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09-23-16 FRIDAY: TGIF! IT'S LADIES DAY ON THE FISHING REPORT!

THE NORTH JETTY WILL REMAIN OPEN 24 HOURS UNTIL THE GATE CAN BE INSTALLED. AFTER THE INSTALLATION WE WILL GIVE THE PUBLIC A ONE WEEK NOTICE BEFORE WE BEGIN CLOSING IT AT NIGHT. THE INSTALLATION SHOULD TAKE PLACE TOWARD THE END OF THE MONTH.

We have a beautiful morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Northwest at 2 mph, gusting to 4 and there is a light chop on the water. Tropical Storm Karl that is offshore is sending some nice little waves for our surfers and we should see decent surf over the weekend. We will have favorable boating conditions other than the chance of afternoon and evening showers and potential thunderstorms. Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating as conditions can change quickly.

We are seeing Snook everywhere! Oversized and slot alike are being landed from the beaches and both jetties. The finger mullet in the water are attracting a lot of different species but sometimes a change in the menu is what they are looking for! Live shrimp is a good choice or a different baitfish such as croakers. Try a bucktail if you want to use artificial bait. PLEASE abide by the FWC regulations. One per person per day, in the slot of 28" - 32" and if you are lucky enough to land one in the slot, you must have a snook stamp on your saltwater fishing license if you plan on keeping it. Visit www.MyFWC.com for all rules regulations. The top right corner of this page has valuable information on catch and release handling and photographing, jetty etiquette, etc.

Today is Ladies Day on the fishing report! We have many talented female anglers in our area and today we are featuring just a few of them. Our first photo features Neysha Maldonado of St.Cloud. Neysha landed her slot Red on Sept. 9th using live finger mullet. She reports lots of Reds, Snook and Ladyfish came over the rails that night. Nice catch Neysha!

Photo two is courtesy of Bob Barton who was fishing the inlet with his daughter Liz. They had a lot of fun landing different species and Liz took some nice sunrise and fun wildlife photos too. Liz is pictured with a 7 lb. Jack that gave her a real nice fight! Liz prevailed and brought the big boy to the boat for a photo. Way to go Liz!

Photo three is courtesy of Billy Goodwin of Polk County. Billy and his wife Shannon were on vacation when they got into some serious Redfish action on September 3rd. This 32" C/R Red was Shannon's first Red and biggest fish she's landed to date. Everything they caught that day was over the slot but they had a blast pulling in multiple big Reds. Very nice Shannon!

Our last two photos are courtesy of Sebastian Inlet Commissioner Michael Rowland. Michael's daughters Gabby and Lindsay grew up fishing with their Dad and they have a lot of experience. Both young women now fish their own boats. Photo four features Gabby Rowland with a huge C/R Snook and photo five features Lindsay Rowland returning a huge Snook to the water. Beautiful catches ladies!

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








Neysha Maldonado of St. Cloud with a slot Red.

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09-22-16 THURSDAY: SNOOK, REDS, MANGROVE AND MUTTON SNAPPER, LOOKDOWNS, SPANISH MACKEREL, JACKS AND LADYFISH

We have variable light winds this morning that will increase and become East this afternoon. We have a chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon, so pack accordingly if you head to the inlet today.

Large schools of mullet are bringing in lots of Snook, oversized and slot. We have had reports of people who've fished the inlet for many years that say it looks like the old days. Our Snook fisheries have rebounded from the 2011 freeze but we must be diligent about abiding by the FWC regulations. One per person per day in the slot of 28" - 32". We spoke with an inlet regular yesterday who landed two that were 32 1/8" that were returned, every centimeter counts! Other anglers had success with slot Snook, Mangrove Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Lookdowns and big Jacks from the north jetty. The beaches are holding some beauties as well; Snook, Spanish Mackerel, Blues, large Jacks and big Ladyfish are active.

Our first photo today is courtesy of Sebastian Inlet Commissioner Michael Rowland. Steve Stewart of Melbourne Beach landed this huge Snook from the beach using a fly! The C/R Snook was safely released right after the photo. What a fantastic catch Steve!

Photo two is courtesy of Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach. Mike and his neighbor Bob Green landed 24" slot Reds at the same time on Friday using live finger mullet. Nice going guys!

Our next three photos are courtesy of Jonathan Reese of Suntree. The father and son duo get to the inlet as often as possible and rarely go home unrewarded. Jonathan said a thirty minute window opened up on September 9th in the late afternoon that produced fish after fish, all oversized and safely returned. They landed nine total, seven Reds and two Snook. Although they went home empty handed, they were greatly rewarded by the experience of catching those big trophy fish and seeing them go on their way! Photo three features Brenden with a monster C/R Red, photo four is of Jonathan with a big Red and the last photo is of Jonathan with a big C/R Snook. Way to go Reese family!

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Steve Stewart of Melbourne Beach with a monster Snook landed on a fly.

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09-21-16 WEDNESDAY: SNOOK, REDS, SNAPPER, JACKS AND MACKEREL

We have a little cloud cover over the inlet this morning which is welcomed by our inlet anglers. Winds are blowing out of the Northeast at 3 mph, gusting to 5. Seas are 2 - 3' with a dominant wave period of 11 seconds. There is a light chop on the Intracoastal Waterway and it looks like a good boating day.

We received an update from Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach who fished the north jetty yesterday afternoon. Mike reports that the Redfish bite was slower; only a few came over the rails while he was there. The Snook however, were active. Shrimp was their preferred diet yesterday and anglers who had them had most of the luck. Quite a few were landed, some oversized and some in the slot. Croakers worked for a couple of people. Mike landed a beautiful 17" Mangrove Snapper using shrimp. Thanks for the update Mike!

Our photos today are courtesy of Meir Genoune of Boynton Beach. Meir and his sons Leore and Eytan made the drive to the inlet last Sunday for a short one day trip. They found plenty of mullet to keep the bait bucket full and had success in the form of five C/R oversized Snook and two slot Reds. Photo one features Eytan with a slot Red, photo two features Eytan with a huge C/R Snook and the third photo features Meir and Eytan with their slot Reds. Way to go guys!

Photo four is courtesy of Mike Ricciardi. Mike took this shot of inlet regulars Dave (L) and Mark (R) with a nice 16.5" Mangrove Snapper landed on Sept. 1st. Thanks Mike!

Photo five is courtesy of Pam Winegar of Palm Bay. Pam took this shot of mullet in the turquoise water over the weekend. Thanks Pam!

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Eytan Genoune of Boynton Beach with a slot Red.

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09-20-16 TUESDAY: REDS, SNOOK, JACKS, SPANISH MACKEREL, BLUES AND LADYFISH

After some early morning rain, we have a gorgeous day at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 2 mph, gusting to 5 and there is a light chop on the ICW. Winds are predicted to shift to the East this afternoon and we have a chance of showers and thunderstorms this evening. There are no NOAA advisories and boating conditions are favorable through late week.

The fall mullet run has begun and they are bringing in lots of predators. Oversized and slot sized Reds have been giving anglers a good workout. Bringing those big beasts in can wipe a fisherman out. Oversized and slot sized Snook are still coming over the rails along with Spanish Mackerel, big Jacks, a few Blues and lots of Ladyfish. There's nothing better than fall fishing at the inlet.

Our first angler today is Tyler Lengyel. Tyler was fishing the beach on Sept. 12th when he hooked up with sixteen C/R Snook and two C/R Reds. Tyler said the action was so good that he couldn't take a break. Way to go Tyler!

Our next three photos are courtesy of Aed Chinasa of Lakeland. Aed and two friends, Jason and Denver fished the south jetty on September 4th using live mullet. Jason poses in photo two with a 40" monster C/R Red, Denver has a C/R Red in photo three and Jason is back with another C/R Red in photo four. All the Reds were released to fight another day! Nice catches gentlemen.

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Tyler Lengyel with a nice C/R Snook.

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09-19-16 MONDAY: FISHING IS HOT!

It's a lovely morning at the inlet! Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 2 mph, gusting to 5 and there is a light chop on the water. Winds are predicted to increase a little and shift to the Southwest this afternoon which may bring us some showers and potential thunderstorms. There are no NOAA advisories.

If you take a look at the web cam, you can see that the jetties are crowded with anglers. The word travels quickly when the bite is on and it is hot right now. Although the official start of fall isn't until Thursday, fall fishing is underway. We are seeing a lot of finger mullet schooling in the inlet, on the flats and around both jetties. Those bait fish are bringing in some real sweet catches. Reds and Snook have been exploding through the schools of bait creating quite a show for the inlet anglers. Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports that some big Spanish Mackerel have moved in and are snatching lures left and right. A large Permit was landed from the north jetty this morning. Thanks Tommy!

Our photos today are courtesy of Brian "Lebo" Lieberman of Vero Beach. Brian moved a year ago from central Florida to Vero Beach but has been coming over to fish the inlet for the past twenty years. Lebo reports that this year is a reminder of years past when the fishing was non-stop! He and his daughter Amanda landed seven species in less than two hours. They are so happy to be in Vero Beach, a place they refer to as paradise! Welcome Lieberman's.

Amanda Lieberman is featured in our first photo with a beautiful C/R Red she landed using shrimp. Fantastic catch Amanda!

Lebo is not as happy in photo two; he is sporting a big Toadfish. Cheer up Brian, it's still a fish species!

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Amanda Lieberman of Vero Beach with a big C/R Redfish.

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09-16-16 FRIDAY: SNOOK, SNAPPERS & REDS AGAIN!

The Friday forecast is for a partly sunny day with a high near 88. Winds are light and variable becoming northeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. The chance of rain is just 20%.

Ditto those conditions for the weekend with the exception of a 40% chance of showers on Saturday and Sunday. Boaters can expect 2 to 4 foot seas and a light chop on the intracoastal waters.

Sarah from the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports lots of fish coming over the rails. The catch is predominantly snook, snapper, redfish and Spanish mackerel. According to Sarah, the catch of the day so far is a 16-inch mutton snapper taken by her friend Little Jimmy. The bait run remains good with plenty of greenies and mullet schooling for the live bait casters.

The photo of the day is from Inlet regular Mike Ricciardi. Fishing earlier this week Mike landed a 33 inch, C/R snook and a nice, 25 inch slot Red. Both fish were caught on live mullet.

Keep your photos and updates coming!



Vero Beach's Mike Ricciardi displays a 25-inch, slot Red.
09-15-16 THURSDAY: SNOOK, SNAPPER AND REDS

Today's forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Skies will be partly sunny with high near 88. Expect southwesterly winds around 5 mph becoming southeasterly in the afternoon. For boaters the seas will be 2 to 3 feet with a light chop on the intracoastal waters.

Tommy Turowski of the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports very calm conditions this morning on the jetties. Tommy says the bite this week has been "real good". Anglers are hooking and landing snook, reds, Spanish mackerel and snapper. Many of the catches are in the slot. According to Tommy schools of finger mullet are still hanging around feeding those late summer, hungry predators.

Our photo the day is from Peter Balsitis. Peter landed a slot snook off the south jetty earlier this week. The fish took a live croaker on the incoming tide.

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It's a slot snook for Peter Balsitis off the south jetty.
09-14-16 WEDNESDAY: IT'S ALL ABOUT THE REDS!

It's even odds on the chance of showers and thunderstorms today with mainly southeasterly winds at 10 mph and a high near 87. Expect 2 to 3-foot seas and choppy conditions on the intracoastal.

Jenny from the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports it's all about the Reds this morning. The majority of the anglers, on both the jetties and the beach, are hooking up with oversized catches. Along with this morning's redfish are a few C/R snook, some mangrove snapper and Spanish mackerel.

Today's featured angler is Kissimmee's, Bill Hillman. On opening day of snook season, Bill connected with a slot snook and a nice redfish. Both species were caught on the north jetty.

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Bill Hillman displays his Redfish and Snook catch.
09-13-16 TUESDAY: FALL FISHING IS HERE, A LITTLE EARLY!

We have a wet morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South-Southeast at 11 mph, gusting to 17 and there is a moderate chop on the water. A weak tropical low pressure system over our area is producing hazardous boating conditions with numerous showers and squalls with a few lightening storms. NOAA has issued a small craft advisory through this evening.

Fall fishing has arrived! The Snook and Redfish bite has been excellent. Plenty of keeper and oversized catch and release fish of both species have been coming over the rails of both jetties, landed in the inlet and from the beach. Snook have been cruising the troughs chasing finger mullet and many anglers have landed them there, using live baits and artificials. Although those two species are the most targeted right now, a lot of other predators are finding their way to the inlet to pursue the abundant bait in the water. Big Jacks, Mangrove Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, Sharks, Tarpon and Barracuda are in the mix as well. Don' let a little rain stop you, throw on some rain gear and get out and wet a line. Sometimes the bite is great in the rain.

Our first photo today is courtesy of Paulo Pegeraro of Orlando. Paulo and his lovely wife Nina Lupo hadn't been to the inlet in three years but finally made it back on Labor Day. Nina had a great day with the slot Snook she landed from the north jetty using finger mullet. Paulo and Nina were so happy to get back to the place they call "fishing paradise". Great catch Nina!

Sammy Kim of Orlando fished the north jetty the incoming tide on the afternoon of August 29th when he landed a nice slot 26.5" Red using greenies and a 15" Mangrove Snapper. Photo two is of Sammy's Red and photo three is of the Snapper. Way to go Sammy.

Photo four features Sebastian Inlet Commissioner Michael Rowland with a perfect 32", 12 lb. Snook he landed in the inlet using a live croaker. Nice catch Captain Mike!

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Nina Lupo of Orlando with a slot Snook.

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09-12-16 MONDAY: SNOOK, REDS, MANGROVE SNAPPER, JACKS, BARRACUDA, SHARKS AND TARPON

THE NORTH JETTY IS OPEN 24 HOURS FOR THE TIME BEING. A GATE IS BEING CONSTRUCTED AND WE EXPECT TO HAVE IT INSTALLED IN APPROXIMATELY TWO WEEKS. WE WILL ADVISE WHEN THE NIGHT CLOSURE WILL TAKE PLACE.

We have a nice breeze at the inlet this morning, it's blowing out of the East-Northeast at 14 mph, gusting to 17 and there is a moderate chop on the water. Winds are predicted to increase this afternoon bringing us a chance of showers and thunderstorms.

The bite is getting hot! We are starting to see finger mullet arrive although Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop said this morning they are not as thick. Snook are hitting well as are slot and oversized monster Reds, Jacks, Barracuda, Sharks, Tarpon and Spanish Mackerel. The Snapper are still around, although they should start migrating soon.

Our first photo today features Luis Segura of Palm Bay. Luis is smiling for good reason, last Wednesday he landed a slot 30" Snook and a slot 25" Red! Photo courtesy of Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach. What a great day on the north jetty, way to go Luis!

Our second photo features Charlie Achinelli of Melbourne. Charlie Fished the rocks last Thursday to find the beautiful 14" and 17" Mangrove Snapper using finger mullet. Sweet catches Charlie!

Photo three features Bob Brazeau of Whitey's in Melbourne Beach who landed the 40" monster Red from the north jetty. Bob reported with all the finger mullet in the water, he tried a different tactic. Bob switched the dietary choices and offered croakers and it paid off. Bob also hooked up two oversized Snook that broke off 40 lb. fluorocarbon leader. The big Red was released unharmed. Nice catch Bob!

Bob Green of Vero Beach is featured in our last photo with a 30" C/R Red he landed from the north jetty on August 30th. The Red was released to fight another day!

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Luis Segura of Palm Bay with a 30" Snook and a 25" Red.

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