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03-04-15 WEDNESDAY: SPOTTY BITE

We have another beautiful morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South-Southeast at 5 mph, gusting to 6 and there is a moderate chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories this morning. We have abundant sunshine forecasted for today, get out and wet a line!

We've been seeing spotty action at the inlet. Fish come and go, some of them bite. A smattering of Speckled Trout, Sheepshead, Snook, Black Drum, Reds, Snapper and few Pompano round out the mix. Winter is on its way out and we will see the spring migration soon, better days are coming anglers.

Our first photo today is courtesy of Keith Cole of Merritt Island. Keith fished the tip of the south jetty on Sunday morning in rough conditions. Keith reported four rain storms that morning and rough seas, but apparently it didn't bother the fish as he did quite well, the bite turned on about 10:00 a.m. and didn't stop until he ran out of bait at 12:30 p.m. The Pompano and Sheepshead were landed on shrimp on the ocean side of the jetty and he used frozen finger mullet to land the Blues and Flounder. Nice catches Keith!

Luke Vila and Justin Mitchell of Kissimmee fished the mangroves on the shoreline Thursday evening and landed and released Blues and Mangrove Snapper. See photo two.

Send in your photos and fishing updates!

A Ranger guided kayak/canoe/sunset/night tour from Campbell's Cove will take place from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 5th. Meet at the State Park Inlet Marina one mile north of the Park. Call ahead for verification, 321-724-5424 as the event is weather dependent.






Keith Cole of Merritt Island's Sunday morning catches.

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03-03-15 TUESDAY: SNOOK, REDS, BLACK DRUM, BLUES, TROUT, SHAEPSHEAD AND POMPANO

It's a gorgeous morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the North at 4 mph, gusting to 5 and there is a light chop on the water. Although the forecast is calling for a partly cloudy day today, we have bright blue skies this morning. There are no NOAA advisories at this time.

Fishing remains hit or miss, some real nice fish have presented themselves to our more patient (or lucky) anglers. A little bit of everything has been coming over the rails of the north jetty. We've seen more Snook lately along with Reds, Blues, Sheepshead, Pompano, Black Drum and Spotted Trout making appearances at the inlet.

We are featuring Josh Simmonds of the United Kingdom again today. Josh and two friends came a long way to fish the Sebastian Inlet and did quite well, considering the circumstances of cold, windy conditions. Josh is featured with a large, C/R Snook that was released unharmed right after the photo. Nice catch Josh!

Send your fishing photos and updates, give us as much information as you can, inquiring minds want to know!

FYI: The 4th Annual Melbourne Beach Women's Fishing Clinic has reached capacity. I hope all of you who wanted to attend were able to sign up!



Josh Simmonds of the United Kingdom with a large C/R Snook.
03-02-15 MONDAY: SPORADIC HITS OF TROUT, BLUES, BLACK DRUM, REDS, SNOOK, SHEEPSHEAD AND POMPANO

We have thick fog at the inlet this morning; we expect it to burn off later this morning bringing us a mix of sun and clouds. Winds are blowing out of the North at 11 mph, gusting to 13 and there is a light chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories this morning.

Tommy Turwoski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported a fair weekend for our anglers. Quite a few Trout and Blues were landed along with Snook, Reds, Sheepshead, Black Drum and a few Pompano, but nothing in large numbers. Thanks Tommy!

Our angler of the day is Josh Simmonds of the United Kingdom. Josh and 2 friends flew for ten hours and drove for four hours to fish the Sebastian Inlet to fish the inlet for a week. Josh reported that he met some amazing people and experienced some great fishing despite Florida's coldest winter in quite some time. Josh and his friends are looking forward to another visit next year! Josh landed some nice catches off the north jetty and today we are featuring a large C/R Redfish that was returned to the water unharmed right after the photo. Beautiful catch Josh!

Send in your photos and fishing updates!

A Ranger guided kayak/canoe/sunset/night tour from Campbell's Cove will take place from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 5th. Meet at the State Park Inlet Marina one mile north of the Park. Call ahead for verification, 321-724-5424 as the event is weather dependent.



Josh Simmonds of the United Kingdom with a large C/R Red.
02-27-15 FRIDAY: SLOW ACTION

We thought spring was right around the corner, but it doesn't feel like it today. Winds are blowing out of the North-Northwest at 17 mph, gusting to 25 and it's chilly out on the jetties. The skies are gray and cloudy and it's expected to stay that way throughout the day. NOAA has issued a small craft advisory for winds in effect this evening and a small craft advisory this evening through Sunday evening. It looks like our boaters will probably stay at the dock this weekend.

We are still experiencing a slow bite at the inlet. A smattering of Snook, Reds, Blues, Pompano, Black Drum, Sheepshead and Trout are making sporadic appearances but overall, luck is playing a big part. The first two hours of the incoming or outgoing tide seem to be the most productive. We spoke with Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop and he did get some live shrimp delivered yesterday. Shrimp were scarce earlier this week due to the cold weather.

Our first photo today is courtesy of Pete Ghirghi of Winter Park. Pete sent in this photo of his 17 year old son, Nick who landed this beautiful Redfish on a chilly February night. This nice Red hit a live shrimp and was quickly released unharmed to fight another day. Nick and his Dad love to fish the inlet whenever they get the chance. Great catch Nick!

Our second photo is courtesy of Sally Baughman of Jackson Hole, WY. Sally took this great shot of a young couple with their catches of a lifetime. Congratulations!

Have a great weekend and please send in your photos and fishing updates!

A Ranger guided kayak/canoe/sunset/night tour from Campbell's Cove will take place from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 5th. Meet at the State Park Inlet Marina one mile north of the Park. Call ahead for verification, 321-724-5424 event is weather dependent. Check the Sebastian Inlet State Park web site for information on upcoming events at www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet










Nick Ghirghi of Winter Park with a real nice C/R Redfish.

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02-26-15 THURSDAY: CLOUDY, RAINY AND WINDY CONDITIONS

We have we heavy, gray clouds hanging over the inlet this morning. Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 17 mph, gusting to 22 and there is a moderate chop on the water. The forecast is calling for a day of clouds and potential rain. Sometimes the fish bite best in this kind of weather, throw on a rain coat and head to the inlet!

We don't have many folks out fishing this morning but Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported that there have been varied, scattered species landed. Black Drum, Reds, Snook, Trout, Sheepshead and small Blues have been landed from the north jetty and loads of Pompano were landed off the beaches the past couple of days, but all he saw were undersized and returned. Thanks Tommy!

Our angler of the day is Jim Stafford of Jackson Hole, WY with a beautiful slot Snook he landed on President's Day using live shrimp. Beautiful catch Jim!

All of our photos today are courtesy of Sally Baughman of Jackson Hole, WY. Sally not only took the photo of Jim Stafford, but also provided the next two photos of some boaters cast netting near the north jetty. The second photo is of a real nice throw and the third is of them bringing in their bait. Great shots Sally!

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The Friends of the Sebastian Inlet State Park has resumed 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 Friday, March 6, 2015, the band St. John's Wood will perform. The five piece band will transport you back to the 1960's British Invasion with music by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Zombies, Animals, David Bowie, Eric Clapton and many more. Bring chairs and kick back under a big moon and listen to some great tunes! The concert is free but Park entry fees apply.








Jim Stafford, Jr. of Jackson Hole, WY with a Presidential Snook.

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02-25-15 WEDNESDAY: TROUT, BLACK DRUM, SHEEPSHEAD, BLUES, SNOOK, POMPANO AND WHITING

We have gray, cloudy skies over the inlet this morning and it's not expected to get much better through the day. This morning we have a steady wind blowing out of the North-Northeast at 7 mph and the water is choppy. Winds are expected to increase this afternoon and NOAA has issued a small craft advisory for winds in effect from this evening through Thursday morning.

The good news is that the water temperature has risen a few degrees over the past day and hopefully that trend will continue. Spotty catches of Snook, Black Drum, Sheepshead, small Blues, Trout and a few Pompano and Whiting have been landed in the surf over the past few days. We understand that inlet regulars Chuck Fischer of Satellite Beach and Tony Swiderski of Sebastian both landed slot Snook off the north jetty on Monday. Very nice gentlemen, things are looking up anglers!

Our angler of the day is Lisa Morely of Newport News, VA. Lisa and her husband were happy to escape the snow for a few days for a trip to the inlet. Lisa landed a 16" Black Drum, her first! Way to go Lisa!

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SIR ROBERT MARX TO SPEAK AT SEBASTIAN INLET STATE PARK
--Presentation will highlight 1715 Fleet history and the search along the Treasure Coast

In July 1715, a fleet of Spanish Galleons off the Florida coastline was struck by a fierce hurricane. Blown landward, the wrecked galleons strewed their riches along the sandy shores. Join us as we commemorate the 300-year-old event in history that gave the Treasure Coast its name. Robert (Bob) Marx will narrate a slide presentation titled The Quest for the Queen of Spain's Priceless Jewels. Marx is a pioneer American scuba diver who began his career as a diving specialist in the US Marine Corps in 1953. Since 1960 he has worked in the archives and libraries of more than 40 countries and spent over two years in the Archivo de las Indias in Seville, Spain; the main repository for researching Spain's fascinating maritime history. Marx has authored 64 books about diving and shipwrecks around the world. Regular park entry fees apply; $4/person, or $8/carload (up to 8 in a vehicle), whichever is less.

Saturday March 21st
11:00 a.m. - Noon
Inlet Grill & Gifts
(inside) Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 South Highway A1A
Melbourne Beach, Florida




Lisa Morely of New Port News, VA with a 16" Black Drum.

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02-24-15 TUESDAY: SPOTTY CATCHES OF SNOOK, TROUT, SHEEPSHEAD, BLACK DRUM AND POMPANO

What a beautiful morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the West at 4 mph, gusting to 6 and there is a light chop on the water. It looks like a great day to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather and with a little luck maybe even catch a fish!

Fishing has picked up a little. We've seen more activity over the past few days with catches of Trout, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Snook and Pompano but catches remain spotty. It's all about being at the right place at the right time. Spring is right around the corner and we should start seeing the action increase soon.

Our photo today is courtesy of Sally Baughman of Jackson Hole, WY. Sally took this shot of Jim Stafford of Jackson Hole measuring a Snook he landed on live pinfish yesterday. Unfortunately for Jim the Snook was over the slot and was returned to the water to fight another day. Nice catch Jim!

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On Wednesdays you can join knowledgeable Rangers for a guided kayak tour at 1:00 from Campbell's Cove near the Sebastian Inlet. Learn about the Indian River Lagoon and the plants and animals that call it home. Participants can bring their own kayak or reserve one from the Inlet Marina for a rental fee of $20/2 hours, for a single or double watercraft, life jackets and paddles included. Personal watercrafts pay a launch fee of $3.00. Meet 1 mile north of Sebastian Inlet, turn west at the large brown state park sign and follow the dirt road to the Inlet Marina. Program status is dependent on weather conditions, please call ahead of time the verify status. For more information on Park activities, visit their web site at ww.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet.





Jim Stafford of Jackson Hole, WY measures a C/R Snook.
02-23-15 MONDAY: SMALL BLUES, SNOOK, SHEEPSHEAD AND DRUM

While the weather warmed up over the weekend for the anglers, the water temperature remains a chilly 63 degrees. This has caused a real problem for the bait shrimp harvesters. The shrimp have buried up around the State making them scarce to net. The lack of live shrimp for bait have forced anglers to resort to other offerings. Reports from the weekend include an 8 lb. Spotted Seatrout caught on a plug. Also, a huge (50 lb. range) Snook was hauled in on a plug and released. A few big Reds are hitting plugs as well.

For those able to find and capture a few Pinfish, these baits are attracting Snook and Reds. With no shrimp in the tank, frozen bait is the old reliable. There have been a good number of Sheepshead and Drum caught on the frozen stuff.

Today's photo is proof that frozen clams can provide a good response. Val Wallace caught this Pompano in the surf on Sunday as well as some good Whiting. Way to go Val!

Val Wallace with a nice Pompano!

 
 
 
 

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