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We have a beautiful morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the North-northeast at 8mph, gusting to 10 and there is a moderate chop on the water. The forecast is for a mostly sunny day today with showers and thunderstorms predicted for Thursday and Friday. A cold front is predicted to move in over the weekend which could dry things up and give the boaters an opportunity to get off the dock. Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating.

We're seeing some nice catches in the Lagoon including good sized Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, Bluefish, Big Jacks, Reds, Snook, Sheepshead, Black Drum and Trout. Most of those species can be landed off both jetties the T-Dock, beaches, inlet rocks and shoreline as well. Fishing is at its peak this time of year, get out and wet a line!

Our first three photos today are courtesy of Tina Vick of Dandrige TN. Tina was here with family a couple of weeks ago and had an opportunity to get out and fish the inlet. Although conditions were less than desirable, the fish were biting and great time was had by all. Our first photo features Tina with a 20 lb. Jack Crevalle that probably put up a fantastic fight! Photo two features Brooks Vick of Dandridge with a 31" slot Snook and photo three features Stephen Vick with a big, 24 lb. Redfish! Nice catches Vick family!

Photo four features inlet regular Bill Hillman of Kissimmee. Bill landed his nice 31" slot Snook while free lining live shrimp. Way to go Bill!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a safe holiday weekend. The District office will be closed until Monday. The Sebastian Inlet State Park will be open 24/7 as usual.

Park Info: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Sebastian Inlet State Park will hold the next show in the Night Sounds concert series on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Hosted by the Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park, the concert will showcase recording artist Rod MacDonald. Rod MacDonald is a folk singer and songwriter, novelist, and educator. Since the mid-seventies he has released 11 solo recordings in the United States, 8 in Europe, and 21 songs with Smithsonian Folkways. His CD "Later that Night" reached the top ten in national folk music charts in 2014. His songs possess words that go straight into your heart and soul. The concert is free with regular park admission. For more information about the concert please call (321) 984-4852 or visit http://www.rodmacdonald.net or www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet.

Tina Vick of Dandridge, TN with a big 20 lb. Jack.

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The wind is back and so is the bite. We have Northeast winds blowing at 17 mph, gusting to 21 and the water is choppy. Over the weekend the wind settled down but the bite turned off. We received a couple of updates from inlet regulars who reported the slow bite. Tiffany Kelley of Ocoee was on the north jetty Saturday from 6:00 a.m until 2:00 when they went over to the T-Dock and it was slow there as well. She saw a few Pompano and Jacks, Snook were hit or miss. There was a 30 minute flurry of activity when a school of Reds came through and the same with Black Drum, just a short window and they were gone. Tiffany said it was such a beautiful day; they still had a great time! Thanks Tiffany!

We have heard from a few folks who've been fishing the Indian River Lagoon and have had success with good sized Pompano, Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish!

Tony Skinner and his son of Orlando came over to fish the inlet last weekend and although the wind and spray were gnarly, they toughed it out, took about and hour to net some bait south of the inlet and they finally got to fish. They fished the catwalk and about an hour after sunset, Tony landed a short Snook that was returned. A fat little mojarra made a nice meal for the 30" slot Snook in our first photo. Nice catch Tony!

Al Rodriguez is featured in our second photo today. Al landed this huge C/R Red from the north jetty. What a beast!

Photo three features Allyn Toth with her very first Bluefish she landed in the IRL on a Vudu mullet. Nice catch Allyn!

Photo four is courtesy of Tiffany Kelley, sunrise on the north jetty.

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Tony Skinner of Orlando with a 30" slot Snook.

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We have high winds to contend with at the inlet this morning. Winds are blowing out of the North at 20 mph, gusting to 25 and the water is choppy. NOAA is calling for small craft to exercise caution. Boating conditions are predicted to improve through the weekend but seas may remain high. Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating. Our small inlet can be tough to navigate. For boating tips please see the upper right hand corner of this page. You will also find FWC regulations, catch and release handling and photographing and jetty etiquette. Knowing these things can improve your fishing experience as well as those around you.

The fish have been biting in spite of the rough waters, if you're brave enough to toss a line out. Drum have a tendency to like the churning conditions, both Red and Black. Black Drum love the stinky baits, including dead shrimp, fresh clams or artificials tipped with the same. If using fresh clams, PLEASE toss your clam shells into the water. One of our favorite fall and winter species are becoming active, Sheepshead are being landed from both catwalks and the T-Dock. Sheepshead love structure and fishing near pilings, fenders and docks can be productive this time of year. Use any type of crustacean for this delicious species. As our water temperature begins to drop we can expect to see the big Blues moving in as well.

Our photos today are courtesy of Tyrone of Palm Bay. Tyrone and his three sons fished the north jetty last Friday and even with the strong winds and large clumps of seaweed in the water, they managed to land a few nice fish using sand fleas. Son, 8 year old Malachi is featured in our first photo with his largest catch to date, a 27" slot Red. Excellent job Malachi! Our second photo features 10 year old Elijah with a 12" Pompano, very nice! The last photo if of all three boys discussing their fishing techniques. Thanks Tyrone, we love to see young men out fishing and learning environmental stewardship!

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

Park events: Surf Fishing Workshop November 18th from 1:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Surf fishing class designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing. Discussions center on the equipment needed to enjoy a productive surf fishing day at the beach. Topics include rod and reel selection, standard pompano rig, choosing bait and more. Anglers should bring a pen/pencil and something to write on. Meet at the Sebastian Fishing Museum.

Malachi of Palm Bay with a 27" Red.

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We are still experiencing high winds and rough waters at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the North-northeast at 23 mph and gusting to 26. NOAA has a small craft advisory in effect through Thursday evening. Poor to hazardous boating conditions for small craft will continue through the week. Winds should begin to subside on Saturday although seas are forecasted to remain high. Boaters may have a slight chance of getting out on Sunday but always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating as conditions can change very quickly.

We received an update from Tiffany Kelley of Ocoee who confirmed the rough conditions on Saturday. Tiffany and Felipe Gonzalez drove over from Ocoee to fish the north jetty. They saw Reds, Snook, Jacks, Lookdowns, Black Drum and Pompano coming over the rails. Tiffany landed a Snook that was just shy of the slot and returned it after a quick photo. Rain was coming down off and on all day but the afternoon turned very rough and she said it looked like a scene out of "Deadliest Catch"! It was tough keeping their footing as the waves crashed over the jetty and she only got one photo before she had to put her phone away to keep it dry. The bite was good, so they stayed until the Park closed the jetty then moved to the T-Dock where they landed Sheepshead and Jacks. After a few hours of fishing in heavy rain, they packed up around 8:00 p.m. and took home a nice variety of species. Thanks for the update and photo Tiffany!

Photos two and three feature Allan Noel of Melbourne with a couple of nice catches he landed November 5th. Although conditions were rough and seaweed was thick, the bite was good. Allan landed the nice 21" Black Drum in photo two and the 31" slot Snook in photo three. Very nice!

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Park events: Surf Fishing Workshop November 18th from 1:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Surf fishing class designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing. Discussions center on the equipment needed to enjoy a productive surf fishing day at the beach. Topics include rod and reel selection, standard pompano rig, choosing bait and more. Anglers should bring a pen/pencil and something to write on. Meet at the Sebastian Fishing Museum.

Tiffany Kelley of Ocoee with a short C/R Snook.

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We had a pretty rough weekend at the inlet for fishing and boating. High winds sent waves crashing over the north jetty and through the grates; the State Park made the decision to close the jetty to fishing Saturday and Sunday evenings for public safety. Keep in mind that if north jetty is closed, there are still plenty of places to fish at Sebastian Inlet!

In spite of the blown out conditions, fish continued to bite. Big Reds were hitting as were Spanish Mackerel, big Jacks and few Pompano were in the mix as well.

Our angler of the day is Johnny Fernandes of New Bedford, MA. Johnny was here last winter when he landed this big Jack off the north jetty. Johnny can't wait to get back to some inlet fishing! Nice catch Johnny!

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Johnny Fernandes of New Bedford, MA with a big Jack.


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