September went out with a bang and we are already mid-October. Snook season
started very strong and the bite was great until all the end of September
when the rain came non-stop. The bait around Sebastian Inlet has been hard
to get and the bite has been fair the last few weeks but will get better as
the water cleans up. While the Snook bite has been a little slow, the Tarpon
and sharks have been off the chain along the beaches. Mullet run from
Melbourne Beach to Vero Beach has been good and the tarpon and sharks are on
the prowl. Live bait has been the ticket but both sharks and tarpon are
eating poppers as well.
Inshore fishing has been decent and will get better as the water cleans up
as well. From Vero beach to Melbourne and Palm Bay there are trout, pompano,
jacks and some bluefish. Pompano jigs and subsurface baits have been the
best baits for targeting the schooling fish. Slot size Redfish are on the
flats around Sebastian Inlet in good numbers as well.
Nearshore reefs off of Melbourne Beach and Sebastian have had plenty of
Mutton Snapper, TriggerFish, Sharks and a few cobia on them.