March has been one busy month for us on the water. We've definitely been slammed this spring break for sure. It has been the typical Florida weather, hit or miss with either really calm or really rough conditions. One day it's flat calm and sunny then freezing cold and blowing the next. We just never know what we'll get so we got to keep our options open for fishing locations this time of year.
Sebastian Inlet has been our main focus for most charters. The bite is usually pretty consistent this time of year whether it be snook, redfish, jack crevalle, bluefish, spanish mackeral, or goliath grouper. Depending on what our clients are looking to catch we can pretty much get any one of these fish on a daily basis at the inlet. Lately, drifting the incoming tide with mojarras or finger mullet has produced numerous amounts of jack crevalle. Them jacks are a lot of fun to catch and can definitely put a whooping on you using light tackle. We've caught these jacks for the past couple weeks ranging anywhere from 5 to 40 + lbs. Not to mention the fact that jacks are actually really good to eat. The snook bite has slowed down quite a bit but we're still getting them. In previous years slot snook (28" to 32") were rare. Most of the time the inlet snook are oversized ranging from 35" to 40". In the last 6 months we've caught more slot snook than I'd ever seen. Another change has been the amount of big bull reds. This season really hasn't produced those big schools of bull reds that I love hooking into. We've caught them here and there but not consistently.
In the lagoon, the fishing has been decent. We've been catching some decent speckled trout, black drum, bluefish, and snook along the mangrove shorelines. There are some monster snook under the docks but getting them to eat is a whole other story. Trolling the channels has produced some Spanish macks as well.
We haven't done any offshore trips do to the inconsistent weather. I have been seeing other charters with bigger boats going out and doing pretty good on lane snapper, kingfish, and cobia.
The bowfishing trips haven't been to busy yet, still trying to get the word out there for us. The tilapia are bedding now and the water is down about 3 feet which makes it a lot easier to find the fish. We're hoping to maybe start doing some largemouth bass fishing trips in the future as well.
We're very excited that we have another captain that will be working with us soon. Captain Rob Becerra will be running inshore river trips for us all throughout the Indian River. Captain Rob specializes in big dock snook and tarpon and has been fishing the Indian River since he was a little kid.
Tight lines everyone and hope to see y'all on the water with us soon Ringing The Bell.