Nedra Maxwell of the Sebastian Inlet District said the winter fishing patterns have settled in for anglers fishing from the jetties and shorelines at the state park. Whiting, croaker and pompano are being caught on the beach side with clam strips and sand fleas. Black drum, sheepshead, flounder and jack can be caught on the inlet side of the jetties. Since the water has remained warm, snook fishing is still fair, however, anglers are discouraged from targeting them since they are catch and release only until Feb. 1.
Captains and brothers Zach and Cole Hazellief of the Lady Chris party boat out of Taylor Creek Marina in Fort Pierce steered their customers to a half-day catch Friday which included a nice gag grouper, mutton snapper, lane snapper, mangrove snapper and other assorted bottom fishing catches. The better action has been in 80-90 feet of water. Reminder, harvest closes for gag grouper, red grouper, black grouper, scamp and more beginning Jan. 1.
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