The inshore bite has been slow for the guys using artificial baits mainly due the dirty water. The trout, reds and flounder have been sporadic on Rapala Skitterwalk top water baits and Sub Walk sub surface baits. The anglers using live bait are having much better luck. Trout, flounder, Reds and Snook are hitting finger mullet or live shrimp either free-lined or under a popping cork.
The Sebastian River as well as Turkey Creek and Crane Creek have been holding tarpon to 30lbs as well as small jack crevalle, slot sized snook and trout to 3lbs. Best baits for the snook and trout are topwater baits or sub surface baits. The tarpon are very picky and hitting live mullet.
The inlet bite is slow during the day. The jacks are blasting the schools of mullet in the inlet, but the snook and reds haven’t been very cooperative. At night, the anglers on the jetty and in boats are catching small numbers of snook and reds and even some good sized flounder. Most of the flounder are being caught off the south jetty and a few have been caught from the new T-dock located inside the inlet. The snook are blasting the schools of finger mullet around both jetties during the evening tides. Best baits are the finger mullet, croakers and pinfish.
If you can get out on the beach, the tarpon and sharks are following the mullet schools. Look for diving pelicans and schools of mullet and the gamefish will be close behind. Little Tunny have been chasing the schools of glass minnows. The best baits I have found are 3” or 4” soft plastic baits like the Trigger X minnow in a Pearl or Herring colors or the Mirrolure lil’ jon in Opening Night or glow.