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08-16-17 WEDNESDAY: SLOW BITE

Please send your fishing photos, updates and inquiries to nmaxwell@sitd.us. This is a temporary solution while our web site is under construction.

Winds are blowing out of the West at 2 mph, gusting to 4 and there is a light chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories this morning but we have a chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

There's just not much to report on the fishing front. A few Mangrove Snapper, Blue Runners, Jacks, Margate and C/R Snook are being landed in low numbers. SISP Ranger Ed Perry sent us the turtle nest numbers through August 10th and it's another great year of nesting at the Sebastian Inlet State Park. The 1,325 nests are within the three mile boundary of the Park! Thank you Ranger Perry.

Send in your photos and fishing updates, we need them during this slow summertime bite.

August 19th from 1:00 - 3:15 at the SISP Fishing Museum - Mark your calendars for a two hour workshop that introduces anglers to the art of Surf Fishing for Snook. Discussion will center on several tactics for catching snook in the surf with live bait and lures. Also included will be information on rods/reels, rigging hard, soft plastic lures and live baiting options. Anglers should bring a pen/pencil and something to write on. Snook season opens September 1st.






Turtle nest numbers within the Sebastian Inlet State Park.
08-15-17 TUESDAY: A FEW MANGROVE SNAPPER, JACKS, LADYFISH, BLUE RUNNERS AND MARGATE

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Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 4 mph, gusting to 7 and there is a light to moderate chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories this morning but we have a chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

It's been hot, muggy and at times buggy on the jetties. Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports a few keeper Mangrove Snapper, Jacks and Blue Runners have been coming over the rails of the jetties and a surprise of a few good sized Margate in the 3 - 4 lb. range. The bait situation is sketchy, a few mojarra, greenies and finger mullet but he schools are wide spread.

Our anglers today are the Noel family of Melbourne. Dad, Allan fished the south jetty on Sunday morning when he landed the huge C/R Snook in our first photo while free lining mojarra at the onset of outgoing tide. The big Snook was released unharmed right after the photo. Allan landed a smaller Snook and a Jack before this big guy and reported some Mangrove Snapper being landed from the south catwalk on the incoming. Allan returned in the evening with is twin sons, Nick and Chris. They fished the south side on the evening tide change and landed Jacks and Ladyfish. Photo two is of Chris with a large Ladyfish he landed from the south jetty. Photo three is of Nick with a large Ladyfish he landed as well. Thanks Noel family!

Send in your photos and fishing updates, we need them during this lull.

August 19th from 1:00 - 3:15 at the SISP Fishing Museum - Mark your calendars for a two hour workshop that introduces anglers to the art of Surf Fishing for Snook. Discussion will center on several tactics for catching snook in the surf with live bait and lures. Also included will be information on rods/reels, rigging hard, soft plastic lures and live baiting options. Anglers should bring a pen/pencil and something to write on. Snook season opens September 1st.






Allan Noel of Melbourne with a big C/R Snook.

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08-11-17 FRIDAY: TGIF!

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This morning winds are blowing out of the North at 9 mph, gusting to 12 and there is a moderate chop on the water. Jetty anglers are in luck this morning with plenty of cloud cover, keeping the sun from beating them up too badly. The weekend forecast looks like seas will cooperate for our boaters but chances of summer showers and thunderstorms exist.

The bite is slow but you never know what you'll come up with at the inlet!

Our angler of the day is 9 year old Brody Murray of Cooper City. Brody, his dad Richie and mom, Stephanie fished the inlet last weekend and look what they caught! This Gafftopsail Catfish or Sailcat as many of us call them is the biggest one we've ever seen. This big, bad fish took 30 minutes to reel to the boat; it was 35" and around 16 lbs.! Brody was using a medium sized shrimp on 8 lb. test. What a catch! The Florida record is 8 lbs. 14 oz. and the IGFA record is 10 lbs. The Murray's had the catch of a lifetime and made some great family memories in the process. They are strictly a catch and release family so that big guy is still out there somewhere. Congratulations on your amazing catch Brody!

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in collaboration with the International Game Fish Association, maintains state all-tackle records for the heaviest marine fishes caught in Florida waters, including 77 species in both conventional tackle and fly-fishing categories. Several new saltwater world records were caught in Florida in the past year, including a junior record for permit; all-tackle records for black grouper, mahogany snapper and yellowtail snapper; and line-class records for Florida pompano, spotted seatrout, gray snapper, black drum and red grouper. Visit IGFA.org for a complete list of saltwater world records.
To qualify for the Florida Saltwater Fishing Records program, catches must be made according to FWC and IGFA angling rules. The application must be accompanied by line or tippet samples and photographs as specified in the IGFA world record requirements. Species that pose a problem of identity require determination by an ichthyologist or qualified fishery biologist. Visit the International Game Fish Association website, IGFA.org, to learn more about requirements.

For more information on the Florida Saltwater Fishing Records program, visit CatchaFloridaMemory.com and click on "Programs" and "Florida Saltwater Fishing Records" or contact AnglerRecognition@MyFWC.com.

Are you wanting to get a child interested in fishing so you can make your own memories? Read this fun article from Outdoor Empire. It has great tips on baits, equipment, where to fish, what to target, the importance of teaching conservation and more! Copy and paste this link into your browser https://outdoorempire.com/children-first-fishing-trip/

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

Brody Murray of Cooper City with an enormous Sailcat!
08-10-17 THURSDAY: SLOW BITE

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Winds are blowing out of the North-northwest at 5 mph and there is a light to moderate chop on the water. We have no NOAA advisories this morning but our chances of afternoon rains are increasing.

The dog days of summer are upon us and the heat and humidity are intense. Be sure to take plenty of water and sunscreen if you head to the inlet! Summertime is always a slow time for fishing at the inlet. Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports small numbers of Mangrove Snapper, Jacks, Blue Runners have been coming over the rails for the more patient anglers. The bait schools are thinning out but some greenies are coming and going and some larger silver mullet have shown up as well. Thanks Tommy!

Our angler of the day is Jean Paul Acevedo of St. Cloud. Jean Paul came over to fish the north jetty on Sunday and landed his very first Snook using a white bucktail on the outgoing tide. He released the Snook unharmed right after the photo. Congratulations Jean Paul on your first Snook!

Send in your photos and fishing updates!

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) needs your input on goliath grouper management, including the possibility of a limited harvest in Florida state waters. The FWC is hosting several goliath grouper public workshops throughout the state in August and October. Share your input and learn more about the current status of goliath grouper by attending one of these workshops. If you cannot attend an in-person meeting, submit comments online by visiting MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments. Staff is working on a virtual workshop that should be available online in the near future. Additional details and updates to these meetings will be posted at MyFWC.com/Fishing.








Jean Paul Acevedo of St. Cloud with a C/R Snook.
08-08-17 TUESDAY: SLOW

Please send your fishing photos, updates and inquiries to nmaxwell@sitd.us. Our new web site is under construction. We are hoping to bring you a more modern, updated, mobile ready site. You will be able to view the fishing photos from a mobile device, right side up!

We have a little wind that is helping with the heat out on the jetties. Winds are blowing out of the South-Southeast at 7 mph, gusting to 9 and there is a moderate chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories this morning but we have a possibility of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Fishing is slow at the inlet. We received an update from Jeremy Norcross of Indialantic. Jeremy fished the inlet near the sandbar on Saturday and confirmed the slow bite. He landed and released a small Shark, a Ladyfish and a Blue Runner. The outgoing tide was real murky. He had some good news though, as he exited the inlet there were mama turtles lined up waiting to come to shore to nest, he said there must have been 50 of them, it was quite a sight! Thanks Jeremy!

The Sebastian Inlet State Park is having an excellent year with nesting. SISP Ranger Ed Perry sent us the turtle nest numbers up to August 3, 2017. So far, there have been 1,251 nests within the State Park's three mile boundary! Thank you Ranger Perry!

Send in your photos and updates!

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) needs your input on goliath grouper management, including the possibility of a limited harvest in Florida state waters. The FWC is hosting several goliath grouper public workshops throughout the state in August and October. Share your input and learn more about the current status of goliath grouper by attending one of these workshops. If you cannot attend an in-person meeting, submit comments online by visiting MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments. Staff is working on a virtual workshop that should be available online in the near future. Additional details and updates to these meetings will be posted at MyFWC.com/Fishing.









SISP Turtle Nest Numbers through August 3rd.
08-07-17 MONDAY: SLOW BITE

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We have a little wind that is helping with the heat out on the jetties. Winds are blowing out of the Southeast at 8 mph, gusting to six and there is a moderate chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories this morning but there is a slight possibility of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening hours.

There just isn't a lot to report at this time, the bite remains slow which is not unusual for summer. Tommy Turwoski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported that a few Mangrove Snapper and Jacks were biting this morning, the emphasis being on few. Over the weekend some Blue Runners and Mackerel joined the mix but again, in very small numbers. C/R Snook are active but we implore you to use extra caution when handling the species. If you need a net to pull it up onto the north jetty, use a net to lower it back into the water to avoid harm. The bait situation is sketchy, greenies are wide spread but there are a few finger mullet in the water.

Our photo today is courtesy of Dan Cummings. Dan's friend Carmine landed this monster C/R Snook off the north jetty last week. The Snook was released unharmed right after the photo. What a catch Carmine!

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Carmine with a huge C/R Snook.
08-04-17 FRIDAY: SPANISH MACKEREL, JACKS, MANGROVE SNAPPER AND BLUE RUNNERS IN SMALL NUMBERS

Please send your fishing photos, updates and inquiries to nmaxwell@sitd.us. Our new web site is under construction. We are hoping to bring you a more modern, updated, mobile ready site.

We have another beautiful summer morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Southeast at 8 mph, gusting to 10 and there is a light to moderate chop on the water. The wind is giving us a reprieve from the no see 'ums today. There are no NOAA advisories this morning and the boating forecast is fair for the weekend. Keep the afternoon showers and thunderstorms in mind, they can pop up quickly.

Fishing is spotty from the jetties. Every now and then a nice surprise will come over the rails, like a good sized Permit but they have been rare. The heat is playing a big part in the slow bite. Fish behave a lot like people, they get sluggish too. Early mornings, late afternoons and evenings are more productive when are struggling with summer weather. This morning Tommy Turowski reported there are some small Mangrove Snapper being landed but earlier in the week there were also small numbers of Mackerel, Reds and Blue Runners that were landed. Every now and then, a big school of Jacks will come tearing through creating a little excitement. A few Reds have been hitting in the middle of the inlet. Schools of greenies are getting more wide spread and many anglers have been using sabiki rigs if they can't net them. Thanks Tommy!

Our angler of the day is Jeff Spaulding of Kissimmee. Jeff landed this good sized Jack while fishing the north catwalk on Wednesday, around 2:30. He was using finger mullet and released it after the photo to fight another day. Nice catch Jeff!

Spiny lobster season opens on Sunday and runs through March 31st. Divers please use your dive flags and boaters please keep 300' of one in the open ocean and 100' of one in the river. Please familiarize yourself with the bag limits, size limits, egg-bearing females, licenses, permits and more on www.MyFWC.com .

Sebastian Inlet State Park Ranger Ed Perry sent us the turtle nest numbers from within the three mile State Park boundary through July 27th. It's another excellent year for turtle nesting at the Park! Thanks Ranger Perry. See photo two.

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










Jeff Spaulding of Kissimmee with a Jack.

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08-03-17 THURSDAY: SPANISH MACKEREL, JACKS, MANGROVE SNAPPER, LOOKDOWNS, BLUE RUNNERS AND C/R SNOOK

Please send your fishing photos, updates and inquiries to nmaxwell@sitd.us. Our new web site is under construction. We are hoping to bring you a more modern, updated, mobile ready site.

It's another beautiful morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the East-Southeast at 7 mph, gusting to 10 and there is a light to moderate chop on the water. We have a chance of potential scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon which is typical for summer, plan accordingly. Pack plenty of water, insect repellent and sunscreen if you head to the inlet.

We are not seeing a lot of action from the jetties, fish are hitting sporadically although there is still plenty of bait in the water. Outgoing tides have been murky but those boating anglers who have been drifting the outgoing tides have been landing some nice Redfish. Catch and release Snook are active but we ask you to please handle with the utmost care, we need those Snook to get out and make more Snook. Snook season reopens September 1st, so we don't have long to wait. Spanish Mackerel are still here but they shouldn't be around too much longer, they will begin their northerly migration soon. The Mangrove Snapper bite isn't as hot as usual this summer, no real explanation for it. It could be that the water temperature stayed cool longer, which may be why the Mackerel are still hanging around. Fall fishing is just around the corner!

Our angler of the day is Nelson Osario of Kissimmee. Nelson landed this pretty C/R Snook from the north jetty on July 23rd. He used a red and white snook jig to get this big boy's attention. Nelson carefully released the Snook right after the photo. Beautiful catch Nelson!

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Nelson Osario of Kissimmee with a C/R Snook.

 
 
 
 

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