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August 04, 2022 Grant-Valkaria 1 photo
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
This summer has been brutally hot. Water temps in the lagoon have been in the upper 90's in the middle of the day. If you've decided to sleep in, any fishing in the lagoon past 10 am has been pretty tough. Our focus has mainly been Sebastian Inlet and a few of the Nearshore reefs for our inshore trips. The snook have been on fire lately with a few bull reds in the mix on the outgoing tides. The incoming tides have produced some monster jack crevalle up in the 30 lb and 40 lb range while drift fishing the channel. There have been some monster tarpon cruising the beach as well but getting them to eat has been a whole other process. The Nearshore reefs have produced a considerable amount of lane snapper on most trips. Our customers are limiting out on snapper out there nearly every trip. The main key at these spots to getting bites has been bait selection and it changes days to day. One day they want this the next they want that. Offshore has also been very productive this summer. Our red snapper days went very well, we limited out with our red snapper within 1 hour of showing up to the spot. There's been no shortage of fish being brought home either. Whether it be snapper, kingfish, triggerfish, amberjack, or mahi, we've been catching them all. The last couple weeks there's been a thermocline in the ocean which means the water on the bottom is really cold pushing the fish up higher in the water column. Upon arriving to a spot the screen can be loaded with fish but nothing wants to bite. You just gotta figure out how they want the bait presented to them, then it's drag screaming time. The fall season will be here shortly and that means the mullet run is coming. The months of September and October are some of my personal favorite months to fish inshore. Snook, redfish, and tarpon are on fire this time of year. The airboat is at the shop right now getting finished up and hopefully I'll be taking her on the maiden voyage this week. I'm very excited to add the airboat trips to Whatever Turns U On Fishing Charters.
Whatever Turns You On Charters is based in Sebastian, FL, and is here to offer you the fishing trip of your dreams, be it inshore, offshore, or anything in between. Captain Shane Trottier is a lifelong fisherman who will be happy to do everything in his p...
Other reports from this captain
Other reports from this captain
October 1, 2022
Post storm trips and the start of October has been fantastic. Hurricane Ian didn't seem to bother the mullet run much at all other than the water levels being a little high. Millions of mullet are still swarming down the lagoon and all through Sebastian Inlet and the predators are chewing. We've been catching a bunch of slot redfish, 25" to 32" snook, tarpon, jack crevalle, and Spanish mackerel this past weekend. Next week looks like it might be a little choppy at the inlet and offshore but the lagoon should be popping. Looking forward towards the end of the month the big bull reds should start to show up as well.
Fall Mullet Run 2022
September 20, 2022
Well anglers it's 100%, the fall mullet run is in full effect now. Millions of mullet have been migrating down the beach getting sucked into every inlet of the Indian River Lagoon system along the way. Like I always say this is my favorite time of year to fish inshore because bait is easy to find and the predators are extremely hungry. Snook, redfish, tarpon, trout, jacks, sharks, etc.... are all around taking a piece of the pie. Sebastian Inlet and the beaches have been our main focus this month. We're catching all sizes of snook from little pumpkins to monster 40"+ snook and some medium size redfish as well. It hasn't been to hard to find them either. As soon as those big mullet schools come into the inlet, there's nothing but fireworks. The snook, tarpon, and sharks have been blasting these mullet up on the surface making a very exciting show. This month we started up doing some airboat trips with the new boat. Did a little bowfishing and airboat rides. I'll tell you what, bowfishing is a lot more challenging than I thought. Because of all the rain we've been having lately the airboat rides have been fantastic. Since the waters been up we can now go back in all the beautiful cypress hammocks and run the trails. We were also able to score a couple nice gators, one off of the bay boat, and one on the airboat with Captain Joe Smith. Next year we're looking to add in gator hunting to one of our other options and possibly team up with Captain Joe for gator hunts.
The Fall Season Is Near
August 26, 2022
August was a slow month, business wise, but we had some fantastic fishing all around. The offshore trips were awesome, catching mahi, amberjack, big mangrove and mutton snapper, triggerfish, along with big kingfish, and sharks. The inshore bite at Sebastian Inlet has been pretty hott for us lately as well. The snook have been tearing up our baits and making them drags scream. Nearshore along the beach has produced mutton snapper, sheepshead, and big schools of tarpon. Coming up is my most favorite time of the year to inshore fish. We are just about to get into our fall season in the next week or so which means "Fall Mullet Run". The best part is snook season will be starting up September 1st. The last few trips fishing the inlet has produced one after another on slot snook. Hopefully those slot fish will stick around for another few weeks so we can bring home some meat. Through my years of fishing the inlet, I've noticed that at the beginning of the mullet run, typically September, there are large amounts of slot redfish that come into the inlet. Then about mid to late October the big bull redfish start to come in. As the water starts to cool down, the inshore fishing in the lagoon starts to get really good along the mangroves. Some of the species we normally target this time of year are snook, redfish, seatrout, and tarpon. We finally got the airboat up and running so we'll be doing freshwater fishing trips and airboat rides here soon.
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