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08-03-15 MONDAY: SLOW BITE....

Winds are blowing out of the South at 10 mph and gusting to 15 this morning. We have a moderate chop on the water with a good chance of showers and thunderstorms today. The water is still chilly.

Fishing remains on the slow side even though a good amount of bait is in the water. Greenies, mojarra and a few silver mullet are swimming around both jetties but the fish just aren't biting well. This time of year is always slow and we aren't surprised by the lack of activity. Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported Snapper, a few oversized Reds and Jacks were biting in small numbers over the weekend. Schools of Bonito and Spanish Mackerel were out of casting range for the jetty anglers but some of the boats were picking up a few.

Our photo today features Adam and Tanner Panzella. The pair used a chunk of Spanish Mackerel to shark fish when this large and slimy Moray Eel picked it up for breakfast. They released the eel right after the photo. The eel's jaws are very strong and can take off a finger if not held properly, nice handling Adam. This unusual catch may be our first Moray Eel on the fishing report, thanks for sharing!

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Adam and Tanner Panzella with a large Moray Eel.
07-31-15 TGIF! JACK, SNAPPER AND SNOOK

Inlet anglers can expect more showers throughout the day with the chance of rain standing at 70%. Winds will remain southerly gusting to 15 mph. For the boaters, NWS is predicting numerous offshore, moving squalls and thunderstorms. Seas will be 3 to 4 feet. Right now, Saturday and Sunday's forecast looks mostly soggy as well.

Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop's Tommy Turowski says it's another quiet morning at the channel. For the most part, the bite has been slow but some jack, snapper and C/R snook are finding their way over the rails. Once again, the greenies and mojarra are plentiful.

Today's featured angler is Bee Nguyen. Bee fished at the Inlet last Sunday and reported that snappers were biting big time. He and his two buddies caught their bag limit in just one hour. Bee credited most of their snapper success to the use of light tackle.

Keep your photos and updates coming!


07-30-15 THURSDAY: JACKS, REDS AND SNAPPER

In between the partly sunny skies, anglers can expect more showers and thunderstorms today at the Inlet likely after 11 A.M. The chance of precipitation stands at 60%. West southwest winds will predominate at around 5 to 15 mph. The seas will be 2 to 3 feet with a light chop on the intracoastal. Fortunately, there are no NOAA advisories posted at this time.

Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop's Tommy Turowski reports a quiet morning on the jetty with a fair bite from some jacks, snapper and some big Reds on the outgoing tide. Tommy says greenies, mojarra and silver mullet continue to keep the bait buckets full.

Earlier this week Sebastian Inlet Fishing Report regular, Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach, fished the north jetty in the A.M. and reported about a dozen snapper coming over the rails. Two of the successful anglers that morning included Sebastian's Tony Swiderski who landed his limit of mangrove snapper, and Chuck Fischer of Satellite Beach who caught one snapper and one spot. Mike said a few boats landed a couple of C/R snook and one angler casting plugs on the outgoing tide by the buoys hooked up with an oversized red. Mike also noted abundant greenies and mojarra in the tide pool.

Today's photo is from Sebastian Inlet State Park Ranger Ed Perry. Ed captured this green turtle returning to the water early one morning at the park.

Remember, today is the last day of the two-day, 2015 spiny lobster recreational sport season. For more information on the lobster season visit http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/111ae1b

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Green turtle at Sebastian Inlet State Park trekking back to the sea.
07-29-15 WEDNESDAY: LOBSTER MINI-SEASON IS TODAY AND TOMORROW!

It's very nice at the inlet this morning. We have winds blowing out of the West-Southwest at 6 mph, gusting to 10 and the water is very calm. Winds are expected to increase this afternoon and we have a good chance of rain. We have cloud cover over the inlet this morning which keeps our inlet anglers from getting beat up by the sun, but could impede our lobster divers today.

We reached into the archives for today's photo to celebrate the two day lobster mini-season which starts today and ends tomorrow. Regular season starts August 6th and runs through March 31, 2016. Randy Dudley of Indialantic caught this 7 lb. lobster in 2011. What a monster!

See below for new "trial" rules for the 2015 mini-season:

At its June meeting in Sarasota, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 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




2011 photo of Randy Dudley of Indialantic with a 7 lb. lobster!
07-28-15 TUESDAY: A FEW MANGROVE SNAPPER

We have another lovely summer morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 14 mph, gusting to 18 which keeps the no see 'ums away and helps keep our inlet anglers cooled off. We have summer showers and thunderstorms in the forecast as usual, so keep it in mind when heading to the inlet.

We don't have many anglers out on the jetties this morning as fishing remains slow. We received an update from inlet regular Mike Ricciardi who reported this morning was very nice out on the north jetty but the bite is slow. Inlet regulars Chuck Fischer of Satellite Beach and Tony Swiderski of Sebastian landed a few Mangrove Snapper on the end of the incoming tide. A couple of young men were sight casting plugs to a school of Reds from the sea wall but they couldn't get them to bite. There's plenty of bait in the water but Barracuda are keeping the Mackerel and Bonito away. Mike's neighbor Bob Green landed a real nice 20" Mutton Snapper off the south beach last Friday. Nice going Bob!

Our angler of the day is Tiffany DeZayas. Tiffany landed this Jack while drifting the inlet. Nice catch Tiffany.

Send in your fishing updates and interesting photos from the inlet. Please take your photos at the inlet!


Tiffany DeZayas with a Jack.
07-27-15 MONDAY: JACKS, REDS, SNAPPER, C/R SNOOK AND BONITO

ALL PORTIONS OF OUR WEB CAM ARE OPERATIONAL ONCE AGAIN; THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

We have a nice breeze this morning which is helping keep things cool out on the jetties. Winds are blowing out of the South-Southwest at 11 mph and there is a light chop on the water. We have showers and thunderstorms in the forecast, which is typical for this time of year. Rain has the water looking a little murky.

This morning big Jacks are hitting along with a few big Reds according to Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. Tommy reported a few Snapper came over the rails over the weekend. C/R Snook, Bonito and Barracuda are out there as well. Thanks Tommy!

Our photo today is courtesy of SISP Ranger Ed Perry. Ranger Perry took this nice shot of a mama Loggerhead returning to the ocean after laying her eggs. Beautiful shot Ranger Perry!

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Mama Loggerhead returning to the sea after nesting.
07-24-15 FRIDAY: BONITO, JACKS, SNAPPER, REDS AND C/R SNOOK IN SMALL NUMBERS

WE HAVE A SERVICE TECHNICIAN SCHEDULED TO REPAIR THE WEATHER PORTIONS OF THE WEB CAM TODAY. IF THERE ARE NO UNFORESEEN PROBLEMS, THE WEB CAM WILL BE FUNCTIONING 100% FOR THE WEEKEND. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

Winds are blowing out of the West-Southwest at 6 mph this morning and the water has a light chop. We have a decent boating forecast for the weekend but as usual, showers and storms are predicted. Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating as conditions can change very quickly.

Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported a quite a few Bonito in the water along with a few Jacks, Snapper, C/R Snook and Reds. A couple of Barracuda are patrolling the north jetty and they tend to keep fish away. No see 'ums are out and biting this morning, be sure to take insect repellent if your head to the inlet!

Our angler of the day is Walt Eldon of Indian Harbour Beach. Walt was surf fishing using a gator spoon when he found a large school of Reds feeding on menhaden. Walt landed five big Reds, up to 30 lbs.! All the Reds were released unharmed. Nice going Walt!

Our second photo today is courtesy of SISP Ranger Ed Perry. This Loggerhead Turtle is taking one last look around before she heads back to the Atlantic after nesting. Nice photo Ranger Perry, thanks for sharing!

Have a great weekend and be sure to send in your updates and interesting photos from the inlet!






Walt Eldon of Indian Harbour Beach with a large C/R Red.

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07-23-15 THURSDAY: SMALL NUMBER OF REDS, C/R SNOOK, SNAPPER, BONITO AND JACKS

We have a technician scheduled to repair the web cam weather portions tomorrow, so hopefully it will be running 100% for the weekend. Thank you for your patience.

We have another lovely morning at the inlet. It's hot and humid but it's not as bad as a lot of other places around the country. We have that nice sea breeze blowing at 8 mph out of the West-Southwest this morning which is keeping our inlet anglers a little bit cooler. There is a light chop on the water. We are experiencing typical summer weather patterns and unless there is a tropical disturbance we can expect more of the same. Late afternoon showers and thunderstorms are the norm, so expect more of those too.

Fishing is slower this time of year; it's as predictable as the weather patterns. We see scattered species in small numbers. Even though there are baitfish in the water, the bite remains slow. A smattering of Snapper, Reds, C/R Snook, Bonito, Little Tunny and Mackerel have been landed but Jacks seem to be the most active. Anglers fishing from a vessel have better luck by going to find the fish hide outs. Shore-based anglers are not as fortunate. No matter, get out and enjoy the fresh air and beauty of the outdoors!

Our angler of the day is Bill Hufford. Bill landed this big 36" C/R Snook while fishing the inlet. The nice Snook was released right after the photo. Nice catch Bill!

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Bill Hufford with a 36" C/R Snook.
07-22-15 WEDNESDAY: JACKS, BONITO, C/R SNOOK, REDS AND SNAPPER

What a beautiful summer morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the West-Southwest at 8 mph and the water is clean and calm.

The action has been slow. Jacks, Bonito, C/R Snook, Reds and Snapper are out there but the hits are few and far between.

Our angler of the day is Brandon McIntyre. Brandon fished the inlet over the weekend and confirmed the slow bite. Brandon was using pogies and live shrimp and even though it was slow he managed to hook up a small Shark in the mid afternoon. Right after that, this good sized Little Tunny swallowed the bait and put up a fun fight. Nice catch Brandon!

With Lobster "mini-season" approaching July 29 - 30 and regular season staring August 6, 2015 the FWC has come up with a new trial program:

At its June meeting in Sarasota, the 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

Send in your updates and interesting photos from the inlet!


Brandon McIntyre with a Little Tunny.
07-21-15 TUESDAY: FISHING REMAINS SLOW

Our wind gauge and weather information page are down. We are addressing the issue and hopefully we will have them both updating soon. The live feed and web cam photos are current.

It's a beautiful morning at the inlet! This morning winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 8 mph and there is a light chop on the water. Fishing remains slow. Jacks, a few Snapper, Reds and C/R Snook have been biting inconsistently. There are greenies and mojarra schooling around the jetties but there's not a lot of activity.

Our angler of the day is Bee Nguyen. Bee had family members who were visiting from California so they went to the inlet for a fun day of fishing and swimming in the crystal clear water. They all had a wonderful time. Bee landed the big Jack in our photo today when he tossed a shrimp into a school of mullet. Nice catch Bee!

Summertime is boating time! 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.

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Bee Nguyen with a large Jack.

 
 
 
 

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