January 10, 2021 | by Steve Beare
Winter came a little early and the cold fronts have come with low temps and strong north east winds that have caused the water temp to drop a little faster. But cooler temps inshore mean the Bluefish, Pompano, Sheephead, Spanish Mackerel and Black Drum become daily catches. These fish will be coming in the Inlet and working their way both north and south in the Indian River so target the channel edges. The Redfish and Seatrout will be in the deeper holes and channels. Fish the grass flats for Redfish and SeaTrout as the sun gets higher in the mornings. Snook will be hanging around the Mangroves and the Pompano bite along the beach should be good if you are using sand fleas and/or clams.
The cold fronts have signaled the sign to break out the sailfish gear and this year should be no different than years past with the opportunities for double digit fish. Target the 150′-600′ range if you are looking for Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo and Dolphin. Live bait tends to be tricky this time of year, so I always have a couple dozen ballyhoo on board.