Located 1.5 hours south of Orlando and and 1.5 hours north of West Palm Beach lies Vero Beach, a coastal destination on the east coast of Florida. This fishery is part of the Indian River Lagoon system and is home to some of the best snook, trout, redfish, and tarpon fishing in the state. It offers everything from grassy flats to sandy Mangrove edges that are home to all of these species.
After a busy summer season chasing tarpon on the FL Panhandle and fall/winter season fishing for giant redfish of Louisiana, CNY heads down to Vero Beach to spend the winter and early spring exploring this exciting fishery. During the winter months, the water clarity really cleans up and makes for great sight fishing in shallow water. Two very big inlets – Sebastian Inlet to the north and Ft. Pierce Inlet to the south – help make this fishery unique and appealing to the fly and light tackle angler year round.
Come see why they call this the “Treasure Coast”!
- FISH: Snook, trout, and reds common in the 4-12 lb range. Sightfishing on grass flats, along mangrove shorelines, and on beaches. Shots at tailing fish, schooled up fish, and cruising fish chasing bait.
- GEAR: 6-9 wts, typically using floating lines. 30-60 ft casts. Flies are generally baitfish, shrimp, and crab patterns. Light tackle consists of 8-12 lb spin gear, using a variety of artificials and plastic baits.
- CONDITIONS: Generally clear water, shallow flats. Mild, comfortable temperatures during the winter, outside of passing cold fronts.
Vero is a great place to fish in the winter and is home to the largest seatrout in the world. There’s only a handful of guides out there that know gator trout and their ways, and Christian has them figured out down there. If you want to get your rod bent in the winter give Capt Christian Yergens a call and book a trip. I guarantee you’ll have a great day on the water!
— Capt Blair Wiggins | Addictive Fishing