Its great to finally have the winds and torrential rain we had from March thru May subside and summer weather patterns fall into play. Hot weather and calm seas should be here to stay and the beach fishing is starting to get as hot as the weather. From Indialantic thru Melbourne Beach and Sebastian down to Vero Beach the water is very clean and there is some bait on the beaches. The sharks, kingfish, tarpon, jacks, mutton snapper and snook are feeding on the baits all month and we have been having some fun playing with the big fish. It takes some time to find the bait but once you do, you should find the fish. I like to fish the live greenies, pogies or sardines around the bait pods for the species that are following the bait. I also throw Rapala XRap long cast in size 14 hard baits along Storm Coastal 360 GT jerk baits and paddle tails and Hogy Eels for soft baits. Fish the Hogys deep and the XRaps for the fish staying close to the surface. Snook will be in the trough close to the beaches hanging on the bait pods as well.
The bite in the early morning and late evenings along the mangrove shorelines, spoil islands and the flats from Melbourne to Wabasso should be good for big trout, reds and snook as well as big jacks. Topwater action will be solid and as the sun comes up, switch to suspending baits or live baits later in the morning. Live pinfish, pilchards, mullet and pigfish are the baits of choice to entice the fish throughout the day. The tarpon will also move into the Indian River lagoon from Sebastian to Melbourne and can be found around bait pods in the ICW as well as deeper areas that typically hold bait. Early morning and late evening are the best times to target the Tarpon.
All of this recent rains has turned on the creeks from Melbourne to Sebastian. Best bet is to hit the spillways for snook tarpon and Bass. As of now, the dams are open and creating a heavy fresh water influx into the creeks which pushes the jacks. The Sebastian River, Turkey Creek, Crane Creek and the Eau Gallie River will be good early in the mornings for anglers using artificial baits. Rapala Skitterwalks fished early morning and evenings are great topwater baits and Storm 360 Coastal Baits and DOA Terror Eyz are great deep water baits. Bait fishermen targeting Snook and Tarpon can find success using live finger mullet, shrimp or shiners rigged on a 5/0 Circle hook rigged with 30-50lb leader depending on the size of the Tarpon.
As we move through the month of June and into July, the fishing will only get better with more bait to keep the predators around.