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Florida's Indian River Lagoon

Florida Fishing Report for:
Florida's Indian River Lagoon - America's most diverse estuary
September 25, 2003

The Fall bait fish migration is making a strong early showing in East Central Florida.  The list of predatory fish that follow this migration is very long.  Snook, tarpon, kingfish, snook are the most sought after.  Jack crevalle are not specifically targeted but these fish are a favorite of mine.  They are abundant, hard fighters, draw explosive surface strikes, and have incredible endurance.

The picture is of Gary Griffin from Texas with the reds that made up a Indian River Slam.

The Indian River in Sebastian has been great for inshore snook fishing.  The bite is not just an early one either.  Snook are feeding on finger mullet and shrimp throughout the day. Yesterday, I fished with a gentleman from Scotland and the snook were going airborne on finger mullet at 2pm in the afternoon.

Fishing in the Sebastian Inlet is good for snook and oversized reds.  A medium size mullet, croaker and mojarra are the best bet for these fish.  It is not often that permit show up around the Inlet; but just recently large schools of permit up to 40 lbs and in schools of several hundred fish were present. The best bet for the permit is a live crab or floating crab fly.

There have been mutton snapper taken along the rocks near the catwalks.  A 17lb mutton was recently taken by the north catwalk.

Small tarpon up to 40 lbs are still in the river.  Early morning and in times of good current flow will be the most productive.  The larger tarpon will soon show in the surf again as the water clears and the larger mullet begin working down the beach.  If this happens, expect smoker sized kings right on the beach.  And I mean right on the beach.  Last year two very large kings beached themselves after sky rocketing on the mullet.

Good Luck and Good Fishing,

Capt. Tod

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