It’s My Cast – Central E.Coast Fishing Report – Feb. 12, 2011 – Bill Hubbard

My apologies for the brevity of this, my last “It’s My Cast” column for Reel-Time.   I’ve enjoyed writing it these past months and hope it has provided information you all needed.  I especially appreciate those who I have heard from both in the comments section of the column and via email.

Life moves on and othere demands on my time require me to either  cease writing the colmun or write it less often.  I would have preferred the later but, have not been able to contact the editor to discuss that with him.  I’ve been asked to write a Florida forum on another New England website and probably will in the future.

In the meantime, here is my last column on R-T.

Fishing Reports:  The weather has dampened a lot of offshore fishing as we have had line squalls and fairly high surf all the past week.  A few boats have been able to fish out of Port Canaveral and Sebastian Inlet and they have reported fair catches of

Surf fishing was slow due to high surf and dirty water but those able to find a place to fish have reported good catches of Whiting and Black Drum from Patrick AFB south to Sebastian Inlet.  Bluefish have been in and out of the surf and Pompano have been on-again and off-again over the same area.  The most consistant area to produce on this stretch of coast from Cape Canaveral to Jupiter Inlet has been the jetties at Sebastian Inlet –Lagoons:  Fishermen have reported good catches of both Redfish and Black Drum from Banana River and Mosquito Lagoon.  Best to fish the afternoon, after the sun has warmed sandy patches.  Fishermen are finding both red and black drum in really shallow waters fishing floating flylines or surface lures near weeds.   The Sebastian River, Turky Creek and Crane Creek have produced spotty fishing for Seatrout as have the spoils islands between Melbourne and Sebastian.  Live shrimp or DOA shrimp lures have both produced nice catches but, you have to search and find the fish.

Sebastian Inlet Report Here is the entire report, as received from the Sebastian Inlet District Commission.  I want to thank SIDC for making it’s report public.  If anyone wants to check on the report from the inlet, they issue one every Monday through Friday and they are available at

02-11-11 FRIDAY: CHILLY AT THE INLET THIS MORNINGTGIF Anglers!Yesterday, there were lots of fish to be caught and several anglers reported Blues, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel and Flounder. One Angler caught a huge Redfish while fishing under the bridge. The carcasses from last week’s fish kill out at sea have definitely thinned out at the Inlet. Depending upon the direction of the wind, the stench isn’t too bad now.

Today’s picture, courtesy of Mike Ricciardi, is of Dennis from St. Cloud. He caught this flounder on a live mud minnow. Way to go, Dennis!

The weekend weather prediction states lots of sun and not too cold and not too hot. Should be just perfect for heading out to the Inlet with your families and your fishing gear. Be sure to visit Tommy at the Inlet Bait & Tackle Shop (next to the north jetty) for any fishing needs and/or advice!

We wish a safe and splendid weekend to all of our viewers, and please send in your photos and stories!

Dennis from St. Cloud with a nice Flounder
02-10-11 THURSDAY: SPANISH MACKEREL, DRUM AND REDFISH, FLOUNDER AND SHEEPSHEADIt’s a little cool with winds approx 25 mph coming out of the East this morning at the Sebastian Inlet. There are approximately 15-20 anglers out there on the north jetty. Yesterday, the fish catch included lots of Blues, along with Spanish Mackerel, Drum, Redfish (in the drum family), Flounder and Sheepshead.In case you were wondering, some people say that Spanish Mackerel are a bit ‘oily’, but they are very yummy. Flounder are really delicious and Drum are very good as long as they are below 10 lbs. Any Drum above that tend to have worms. Sheepshead are good eating but they are difficult to clean!

Today’s photos are a bit different but beautiful of the Inlet sunrise taken on different days. And finally, another yummy fish dish cooked up by Lydia Le, an Inlet regular from the City of Sebastian.

Please send us your photos and fishing stories!

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02-09-11 WEDNESDAY: SPANISH MACKEREL, BLUES, AND LOTS OF SHEEPSHEADGood morning Anglers!Not many fishermen on the jetties this morning, but it is warming up nicely. The wind is about 9 mph and blowing out of the southwest.

A report from Walton at the Inlet Bait & Tackle Shop this morning said that many anglers limited out on Spanish Mackerel yesterday using gotcha plugs. They also brought in lots of Sheepshead using shrimp, and if nothing else, they caught Blues using just about anything!

One of our favorite Inlet regulars, Lydia Le, sent in the photos you see today. Not only is she a great fisherman, she is also a terrific cook! Thank you, Lydia!

We look forward to getting more stories and photos from any successful angler out there at the Inlet, so please don’t hesitate to bring along a camera and send us your fishing tales!

Lydia’s dish – looks tasty!

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02-08-11 TUESDAY: BLUES AND SHEEPSHEADIt’s pretty chilly out on the jetties this morning. Winds are blowing at 18 – 20 mph and there is a moderate chop on the water. Small craft should exercise caution.The stench is abating as the dead fish clear out, we could see them wash in and out for a few more days but there are less and less of them each day. There aren’t a lot of people out on the jetties this morning. Yesterday morning was very slow on the north jetty according to Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach. Mike fished from 8:00 – 12:30 p.m. and reported two Sheepshead and one Flounder only. Thanks for the update Mike!

The afternoon tide change brought a strong Bluefish bite along with a few more Sheepshead for anglers using live shrimp.

Our angler of the day is our “field correspondent”, Mike Ricciardi. Mike poses with a real nice Sheepshead he landed last Thursday off the north jetty using live shrimp. Nice catch Mike!

Send us your updates and photos!

Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach with a nice Sheepshead.
02-07-11 MONDAY: BLUES AND SPANISH MACKERELWe’re sure everyone is wondering what is going on with all the dead fish at the inlet. According to Park Rangers, the cold water mixed with a low tide and an enormous school of bait fish (menhaden), depleted the oxygen in the Indian River and the fish suffocated. It is not uncommon although we’ve not seen a kill in this proportion. Fishing was slow over the weekend but the dead fish seem to be clearing out. The outgoing tides are taking the carcasses out and making the air a little fresher!This morning Blues and a few Spanish Mackerel are biting. Blues aren’t particular but spoons work well for both species. Gotcha plugs are a favorite of the Spanish Mackerel.

For those of you that didn’t make it to the inlet over the past few days, a couple of photos sent in by our readers will get you up to speed. Photo #1 was sent to us by Bruce Johnson. Bruce arrived at the inlet at 7:30 a.m. Friday morning. Bruce reported the clear water on the eastern side of the tide line contained dead or gasping fish. On the other side, the fish apparently were in more oxygenated water and were very much alive. Bruce landed a Pompano and a Spanish Mackerel on his first two casts and then got very little afterward. Thanks for the photo and update Bruce!

Mike Ricciardi was out on the north jetty Friday morning as well and heard about the fish kill before he witnessed it. On the outgoing tide the dead fish started pouring out of the inlet and began littering the beaches at a rapid pace as you can see in photo # 2. Thanks for the update and photo Mike!

Lydia Le of Sebastian sent in photos three and four of the fish kill. Thanks Lydia!

FWCC UPDATE: The FWC is waiting for results from their East Coast field lab on water samples taken from the inlet. They are checking for an algae bloom as algae is known to lead to dissolved oxygen in the water and may have caused the fish kill.




It’s My Cast is copyrighted by Bill Hubbard – October 12, 2011 – On the Indian River Lagoon


I grew up in a fising family in Gloucester, Massachusetts and began Striper fishing when I was about 10 years old. Built my first rod when I was 12. It was a cut-down bamboo smelt rod with taped on guides and glued on tip-top and used two pipe-clamps to hold the reel that I bought in Sears for about $15.00 From 1959 to 1966 I fished for Tuna out of Gloucester on my 26' Marbleheader, "Beagle". Started with keg-lines the first year, graduated to harpoon the next year and eventually to some used rods and reels. We fished commercially until about 1963, then recreationally. I got a real job in New Hampshire in '69 and moved my growing family there the next year. Started my own insurance agency in 1991, sold it in 2002, retired and moved to Cape Cod in search of my 50 pound Striper. Never caught it but had a great time trying fishing 3-5 times/week-spending many nights on Nauset with friends including Tony Stetzko. I moved to Florida in 2006 and continue to fish the surf and lagoons 3-4 times each week.

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2 comments on “It’s My Cast – Central E.Coast Fishing Report – Feb. 12, 2011 – Bill Hubbard
  1. avatar Jim Timmins says:

    Good luck, Bill. Have enjoyed your informative articles. Maybe we will pick you up in a future writing.

  2. avatar Evelyn says:

    We operate our chrater fishing business on Fort Peck Lake in Montana. Our guests come for walleye, northern pike & small mouth bass. We fillet and remove the bones from the fish for our clients. Northern pike have a Y bone that requires some tedious work to remove feeling the bones with the knife blade is very important. Myron zips the fillets off with an electric fillet knife and I remove the bones with a hand knife. I like a 4 blade and a 4 handle. I’m searching your website for the perfect, stay sharp knife for this purpose. I’m looking forward to finding that knife and you can bet everyone at the cleaning station will soon be ordering one too. Thanks, Capt. Mary Beth Kibler 406-557-2503

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