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Central Indian River Lagoon

Capt. Ron Bielefeld
November 15, 2000
Indian River Lagoon - Saltwater Fishing Report

I was fortunate to be able to enjoy the wonderful weather this past week on the Indian River. Temperatures ranged from the upper 50s to mid-80s, with winds light to 10 mph in the afternoon. I fished with Rus Scheer of Sebastian on the 5th. Rus wanted to catch some flounder so we hit the Inlet during the afternoon tide switch. We boated 25 fish most of which were under the 12 inch minimum size limit. We managed to boat 4 keepers and lost several others at the boat including a “door-mat” sized fish. I forgot the net! Just goes to show everyone makes mistakes. I have found drifting with oz glitter shad jigs to be the most productive method for flounder. We had at least 50 fish on. A little later in the winter when the Southern flounder start through the Inlet try using bottom bouncers and DOA mullet on the rocks for huge flounder. The bottom bouncers will greatly reduce the number of times you get snagged on the rocks, and the less time you spend snagged the more fish you will catch.

On the 10th, I did some scouting on my own. I found big trout and reds hitting top-water plugs on the shallow flats during the last hour of the incoming tide. There is nothing more exciting, I think, than fish blowing up on top-water baits. In less than one hour I boated 5 trout to 25 inches and two reds to 32”. The 32” fish was tagged! I had numerous other explosions. Jacks and Ladyfish were hitting the same plugs around the deeper edges of the flats, and larger Jacks to 15 lbs. were pounding bait in the Inlet. I love the fall on the Indian River!

So come on everyone get out and catch some fish, and enjoy the wonderful resource that is the Indian River Lagoon.

Be Safe and Good Fishing.

Capt. Ron

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544 Jay St.
Sebastian, FL 32958
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