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04-24-15 FRIDAY: TGIF!

We have a lovely morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Northwest at 7 mph, gusting to 11 and there is a light chop on the water. We have no NOAA advisories this morning. We have a pretty good weekend in the forecast with a chance of showers.

We're seeing a lot of Snook in the water, getting them to bite is the trick. Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported lots of them hanging around in spite of the noisy hammering coming from the D.O.T. bridge project. Florida Today sports writer Matt Badoloto reports that schools of menhaden are making their way south from Ponce Inlet and hopefully we'll see those appear at the inlet soon. A good variety but not many fish are being landed at the inlet including Sheepshead, a few Reds, Black Drum, Jacks, Blues, Ladyfish, Lookdowns and Trout. Flounder in the 2 - 3 lb. range have been active on the south side.

Sebastian Inlet District Commissioner and Capt. Michael J. Rowland, his nephew Michael C. Rowland and friends Eric Griggs and Jim Mountjoy went offshore last Friday for their first deep-drop fishing trip in search of Golden Tilefish. They had success 35+ miles out of the inlet in 750' of water. They all landed their limit of one each. Our photos today are courtesy of Jim Mountjoy who is not pictured.

Photo one features Capt./Commissioner Michael J. Rowland with his Tilefish. Photo two features Eric Griggs with a Tilefish, photo three features Michael J. Rowland and Michael C. Rowland with a Tilefish, photo four is of Eric Griggs and Michael C. Rowland. Nice job gentlemen!

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

The Friends of the Sebastian Inlet State Park is presenting its "Night Sounds" series concerts on the south side of the Park at the Coconut Point Pavilions. The concerts coincide with the nearest full moon. On Saturday, May 2, 2015, the band Atlantic Bluegrass will perform. The five piece band features guitar, mandolin, stand up bass, fiddle and banjo. Take chairs or a blanket and go enjoy some great Bluegrass music under the stars. The concert is free but Park entry fees apply.




Capt./Commissioner Michael J. Rowland with a Tilefish.

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04-23-15 THURSDAY: MIXED BAG OF SPECIES INCLUDING SNOOK, REDS, SHEEPSHEAD, JACKS, BLUES, LOOKDOWNS, BLACK DRUM, TROUT AND SHARKS

We have overcast skies over the inlet this morning. Winds are blowing out of the South-Southwest at 10 mph, gusting to 12 and the water is calm. There is a very good chance of showers and thunderstorms throughout the day today, be sure to go prepared if you head to the inlet.

Our angler of the day is Emily Brock of Rockledge. Emily landed the beautiful 35" C/R Snook in our first photo off the south beach using live mullet. She reported quite a bit of bait in the surf and she had a good day with a 33" C/R Red, four sharks, a smaller Snook and a Bluefish. Nice going Emily!

Photo two is of the 33" Redfish that was released unharmed right after the photo.

Photo three is of one of the friendly looking fellows landed by Emily Brock and crew. We believe this is either a Black Tip or a Spinner Shark. Nice!

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Emily Brock of Rockledge with a 35" S/R Snook.

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04-21-15 TUESDAY; SNOOK, REDS, JACKS, BLUES, POMPANO, FLOUNDER, LOOKDOWNS AND A COUPLE OF PERMIT

We have overcast skies at the inlet this morning. Winds are blowing out of the South at 5 mph, gusting to 8 and there the water is calm. We have rain and thunderstorms likely throughout the day today.

We are seeing a variety of species coming over the rails of the jetty's, from the beaches and the flats. Reds, Snook, Trout, a few Black Drum, Jacks, Blues, Pompano, Flounder, Permit, Lookdowns and Sharks have all been active but not as active as we'd like.

Our first photo today is courtesy of Gail Borruso. Gail and her husband Jim of Hilton Head, SC were staying at the Disney Resort when Jim decided to give the T-Dock a try on April 14th. Jim was using a Rapala lure on slow retrieval to land this healthy Flounder. Jim also saw one following the lure in shallow water afterward, but couldn't get it to bite. Nice catch Jim!

Photo two features brothers Wayne, Glen and David Rathburn of MA with a Bluefish they landed while all five brothers were in town visiting their Mom. Glen said this Blue looked like baitfish compared to some of the larger fish that were landed that day. Any fish is a good fish Glen!

I am out of the office tomorrow; I'll be back with a report on Thursday. Send in your photos and fishing updates!


Jim Borruso of Hilton head, SC with a Flounder.

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04-20-15 MONDAY: JACKS, BLUES, SNOOK, REDS, POMPANO, PERMIT AND FLOUNDER

We have overcast skies at the inlet this morning. Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 5 mph, gusting to 8 and the water is calm. NOAA is calling for increased wind this afternoon and chance of showers and thunderstorms off and on today. We are seeing extreme tides due to the recent new moon.

The weekend was fair according to Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. There are a lot of Snook visible in the water but not many are cooperating. Jacks and Blues continue to dominate the catches with a few Reds, Pompano, Permit and Flounder finding their way to the inlet. We are still not seeing a lot of baitfish but rumor has it that Ponce Inlet to the north and Jupiter Inlet to the south both have been hot. We are seeing silver mullet, big greenies (threadfin herring) and mojarra but not in the kind of numbers we usually see this time of year.

Our angler of the day is Michael Timmerman of Indiana. Michael was here fishing for a week last week and had great luck just 100 yards outside the inlet. Using silver spoons on April 16th at 3:30 in the afternoon, Michael landed the big 45" Kingfish in our first photo. What a great catch Michael!

Photo two is of a 40 lb. Jack landed the same day. Several other large Jacks were landed but this was the largest. Fun times at Sebastian Inlet!

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Michael Timmerman of Indiana with a 45" Kingfish.

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04-17-15 FRIDAY: SNOOK, SPOTS, LOOKDOWNS, REDS, SHEEPSHEAD, MACKEREL, POMPANO, TROUT AND JACKS

THE TIP OF THE NORTH JETTY WILL BE CLOSING THIS MORNING FOR REPAIRS TO THE WEATHER STATION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

Winds are blowing out of the South-Southwest at 1 mph, gusting to 3 and the water is calm. There are no NOAA advisories this morning. We have afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms in the forecast for today and over the weekend. It looks as if seas will cooperate with our boaters but always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating as conditions can change very quickly.

The water is very clean, so clean that the large numbers of visible Snook around the jetties won't bite according to Tony Swiderski of Sebastian. Tony fished the early morning shift and landed one oversized Snook that was returned to the water, as did Jose Dore of Palm Bay. Spots are out in force doing what they do best, stealing bait. Those small fish average 6 - 8" and rarely reach a pound, but they are feisty and fun to catch on light tackle. They are also a tasty little pan fish. Lookdowns are biting this morning as well. Earlier this week we've seen a variety of species including Black Drum, Reds, Snook, Sheepshead, Jacks, Blues, Ladyfish, Pompano and Trout.

Our first photo today features 8 year old Ivan Pumarada of Orlando. Ivan and his father Robert were fishing the north jetty Sunday morning and became frustrated with the heat, humidity and slow bite. Disappointed, the two left to have lunch. Ivan did not want to go home without landing a fish; they had planned their trip for many days and decided to give it another try before heading home. Using an 8" live mullet, this huge 34 lb. Jack hit and pulled the father and son team half way around the jetty. On 25 lb. test, they fought the Jack for 20 minutes before he gave up and allowed himself to be netted. What a great example of patience and persistence. Beautiful catch Ivan!

Our second photo today features 7 year old Luke Kowalak of W. Melbourne. Luke, his brother Gavin and father Jordan try to get down to the inlet to fish as often as possible. In the warmer months their sister will go along too. Luke is holding a Sheepshead landed from their family's boat. Nice catch Luke!

Photo three is of 10 year old Liam Scott of Cornwall, NY. Liam was fishing with his Opa in 50' of water when he landed this nice Kingfish. Great catch Liam!

Our last photo today is courtesy of Art Caprario. Art and his grandson Joey were fishing 1 1/2 hours from shore last weekend when this pretty little yellow bird needed a rest stop. It landed on Joey's fishing pole for a time before continuing its journey. SISP Ranger Ed Perry identified it as a Cape May Warbler but if could be a Prairie or Magnolia. It appears to be a female which makes it a little tougher to identify. Thanks Ed and great shot Art!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Ivan Pumarada of Orlando with a 34 lb. Jack Crevalle.

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04-16-15 THURSDAY: JACKS, BLUES, LADYFISH AND A SCATTERED VARIETY OF SPECIES

THE TIP OF THE NORTH JETTY WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY MORNING FOR REPAIRS ON THE WEATHER STATION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

It's another beautiful day at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Northeast at 6 mph, gusting to 7 and the water is calm. We have no NOAA advisories this morning but we have a chance of showers and thunderstorms later today.

Fishing has been pretty much the same. We are seeing lots of Jacks, Blues and Ladyfish with a variety of species in ones and twos, just enough to keep our anglers curious as to when the spring bite will turn on. When the schools of bait fish start coming in, the predators will follow. In the meantime, patience is the key. With the weather being so great, just being outside enjoying our natural resources is a great way to spend the day or a few hours.

Our photo today is courtesy of Rangelo Soriano of Miami. Rangelo and his girlfriend Estefania Bustista drove up to visit Rangelo's Aunt in Vero Beach and fish the inlet. The duo reported a single school of mullet making rounds around the jetty and other than Estefania's big Jack, a few Reds, Snook and Black Drum were pulled over the rails last weekend. She was using live mullet on the outgoing to land her fish. This is Estefania's first big Jack, what a nice catch, great job!

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Estefania Bautista of Miami with a large Jack.
04-15-15 WEDNESDAY: JACKS, BLUES, LADYFISH AND A SMALL VARIETY OF DIFFERENT SPECIES

We have a mix of sun and clouds over the inlet this morning with a good chance of rain, particularly later in the day. Winds are blowing out of the South-Southwest at 7 mph, gusting to 11 and there is a light chop on the water,

We have had the usual cast of characters making appearances at the inlet. Big Jacks, Bluefish and Ladyfish have been keeping anglers busy. We have seen scattered Sheepshead, Reds, Pompano, Spotted Trout, Lookdowns, Spanish Mackerel, a few Tarpon and Black Drum as well but not in large numbers.

Our photo today is courtesy of Andre John. Andre's son Jaden landed this beautiful 32" C/R Red Friday night around 9:00 p.m. from the north jetty. The Red was released unharmed right after the photo. Great catch Jaden!

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Jaden John with a 32" C/R Redfish.
04-14-15 TUEDAY: LOTS OF BLUES AND JACKS, A SMALL VARIETY OF OTHER SPECIES

What a gorgeous morning we have at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South at 9 mph, gusting to 13 and there is a light chop on the water. We have plenty of sunshine but there is a chance of showers late this afternoon.

Blues and Jacks remain the hottest bite at the inlet; we've gotten some photos of some good sized Jacks from our readers and they've been getting plenty of exercise bringing in those big fighters! We're seeing some Spanish Mackerel, Black Drum, Reds, Snook, Sheepshead, Pomano, Trout and Tarpon but not in large numbers.

Our photos today are courtesy of Teri Avina of Melbourne. Teri and her friend Richard Squires of Barefoot Bay fished the south jetty on Saturday and landed a couple of healthy Jacks. Using small silver mullet that Richard netted that morning, the duo started getting hits as soon as the bait reached the water. Our first photo today features Teri with a good sized Jack.

Photo two features Richard Squires of Barefoot Bay with a big Jack. Way to go Teri and Richard!

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Teri Avina of Melbourne with a large Jack.

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