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04-18-14 FRIDAY: SLOW DAYS BUT LOTS OF JACKS, BLUES, LADYFISH AND SHARKS AT NIGHT

We had a lot of rain at the inlet this morning. We have a wet day forecasted as well as a wet Saturday morning, but hopefully we will see the sun start to shine tomorrow afternoon and into Easter Sunday. The wind is not as bad today, so that is a good sign. It is blowing out of the Southeast at 12 mph and gusting to 14. Small craft should exercise caution. The high winds and rough seas this week have brought in a good amount of seaweed, so heavier tackle and raingear is recommended for a trip to the inlet.

It seems as if the days are pretty slow, unless you get lucky, but the nights are action packed. Tommy Turowski's report on the nighttime activity was confirmed by Manuel and Kim Castillo and their son and daughter in law who fished Tuesday night and from 10:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. the bite was very good. The foursome landed a large number of Jacks and Blues, but the prize of the night was a 29" C/R bull Red, landed and quickly released by Kim. Thanks for the updates!

Our first photo today is courtesy of Manuel Castillo and features his daughter in law, Ilene Dyess with an enormous Bluefish she landed Tuesday night using cut mullet. This is the biggest fish Ilene has caught to date, what a monster! Way to go Ilene!

Photo two features Bill Crowley with a C/R Snook that was landed by his fishing buddy, Mike Stagliano. The men were fishing the Sebastian River on Sunday when Mike landed this beauty. The Snook was released unharmed right after the photo. Nice catch Mike!

Our last photo is of a seagull perched on the north jetty railing with the Sebastian Grill in the background.

Have a wonderful Easter!

On Saturday the April 19th at 10:00 A.M., there will be a Hammock Walk. Join a Ranger for a leisurely stroll and learn about the animals and coastal plants in the Park's beautiful sub-tropical palm/oak hammock. Meet at the Fishing Museum on the south side. At 1:00 on the 19th there will be a Beach Walk. Join a Ranger to learn about beach environment, changes, plants, wrackline, birds, sea turtles, crabs and other animals that live and visit the beaches. Meet at the Fishing Museum. Every Wednesday in April, you can take a Ranger guided kayak tour from 1:00 - 3:00. Meet at the Inlet Marina, just north of the inlet. You can bring your own kayak and pay a $3.00 launch fee or rent a single or double at the Marina for $20 for two hours which includes paddles and life vests. This is a weather-dependent event and will end this month. Call the State Park ahead of time to ensure the activity is still happening. Every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. in April, have breakfast with a State Park Ranger at the Inlet Grill and Gift Shop on the north side of the inlet. The Ranger will answer any questions you may have about the flora and fauna of the State Park or any question you have relating to the inlet. Park entry fees apply. For more information on Park activities, visit their web site at ww.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet.

Ilene Dyess of Melbourne with a huge Bluefish.

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04-17-14 THURSDAY: BLUES, JACKS, LADYFISH, SHARKS, AND A SMATTERING OF OTHER SPECIES

We have dark clouds over the inlet this morning and the funky weather is keeping most anglers at home. We have about a dozen anglers on the north jetty this morning. Winds are blowing out of the East-Northeast at 16 mph and gusting to 22. There is a pretty good chop on the water and a small craft advisory is in effect for hazardous seas through late tonight.

The night bite has been going off according to Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. Jacks, Blues, Ladyfish and Sharks have been very active. We received an update from Manuel Castillo who fished the north jetty yesterday with his wife Kim. Manuel reported that he helped a lady bring a beautiful 27" Red over the rails with his drop net. Manuel said she was the only angler with any luck during his time on the jetty, so it was a pretty slow day yesterday. Thanks for the update Manuel!

Today's photos are courtesy of Manuel and Kim Castillo, taken on April 9th. Photo one is of an unidentified angler with an oversized C/R Red he landed and returned to the water. That night, Manuel said there were two oversized Reds and one in the slot along with lots of Ladyfish, Jacks and Blues that came over the north jetty rails.

Photo two was taken by Kim Castillo of the sunset. Very nice, thanks Kim!

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Unidentified angler with a C/R Redfish.

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04-16-14 WEDNESDAY: POMPANO, REDS, SNOOK, BLACK DRUM, SPANISH MACKEREL, BLUES, JACKS, TROUT AND LADYFISH

We have less than desirable conditions today. We have overcast skies and the wind is howling out of the North at 25 mph, gusting to 31. The water is choppy and there is a small craft advisory in effect through Thursday morning. Always check the NOAA forecast before going offshore.

There are not many people out braving the wind this morning, so there's not much to report. If you go to the inlet we'd advise raingear. Even if it's not raining it could come in handy for waves coming over the jetty rails.

Today's photos are courtesy of frequent inlet angler Dale Wood of Indialantic. Dale landed this nice Pompano off the north jetty yesterday. Sweet catch Dale!

Dale also snapped photo two of a couple of nine armed starfish. Cool photo Dale, thanks!

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Dale Wood of Indialantic with a nice sized Pompano.

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04-15-14 TUESDAY: POMPANO, BLACK DRUM, SPANISH MACKEREL, BLUES, SNOOK, REDS, SEA TROUT AND JACKS

What a beautiful morning we have at the Sebastian Inlet. It's a little windy, but the sky is blue, the sun is shining and the water is clean, albeit a little choppy. Winds are blowing out of the South at 15 mph and gusting to 19. That's ok, because some species like it when the water is churning a bit, particularly Snook and Reds.

We've seen a variety of fish, but not in huge numbers. Schools of fish will come in around the jetties and if you're there at the right time, it's good. Pompano, Black Drum, Spanish Mackerel, Speckled Trout, Whiting, Blues, Snook and Reds have been making appearances for a few lucky anglers.

Our angler of the day is Minnesota/Vero Beach winter regular Larry Olmsted. Larry landed this 24" Black Drum on April 1st, using live shrimp on the morning incoming tide. Nice catch Larry, see you next fall!

Our second photo is of a Pelican resting on a rock in the inlet.

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Larry Olmsted of Minnesota/Vero Beach with a 24" Black Drum.

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04-14-14 MONDAY: BLUES, JACKS, POMPANO, LADYFISH, TROUT, BLACK DRUM, SPANISH MACKEREL AND POMPANO

OUR WEB CAM IS UP EXCEPT FOR THE WIND AND SURFACE TEMPERATURE GAUGES; BOTH WILL HAVE TO BE REPLACED. IF YOU LOOK AT THE TEMPERATURE GRAPH, THE BLACK LINE REPRESENTS BOTTOM TEMPERATURE ABOUT 1500' OFFSHORE NORTHEAST OF THE INLET. THE GREEN LINE IS THE TEMPERATURE AT CAPE CANAVERAL. WHEN WE GET OUR SURFACE TEMPERATURE GAUGE INSTALLED AT THE NORTH JETTY, IT WILL BE IN RED.

This morning winds are blowing out of the Southeast at 8 mph, gusting to 11 and there is a moderate chop on the water. We have extreme tides with the full moon; always check the NOAA forecast before going offshore.

We saw a pretty good bite yesterday afternoon; a lot of Blues, Ladyfish and good sized Jacks were in play. Spanish Mackerel are in the inlet, along with Black Drum, Snook, Reds, Trout and Pompano. We received an update from Kissimmee/Seattle residents Benjie and Merly Vasquez who fished the north jetty Friday. Benjie said the afternoon incoming tide was excellent for Pompano, quite a few came over the rails. The Pompano were hitting clams and live shrimp. Benjie reported that an argument broke out and FWC was called to settle it. Please read the "Fishing Etiquette" page at the top, right corner of our fishing report page. Knowing how to hold and photograph a catch and release species should be read, along with FWC Guidelines. If you know what the rules are and what is expected from you and other anglers, you are more likely to have a successful fishing experience. Thanks for the update Benjie!

Our first photo today is of Merly Vasquez of Kissimmee/Seattle with a nice Pompano she landed Friday. Way to go Merly!

Photo two is of Benjie Vasquez with two nice Pompano he landed Friday. Nice catches Benjie!

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Merly Vasquez of Kissimmee/Seattle with a nice Pompano.

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04-11-14 FRIDAY: BLUES, JACKS, LADYFISH, SNOOK, REDS, BLACK DRUM, SHEEPSHEAD, POMPANO AND TROUT

OUR WEB CAM IS STILL DOWN, WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE, WE MISS IT TOO!! THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT IS REALLY TOUGH ON ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, OUR TEAM AT ERDMAN VIDEO IS ON IT AND WILL DO THEIR BEST TO HAVE IT UP AND RUNNING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

This morning we have cloud cover over the inlet but we expect to see mainly clear skies today (according to the weather forecast). We have a nice day forecasted for today and Saturday, but more chances of showers on Sunday. Winds are currently blowing out of the East at 10 mph and gusting to 15. There is a moderate chop on the water. The NOAA forecast is still updating on the web site, it can be found under the first photo under the tab NOAA Forecast. Always check the forecast prior to going offshore.

There has been a variety of species landed this week including large Blues, small Sheepshead, small Spanish Mackerel, large Jacks, Black Drum, good sized Pompano, Snook and Reds. We understand that an oversized Red was landed off the north jetty yesterday by a woman who refused to return it to the water, besides the inlet anglers telling her that it was illegal to keep. This kind of behavior is unacceptable and we recommend calling FWC when somebody blatantly breaks the law. To report fishing violations call FWC at 1-888-404-3922. We must protect our large breeder fish and precious resources and if the culprit is reading this, shame on you!

Our first photo today features Steve Cohen and his daughter Suzie from Kissimmee, posing with a 34" C/R Snook landed off the north jetty on March 31st. Steve used live shrimp to land this nice Snook which was released unharmed right after the photo. Nice catch Steve!

Our second photo features Zyanne Ramos of Titusville. Zyanne landed this nice 18.5" Sheepshead off the north jetty on March 28th. Her brother Juan was featured last week with the 40 lb. Black Drum, looks like all of the Ramos' children are good anglers! Great job Zyanne!

Our third photo is of 14 year old Luis Ramos of Titusville with a 27.5" C/R Redfish he landed off the north jetty on March 30th. Nice going Luis and the rest of the family!

We received an update from Manuel Castillo who fished the north jetty Wednesday night and had great success with Bluefish. Luis and his wife Kim arrived at the inlet about 45 minutes before sunset. They saw two oversized C/R Reds, one slot Red and one slot Snook come over the rails. Luis and Kim landed 20 large Blues between them. Way to go Manuel and Kim!

Have a great weekend and be sure to send in your updates and interesting photos of the inlet.


Steve Cohen and his daughter Suzie with a 34" C/R Snook.

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04-09-14 THURSDAY: POMPANO, JACKS, WHITING, BLUES, SEA TROUT, SNOOK AND REDS

OUR WEB CAM IS DOWN. WE ARE INVESTIGATING AND HOPEFULLY WILL HAVE THE PROBLEM RESOLVED SOON. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

It's a real pretty morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Northeast at 10 mph and gusting to 16. There is a moderate chop on the water.

Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported that some nice Pompano, Whiting and Blues are being landed in the surf, most anglers are fishing the south beach, but they have been landed on both sides. The north jetty has produced a few nice Pompano along with Ladyfish, Jacks, Blues, Reds and more slot sized Snook. Thanks Tommy!

Our first angler today is Sharon Nonamaker of Vienna, WV with the biggest fish she's ever caught. Sharon landed this nice Black Drum using live shrimp on April 1st, no fooling! Sharon said its fish like this that keeps her coming back. She sends her thanks to her fishing buddies for helping her land this nice Drum. Way to go Sharon, nice catch!

Photo two features Travis Willingham of Palm Bay with a nice string of slot sized Spotted Trout he landed on the south side of the inlet on the 31st. Travis got his limit of slot Trout that day using mojarra. Very nice Travis!

Our last photo is courtesy of Trina Perone of Inverness. Trina got this great photo of a boat coming in at sunset after a nice day on the water. Thanks Trina!

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Sharon Nonamaker of Vienna, WV with a nice Black Drum.

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04-08-14 TUESDAY: SPANISH MACKEREL, SEA TROUT, SHEEPSHEAD, BLACK DRUM, REDS, SNOOK, BLUES AND JACKS

We have cloudy skies and rains forecasted for this afternoon, but a change in weather pattern is sometimes good for fishing. If you can handle the rain, you may get lucky with a Snook or Red, they like it rough! Winds are blowing out of the South at 11 mph and gusting to 16; there is a moderate chop on the water and there is a small craft advisory through Wednesday afternoon. Always check the NOAA forecast prior to going offshore.

We received an update from Andrew Sampson of Melbourne who was at the inlet yesterday and reported that not much was biting but a lot of Spanish Mackerel were in the inlet. We know the fish are there, it's just a matter of getting them to bite! Andrew and his brother Bryan from Kissimmee had a great time gigging Sheepshead over the weekend, between them, they got 16 nice fish. Way to go guys!

Our first photo today is courtesy of Trina Perone of Inverness. Trina took this shot of an enormous Snook landed and carefully released by inlet regular Jose Dore of Palm Bay on March 31st. This beauty was 44" and 32 lbs.! Awesome catch Jose!

Photo two is of the Sampson brother's catches, 16 nice Sheepshead. Very nice guys!

We were telling you about how busy the State Park was this past weekend and SISP Ranger Ed Perry sent in a few photos of the crowd around the Tide Pool. Photo three is of a shot looking West and photo four is of a shot looking East.

Send in your photos and updates! I will be out of the office tomorrow, our next fishing update will be Thursday, April 10th.

On Saturday the April 12th at 1:00 P.M., there will be a "Barrier Island Power Point Program" at the Fishing Museum. Look at the past, present and future of our barrier islands. Saturday evening, April 12th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. the Park will feature a concert under the stars with "Remember When". The band plays oldies but goodies from the 50's to the 80's. The concert will be held at the Coconut Point Pavilions on the south side of the Park. Entry fees apply. Also on April 12th, the Indian River Astronomical Society will host a "Star Party" at the day use area, 1/2 mile south of the bridge on the east side of A-1-A at 8:15 p.m. The event is free. Powerful telescopes provided, or you can bring your own. Every Wednesday in April, you can take a Ranger guided kayak tour from 1:00 - 3:00. Meet at the Inlet Marina, just north of the inlet. You can bring your own kayak and pay a $3.00 launch fee or rent a single or double at the Marina for $20 for two hours which includes paddles and life vests. This is a weather-dependent event and will end this month. Call the State Park ahead of time to ensure the activity is still happening. Every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. in April, have breakfast with a State Park Ranger at the Inlet Grill and Gift Shop on the north side of the inlet. The Ranger will answer any questions you may have about the flora and fauna of the State Park or any question you have relating to the inlet. Park entry fees apply. For more information on Park activities, visit their web site at ww.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet.



Jose Dore of Palm Bay with a 44", 32 lb. C/R Snook.

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04-07-14 MONDAY: BLUES, REDS, SNOOK, BLACK DRUM, SHEEPHSEAD, JACKS, POMPANO

Winds are blowing out of the South at 8 mph and gusting to 12. There is a moderate chop on the water and small craft should exercise caution. There are clouds over the inlet and we could get some rain today, or not. Go prepared!

Fishing has been off and on the past couple of days. Friday was a very slow day, nothing was biting. Saturday things picked up and the bite was good, according to Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. Tommy reported a nice bite for large Blues, Jacks, Pompano and a few Spanish Mackerel, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Snook and Reds. Sunday, the bite slowed again, but the Park was packed with people enjoying a gorgeous day! Maybe today the bite will pick up again!

Our first two photos are courtesy of Jim Toth of Ft. Lauderdale and Micco. Jim and his wife Kim chartered with Capt. Tony of Melbourne to fish the North and South prongs of the Sebastian River. Jim landed the beautiful 40" C/R Snook using a 7" live mullet. The Snook was revived and released unharmed. Kim landed a 39" C/R Snook and Jim landed the huge Jack in photo two, bet that big guy put up a great fight! Way to go Jim, great catches!

Trina Perone of Inverness provided our next two photos. Photo three is of Randy Meadows of Laurel, Delaware with a nice Black Drum he landed on 3/31. Randy really loves Black Drum!! Nice catch Randy!

Our last postcard-perfect photo was taken at sunrise on the north jetty. Gorgeous photo Trina, thanks!

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Tomorrow at the Sebastian Inlet Fishing Museum, the" Read with a Ranger" program will be held at the Sebastian Inlet Fishing Museum at 9:00 a.m. SISP Ranger Addy will host a children's read along. Each child will receive a free book! Ranger Addy will also unveil her upcoming "Junior Ranger Program".



Jim Toth of Ft. Lauderdale and Micco with a hug 40" C/R Snook.

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