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Winds are blowing out of the Northwest this morning at 3 mph and the water is cool and calm. Clumps of algae are drifting out of the inlet on the outgoing tides and seaweed is thick on the shoreline making surf fishing difficult at best. The water is clean and there are plenty of bait fish attracting predators but getting them to bite is the trick.

We received several updates from our readers who reported fishing was on the slow side over the holiday weekend but some nice fish were landed including C/R Snook, Reds, Jacks, Bonito, Mangrove Snapper, a Black Drum and Cobia from the beach. Mojarra and greenies were schooling around the jetties. Overall, it sounds like our inlet anglers had a pretty fair weekend. We'll be posting all of the photos real soon, thanks to all of you who wrote in!

Our first photo today features Tiffany De Zayas who landed this 34" C/R Snook using a modified beetle spin during slack tide on June 30th. The Snook was released unharmed right after the photo. Nice catch Tiffany!

Photo two is of inlet regular Cory Luke. Cory landed this nice Jack on June 30th. Cory reported that the night was slow until this big guy hit. That must have been a fun fight, way to go Cory!

SISP Ranger Ed Perry sent in the turtle statistics within the State Park boundaries through June 25th. The Park is having an excellent year with nesting. See photo three. Thanks Ranger Perry!

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Tiffany De Zayas with a 34" C/R Snook.

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It's a gorgeous day at the inlet, winds are blowing out of the Southeast at 7 mph, gusting to 10 and there is a light chop on the water. We are seeing the water temperature drop, every July we get a cold water upwelling and sometimes we even get a little surf. We have a real nice weekend forecasted but we'll have to deal with the late afternoon thunderstorms.

Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach fished the north jetty yesterday and said it was a very slow morning. About half dozen Snapper came over the rails on mojarra and shrimp. Snook were stacked up in the clear water and schools of Atlantic Spadefish were visible, but not much was biting. After two days of getting skunked, Mike hung up his fishing pole for at least a day! Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported a decent Mangrove Snapper bite this morning, along with Reds and Jacks.

Our first photo today features 13 year old Solyna Smith of Minnesota. Solyna fished the north jetty with her dad Craig, her sibling and two cousins on April 3rd. They all had a great time at the inlet and are already planning a return trip. Solyna landed and released this Sheepshead using live shrimp. Great job Solyna!

Our second photo features Brian Jess of Melbourne. Brian and his friend Scott Neufeld of Cocoa Beach fished the river near the inlet on Tuesday. The men landed eight Spotted Sea Trout in two hours time and a total of twelve Trout for the day. The men were using mullet. Brian is holding a real healthy 29" Trout that hit a 6" mullet in about 2' of water. All the Trout were released right after they photographed them. Beautiful catch Brian!

Photo three features Scott Neufeld of Cocoa Beach with a monster Jack he landed on Tuesday. The big Jack was released to fight another day. Way to go Scott!

Our office will be closed Friday for the July 4th holiday. As always, the Sebastian Inlet State Park will be open 24/7/365. Have a happy and safe Independence Day!

Solyna Smith of Minnesota with a Sheepshead.

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We have another lovely morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 8 mph and there is a light chop on the water. We are having some issues with our weather station on the web cam. We are addressing the problem, you for your patience.

We received a couple of updates from inlet regulars Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach and Paul Szoke of Barefoot Bay. Paul reported a decent Snapper bite on Monday; they were hitting greenies and mojarra. Paul landed several good sized Snapper. Thanks Paul! Mike reported a fair Mangrove Snapper bite yesterday morning with about 12 - 15 fish landed, although he didn't have any luck. Live mojarra was the bait of choice for north jetty anglers. Several nice Spanish Mackerel came over the rails, inlet regular Diane Buyce of Melbourne landed two good sized fish. Lots of bait pods were being busted up, local experts seemed to think Mackerel and Bonito were causing the commotion. Several Barracuda have been patrolling the north jetty which has been keeping most of the Mackerel out of casting range. Thanks for the update and photo Mike!

Our angler of the day is Pham Trung who took care of one of those Barracuda yesterday. It took Pham quite a while to land this fish as he was using very light tackle, 4 lb. test. That must have been a fun catch!

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Pham Trung with a Barracuda.

It's a beautiful summer morning at the inlet. Fortunately we have some wind this morning which is helping keep our anglers cooled down. Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 8 mph, gusting to 11 and the water is calm.

Fishing remains on the slow side, particularly during the daylight hours. The fish are hiding out in cooler spots during the heat of the day, in the mangroves, holes, under docks, etc. Low light and evenings have been more productive. We spoke with SISP Manager Kevin Jones who reported the new Assistant Park Manager Zach Lozano has been having pretty good luck in the evenings using croakers he lands off the beach. Zach has been landing C/R Snook, Reds and even got a 26" Cubera Snapper on the outgoing tide. Way to go Ranger Lozano!

Our photo today is courtesy of SISP Ranger Ed Perry who took this shot of Pelicans flying over the inlet this morning. Thanks Ranger Perry!

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Summertime is the time for offshore boating! The US Coastguard has released a new free app to help boaters improve boating safety. Features of the app include: State boating information, Safety equipment checklist, Free boating safety check requests, Navigation rules, Float plans and Calling features to report pollution or suspicious activity. When location services are enabled, users can receive the latest weather reports from the closest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather buoys as well as report the location of a hazard on the water. The app is not intended to replace a boater's marine VHF radio; it was designed to provide additional boating safety resources for mobile device users. The app is self-contained, so personal information is stored on the phone and is not sent to the Coast Guard unless the user chooses to send it. To download the app, search "Coast Guard boating safety" in either the Apple App Store or Google Play store.

Pelicans flying over the Sebastian Inlet

It's a beautiful Monday morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the West-Southwest at 6 mph, gusting to 10 and the water is calm. There are no NOAA advisories this morning but we have a chance of afternoon showers/thunderstorms which is common for this time of year.

Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop said Mangrove Snapper was the best bite over the weekend. They are being pulled in by the greenies that are coming in and out of the inlet. Other baits include mojarra and some croakers. Reds, C/R Snook and Jacks came over the rails as well. Snook are in spawning mode right now and it's best not to target them, they are strictly catch and release until September 1st. We are still seeing the big clumps of algae floating out of the inlet out the outgoing tide.

Our photo today is courtesy of Bradley Beard. Bradley and his daughter Kaylee celebrated her 12th birthday at the inlet on June 25th. While they were on the south side T-Dock, they took this shot of a juvenile Green Sea Turtle that was swimming by. Thanks Bradley!

Bag Limit Overview:
In general, the daily bag limits set by Commission rule for saltwater fishing are for a calendar day (24-hour period from midnight to midnight). These limits are also possession limits. Therefore, it is illegal to possess more than one day's bag limit "while in, on or above the waters of the State or on any dock, pier, bridge, beach or other fishing site adjacent to such waters" with regard to most species. Once you have caught and possess the bag limit for a species, you may not harvest any more of that species until the next 24-hour period. Thus it is illegal to take the catch to shore and then return to the sea to harvest another daily bag limit during the same calendar day.
Exception: There is an exception that allows individuals to possess double the daily bag limit certain fish only when fishing from a headboat or charter boat on a trip that spans more than 24 hours and: The vessel has a sleeping berth for each passenger aboard the vessel; Each passenger possesses a receipt issued on behalf of the vessel that verifies the length of the trip.
Species included in this exception include: snapper (gray, red, Atlantic vermilion, cubera), red grouper, hogfish, black sea bass, red porgy, amberjack (greater, lesser, banded rudderfish)

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Juvenile Green Sea Turtle

This morning winds are blowing out of the South-Southwest at 3 mph, gusting to 4 and the water is calm. Currently there are no NOAA advisories. We have a lovely weekend ahead of us and it looks as if seas will be calm for our boaters.

Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports that Reds are biting along with Jacks and a few Snapper, Mackerel and C/R Snook. Low light periods have been more productive due to the heat and warm water temperature; fish are seeking out cooler spots during the heat of the day.

Our first photo today features Melanie Wood of Indialantic. Melanie and her boyfriend Randy Trent were offshore in Randy's 19' center console on May 22nd when she landed this beautiful Sailfish. They were fishing in 135' of water using skirted ballyhoo. This was Melanie's first Sailfish, what a great catch!

Photo two features Billy Bowyer with two of six Dolphin landed on June 14th. Billy was offshore with Randy Trent and Melanie Wood and they had a real nice day on the water. Very nice Billy!

Photo three is courtesy of SISP Ranger Ed Perry. Ranger Perry captured this great shot of a Green Sea Turtle hatchling in the Sebastian Inlet State Park. Thanks Ranger Perry!

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At its June meeting in Sarasota, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a new and exciting opportunity that will encourage divers to remove invasive lionfish by allowing them to take one extra spiny lobster each day during the two-day sport season this summer (July 29-30) that they also harvest 10 lionfish.
In addition, people can take a photo of their lionfish and lobster catch during the two-day season and post it on Facebook.com/LionfishReefRangers to get a "Be the Predator" T-shirt. One lucky photo entrant will also win a lifetime saltwater fishing license via a drawing held shortly after the sport season.
For the 2015 spiny lobster sport season only, divers will be allowed a single spiny lobster over the bag limit per day for each day that they also harvest 10 or more lionfish. Lionfish must be kept as proof of harvest while on the water. When off the water, a photo of harvesters with their 10 lionfish must be kept to document eligibility for harvesting an extra lobster. Lionfish must be harvested the same day and prior to taking the additional lobster. All other rules, including no spearfishing zones, apply.
The two-day spiny lobster recreational sport season (also known as mini-season) falls on the last Wednesday and Thursday of July each year before the Aug. 6 opening of the regular season. During this two-day season, the regular bag limit is six spiny lobster in state and federal waters of Biscayne National Park waters and off Monroe County, and 12 spiny lobster elsewhere. There is no bag limit for lionfish; harvesters can take as many as they want.
If the program is successful at encouraging lionfish removal, it could be continued in future years.
For more information, visit MyFWC.com/Commission and select "Commission Meetings" then the "Agenda." For information about recreational spiny lobster, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on "Saltwater," "Recreational" and "Lobster."

Melanie Wood of Indialantic with a beautiful Sailfish.

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It's a real pretty morning at the inlet. We have a nice breeze blowing out of the South-Southeast at 7 mph, gusting to 10 and the water is calm. There are no NOAA advisories this morning but we have a chance of showers and thunderstorms today.

Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported that crabs are attaching themselves to the algae clumps drifting out of the inlet on the outgoing tide and those crabs are attracting Redfish. There was a good Redfish bite this morning. Tommy reported a lot of bait in the water, greenies, mojarra and a few silver mullet. Jacks and a few Mangrove Snapper have been showing up as well, but not in huge numbers. Thanks Tommy!

Our angler of the day is Randy Trent of Indialantic. Randy landed and released this beautiful Sailfish on June 6th. Randy and his girlfriend Melanie Wood were fishing on his 19' center console just north of the inlet in 135' of water. Using skirted ballyhoo behind a bird chain, this was Randy's first Sailfish. What a great catch, way to go Randy!

SISP Ranger Ed Perry reported that the sea turtle nesting season has really cranked up. As of June 18th within the State Park boundaries, they've counted 491 Loggerhead, 113 Green and 6 Leatherback nests. What great news! Ed has been leaving for work a little early, hoping to catch a turtle on the beach and yesterday morning, he got his chance. Ranger Perry stripped off his shoes and rolled up his pants to get into the surf and capture the shots with a telescopic lens, he kept his distance from her. Thanks Ranger Perry, nice photos as always!

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Randy Trent of Indialantic with a beautiful Sailfish.

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It's a gorgeous morning at the inlet. We have a little breeze blowing at 4 mph out of the South that is gusting to 7. Unfortunately, we have a cyanobacterial bloom coming from the river which is tangling angler's lines this morning.

We spoke with inlet regular Tony Swiderski of Sebastian who reported catch and release Snook were chasing greenies early this morning but the bite died off as the sun rose. Only two Mangrove Snapper came over the rails during Tony's time on the jetty, not much else was landed either. Thanks for the update Tony!

Our photo today is courtesy of Randy Trent of Indialantic. Randy has been getting offshore the past few weekends and has had some real nice catches. Our photo today is of Randy with a couple of gaffer sized Dolphin he landed last weekend just north of the inlet in 135' of water on skirted ballyhoo. Beautiful catches Randy!

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will offer a free Kids' Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon June 27 at Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal No. 3, 2020 Christopher Columbus Drive.

This free clinic enables young people to learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety. In addition, environmental displays will offer participants a unique chance to experience Florida's marine life firsthand.

Fishing equipment and bait are provided for kids to use during the clinic, but organizers encourage children who own fishing tackle to bring it. A limited number of rods and reels will be given away to participants upon completion of the clinic.

Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor this event or volunteering at the clinic should contact Eric Griggs at 321-986-7596 or the FWC's Jason Dalton at 850-487-0554.

To find out more about fishing clinics for kids, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing and select the "Youth & Student" option under "Education".

Randy Trent of Indialantic with a couple of nice Dolphin.


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