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Old 03-26-2019, 05:58 PM
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Hey guys. I'll be visiting the in-laws in Melbourne 4/13-4/20 and looking for some fishing advice. I'll have my 25' Pursuit and would like to take the family out to do a little bottom fishing. Would love to do some trolling, but they aren't up to that yet. Really just want to bend some rods and catch some dinner but dinner is not a requirement. What depths do I need to hit to start looking? I see there are some reefs straight out of the inlet. Should I assume that's too easy and they'll be fished out?

You know now that I think of it, I may be able to get away for a day if any of you guys want to join me and go out, trolling or bottom. Free ride for some local tips???

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Old 03-27-2019, 10:33 AM
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Grouper are closed and red snapper are everywhere inside. Top spot map will give you the location of the 90' ledge. runs north to south. Easy to find and fish.
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Old 03-27-2019, 11:09 AM
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+ 1 on the top spot map. Explore spots on the "Melbourne 60 ft bar" and 90 foot bar. The county artificial reefs that are in closer are tough to fish unless you anchor because they are small and very snaggy. The 90 foot bar will yield keeper sea basss, trigger, lane, mutton, mangrove, occasional cobia and others. If you start catching red snapper then move, that is all you will catch at the spot.

Outside the inlet usually on the outgoing there will be schools of jacks, blues and spanish at times. When they are there it can be a bite every cast with spoons or jigs. Lots of fun. Also in shallow (35ft) south of the inlet are reefs that hold small stuff such as lanes, grunts, sometimes vermillion and small sea bass. You can catch keepers in theses spots.

Currently the kings have been in close (5 miles). trolling for them is easy fishing. You will see the commercial boats if the kings are around. Good luck, have fun, and be sure to post your reports here!

Now about the inlet, if you are not familiar understand it can get very sporty on the outgoing if there is any swell or chop from the east or southeast. Also, because it is so narrow the current rips though it all the time except for about a half hour midway between high and low (and low and high). The current is strongest at the top and bottom of the tides.

Check here: Sebastian Inlet Webcam for live pictures of the inlet. there is a tide chart at the bottom of the page too.
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Old 03-28-2019, 04:32 AM
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Thanks so much for the advice. That's exactly what I was looking for. Already have a topspot map on the way. Will certainly post up some pics of what we catch. Just looking forward to getting the family out on the water. I am familiar with the inlet, but thank you for the heads up. It can certainly get sketchy in there.
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Old 03-28-2019, 09:16 AM
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You're coming at a good time for Cobia, look for manta Ray's in 30 to 90 ft - there will be Cobia w them
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Old 03-28-2019, 10:09 AM
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You're coming at a good time for Cobia, look for manta Ray's in 30 to 90 ft - there will be Cobia w them
We were down there around the same time last year and everyone was talking about the cobia bite. Unfortunately, we weren't there to fish. Will be sure to be prepared this year.
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Old 03-29-2019, 08:52 AM
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ft pierce inlet is much more forgiving and the 12a buoy about 8 or so miles form the inlet holds some good fish. last time i was down there we took my fathers deck boat out there and hooked onto some kings and barracuda it was a blast. pretty cool that fish you catch in florida jump out of the water haha
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Old 05-09-2019, 05:39 PM
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Well its a bit late, but I've got that fishing report. Let's just say the week blew. No really, it was blowing hard all weekend. Wednesday was the only day that looked decent. Was calling for 2-3 and 10 kt winds. It was all of 4' with 20 kt winds. The family were troopers. Not too much complaining as we took it head on trying to get out to some fishing. Was headed for 90', but finally pulled up and found some bottom around 75' to spare the family getting beat up anymore. We drifted some live bottom a number of times but didn't really get much. Just some undersized snapper and a few shark. It was a lot of work dealing with the wind, swells and keeping the families lines in the water, but it was a good time and they got more experience on the water. Thanks for the suggestions. Will probably hit it again later this year.
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