Transition season should produce better fishing

Capt. Rick Marchetti of Surf Rider charters out of Mulligan’s in Sebastian said seas were fishable Sunday, but the swell has kicked up the bottom out as far as 80 feet of water. It meant the only game going was trolling for kingfish. If doing so, expect to get a lot of bites from barracudas and sharks, too. But Marchetti said the transition season is going to produce better fishing. Closer to shore, Capt. Glyn Austin of Going Coastal charters said the mullet run has yet to really get fully underway, but the fishing can be good for snook, redfish and tarpon in and around the Sebastian Inlet.

Captains Cole and Zach Hazellief of the Lady Chris party boat out of Taylor Creek Marina in Fort Pierce proved that you never know what you are going to catch when offshore. While on the reefs in 80-90 feet of water, one angler had an epic bite using a dead sardine on a 20-pound class spinning rod. A little while later, mate Mike Hsu gaffed a 53.5-pound wahoo for the customer, a truly remarkable catch, but not impossible. Snapper, porgies, triggerfish and kingfish are also being caught in good numbers on the reefs offshore.

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