Sebastian Area Inshore Fishing Report and Forecast: November 2016

Capt. Mike Peppe with a bruiser of a backwater snook taken last November. PHOTO CREDIT: Capt. Gus Brugger.

As the cold fronts of November drop lagoon water temps into the lower 70s, the numbers of resident and migratory species are at a peak and some of the best fishing of the year is possible. Let’s look at what you’re likely to find in the Sebastian area in November.


Snook numbers will continue to increase in the Sebastian River as water temps fall and the linesiders instinctively work their way into the backwater winter refuges. Jacks and tarpon will continue to follow schools of mullet as they come and go from the river early and late in the day. Sharp cold fronts will push a variety of species into the Sebastian River; including gator sized trout and even pompano.


The lagoon should begin to offer some of the every cast action that make the cooler months in the Sebastian area a favorite time for vacationing anglers and families with children. Bluefish, ladyfish, jacks, trout, flounder and pompano move into the lagoon and provide easy open water fishing for anglers using jigs and live shrimp. The high water levels left in the wake of hurricane Matthew will allow anglers access to backwater mudflats where redfish, seatrout and snook like to ambush baitfish along the mangroves. Top water plugs, jerk baits, and gold spoons are great choices for open water reds and trout. Pitching D.O.A. shrimp and jerk baits along the mangroves will draw strikes from snook as well as trout and reds.


The Sebastian Inlet will continue to yield snook and redfish to live bait anglers both day and night. Pigfish, pinfish, croakers and shrimp are the baits of choice for inlet snook fishermen. Daytime anglers will find most of the fish along the shorelines and around the jetties. At night, most fishermen drift through the center of the A1A Bridge and have consistent success. The big news for November at Sebastian Inlet is the flounder run. There was a better than average number of flounder caught in the inlet last year, so maybe we are in for another good flounder run this fall. From November into December anglers can target flounder, some exceeding 10-pound, throughout Sebastian Inlet.  Live mullet and mud minnows are excellent baits, and jigs will do the trick as well.


There will be calm days in the late fall, and when the opportunity arises it is worth a ride out the inlet and up or down the beach. Pelicans diving will give away the location of schools of mullet and greenies which could and should be shadowed by tarpon, sharks and big jacks. Diving terns are usually associated with schools of glass minnows a staple of the Spanish mackerel that are passing by on their southerly migration.

Tight lines!

FORECAST BY:  Capt. Gus Brugger
Pattern Setter Charters
Telephone: (772) 360-6787

Capt. Gus came to the Sebastian area in the mid 1980s and has been a full-time guide since 1992. You can reach Capt. Gus at (772) 589-0008 or by email. To learn more visit the Pattern Setter website.
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