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Sebastian Inlet Snook
World Famous Snook Fishing in Florida
Tuesday January 23, 2018
Sebastian Inlet is reknowned for some of the best snook fishing in the continent of the United States. Federal and State laws have protected the snook from overharvesting with managment and enforcment as numbers are close to their natural condition prior commercial harvesting in the 1950's and early 60's. Snook have become the highest ranked and most prestigious inshore gamefish in Florida as a difficult quarry and a tasty set of fillets over other several other inshore species like sea trout, redfish, tarpon and jacks. During the year you'll find anglers drifting baits and lures in the inlet current from the rocky and mangrove shorelines to jetties and catwalks. Angling from a boat in Sebastian Inlet is the preferred method for guiding on the inlet and night drifting is often very productive way to catch world class snook and tasty seafood for the table.
Every angler wants to know the answer to this question and the answer lies in the season, water temperature and food source for these gamefish. Sebastian Inlet itself is a gateway between the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. Knowing when are where the snook spawn is a major step in the right direction for an angler to find fish. Snook spawn on the beaches near and around the mouth of inlets. Some snook will find solitude miles from an inlet or Port but the lionshare will not stray too far from the inlet mouth. Snook spawn during the summer months of June thru August and then rush to the nearest food source to catch up on the fall bait runs before hunkering down in the leaner winter months. With this information at hand, anglers can often predict and follow the movements of snook in their seasonal places. Sebastian Inlet is known for fall snook fishing from September to December. During the summer you can often catch them around the mouth of the inlet and beaches. Wintertime is a tough time for snook at the inlet itself and it's often better to fish the Sebastian River.
When Can You Catch
Sebastian Inlet Snook?
The best time to catch a Sebastian Inlet snook is from May till mid December in the Inlet itself. Snook are tropical and barely sub-tropical fish that have difficulty surviving water temperatures less than 60° and often have to migrate southward toward Jupiter Inlet eighty miles south to the Loxahatchee River or milder temperature Intracoastal Waterways and inlets to combat the colder Central Florida winters. Other snook seem to tough it out in the Sebastian River and are difficult to target during the winter unless the temperatures are mild. The "short of it" is that snook in the Sebastian area are targeted mainly in the warmer times of the year late spring thr the mid to late fall depending on the approaching winter temperatures.
What Do You Catch
Sebastian Inlet Snook on?
Snook eat anything when the moment's right! In many of Florida's inlets you'll observe large schools of snook laying headlong in the current waiting for the right moment to feed. When snook want to be finicky it can be frustrating and unrewarding for anglers, but a knowledgeable snook expert knows that it's just the matter of timing and often waits for that certain time period and tide that will turn them on. Casting from the shoreline with bucktail jigs or large swimming lures is very productive in the fall and knowing how to present a jig is deadly during the early falling tide. Drifting in a boat with live bait is extremely productive but experienced local knowledge is required to do night drifts in the swift inlet currents with multiple boats around. One of the best baits to use during the day for inshore of the inlet is the abundant pilchards that can be used to chum up even the finickiest snook often.
Where are the snook in January?
Winters in Florida can be deadly for the sub-tropical snook in central and northern Florida. Snook either find a stable temperature area like a freshwater outflow river, spring or power plant or they migrate south accordingly. Winter time snook in Central Florida have grown accustom to mild winters for the last decade and are overdue for a hard winter kill for those snook that refuse to find shelter and attempt to stick-it-out for another winter. Find snook in the Sebastian River, Indian River power plants, backwaters or Port Canaveral around the wharfs during central Florida winters.
Snook are inshore fish with an attitude. They are generally a golden yellow in color with a dark black lateral line (stripe) running the length of their body. Their mouth is similar to a large mouth bass' size & shape, yet their gills are razor sharp so watch out when handling these guys.
Most anglers don't know about or haven't caught the four species of snook in Florida. In East Central Florida waters we have alot of common and fat snook. The tarpon and swordspine are more frequent in South Florida.
Snook are revered as one of the most prestigious fish to catch, partly because they tend to be finicky about how and when they will approach a presented bait but mostly because of their fighting tactics (which seem unfair). But if you want to tangle with a fish thats' bound and determined to give you a brutal fight... SNOOK is your fish.
From central Florida south, usually INSHORE in coastal and brackish waters, along mangrove shorelines, seawalls, and bridges; also on reefs and pilings NEARSHORE. They are usually low-light or nocturnal feeders so get up early or fish at night for these large inshore preditors.
Snook fishing in East Central Florida is most often during the late spring, summer and fall months and starts to fade into the colder winter months. Typically during the winter months snook either head south or look for backwater areas where the water temperatures are move favorable. Don't look for snook to be active feeders during the winter months of January - March unless we have prolonged warm fronts or indian summers that bring the snook into a more active feeding cycle. During the spring snook are migrating toward their summer June-August spawning grounds along the beaches near inlets and ports. Snook often stage between their winter holdouts and the spawning grounds on spoil islands, docks and structure before heading out to meet their mates on the beach.
Backwater snook can be fished for with a wide variety of artificials from jerk baits to top waters and plugs, much like bass anglers do around shorelines and structure including mangroves, stumps, docks, etc...
Saltwater flats often hold nice sized snook, look for baitfish, nearby structure including dropoffs or mangrove shorelines or docks. Fish for flats snook with live bait like pilchards or greenies or subtle shrimp or baitfish imitations. Remember that snook like the comfort of structure and can feel vulnerable in the open flat. Often snook have to be excited with live chum to get them to cooperate in open water flats.
Inlet fishing is usually done at night with livebait by drifting during the preferred tide phase (usually outgoing) or throwing plugs like bombers, rapalas or other baitfish imitations. This type of fishing is not for the novice and can be very challenging on the angler. You often break off and must have above average skills when fishing in heavy currents at night during the outgoing tides and fall swells.
Snook spawn primarily in summer; cannot tolerate water temperatures below 60 degrees F; can tolerate wholly fresh or saltwater; schools along shore and in passes during spawning season; feeds on fish and large crustaceans.
Snook in East Central Florida have many different habitats and conditions that make them a great target for anglers looking for variable ways to catch this elusive fish. Juvenile fish can be caught in the estuaries, canals and backwater areas almost all year long. While not as prestigious as large breeder snook, they are non-the-less enjoyable to catch and will bite on everything from baitcasters to flyrods and everything between. Juvenile snook are suckers for artificial's and readily take live bait as well.
Big breeding snook spawn on or near the beaches of Central Florida and always have a passageway or access to the beaches or inlets available to them. The only time a breeder snook is generally caught in the backwaters here is because it's a cooler transitional time period usually. Canaveral snook spend their winter months in the Port under docks, wharfs and around other structure like boats and pilings. You often see them hanging around the lights at night in small and large schools. Sebastian Inlet Snook are caught in the inlet itself during the summer and fall months and many of the larger snook migrate south to Jupiter Inlet or hunker down in the fresh warmer water of the Sebastian River a short distance away.
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Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: November 17 2016 22:59:36.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
January - 2018 Fishing Report
The Banana River comes alive during the colder months of year and January is the peak season for deep hole trout, redfish and juvenile black drum. We've been fishing the deeper canals and slews with success during the cold fronts when the water is cold and also catching some great sized fish on the flats adjacent to these holes. Look for the Banana River to improve as the winter gets colder and the fish transition to their winter haunts in pursuit of cold, stable water. Look for mature fish to seek warmth on the shallow shorelines nearby.
January - 2018 Fishing Forecast
Is it going to be an Indian Summer this January or possibly a deep freeze Polar Vortex? These are the questions that all fishing guides want to know. Depending on how this winter plays out with temperatures, winds and other conditions will dictate how our fishing will pan out in January. Unless the water is churned up by high winds, January will produce some of the cleanest and clearest water of the year in Central Florida as colder water kills of plankton life in the lagoons and mild northeast winds often push in clearer water in the ocean. Look for great inshore fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon and Northern end of the Indian River toward Titusville. If the winds and water are all frothed up it can be a crap shoot for fishing in almost every inshore locations and will shutdown all offshore fishing due to small craft warnings and safety warnings. However, between fronts, look for some of the best fishing of the year in January both inshore and offshore in Central Florida.
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