Florida Fishing forecast

Fishing forecast Saltwater : Before the strong winds pushed into Central Florida recently, anglers were finding decent catches of flounder at Sebastian and Fort Pierce inlets. At Sebastian, the best numbers of fish are coming along the sides of the inlet rather than along the inlet channel. Due to the strength of the current, anglers generally do best working live baits or jigs along the bottom close to shorelines.

The west end of the inlet offers somewhat calmer conditions than the area near the bridge. Target sandy areas adjacent to rocks or structure, such as around the L-Dock, north and south side rocks, catwalks and south side jetty. Boaters can target the edge of the inlet channel during slower tide periods, though these areas are generally too strong during the main part of the tides.

At Fort Pierce Inlet, the current is slower as the inlet is wider and deeper, which may aid shorebound anglers casting further from land. Try to stay close to structure in sandy areas and avoid very rough areas to prevent hang-ups. Live baits, especially finger mullet and other slender fishes that move easy in the current, are ideal. Wide bodied baits, such as pinfish, are not as effective as they tend to spin in the strong currents. Soft-bodied jigs are also effective when worked close to the bottom, with some anglers choosing to add a bit of fresh cut bait.

Freshwater: Panfish, including crappie and bluegill, catches are good at several Central Florida lakes. At Lake Kissimmee, anglers are finding crappie in open water by trolling or drifting with live minnows and small jigs. Bluegill are holding around running water as well as lily pads and reeds. At Lake Blue Cypress, between Vero Beach and Yeehaw Junction, bluegill and crappie are taking live and artificial baits around Mudfish Slough, Big M Canal and the cypress trees on the north end. Trolling with live minnows along the St. Johns River is producing crappie as well.

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