Capt. Glyn Austin
If the weather holds out and the temps stay warm, the action in January can be red hot in the south end of Brevard County. The cold fronts will fire up the fishing along the beaches, and in Sebastian Inlet but will generally slow things down in the lagoon in the shallows. The cold temps clean the water in the Indian River Lagoon quite a bit and the fish are lethargic as well as wary due to the visibility. No need to get out early as the bite is better when the water warms up or if you are fishing around Sebastian inlet, fish around the tides.
Fish the deeper areas around the spoil islands and drop-offs for Trout, Snook and Redfish if the weather is in the 70s. There should also be plenty of action with Jacks, Ladyfish and Bluefish as well along the islands and around Sebastian Inlet. Slow your presentations down if you are using artificial baits.
If its pompano you are after, focus on the flats around Sebastian inlet with Doc’s Goofy Jigs with Pro Cure Bait scent on them. You can also use Storm 360 GT Shrimp rigged on a ¼ ounce or 3/8 ounce jighead. You can also work the channel in the inlet if the boat traffic is light or along the beaches from the boat or shoreline. Fisherman from shore will catch a their share of pompano on the double hook rigs with sandfleas or shrimp if the surf isn’t too rough from Melbourne down to Sebastian Inlet and south of the inlet.
There should be snook, Redfish and Tarpon action in the inlet at night around the strong cold fronts. Rapala X Rap 14 Long Cast lures, bucktail jigs and Hogy Eels and paddle tail Pro tail baits will all catch plenty of fish. Fish the cold fronts when the winds are strongest out of the NE.
If the rains aren’t strong and the locks stay closed, the trout will move into the Sebastian River, Crane Creek and Turkey Creek. Live Shrimp and finger mullet are great live baits or you can fish the Rapala Twitchin Mullet or Shadow Rap Shad around docks and oyster bars and catch some very nice trout as well as Snook, Jacks, Ladyfish and the occasional Redfish or Tarpon.
Capt. Glyn Austin
Glyn runs a 23’ Shoalwater tunnel boat which is comfortable for up to 4 anglers and will let us get shallower than most flats boats for inshore fishing and offers a smooth dry ride when fishing the Inlet and nearshore waters of Brevard County.