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12-17-14 WEDNESDAY: BLACK DRUM, BLUES AND WHITING

We have a gorgeous morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Northwest at 4 mph, gusting to 9 and the water is calm with a light chop. White fluffy clouds, blue skies and low 60's make it a perfect day to get out and wet a line!

We received an update from inlet regular Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach who fished the north jetty yesterday morning. Those folks who were crowded down at the end of the north jetty were fishing for Black Drum as suspected. Mike reported and early Black Drum bite from 6:30 - 9:00 for anglers using shrimp and clams but after that, the bite dropped off. The tide was outgoing and the only other fish he saw come over the rails were a few Whiting, a couple of small Blues, Catfish and a couple of Sting Rays. Mike sent in our second and third photos today, thanks for the update and pictures!

We know there are some Sheepshead, Reds, a few Flounder, Pompano and C/R Snook out there, there just weren't any landed yesterday morning.

Our first photo today features Bruce Brugman of Fort Lauderdale. Bruce travels to the inlet once a week to fish this time of year. Bruce landed this real nice Flounder on 11/21/14 using a 2/0 Tamer Octopus hook with a large greenie. Beautiful catch Bruce!

Photo two is of Dennis Campbell of Vero Beach. Dennis landed these two real nice Black Drum yesterday morning. Way to go Dennis!

Photo three is of the "Drumline" on the north jetty. This photo shows how packed it can get this time of year, literally elbow to elbow!

This will be our last update until Monday, December 22nd. I will be out of the office Thursday and Friday. Please continue to send in your photos and updates, we need them! Thanks, Nedra.



Bruce Brugman of Fort Lauderdale with a real nice Flounder.

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12-16-14 TUESDAY: BLACK DRUM, SHEEPSHEAD, SNOOK, REDS, SPECKLED TROUT AND A FEW POMPANO AND FLOUNDER

We have a splendid morning at the inlet. Blue skies, lots of sunshine and the water has a light chop. Winds are blowing out of the West-Northwest at 5 mph with gusts up to 9 mph. We have quite a few anglers crowded down on the end of the north jetty, that usually indicates Black Drum are biting.

We received an update from Sally Baughman of WY who gave us a rundown on last week's activities. Monday and Tuesday were crazy with huge waves and the water was murky until Friday. Sally saw a lot of Black Drum come over the rails, one that was about 20 lbs. She saw Red fish in large numbers, a few Snook that were mostly C/R. The Sheepshead were coming over the rails in large numbers as well. She and Jim landed two nice ones along with a Speckled Trout. Thanks for the update Sally!

Our angler of the day is John Rhodes of Atlanta, GA. John landed this oversized Red on Sunday while fishing with Capt. Mike Maher and friends. Nice catch John!

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John Rhodes of Atlanta, GA with a C/R Red.
12-15-14 MONDAY SNOOK SEASON IS CLOSED UNTIL FEBRUARY 1, 2015.

It's a beautiful morning at the inlet. The early mornings have been chilly, but it's been warming up nicely. We have winds blowing out of the West-Northwest at 5 mph, gusting to 7 and the water is calm. The weekend was gorgeous and Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported a lot of Sheepshead and Trout came over the rails, Blues are running smaller, and a few Pompano, Reds and Snook were landed. Snook season is closed until February 1, 2015. Catch and release only until then. A few Flounder were landed in the inlet, but not a lot of activity from our big, flat friends yet. Finger mullet have been running during the morning hours. Thanks Tommy!

Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach, John Rhodes of Atlanta and Charlie Boyd of Boca Raton fished with guide Mike Maher yesterday and the men landed some beautiful Snook. Using pigfish and pinfish on the outgoing tide, they hooked up with three slot fish at 29", 31" and 32". The men also landed several oversized Reds that were returned to the water to fight another day! Nice catches gentlemen!

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On Wednesdays you can join knowledgeable Rangers for a guided kayak tour at 1:00 from Campbell's Cove near the Sebastian Inlet. Learn about the Indian River Lagoon and the plants and animals that call it home. Participants can bring their own kayak or reserve one from the Inlet Marina for a rental fee of $20/2 hours, for a single or double watercraft, life jackets and paddles included. Personal watercrafts pay a launch fee of $3.00. Meet 1 mile north of Sebastian Inlet, turn west at the large brown state park sign and follow the dirt road to the Inlet Marina. Program status is dependent on weather conditions, please call ahead of time the verify status. For more information on Park activities, visit their web site at ww.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet.



(L-R) Charlie Boyd, Mike Ricciardi and John Rhodes with slot Snook.
12-12-14 FRIDAY: TGIF! SHEEPSHEAD, BLUES, BLACK DRUM, POMPANO, REDS, SNOOK AND FLOUNDER

We have another chilly morning at the inlet; it's in the low 50's. Winds are blowing out of the West-Northwest this morning at 5 mph, gusting to 9 and there is a light chop on the water. It is supposed to warm up to the low 60's and if you're dressed in layers, it should be a great day to get out and wet a line. We have a very nice weekend forecasted, although we may see some rain on Sunday. Snook season closes Monday, get out and get yourself one in the slot this weekend.

Tommy Turowski of the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported a very cold morning but the fish are biting. Sheepshead, Black Drum and Blues have been very active with some nice Snook and Reds thrown into the mix. Pompano have arrived, but fishing from the beach this week has been tough, some decent sized fish have come over the rails of the jetties. Tommy also said a lot of finger mullet are in the water, which is unusual for this time of year, unusual but good! Thanks Tommy!

Our first photo features Ed Gomiela of Palm Bay. Ed takes his boat out just about every weekend in the fall and winter to fish the inlet. Ed scored with his beautiful 9 lb., 25 3/4" Flounder using finger mullet last Saturday afternoon. That's the size Flounder we expect this time of year! Sweet catch Ed!!!

Photo two is of Ed's Flounder lined up with his ruler. Very nice!

Our third photo today is courtesy of Sally Baughman of WY. Sally took this photo of Alek Turko of Indialantic last Saturday. This big Drum wouldn't even fit in Alek's cooler! Alek also landed three Whiting. Nice catch Alek! Thanks Sally!

SISP Ranger Ed Perry sent in our last photo today. Ed took this shot of morning glories on Monday when it rained most of the day. Ed said the flowers stayed open all day due to the clouds, fog and rain. Thanks Ed!

Have a great weekend and be sure to send in your photos and fishing updates!






Ed Gomiela of Palm Bay with a 9 lb. Flounder.

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12-11-14 THURSDAY: SNOOK, BLUES, REDS, SHEEPSHEAD, POMPANO, BLACK DRUM AND MUTTON SNAPPER

We have another cool morning at the inlet, it's in the mid 50's but the wind has calmed down and changed directions. Winds are blowing out of the West at 4 mph, gusting to 7 and there is a moderate chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories at this time. The West wind will help alleviate the beach erosion that has been taking place; the Northeast winds really chew up our beaches.

We received an update from Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop this morning who reported a good Snook bite occurring. Today would be a great day to get out and try to land one in the slot before the season closes on Monday. You must have a Snook stamp on your license in order to keep one in the slot of 28" - 32". Tommy also reported Blues are running on the outgoing afternoon tide. Reds, Sheepshead, Black Drum and a few Mutton Snapper are active and some mid-sized Flounder are being caught in the inlet and on the south side, but not in the numbers we expect for this time of year. Please take photos on site and hold any C/R species horizontally, supporting the jaw and belly.

Our first photo today features north jetty regular B.J. Anan of Orlando. BJ landed this slot Snook Saturday morning at sunrise. Beautiful catch B.J.! Photo courtesy of Sally Baughman of Wyoming.

Ezra Dominguez is featured in our second photo with a big C/R Red he landed off the north jetty last Friday night. Way to go Ezra!

Scott Beyer landed his 33" C/R Red last Friday night and is featured in our last photo. Nice catch Scott!

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B.J. Anan of Orlando with a slot Snook.

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12-10-14 WEDNESDAY: BLUES, BLACK DRUM, REDS, SNOOK, SHEEPSHEAD AND A FEW FLOUNDER

It's time for the Floridians to break out the parkas! It's pretty chilly out on the jetties this morning, temperatures are in the low 50's but with the wind chill, it feels like the high 40's. Winds are blowing out of the Northwest at 10 mph, gusting to 15. There is a small craft advisory in effect through this afternoon and a small craft advisory in effect for hazardous seas through Thursday morning. From the web cam we can see a couple of surfers surfing at third peak this morning, in full wet suits we hope!

Blues have dominated the catches at the inlet; they aren't choosy and will hit pretty much anything. Cut bait works as well as silver spoons. Black Drum are hitting dead shrimp and clams, they love those stinky baits. A few mid-sized Flounder are being landed in the inlet, Sheepshead can be found around the pilings of the north jetty, from the catwalks or any type of structure. Sheepshead are crustacean fans and will take shrimp, clams, sand fleas and small crabs and that is what gives them their delicious flavor. Snook are still biting but the season is coming to a close on Monday. Sunday will be the last day to get out and catch one for the table (28" - 32" slot) until the season reopens February 1st. Reds are active as well.

Our first photo today features Rob Moore of Orlando. Every Flounder season, Rob regularly makes the trip over to try to get some of his favorite fish. Rob fished the south side on Friday and pulled in this nice 6 pounder. Rob also landed two nice Sea Trout and a slot Red. Rob reported a lot of grass in the water which made fishing difficult, but it sounds like he had a pretty good day in spite of it! Way to go Rob!

Sally Baughman of WY sent in our second photo. Sally took the photo of Donnie Nguyen of Palm Bay who landed this 28.5" slot Snook Saturday morning. Sally reported lots of Snook were landed and lost; many came over the rails with a handful of slot fish in the mix. Thanks Sally!

SISP Ranger Ed Perry sent in our last photo today. Ed was on his way to work Monday morning and in between rain showers, he captured this beautiful rainbow. Nice shot Ed!

Reminder: Please take your fishing photos on site. Please hold your catch and release species properly. We can't post them if they aren't being held correctly. Holding them horizontally under the head and belly will keep them from damaging their internal structure. Never hold a C/R fish vertically by the gill cover. If its slot and you're going to eat it, it doesn't matter, but if the fish is C/R, please try not to harm it before releasing it.

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Rob Moore of Orlando with a 6 lb. Flounder.

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12-09-14 TUESDAY: COOL AND WINDY BUT SUNNY!

Conditions at the inlet this morning are less than stellar. Winds are blowing out of the North-Northwest at 12 mph, gusting to 17. There are waves coming over the north jetty giving a salty shower to those who are brave enough to be out there. Temperatures are in the high 50's but with the wind chill, it feels like low the 50's. There is a small craft advisory through Wednesday evening. We are expecting a dry day today, so that is a plus.

We are seeing a lot of action with Blues, Reds, Snook, Sheepshead, Black Drum and few Flounder on the south side. Anglers anchored outside the inlet channel are seeing some Flounder activity, but the largest we've heard of so far is in the 6 - 7 lb. range. We are hoping this cool down will chill the water a little more and bring some of the big boys into the inlet.

Our first photo features Alek Turko of Indialantic with a 27" slot Red he landed while fishing the banks of the inlet using live shrimp. Sweet catch Alek!

Photo two is of some good sized Black Drum Alek landed as well. Way to go!

Photo three is courtesy of Sally Baughman of WY. Sally took this shot of Jerry of Poinciana with a large Black Drum he landed Thursday using clams and sand fleas. Nice catch Jerry, thanks Sally!

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SISP Ranger Ed Perry relayed a call for all bird watchers that there is a Great Cormorant that has been hanging around the Tide Pool on the north side of the inlet the past two days. Great Cormorants rarely are found in Florida, particularly this far south. Ed is going to try to get a photo of it for us. Thanks Ed!

On Wednesdays you can join knowledgeable Rangers for a guided kayak tour at 1:00 from Campbell's Cove near the Sebastian Inlet. Learn about the Indian River Lagoon and the plants and animals that call it home. Participants can bring their own kayak or reserve one from the Inlet Marina for a rental fee of $20/2 hours, for a single or double watercraft, life jackets and paddles included. Personal watercrafts pay a launch fee of $3.00. Meet 1 mile north of Sebastian Inlet, turn west at the large brown state park sign and follow the dirt road to the Inlet Marina. Program status is dependent on weather conditions, please call ahead of time the verify status. For more information on Park activities, visit their web site at www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet.





Alek Turko of Indialantic with a nice 27" slot Red.

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12-08-14 MONDAY: WET CONDITONS BUT THE FISH ARE BITING!

We have a wet, soggy morning at the inlet. Conditions are less than desirable, but sometimes that's when the fish bite the best. Winds are blowing out of the East at 9 mph, gusting to 11 and there is a small craft advisory in effect through Wednesday evening. We have waves breaking over the north jetty, so take your rain gear!

Over the weekend we saw Black Drum, Sheepshead, Pompano, Flounder, Blues, Spanish Mackerel, Reds and Snook.

We received and offshore update from Kurush Akbari of Palm Bay who went out with Capt. Rick Marchetti of Surfrider Charters on Nov. 30th. Conditions were a little rough but they went out to a Grouper bite that was on fire! They were using live and cut grunts for bait and they also landed a couple of big Mangrove Snappper and some Amberjack fishing in 90' of water. Thanks for the photos and update Kurush!

Photo one features Jesse with real nice Amberjack. Great catch Jesse!!

Photo two features A.J. John and Capt. Marchetti with one of the large Mangrove Snapper they landed.

Photo three is of Jesse with a good sized Gag Grouper.

Photo four is of Capt. Marchetti with a nice Mangrove Snapper.

Our last photo is of Jesse with another large Gag Grouper.

Way to go gentlemen!

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Jesse with a nice Amberjack.

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12-05-14 FRIDAY: POMPANO, BLACK DRUM, SPANISH MACKEREL, BLUES, REDS, SNOOK, SHEEPSHEAD AND FLOUNDER

We've had a mix of sun, clouds and rain today. The wind has decreased and this afternoon it is blowing out of the Northeast at 5 mph. The water has a moderate chop and there is a small craft advisory in effect through this evening. Be sure to check the NOAA forecast before going offshore this weekend.

Tommy Turowski of the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported good sized Spanish Mackerel Snook, Reds, Black Drum, Sheepshead are active and some nice Pompano are beginning to arrive. The Flounder bite has just been mediocre, most have been in the 3 - 5 lb. range, we're still waiting on those door mats! Tommy said the water has been murky from the rains and Flounder prefer it clear. Hopefully we will see it clear up and see the big guys move in soon.

Sally Baughman sent us an email from the north jetty and reported the morning activities produced a lot of Pompano coming over the rails for anglers using sand fleas and clams. Lots of Sheepshead and lots of Blues and several nice Black Drum were landed as well. Thanks Sally!

Our first photo is of a fantastic catch made by Brook Crist of Pompano Beach. Brook, her boyfriend Vicktor and other friends made a trip to the inlet Thanksgiving night to fish the inlet until the morning. Brook reported freezing, wet conditions with a strong wind blowing, creating large swells. The guys were catching a few Reds and some Snook and Brook was determined to land one too. Brook hooked up with this enormous Redfish and with the help of Viktor and their friend Ben, managed to pull it up via net for a quick photo before releasing it unharmed. Brook said it was worth suffering through the conditions to land this fabulous fish. Awesome job Brook!

Our next two photos are courtesy of Ryan Roberson. Ryan and his wife Julie fished the inlet Thanksgiving Day, west of the bridge. They landed 5 keeper Flounder, lots of mid-sized Jacks and 3 nice Sheepshead. Sounds like a great day on the water! Ryan is featured in our second photo with one of the Sheepshead. Nice catch Ryan!

Our last photo feature Ryan and Julie Roberson with one of the Flounder Julie landed. Very nice Julie!

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Brook Crist of Pompano Beach with a huge C/R Red.

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