Its going to take a while for the water in our area to clean up after all of the rain from Hurricane Irma and the systems we have had since Irma in October. We have had over 20” of rainfall and the locks in the Sebastian River as well as Turkey Creek wide open letting freshwater flow out to the lagoon as well as all of the Creeks from Melbourne to Sebastian including Goat Creek and Crane creek sending fresh water into the Indian River Lagoon.
We had a great start to the the mullet run before the hurricanes with plenty of tarpon, sharks jacks and redfish in the nearshore waters. The hurricane interrupted the mullet run and since the storms, mullet have been scarce along the beaches. However, there has been a lot of finger mullet in the lagoon from Melbourne to Sebastian and down in Vero Beach and the inshore fishing has been good in October and it should continue into November. Plenty of trout, slot sized redfish and snook are in the mangroves and along the spoil islands. Look for bait pods and fish the areas with a lot of bait.
The bite in Sebastian Inlet has been good in October with Snook on incoming tide inside the inlet along the shorelines. Live pinfish and pigfish have been the best baits and mullet should be your second choice for baits during the daytime. Rapala Xrap 14 and bucktails work well at night as do Hogy Paddle tail baits. Throw in jacks and redfish on outgoing tide and the fishing has been pretty good. Now that the rains have subsided and the water is cleaning up, look for the shrimp to start moving through the inlet later in November. The Snook, reds and black drum should start stacking up in the inlet if the winds stay light.
November is also the time anglers start catching the big Flounder in the Inlet west of the bridge as well as in the Lagoon. Live bait anglers looking for big Flounder in the inlet will have the best success with live finger mullet and mud minnows soaked on the bottom. I prefer to jig ½ ounce or ¾ ounce jigs with DOA paddletails or 4” jerkbaits on the bottom using either pro cure or strips of mullet or pinfish as an attractant.