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#1345983 - 05/28/09 05:13 PM Sebastien Inlet, Florida
6 Point

Registered: 12/19/07
Posts: 782
Loc: Tennessee

These are some snook [and one red 37" a 50" but I can't find the pic. I think biglures has it somewhere] I got the last 2 trips to sebastien inlet while I was in Florida. Incredible fishery. Nothing like incoming tide, 1 am on the catwalk, you and 3 laotians running back and forth over and around each other trying to keep your fish off the fender. Dem snook eez smawt. I hope to go down this summer when the big females are in. My buddy Rodney had 2 he couldn't turn the other night, and has taken fish down there to 50", on artificials. these were caught on big bucktails thrown into the current and presented just ticking the bottom. Takes a little practice but once you get it, and the fish are there, it's so much fun.

....apparently Rodney says the same approach works for the stripers up here below the the tune of 20 fish days between 20-40 pounds, and his biggest is 55 pounds. I think that was at Loudon though, but he's done well at Cordell and Melton. I hope to find out first hand real soon...

#1345986 - 05/28/09 05:15 PM Re: Sebastien Inlet, Florida [Re: Tubakka]
6 Point

Registered: 12/19/07
Posts: 782
Loc: Tennessee

The snook btw, ran between 38-42". WAY too big for the slot. There were a few guys down there that were MASTERS at nailing that slot. I got one one time that was 27 1/2" no matter how hard I pinched the tail...28-32"...

And just to make it clear, Spoonplugging helped me catch these fish. But I didn't use spoonplugs. It was the knowledge and the application of the right tackle.

Edited by Tubakka (05/28/09 05:23 PM)

#1345999 - 05/28/09 05:37 PM Re: Sebastien Inlet, Florida [Re: Tubakka]
6 Point

Registered: 12/19/07
Posts: 782
Loc: Tennessee

I'm sorry, I know this is a Tn fishing forum, but I thought some people might enjoy seeing this. Seriously if you're ever down in Florida, check out sebastien inlet. I'll be happy to give you any info, but I can tell better go after dark.

Edited by Tubakka (05/28/09 05:38 PM)

#1346009 - 05/28/09 05:51 PM Re: Sebastien Inlet, Florida [Re: Tubakka]
16 Point

Registered: 09/29/04
Posts: 10828
Loc: Middle Tennessee

Cool fish
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#1346031 - 05/28/09 06:19 PM Re: Sebastien Inlet, Florida [Re: trealtree]
6 Point

Registered: 09/12/08
Posts: 854
Loc: powell

sounds like some big fun!
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#1346077 - 05/28/09 07:22 PM Re: Sebastien Inlet, Florida [Re: ]
WestTn Huntin'man
16 Point

Registered: 11/19/06
Posts: 12099
Loc: Benton Co.

My parnets live in Sebastian.Too many people fish the inlet already.Quit trying to LURE more down there.
I like the inlet but hate the crowds that show up sometimes.
I've become a RiverRat the last few years running the river and fishing around the islands.
I usally plan my trip in Jan or Dec then in the Spring.
Thanks for posting .
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#1346162 - 05/28/09 08:29 PM Re: Sebastien Inlet, Florida [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
Football Hunter

Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 25536
Loc: Wilson Co/Perry Co

looks fun
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#1346369 - 05/28/09 09:58 PM Re: Sebastien Inlet, Florida [Re: ]
Anonymous TnDeer Old Timer

Can't tell you how many snook I've caught in and around that inlet. Spent a lot of my youth between that inlet and Fort Pierce inlet. One of the best fish you will ever eat. Sure do miss saltwater fishin sometimes.
#1346488 - 05/29/09 01:47 AM Re: Sebastien Inlet, Florida [Re: ]
4 Point

Registered: 08/16/07
Posts: 351
Loc: nashville, tn

Those are some really solid snook. They are a lot of fun to catch on bucktails as you described have done it many times myself. I am sure glad that the state of florida has a slot limit on both the reds and the snook so that lots of people can enjoy catching them many times.

I used to run around with some people who were good friends with one of the biologists in the snook program down there. They have a very intensive research project to manage the population. They consistently harvest around 100% of the allowable fish in the fishery each year (from what I recall), meaning just enough legal fish make it through the harvest period alive to reach good spawning size like the fish you were catching. People still get to enjoy cathing snook throughout the year especially during the spawn when they are easier to target and can be caught in huge numbers.

Lots of people get to eat snook and the population remains healthy. The snook population had a lot of issues in the past when people could kill all the large fish.

Did you get offshore at all?

I find the carbon disk drag comments funny for freshwater fish in your other thread. I don't think any freashwater fish need a great drag system....

These fish need carbon disk drags......

#1346501 - 05/29/09 05:12 AM Re: Sebastien Inlet, Florida [Re: stillinscrubs]
16 Point

Registered: 09/06/06
Posts: 12256
Loc: east tn

cool pic's ,i lived in melborne for 2 years back in the 70's,fished the inlet every chance i could,spent many a weekend fishing off the jetty & getting eat up by the seemenots \:\) ,went back fishing in the early 80's & could'nt beleive how much it had changed,i go to the west coast of fla as the fishing is normaly better,need to make it back down there & walk that bridge in the dark & see if its still as scary \:\) ,mike243
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