The longer days and increased water temperatures of early spring will begin to rejuvenate the grass beds of the Indian River Lagoon, and in turn, the fisheries that depend on them. Sea trout and redfish will be the first to leave their wintering areas and take up ambush positions in and around the newly sprouted grass. D.O.A. jerk baits and Bait Busters, as well as Mirro-Lure topwater and suspending plugs are good choices over the grass. Jack crevalle, ladyfish, bluefish and pompano will be cruising around the grass areas looking for a meal. The spoil islands will serve as rest stops for most of the gamefish as they transition from their winter to spring habitats, and many of the same lures, plus the D.O.A. Shrimp, work well around these manmade fish havens, but a properly presented live shrimp can be magic.
The other venues available to the Sebastian area angler also begin to rev up with the coming of spring. The Sebastian River goes from a good place to hide from the winter winds to the best place around to pursue two of Florida’s favorite game fish, tarpon and snook. Sebastian Inlet morphs from a winter bottom fishery into the gamefish Mecca it is famous for. The nearshore waters of the Atlantic also begin to be a sure bet for Spanish mackerel, bluefish, pompano, big jacks, cobia and kingfish any day the weather allows. Bring the kiddies, bring the wife, your guaranteed to have the time of your life, because the fish are really hitting the plugs. You are in for some really big tugs; eastside, westside, everybody’s coming down to catch the F-I-S-H of old Sebastian town. Check out the frequently updated videos on my website homepage for more Sebastian area fishing info.