbourne for Pompano and bycatch will be jacks, bluefish, trout and Spanish Mackerel as well as a few big Gafftop Sailcats. You can also fish for the Pompano around the bait pods while targeting Trout and Snook. If you are fishing Sebastian Inlet and the pompano action is slow, you can try jigging the shallow parts of the inlet for flounder using a ½ ounce jighead with a Storm 360 Paddletail or a DOA Paddle Tail with pro cure. Flounder action should be pretty good with the cooler weather patterns and cold water as long we dont get a lot of rain and the water isn’t flowing out of the Sebastian river or we have big seas and south winds to blow the dirty water into the inlet.
Anglers in Sebastian inlet can target snook and Redfish where the bite will remain strong. After the fronts roll through and the winds are howling, the bite can be very good in the evenings at the tide switch with a bucktail jig. It’s a great time to fish from the jetties because its difficult to fish from a boat in the rough inlet and low visibility. Live bait will be the key in the daytime and at night artificials will work well. Rapala XRap 14 and the Long Cast 14 are great plugs to fish from the jettys as well as from the rocks along the west side of the bridge. The Tarpon will continue to feed on outgoing tide through February during the strong cold fronts and the above lures will work as well as Hogy Eels and Paddletails and DOA Baitbusters.
The big jacks and some trout will move up in the Sebastian River as well as Turkey Creek in Palm Bay and Crane Creek in Melbourne. The Snook will be around the docks and tarpon are far back in the creeks. Live bait is best but the fish will eat soft plastics and some topwater on warmer days. Bundle up and stay warm as there should be plenty of action throughout the month of February for anglers looking to get out of the house on the nice days.