December 2023 Fishing Report for the Sebastian Inlet Area
September’s fishing report ushers in the autumn weather patterns near Sebastian Inlet, Florida. Central Florida’s fall weather is uncommon compared to the rest of the nation. Tropical systems from far-off continents send waves of depressions westward towards the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the eastern seaboard of the United States. This year has been a mild season for hurricanes and tropical storms. As I am writing this we’ve endured several days of heavy thunderstorms, preceded by some of the calmest and most productive nearshore fishing of the year.
I’ve had very little opportunity to get away from the ocean and spend time around south Brevard County’s waterways this season, but I promise to send post a fishing report as the snook season unfolds and I once again work my way down to fish the Indian River Lagoon near Sebastian Inlet.
Fall Mullet Run in Full Swing
Just as tropical storm Earl passed by the fall mullet run began early in September. We took off for Cape Hatteras and went surfing for a few days following the waves and camping. When we returned, the mullet run was really starting. This year’s run seems to be a very good run and the gamefish are following as well. I’ll try and get down to Sebastian this week to fish and take note of what impact the mullet are having in the inlet and inshore.
The forecast with the mullet run and the fishing is very positive for the next several weeks if the tropics don’t cause us problems. Early cold fronts combined with plentiful bait should make a perfect situation for anglers to catch a giant trout and some great snook fishing.
Watching Mike’s Weather Page
During the next few weeks of remaining tropical activity, we’ll be watching Mikes’s Weather Page and his Youtube channel for updates in the tropics. As I’m updating our fishing forecast, Hurricane Fiona is passing over the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. While Fiona has no impact on Florida’s east coast we are looking for increased surf and a shutdown of nearshore fishing soon. Gina will have me relegated to surfing between fishing charters LOL, but life is good. Take a look at Mike’s Weather Page when you get a chance.
2023 Fall Snook Season is Open
The 2023 Fall Snook Season opens September 1st and ends December 15th this year. Sebastian Inlet is one of Florida's premier snook fishing destinations. Book a snook fishing trip with Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing.
There are 5 days of snook season left before the closure on December 15th, 2023.
Captain Richard Bradley
Charter Fishing Captain/Guide
Being a husband and father to three incredible women my life overflows with joy. As a lifelong resident and third generation Floridian, my passion is not only my family but the outdoors. It has been a great pleasure to take my family, friends, and customers on fishing excursions on Florida's east coast where I grew up for over five decades.
I love sharing my experiences and writing about my knowledge of where I live and often mix in my opinions and journeys. Please feel free to comment on my writings and express your views and experiences as well. [Captain Richard]
Berkley Gulp! Shrimp
When all else fails to produce a fish bite, I often pull out the Gulps. My favorite colors are New penny and pearl white, but don’t put too much thought into colors. A proper presentation and a hungry fish will most often get the bite.