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07-21-17 FRIDAY: TGIF!

Once again, our anemometer is tangled in fishing line. We are having a technician go out to repair it as soon as possible. Hopefully we will have valid wind information after the repair. It looks as if this was intentional vandalism, if you see anyone casting line toward the web cam, please SAY SOMETHING, we all depend on this valuable information.

Please send your fishing photos, updates and inquiries to nmaxwell@sitd.us. This is a temporary solution while we are upgrading and modernizing our web site. We hope to bring our readers a more comprehensive, user friendly, mobile ready site!

We have light westerly winds this morning that are predicted to increase and shift onshore in the afternoon. There is a light chop on the water. Boating conditions are favorable through the weekend but we have chances of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoons.

These hot, sticky summer days create challenging fishing conditions. Get out early in the mornings, late afternoons or evenings and avoid the heat of the day. The fish aren't very cooperative during the hot afternoons unless you are going offshore. Trying casting under overhanging trees, under docks and bridges where you may find Mangrove Snapper, Jacks, C/R Snook and Reds hiding. Our reports from offshore are good for Snapper, Bass, Triggerfish and Dolphin.

Our angler of the day is Marco Gonzalez of Fort Meyers. Marco is quite an accomplished angler at 11 years old. His favorite place to fish is the Sebastian Inlet and he was here on Tuesday when he tried his luck on the south side T-Dock. First Marco netted his own mojarra then went to work on landing some fish. He wasn't disappointed in the large Spanish Mackerel he landed shortly after he began. Beautiful catch Marco!


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

Looking for a way to be productive and keep cool this weekend? Saturday, July 22: Sebastian Inlet Dive Cleanup, known as "the most exciting 23-minute dive in the country," will take place beginning with a 10 a.m. meeting at the boat ramp on the south side entrance to Sebastian Inlet State Park. Organizers need divers, boats, helpers and more to assist divers cleaning debris like discarded or lost fishing gear, anchors, trash and more from the bottom of the inlet. This is the 16th annual cleanup of the inlet by Marine Cleanup Initiative Inc. with more than 750,000 pounds of garbage removed. Information: 772-528-0675.











Marco Gonzalez of Fort Meyers with a nice Spanish Mackerel.
07-20-17 THURSDAY: A FEW MANGROVE SNAPPER, SPANISH MACKEREL, JACKS, BLUE RUNNERS AND SPADEFISH

Once again, our anemometer is tangled in fishing line. We are having a technician go out to repair it as soon as possible. Hopefully we will have valid wind information after the repair. It looks as if this was intentional vandalism, if you see anyone casting line toward the web cam, please SAY SOMETHING, we all depend on this valuable information.

Please send your fishing photos, updates and inquiries to nmaxwell@sitd.us. This is a temporary solution while we are upgrading and modernizing our web site. We hope to bring our readers a more comprehensive, user friendly, mobile ready site!

We have light winds blowing out of the East-Southeast this morning that are predicted to increase in the afternoon. We have no NOAA advisories this morning but chances of showers and thunderstorms are likely after 2:00 p.m. today. The water temperature is bouncing around due to cold water pockets that are typical for summer.

We received an update from inlet regular Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach who fished the north jetty yesterday morning. Mike hasn't been having a lot of luck lately. He reported a slow bite for most of the inlet anglers with an exception of inlet regular Tony Swiderski of Sebastian. Tony landed his limit of Mangrove Snapper early yesterday but everyone else had only one or two. The Spanish Mackerel bite has died down as well. An occasional Lookdown, Jack or Blue Runner will come over the rails. On Monday an angler was casting pretty far out into a school of Atlantic Spadefish and brought in four of them. That was the exception to the species that were coming over the rails. Thanks for the update Mike!

Our angler of the day is recent newcomer to Indialantic, Chris Ward. Chris has already discovered the joys of fishing the Sebastian Inlet, our local gem. Chris fished the south side last weekend and reported big schools of Snook of all sizes were pushing mojarra up against the rocks, both Saturday and Sunday. What a great weekend of fishing! The big Snook was released unharmed right after the photo. Nice catch Chris!

Send in your photos and fishing updates!

Looking for a way to be productive and keep cool this weekend? Check this out: July 22: Sebastian Inlet Dive Cleanup, known as "the most exciting 23-minute dive in the country," will take place beginning with a 10 a.m. meeting at the boat ramp on the south side entrance to Sebastian Inlet State Park. Organizers need divers, boats, helpers and more to assist divers cleaning debris like discarded or lost fishing gear, anchors, trash and more from the bottom of the inlet. This is the 16th annual cleanup of the inlet by Marine Cleanup Initiative Inc. with more than 750,000 pounds of garbage removed. Information: 772-528-0675.




Chris Ward of Indialantic with a large C/R Snook.
07-19-17 WEDNESDAY; SPANISH MACKEREL, MANGROVE SNAPPER, JACKS, BLUE RUNNERS, REDS, TARPON AND TROUT

Once again, our anemometer is tangled in fishing line. We are having a technician go out to repair it as soon as possible. Hopefully we will have valid wind information after the repair. It looks as if this was intentional vandalism, if you see anyone casting line toward the web cam, please SAY SOMETHING, we all depend on this valuable information.

Please send your fishing photos, updates and inquiries to nmaxwell@sitd.us. This is a temporary solution while we are upgrading and modernizing our web site. We hope to bring our readers a more comprehensive, user friendly, mobile ready site!

It is a gorgeous morning at the Sebastian Inlet. We have light West-Southwest winds that are predicted to increase in the afternoon and shift to the East. We also have a chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon which is typical for summer days.

We are seeing the same cast of characters come over the rails of the jetties. Spanish Mackerel, Mangrove Snapper, Jacks and Blue Runners are hitting a variety of baits. We are still seeing a lot of bait in the water. Fish behave a lot like humans on these hot summer days, they become a little lethargic in the heat of the day so it's best to try your luck in the early mornings and late afternoons when it's a little cooler. In the heat of the day, fishing from shady spots on the river can be productive for Reds, Trout and Tarpon.

Our photo today features inlet regular Charlie Bosco of Melbourne Beach. Charlie was fishing for Spanish Mackerel the north jetty last Wednesday when he landed this huge, 46" Snook using a childhood Mitchell 300 fishing reel on 12 lb. test! This huge Snook was estimated to be 30 - 35 lbs. What a fun story and great catch. Charlie lowered this big breeder back into the water via net to prevent harm. Great release Charlie!

Send in your photos and fishing updates!

We received the total turtle nest numbers from the Sebastian Inlet State Park for last week. These numbers are within the boundaries of the State Park, only three miles! Rangers O'Toole and Perry keep us updated with the latest numbers, many thanks to these two long time, dedicated rangers. See photo two.






Charlie Bosco of Melbourne Beach with a huge 46" C/R Snook.

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07-18-17 TUESDAY: SPANISH MACKEREL, JACKS, MANGROVE SNAPPER, BLUE RUNNERS AND REDS

Please send your fishing photos, updates and inquiries to nmaxwell@sitd.us. This is a temporary solution while we are upgrading and modernizing our web site. We hope to bring our readers a more comprehensive, user friendly, mobile ready site!

We have a still morning at the inlet which makes it seem hotter! Also, no wind = no see 'ums, be sure to take insect repellent with you if you head to the inlet today. Winds are predicted to pick up a little in the afternoon and shift to the Southeast. There is a light chop on the water, we have no NOAA advisories.

Sarah Sams at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports a lot of bait schools swimming around both jetties. That is good for bringing in the bigger fish that prey on them. Spanish Mackerel are still active as are Mangrove Snapper, Jacks and Blue Runners. Reds have been hitting on the outgoing tide and C/R Snook are hungry. This is snook spawning season and its best not to target them as the fight exhausts the fish but there are times you just can't keep them off the line! If that is the case, please handle these breeders with special care. See the top right corner of this page for catch and release information.

Our first photo features inlet regular Paul Szoke of Palm Bay. Paul landed his Spanish Mackerel from the north jetty in early July. Nice catches Paul!

Photo two is of another inlet regular (when he's not traveling the globe) Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach. Mike landed his Mackerel on the same day. The bite was hot that day!!

Send in your photos and fishing updates!





Paul Szoke of Palm Bay with a couple of Spanish Mackerel.

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07-14-17 FRIDAY: THE BITE IS PICKING UP!

Please send your fishing photos, updates and inquiries to nmaxwell@sitd.us. This is a temporary solution while we are upgrading and modernizing our web site. We hope to bring our readers a more comprehensive, user friendly, mobile ready site!

We have some black clouds hanging offshore and spotty rain at the inlet this morning. Winds are blowing out of the East at 6 mph, gusting 11 and there is a moderate chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories this morning, slight chances of showers and thunderstorms will exist through the weekend.

There is a lot of bait in the water which is attracting the predators. Summer Snapper have been showing up, to the delight of our jetty anglers. Spanish Mackerel are zipping around, a few Lookdowns and Blue Runners round out the catches from the jetties. Anglers fishing the surf earlier in the week had good luck with Tarpon, Sharks and Spanish Mackerel. The flats are holding decent sized Trout and Tarpon, especially in the canals. Get out and wet a line this weekend!

Our photos today are courtesy of Mari Bennett of Satellite Beach. Mari, her husband Matt and friends Art Goodlick and Jordy went offshore last weekend and had a good day on the water. Photo one features the trio with a pretty little Silky Shark they landed and released. The men found an awesome weedline about 30 miles out and began trolling in 180' of water. Photo two is of one of the three Dolphin they landed that day. What a beautiful catch Matt!

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

We received the turtle nest numbers from SISP Rangers Terry O'Toole and Ed Perry for last week. The numbers represent the number of nests just within the three mile boundary of the State Park. It looks like the Park is having another great year! Thank you Rangers O'Toole and Perry, we love sharing the great news! See photo three.








Matt Bennett, Art Goodlick and Jordy with a C/R Silky Shark.

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07-13-17 THURSDAY: SPANISH MACKEREL, MANGROVE SNAPPER, LOOKDOWNS, TARPON AND SHARKS

Please send your fishing photos, updates and inquiries to nmaxwell@sitd.us.

Winds are blowing out of the East at 8 mph, gusting 10 and there is a moderate chop on the water. Although there are no NOAA advisories this morning, chances of showers and thunderstorms exist.

Spanish Mackerel, Lookdowns and Mangrove Snapper are coming over the rails of the jetties. Although the ocean is churned up today, our surf fishermen have been having luck with Tarpon, Sharks, Croaker and Whiting. Get out and try your luck!

Our first photo today features young William Koskovich of W. Melbourne with his first Snook! William landed the C/R Snook while free lining a live greenie off the north jetty on July 3rd. The Snook was carefully released after the photo. Nice job William!

Photo two features Ryan Speckl from Colorado with a monster C/R Snook he landed off the south jetty Wednesday morning. Ryan was using medium sized mojarra on the outgoing tide with a small split shot. Ryan said they were chasing bait right up to the rocks and hitting at the last second. A few other folks were using pigfish but they came up with catfish! Ryan didn't bother measuring it as he wanted to get the fish back into the water as soon as possible. The big breeder was safely released right after the photo!

Send in your fishing 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.





William Koskovich of W. Melbourne with his first C/R Snook!

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07-12-17 WEDNESDAY: SPANISH MACKEREL, MANGROVE SNAPPER, LOOKDOWNS, JACKS AND BLUE RUNNERS

Please send your fishing photos, updates and inquiries to nmaxwell@sitd.us.

Winds are blowing out of the Northeast at 3 mph gusting to 5 and there is a moderate chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories this morning but we have a chance of scattered showers today.

We are seeing the same cast of characters come over the rails of the jetties. Spanish Mackerel are still active, although it's getting late in the season for them. The macks should finish their northerly migration by the end of the month. The huge schools of greenies could entice them to stick around a little longer! Greenies and Gotcha lures are the preferred baits for Spanish Mackerel. Mangrove Snapper are getting more active and we are seeing a few Lookdowns and Jacks in the mix. Tarpon are active along the beaches as well as migrating Sharks and Bonito. Get out and wet a line!

Our photos today are courtesy of Bill Russell of Sebastian. Bill, his neighbor Sid Golliher and Presley Moses went offshore over the July 4th holiday weekend. The trio fished all day and they had an awesome day on the water catching a good variety of snapper including Lane, Red and Vermilion along with Sea Bass. Presley landed his first Red Snapper that was returned to the water to be caught another day. Photo one is of Sid Golliher with a C/R Red Snapper and photo two is of Sid with a Lane Snapper that was landed by Presley. Sounds like a great day on the water gentlemen, thanks Bill!

Send in your fishing 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.








Sid Golliher of Sebastian with a C/R Red Snapper.

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07-11-17 TUESDAY: SPANISH MACKEREL, SNAPPER, JACKS, REDS AND BLUE RUNNERS

Please send your fishing photos, updates and inquiries to nmaxwell@sitd.us.

Winds are blowing out of the East-Northeast at 1 mph this morning and gusting to 2. There is a light chop on the water. Boating conditions are good but always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating. There are no NOAA advisories this morning but we have a slight chance of afternoon showers.

Sarah Sams at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports a lot of greenies and other bait fish in the water which are attracting Spanish Mackerel, Snapper, Jacks, Blue Runners and Reds. A few Tarpon can be spotted rolling along the troughs of the beaches. Croaker and Whiting have also been active in the surf. Get out and try your luck!

Our first photo today features 11 year old Ethan Ross of Atlanta, GA. Ethan was fishing the south jetty using a Gotcha lure when he landed the Jack Crevalle in the photo. He also landed a small Barracuda using the same lure. Nice job Ethan!

Photo two features Luke Vila of Kissimmee with a small Bull Shark he landed in the Indian River last week. Luke was using a whole, live Ladyfish when this Shark hit around 3:00 a.m. Luke released the Shark to fight another day. Way to go Luke.

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.








Ethan Ross of Atlanta with a Jack Crevalle.

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07-10-17 MONDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, SPANISH MACKEREL, BLUE RUNNERS, REDS AND JACKS

Please send your fishing photos, updates and inquiries to nmaxwell@sitd.us.

Winds are blowing out of the East-Southeast at 2 mph this morning and gusting to 4. 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.

Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported a decent bite over the weekend. The summer Snapper have been keeping anglers busy along with Spanish Mackerel, Blue Runners, Reds and Jacks. We have a lot of greenies and glass minnows swimming around the jetties. Thanks Tommy!

Our first photo today features Nelson of Kissimmee. Nelson landed the 38" C/R Tarpon off the north jetty on July 2nd. He was using a Gulp white pearl swimming mullet to get the attention of this big fish. Nelson carefully released the Tarpon unharmed after the photo. Tarpon rules are very strict, see the top right corner for FWC regulations on all saltwater species. Nice catch Nelson!

Photo two features inlet regular Wes Szuba of Sebastian. Wes landed his Spanish Mackerel off the north jetty last week. Nice catch Wes!

Send in your fishing photos and updates!





Nelson of Kissimmee with a 38" C/R Tarpon.

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