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Central Indian River Lagoon

Capt. Ron Bielefeld
December 1, 2000
Indian River Lagoon - Saltwater Fishing Report

If you are looking for a variety of fish species to pursue this next week or so, and things do not change from the past week, you will certainly find them in the Sebastian area. Larger flounder have been making their way through the Sebastian Inlet this past week. Live fish baits (e.g., mullet and mud minnows) have been working well. However, you do not need live bait! Try a bottom bouncer rig with a gold glitter shad or a oz. jig and glitter shad. It works. The key is to keep moving around within the Inlet until you find the groups of fish. Incoming tides have been the best.

Trout are in the deep holes and canals, on the edges of flats, and on the flats depending on the water temperature. Top-water plugs, swimming plugs, jerk baits, jigs, and D.O.A shrimp have been working under various conditions. Stay flexible with your presentation and you will hit on the right combination.

Look for snook in the sunny spots along the shorelines. My best luck has been with jerk baits worked very slowly. Look out for a few Reds when you are working these areas as well. Don’t overlook the Sebastian River for snook this time of year. As water temperatures drop the fish move into the river looking for warmer water. Follow them for some great action in tight spaces.

Redfish have been on the flats and around spoil islands during mid-afternoon. They have been very finicky and spooky so approach them quietly. My best luck, and it has not been all good, in fact most of it has been bad, has been using jerk baits worked slowly. I suggest using shrimp type colors.

Jacks and Ladyfish have been abundant and many of them are large. These fish have not been going for top-water lately, but will take diving plugs, jerk baits and most of all D.O.A. Shrimp. Work these baits slowly for the best response and hold on tight! They may not be good to eat, but they sure are fun to catch on light tackle. Especially when you catch a bunch of them.

A few smaller tarpon have been rolling in the Sebastian River. Rig a little lighter and they are a blast if you can get them to take your presentation. My suggestion, work areas slowly, and you may be rewarded.

Hey, winter can be a challenge with the changing winds and temperatures, but the fish are out there. One general suggestion I can give to keep your catches coming is to slow down your presentation and look for relatively warm water, and of course bait. It is funny, the water can seem to be pretty cold, but if the bait is there the predators usually are not too far away.

Until next week TIGHT-LINES to all and to all a good night.

Happy Holidays, Capt. Ron.

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Sebastian, FL 32958
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