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06-29-16 WEDNESDAY: THE BITE IS FAIR

It's a beautiful morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 5 mph, gusting to 7 and the water is calm. Winds will shift to the Southeast this afternoon and we have a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. There are no NOAA advisories this morning.

We have a good amount of bait in the water, particularly running along the beaches. The water clears up a little more each day but the outgoing tide is still on the murky side. The incoming cleans it up and that seems to be when the Mangrove Snapper bite turns on. We aren't seeing a huge number of fish but we are seeing variety. Catch and release Snook, oversized Reds, Lookdowns, Margate, Sand Perch and Whiting in small numbers have been coming over the rails.

Our angler of the day is Don Welch of Sebastian. Don fished the north jetty last Friday morning when he landed his 14" Mangrove Snapper using mojarra. The wind was so still that morning, it was a scorcher! Not much came over the rails until the tide switched to incoming, when Don landed this nice fish. Sweet catch Don!

Send us your fishing photos and updates. Any offshore reports? We'd love to hear them!

The Angler's for Conservation third annual Advanced Teen Anglers Camp is open for registration. The two-day camp is open to kids ages 12 -17 and is being held July 9 - 10. The two-day camp will help young anglers fine tune the skills of any intermediate or beginning angler and serve as a building block on what it means to be a conservationist. Fish handling, safety, species, habitat, boating, kayaking, fly tying and more will be covered. The camp will take place at the Ted Morehead Lagoon House and costs $40, lunch will be provided. A certificate of completion and a goodie bag will be given to all who attend. Register at atac.anglersforconservation.org.



Don Welch of Sebastian with a nice 14" Mangrove Snapper.
06-28-16 TUESDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, LOOKDOWNS, BLUE RUNNERS, SAND PERCH, MARGATE, REDS AND SNOOK

We have another beautiful morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South at 7 mph, gusting to 10 and there is a light chop on the water. Winds are predicted to switch to the Southeast and increase this afternoon which will feel pretty good with the temperatures reaching the low 90's today. There are no NOAA advisories this morning but we have a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

The water is clearing up a little more each day. The incoming tide has been more productive during the daylight hours for Mangrove Snapper. Early morning and evenings have been producing quite a few catch and release Snook. Lookdowns, Jacks, Blue Runners, Sand Perch, a few Margate and Reds have been coming over the rails in ones and twos. We have good conditions forecasted for the rest of the week, get out and do a little fishing. Try the beaches!

We received an offshore update from District Commissioner Michael Rowland who made it out over the weekend to fish and dive. Captain Mike and friends got into some nice Mutton Snapper, quite a few Triggerfish and catch and release Red Snapper. Thanks Commissioner!

Our photo today features Jake Patterson. Jake was fishing the beaches about 5 minutes south of the inlet when he landed and released the 76" Nurse Shark in the photo. Nice catch Jake!

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Jake Patterson with a 76" Nurse Shark.
06-27-16 MONDAY: SPOTTY ACTION, THE HEAT IS ON!

We have another beautiful morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Northwest winds are blowing at 5 mph, gusting to 6 and the water is calm. Winds are predicted to increase some this afternoon and we have a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. There are no NOAA advisories this morning.

Over the weekend we saw a nice variety of fish but not in large numbers according to Sarah and the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. We have a lot of bait in the water and fish are plentiful but lethargic due to the heat. The beaches are holding some nice fish also. Sarah recommends light tackle if fishing the beaches. A few Snapper, Margate, Lookdowns, Whiting, Reds, Mackerel and Blue Runners came over the rails over the weekend but it was spotty. The C/R Snook bite was good however. It's best not to target them during spawning season, but if you land one be sure you know how to handle it. All Snook are catch and release right now. See the top right corner of this page for information on photographing and handling catch and release species.

Our angler of the day is Bob Green of Vero Beach. Bob landed and released the 30" Red in our photo using live mullet on June 14th. The Red was released unharmed right after the photo. Nice catch Bob!

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Bob Green of Vero Beach with a 30" C/R Red.
06-24-16 FRIDAY: TGIF!

We had a very quiet morning on the north jetty. There was very little wind and not much was biting. The outgoing tide was very dark, one Jack was landed and a few Lookdowns. After the tide switched to incoming and the water started clearing up, a few Mangrove Snapper hit live greenies. One Blue Runner was landed on shrimp. Hopefully the incoming continued to produce after our departure. The wind has picked up this afternoon and conditions must be a lot better for those still out on the jetties, it was very hot this morning with no wind. We have Easterly winds at 13 mph, gusting to 15 with no NOAA advisories in effect. The weekend looks like a good one for all of our anglers, boaters and shore based alike. Get out and wet a line!

Laura Weinberger, her father Bill and friend Steve fished the north jetty Wednesday night when Laura landed the nice C/R Snook in our first photo on live shrimp. Nice catch Laura!

We received an update from Jerry Connors who fished with his daughter Heather last night. Large Snook started feeding from 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. but all they wanted was large mullet and were only hitting on the ocean side. Jerry saw one oversized Red in the 30 lb. class come over the rails but afterward the bite turned off. Around 2:00 a.m. a school of Ladyfish were picky and short striking live shrimp. Heather landed the beautiful C/R Snook in photo two around 10:00 p.m. on live mullet. She had four hard strikes from 11:00 - 4:00 a.m. Great catch Heather!

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



Laura Weinberger of Palm Bay with a C/R Snook.

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06-23-16 THURSDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, REDS, SNOOK, JACKS AND CATFISH

We have beautiful conditions at the inlet this morning. Winds are barely moving out of the East-Southeast with gusts up to 2 mph. The still air is making it feel a little sticky out there and no see 'ums can be a real problem when there's no breeze. Be sure take insect repellent if you head to the inlet today. The forecast looks as if our boaters will get a chance to get out and try their luck over the next few days. Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating as conditions can change quickly.

Sarah at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle shop reported there were a few Mangrove Snapper that came over the rails this morning but that the outgoing tide is very dark due to the recent rains. Hopefully with dryer weather on the horizon we will see it start to clear up. A few large C/R Snook have been landed in the late evening hours and C/R Reds are hitting as well. We are seeing some species in small numbers like Lookdowns and Margate.

Ken Weaver of Lake Alfred fished the north jetty on Monday in the high winds but managed to land his first Redfish using small pinfish. The 30" Red was released unharmed right after the photo. Ken also landed a Jack and saw a lot of Catfish come over the rails. An angler had a 6' Nurse Shark on the line but lost it before he could get it to the net. Overall, it was a slow day, but a great day for Ken! Nice going.

Charlie Achinelli of Melbourne was fishing the north jetty last week before the winds and rain came through and landed quite a few Mangrove Snapper, Lookdowns and Blue Runners. Thanks Charlie!

Check out the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's YouTube Channel, FWC Saltwater Fishing. Find them on YouTube by searching FWC Saltwater Fishing or go to MyFWC.com/SaltwaterFishing. New fishing videos will be added on a regular basis with information on everything saltwater fishing, from how to measure a fish to understanding regulations. Find out everything you need to know firsthand, direct from the mouths of FWC staff! Make sure you subscribe to the channel so you will be informed of the latest updates. Videos will also be featured on the main MyFWC.com saltwater fishing page at MyFWC.com/Fishing by clicking on "Saltwater."
Have a question or topic you'd like to see covered in the future? Email Saltwater@MyFWC.com.




Ken Weaver of Lake Alfred with his first Red, a 30" C/R.

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06-22-16 WEDNESDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, CATFISH, SPOTS AND MARGATE

We have a lovely morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Northeast at 6 mph, gusting to 8 and there is a light to moderate chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories this morning but there is a slight chance of rain throughout the day today.

Yesterday a few Mangrove Snapper came over the rails in the early morning hours but after the wind picked up again, they disappeared. Six to eight catfish came over the rails along with a couple of Spots and two or three small Margate. Overall, it was a slow day.

Florida Today sports writer Matt Badolato had a chance to get offshore with his brother Chris and father, Dr. Craig Badolato over the weekend and sent in today's photos. The men were using live and cut bait on the bottom and got into some nice Mutton Snapper. Photo one is of Matt and Chris with one of the Snapper and photo two features Chris and his father with another good sized fish. Nice catches gentlemen!

Send in your photos and fishing updates!

The Angler's for Conservation third annual Advanced Teen Anglers Camp is open for registration. The two-day camp is open to kids ages 12 -17 and is being held July 9 - 10. The two-day camp will help young anglers fine tune the skills of any intermediate or beginning angler and serve as a building block on what it means to be a conservationist. Fish handling, safety, species, habitat, boating, kayaking, fly tying and more will be covered. The camp will take place at the Ted Morehead Lagoon House and costs $40, lunch will be provided. A certificate of completion and a goodie bag will be given to all who attend. Register at atac.anglersforconservation.org.





Matt and Chris Badolato with a real nice Mutton Snapper.

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06-21-16 TUESDAY: CONDITONS ARE SETTLING DOWN...

Conditions have started to calm down. Winds are blowing out of the East at 9 mph, gusting to 14 and there is a moderate chop on the water. NOAA is calling for a slight chance of showers today although dark clouds are hovering over the inlet and rain can be seen offshore. It looks like a good day to go prepared.

The sloppy conditions over the past few days didn't seem to bother the Reds, they like it rough! A few Snook, good sized Jacks and a few Spanish Mackerel were in play but the Mangrove Snapper disappeared. With conditions settling down we should see them back on the scene soon.

Our featured angler today is Palm Bay native Patrick Miller. Patrick landed the beautiful C/R Snook off the south catwalk using greenies on June 10th. The fish was returned to water unharmed right after the photo. Fantastic catch Patrick!

Be sure to send in your fishing photos and updates, let us know what you're catching!

The FWC and the Florida Sport Fishing Association will be hosting a free Kid's Fishing Clinic on June 25th at Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal # 3, 220 Christopher Columbus Drive, Cape Canaveral, FL from 9 - noon. Children ages 5 - 15 will learn the basics of conservation stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety. Fishing equipment and bait will be provided but organizers encourage those who own fishing tackle to bring it. A limited number of rods and reels will be given away to participants upon completion of the clinic. All participants must be accompanied by an adult. Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor the event or volunteering should contact FWC at 850-487-0554. For more information regarding the clinic go to MyFWC.com/Fishing and select the "Youth and Student" option under "Education".


Patrick Miller of Palm Bay with a beautiful C/R Snook.
06-20-16 MONDAY: BLUSTERY CONDITONS AT THE INLET

Blustery conditions continue at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Northeast at 23 mph, gusting to 28 and the water is churned up. NOAA has issued a small craft advisory that is in effect until 2:00 p.m. and a small craft advisory for hazardous seas from 2:00 p.m. through this evening. Tonight's full moon is combined with the summer equinox; the first time it's happened in 68 years. It also coincides with June's "strawberry moon" when the moon takes on an amber tone for all you astronomy lovers. What will this do to the bite? We'll just have to wait and see. We should see conditions starting to improve by Wednesday.

The bite has been fair according to Sarah at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. Sunday a few nice Flounder were landed on live shrimp, Spanish Mackerel and Reds (most were C/R) were biting but the rough conditions kept the Mangrove Snapper away. Sarah recommended Gotcha lures, topwater lures and spoons for those of you who use artificial baits. Thanks Sarah!

Our angler of the day is young angler Gavin Kowalak of W. Melbourne. Gavin was fishing the inlet with his family when he landed the nice Mutton Snapper in our photo today. Nice catch Gavin!

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Gavin Kowalak of W. Melbourne with a nice Mutton Snapper.

 
 
 
 

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