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12-09-16 FRIDAY: FISH ARE BITING!

The north jetty is now open approximately 75%. The north jetty is open 24/7 again; please help us maintain this wonderful resource. If you like fishing on the north jetty, treat it and others with respect. DO NOT throw objects at boaters; NO EXCUSES. Boaters: please maintain a reasonable distance from the jetty to avoid tangling lines with the jetty anglers.

We have a cool, windy morning but we have anglers on the jetty trying their luck. Winds are blowing out of the Northwest at 18 mph, gusting to 28 and the water is choppy around the inlet and on the ICW. NOAA has extended the small craft advisory through late Saturday afternoon. Our boaters may want to stay on the dock this weekend, conditions do not look promising. We have a good chance of showers today; dress accordingly if you head to the inlet.

Snook, Reds, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel and Flounder are all biting at the inlet. The variety of species this time of year is always good and fishing the inlet is great if conditions permit. Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating.

Our photos today are courtesy of Rafael Cales of Grant. Rafael sent in our first photo of his 10 year old daughter Bella with a Bonnethead Shark she landed off their dock. Bella also caught the crab she used for bait! She landed multiple Black Drum as well, all were released unharmed. Great job Bella!

Photo two features Rafael Cales with a beautiful Snook. Very nice Rafael! Photo three features Rafael and Scott Lockhart with slot Snook they and their friend Eric Ochipa landed. Great catches guys!

Photo four is of Eric Ochipa, also of Grant with his sons Mason and Mikey with a beautiful Snook they landed on a different day last week. Very nice gentlemen!

Our last photo today is of Ella Lockhart and Bella Cales living and loving the life at "Camp Cales". These ten year old friends both love to fish! Kudos to the parents of all these kids who are instilling a love of the outdoors and teaching them skills that will last a lifetime, bravo!

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

Park Info: Surf Fishing Workshop tomorrow December 10, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:15 pm. This class is designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing. Meet at the Sebastian Inlet Fishing Museum on the south side of the Park. Call 772-388-2750 for more information.

The Sebastian Inlet State Park will hold the Night Sounds concert series tomorrow, December 10, 2016. The concert will showcase recording artists 23 Treez. Blending the rhythmic island sounds of reggae, rock and funk spun together make up the laid back beach sounds of 23 Treez. For more information about the concert please call (321) 984-4852 or visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Sebastian-Inlet

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



Ten year old Bella Cales of Grant with a Bonnethead Shark .

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12-08-16 THURSDAY: BLACK DRUM, REDS, SNOOK, POMPANO, FLOUNDER, TROUT AND JACKS

The north jetty is now open approximately 75%. The north jetty is open 24/7 again; please help us maintain this wonderful resource. If you like fishing on the north jetty, treat it and others with respect. DO NOT throw objects at boaters; the jetties were built for navigation, boaters underway have the right of way.

We have Northwest winds blowing at 14 mph, gusting to 17 and the water is choppy. Hazardous boating conditions will follow the cold front and will go through the weekend. NOAA has a small craft advisory in effect through 11:00 A.M. Saturday. Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports that the Pompano were hitting well in the surf yesterday, taking clams. Blues were also active. Surf fishing will have to wait until next week; the cold front is going to blow out those chances for a few days, unless you don't mind being wet and cold! The cold front can be a good thing too; we could see more Flounder making their way in and out of the inlet. Black Drum have been biting consistently along with Sheepshead, Reds, Snook and Jacks.

Ron McNeil makes the drive all the way from Sanford to fish the inlet, getting up at 3:00 a.m. to start his journey. He's fished several times in the past two weeks and has had good luck with Flounder. Our first photo is of Ron with a nice string of flatties. Nice catches Ron!

Our second photo today features Andrew Sampson of Melbourne. Andrew landed his 19" Flounder from the north side bank early Monday morning. He then decided to kayak fish and had no success. His Flounder yielded some pretty nice filets. Nice catch Andrew!

We received an update from Charlie Achinelli of Melbourne who fished the beach yesterday. The conditions were excellent for surf fishing and Charlie reported a very good Speckled Trout bite. He landed a 22" Trout on a gotcha lure, see photo three. Excellent catch Charlie!

Our last photo features Lindsay Rowland of Malabar. Lindsay landed her slot Snook a couple of weeks ago. Way to go Lindsay!

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Park Info: Surf Fishing Workshop Saturday December 10, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:15 pm. This class is designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing. Meet at the Sebastian Inlet Fishing Museum on the south side of the Park. Call 772-388-2750 for more information.

The Sebastian Inlet State Park will hold the Night Sounds concert series on Saturday, December 10, 2016. The concert will showcase recording artists 23 Treez. Blending the rhythmic island sounds of reggae, rock and funk spun together make up the laid back beach sounds of 23 Treez. For more information about the concert please call (321) 984-4852 or visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Sebastian-Inlet

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Ron McNeil of Sanford with a nice string of Flounder.

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12-07-16 WEDNESDAY: FISHING IS GOOD!

The north jetty is now open approximately 75%. The north jetty is open 24/7 again; please help us maintain this wonderful resource. If you like fishing on the north jetty, treat it and others with respect. DO NOT throw objects at boaters; NO EXCUSES. The western gate is a permanent fixture and can be closed at any time; it will be up the users of the jetty.

Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 2 mph, gusting to 6 and there is a light chop on the water. We have a beautiful day and it looks like a good day to get out and do a little surf fishing. Sunshine is predicted all day but we will have variable winds and they will increase a little in the afternoon hours.

Snook are still being landed by our inlet anglers, this late in the season. The season will close December 15th through January 31st, they will be strictly catch and release during this time. Black Drum have been active along with some big Jacks, Sheepshead, Blues, Flounder, Pompano, Spanish Mackerel and Trout. Live shrimp seem to be the most effective live bait and some anglers are using plugs, gotcha lures and swimming plugs for artificials. We have a "cold front" predicted for tomorrow night and perhaps that will stimulate the bite even more.

Our photos today are courtesy of Florida Today sports writer, Matt Badolato. Matt went offshore with family and friends Thanksgiving weekend and they had a great time on the water. Photo one features Dr. Craig and Chris Badolato with a slot Snook. Photo two features Melissa Adams and Josh Huff with Melissa's first Snook. The fish was the over the limit and was returned to the water right after the photo. Congratulations Melissa! Photo three is of Matt and Hector Fung with Hector's first Red. Photo four is of Mike Mitchell what is left of a Snook after a shark nailed it before he could get it to the boat! Photo five is of Chris Badolato with the catches of the day; Snook, Black Drum and Reds. It looks like everyone had a fun day at the inlet, thanks Matt!

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Park Info: There are a few activities coming up at the Sebastian Inlet State Park. Enjoy a Ranger-led kayak tour of the Indian River Lagoon today at 1:00 p.m. The program is weather dependent; please call the Marina at 321-724-5424 for reservations, rentals and program status.

Surf Fishing Workshop Saturday December 10, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:15 pm. This class is designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing. Meet at the Sebastian Inlet Fishing Museum on the south side of the Park. Call 772-388-2750 for more information.

The Sebastian Inlet State Park will hold the Night Sounds concert series on Saturday, December 10, 2016. The concert will showcase recording artists 23 Treez. Blending the rhythmic island sounds of reggae, rock and funk spun together make up the laid back beach sounds of 23 Treez. For more information about the concert please call (321) 984-4852 or visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Sebastian-Inlet

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Dr. Craig and Chris Badolato with a slot Snook.

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12-06-16 TUESDAY: BLACK DRUM, SHEEPSHEAD, SNOOK, REDS, POMPANO, MACKEREL, FLOUNDER AND TROUT

The north jetty is now open approximately 75%. The north jetty is open 24/7 again; please help us maintain this wonderful resource. If you like fishing on the north jetty, treat it and others with respect. DO NOT throw objects at boaters; NO EXCUSES. The western gate is a permanent fixture and can be closed at any time; it will be up the users of the jetty.

Winds are blowing out of the South-Southeast at 14 mph, gusting to 21 and there is a moderate chop on the water. NOAA has issued a small craft advisory through this afternoon. We have overcast skies and we have a chance of showers this morning and a good possibility this afternoon. There are some small waves and there are a few surfers in the water this morning taking advantage. Please use caution when casting.

The bite slowed a little but the variety is still there. Black Drum remain the prominent species that have been landed with Snook and Reds close behind. Good sized Jacks are giving anglers a workout. Spanish Mackerel, Blues, Sheepshead, Pompano, Flounder and Trout round out the mixed bag. We have cold front forecasted for Thursday night, hopefully it will invigorate the bite.

Our first photo today features Michael Sides of Ocoee. Michael fished the north jetty a couple of weeks before Hurricane Matthew using light tackle when he landed the nice 12 lb. Permit on a gold Gotcha plug. Wow, nice catch Michael!

Photo two is courtesy of Corey Halloran of Grant. Corey and a few friends went out to the 90' bar just east of Bethel Shoal a week ago and landed these Dolphin and King Mackerel. Very nice gentlemen!

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Park Info: There are a few activities coming up at the Sebastian Inlet State Park. Enjoy a Ranger-led kayak tour of the Indian River Lagoon on December 7th. The program is weather dependent; please call the Marina at 321-724-5424 for reservations, rentals and program status.

Surf Fishing Workshop Saturday December 10, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:15 pm. This class is designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing. Meet at the Sebastian Inlet Fishing Museum on the south side of the Park. Call 772-388-2750 for more information.

The Sebastian Inlet State Park will hold the Night Sounds concert series on Saturday, December 10, 2016. The concert will showcase recording artists 23 Treez. Blending the rhythmic island sounds of reggae, rock and funk spun together make up the laid back beach sounds of 23 Treez. For more information about the concert please call (321) 984-4852 or visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Sebastian-Inlet

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Michael Sides of Ocoee with a 12 lb. Permit.

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12-05-16 MONDAY: BLACK DRUM, REDS, SNOOK, POMPANO, SPANISH MACKEREL, FLOUNDER, BLUES, SHEEPSHEAD AND JACKS

The north jetty is now open approximately 75%. The north jetty is open 24/7 again; please help us maintain this wonderful resource. If you like fishing on the north jetty, treat it and others with respect. DO NOT throw objects at boaters; NO EXCUSES. The western gate is a permanent fixture and can be closed at any time; it will be up the users of the jetty.

We have a real nice morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Southeast at 7 mph, gusting to 11 and there is a moderate chop on the water. Isolated thunderstorms could develop this afternoon prior to a cool front coming in, small craft should exercise caution. Thursday or Thursday night even cooler weather will move in, creating hazardous boating conditions.

The bite slowed a little over the weekend according to Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop although the variety was still very good, just not in the huge numbers that we've been seeing. Snook, Reds, Black Drum, Pompano are being landed. Jacks are active and good sized Blues and Spanish Mackerel have been landed on the south side. A few Flounder were landed on the south side as well. Thanks Tommy!

Kevin Platt of Suntree is our angler of the day with the 40"+ bull Red he landed and released while drifting the inlet. Kevin was using cut bait. Fantastic catch!

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Kevin Platt of Suntree with a big C/R Red.
12-02-16 FRIDAY: TGIF, THE FISH ARE BITING!

The north jetty is now open approximately 75%. The north jetty is open 24/7 again; please help us maintain this wonderful resource. Do not leave your clam shells on the deck, put them in the water. Pick up after yourself; do not leave litter lying on the deck. Put unwanted bait back into the water. Place your used fishing line in the provided containers, it saves wildlife and helps limit the number of tangled lines. Limit the number of rods to two at a time. DO NOT throw objects at boaters; NO EXCUSES. The western gate is a permanent fixture and can be closed at any time; it will be up the users of the jetty.

We have a bit of wind to contend with this afternoon but it is a beautiful day with blue skies, white fluffy clouds, clean water and hungry fish. Winds are blowing out of the North-Northwest at 19 mph, gusting to 23 and there is a moderate chop on the water. Small craft should exercise caution. Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating as conditions can change very quickly.

Fall fishing is underway and there's no place like the Sebastian Inlet to get out and enjoy Mother Nature's bounty. We are seeing a good variety of species being landed all over the State Park, from the jetties and the Indian River. Black Drum remain the most active species but we are seeing Snook, Reds, Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, Sheepshead, a few Flounder and Trout. Get out and make some memories this weekend!

Our first photo today features 8 year old Caitlin Uhlhorn of Broomfield, CO. She was visiting for the Thanksgiving holidays when she landed the 22" Black Drum off her Grandparent's dock on the Sebastian River. Caitlin brought the fish to the dock and her father Steve helped her net the big boy! Great job Caitlin!

Kevin Platt of Suntree is featured in our second photo with a 40"+ C/R bull Red he landed on live bait. Kevin released the Red unharmed right after the photo. Fantastic catch Kevin!

Rick DiNicola of Miami is featured in our last photo today. Nick came up to fish the inlet over the Thanksgiving holidays and is featured with one of his catches, a large, C/R Red that was released unharmed. Nice catch Rick!

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






Caitlin Uhlhorn of Broomfield, CO with a 22" Black Drum.

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12-01-16 THURSDAY: BLACK DRUM, SNOOK, REDS, POMPANO, MACKEREL, BLUES, SHEEPSHEAD, TROUT, FLOUNDER AND JACKS

The north jetty is now open approximately 75%. The north jetty is open 24/7 again; please help us maintain this wonderful resource. Do not leave your clam shells on the deck, put them in the water. Pick up after yourself; do not leave litter lying on the deck. Put unwanted bait back into the water. Place your used fishing line in the provided containers, it saves wildlife and helps limit the number of tangled lines. Limit the number of rods to two at a time. DO NOT throw objects at boaters; NO EXCUSES. The western gate is a permanent fixture and can be closed at any time; it will be up the users of the jetty.

What a beautiful morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South-Southwest at 11 mph, gusting to 17 and there is a light chop on the water. The sun is shining, the water is clear and fish are biting, it just doesn't get much better! Black Drum remain the predominant catch with Snook and Reds coming in a close second. Pompano are being landed in the surf, river and from the jetties. Spanish Mackerel are zipping around, Blues and Sheepshead are active as well. Some are landing decent sized Trout and Flounder in the river, those are a little more sporadic. Overall, the bite is great, get out and try your luck, if nothing else to enjoy the weather!

Nancy Tu of Orlando is featured in our first photo today. Nancy was fishing the south side rocks last Wednesday using live shrimp when she landed this beautiful 9 lb., 21" Tripletail! This was Nancy's first Tripletail, what a fantastic catch!

Our second photo today features Tim Roberts of Oviedo. Tim landed his 15.5" Pompano off the north jetty Saturday morning using live shrimp. Tim reported a lot of Sheepshead coming over the rails and his friend had a nice one on the line but it spit the hook before he could land it but he managed to land a 16" Black Drum. Blue Fish and Spanish Mackerel were hitting on cut mullet and in the early morning some Snook were landed by others. Tim used sand fleas to land a Sheepshead that had to be returned as it was 1/2" short. Nice catch Tim, thanks for the update!

Steve Stewart of Melbourne Beach is featured in our third photo with a slot Snook. Sweet catch Steve!

Abner Torna of Kissimmee made it back over to the inlet on Thanksgiving and took home the three Black Drum in photo four using shrimp and clams. The drum were 17", 21" and 26.5". Very nice Abner.

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Nancy Tu of Orlando with a 9 lb., 21" Tripletail.

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11-30-16 WEDNESDAY: BLACK DRUM, REDS, SNOOK, FLOUNDER, BLUES, SHEEPSHEAD, POMPANO, SPANISH MACKEREL AND TROUT

The north jetty is now open approximately 75%. The grates on the tip of the jetty are custom due to the angles; we are working on getting those replaced. The north jetty is open 24/7 again; please help us maintain this wonderful resource. Do not leave your clam shells on the deck, put them in the water. Pick up after yourself; do not leave litter lying on the deck. Put unwanted bait back into the water. Place your used fishing line in the provided containers, it saves wildlife and helps limit the number of tangled lines. Limit the number of rods to two at a time. DO NOT throw objects at boaters; NO EXCUSES. The western gate is a permanent fixture and can be closed at any time; it will be up the users of the jetty.

The wind has subsided a little, this morning we have South-Southeast breezes at 9 mph with gusts to 13. We have a moderate chop on the water and NOAA has a small craft advisory in effect though this afternoon. Boating conditions will be poor for the rest of the day.

The bite has been excellent. Black Drum have been thick and we are seeing Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, Blues, Reds, Snook, Pompano and Trout come over the rails of both jetties. Anglers are having good luck all over the State Park, from the beaches and the Indian River. Nothing beats fall fishing at the Sebastian Inlet!

Our first photo today is courtesy of Kevin Platt of Suntree. Kevin sent in this photo of his friend Chris Sorgenfrei with a huge, 41" bull Red he landed on live mullet while drifting the inlet. The Red was safely released to fight another day. Beautiful catch Chris!

Photo two features Phillip Wachsler of Melbourne Beach. Phillip landed several Snook on Thanksgiving Day, keeping the one in the photo. He said he landed it on a piece of turkey dipped in gravy, *wink. Nice catch Phillip!

The Marine Fisheries Management Division has a YouTube channel called FWC Saltwater Fishing. Have a burning question about marine fisheries regulations? Want to know more about catch-and-release? Send your questions, photos, and fishing tales to Saltwater@MyFWC.com. Make sure your photo meets their photo requirements by visiting MyFWC.com/Fishing, clicking on "Saltwater Fishing," scrolling down to "Get Involved" and clicking on "Submit a photograph!" Learn more about Saltwater Angler Recognition Programs and how you can "Catch a Florida Memory" by visiting MyFWC.com/AnglerRecognition or contacting AnglerRecognition@MyFWC.com. And don't forget to record all of your catches on the iAngler phone app or at www.snookfoundation.org/data.

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Chris Sorgenfrei with a 41" C/R bull Red.

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11-29-16 TUESDAY: FISHING IS GREAT, GET OUT AND WET A LINE!

The north jetty is now open approximately 75%. The grates on the tip of the jetty are custom due to the angles; we are working on getting those replaced. The north jetty is open 24/7 again; please help us maintain this wonderful resource. Do not leave your clam shells on the deck, put them in the water. Pick up after yourself; do not leave litter lying on the deck. Put unwanted bait back into the water. Place your used fishing line in the provided containers, it saves wildlife and helps limit the number of tangled lines. Limit the number of rods to two at a time please, jetty real estate is valuable! DO NOT throw objects at boaters, no excuses. The western gate is a permanent fixture and can be closed at any time; it will be up the users of the jetty.

We have another breezy morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the East-Southeast at 15 mph, gusting to 16 and the water is choppy. NOAA has a small craft advisory in effect through 10:00 a.m. this morning and poor to hazardous boating conditions are predicted into mid-week.

The bite has been very good at the inlet. Anglers are catching fish all over the State Park, from the beaches and in the Indian River. Black Drum have been plentiful, many have been in the 20" - 24" range, they are excellent at that size. The real big boys haven't arrived, and even though you may keep one over 24", they are best returned to the water to breed as they can be tough and sometimes wormy. We've seen some real monsters come over the rails of both jetties in the past! Reds, Snook, Flounder, Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, Trout, Sheepshead and Blues round out the recent catches. Anglers are using live shrimp, clams, finger mullet if they can be found, bucktails and small bait fish.

Our photos today are courtesy of Robert Pumarada of Orlando. Robert fished the inlet with his friends Jherson Baylon and Gonzalez Sumauyang last week. The men had a great time and landed plenty of fish for the cooler. Photo one is of Robert with a nice slot Snook, photo two is of the three men with some of their catches and the last photo is of Jherson Baylon at the cleaning station with their catches of the day which include Jherson's first Redfish! Way to go gentlemen!


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Robert Pumarada of Orlando with a 30" slot Snook.

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11-28-16 MONDAY: THE BITE IS EXCELLENT!

The north jetty is now open approximately 75%. The grates on the tip of the jetty are custom due to the angles but we are working on getting those replaced. At this time we have no time frame but we will keep you posted when we have a date confirmed. The north jetty is open 24/7 again; please help us take care of this wonderful resource. Do not leave your clam shells on the deck, put them in the water. Pick up after yourself; do not leave litter lying on the deck. Put unwanted bait back into the water. Place your used fishing line in the provided containers, it helps save wildlife and helps limit the number of tangled lines. Limit the number of rods to two at a time please, jetty real estate is valuable! DO NOT throw objects at boaters, no excuses. The western gate is a permanent fixture and can be closed at any time; it will be up the users of the jetty.

We have a breezy morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the East at 17 mph, gusting to 21 and the water is choppy. NOAA has a small craft advisory in effect through Tuesday morning and poor to hazardous boating conditions are predicted into mid-week.

We had an excellent Thanksgiving weekend according to Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. Many different species were landed including Black Drum in large numbers, some healthy Spanish Mackerel, big Jacks, Snook, Reds, Blues, Sheepshead, Flounder and Pompano! That's a great variety, thanks Tommy! The size limit on Black Drum is between 14"- 24" with a bag limit of five per day per harvester. Anglers may only keep one Black Drum over 24". Please familiarize yourself with the FWC regulations, they can be found at the top right corner of this page along with other useful information.

Our angler of the day is Abner Torma of Kissimmee. Abner landed this nice 25" Black Drum off the north jetty using shrimp. Nice catch Abner!

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Abner Torma of Kissimmee with a 25" Black Drum.

 
 
 
 

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