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08-22-14 FRIDAY: TGIF!!

The TIP of the north jetty will be closed today and several days next week. It will be open over the weekend. Repairs on the weather station are necessary; we appreciate your patience and will keep you advised of the closures. The south catwalk is closed for approximately the next 4 months for repairs. The north catwalk will remain open until the south catwalk repairs are completed, and then it will close for repair.

We have another warm, steamy morning at the inlet. It's beautiful though, with a little breeze blowing out of the South-Southwest at 5 mph, gusting to 7 and the water is calm.

We still have a lot of bait in the water and a lot fish, getting them to bite is the challenge. These hot, humid days are tough on our anglers. Fishing during low light periods or at night produces better results unless you are fortunate enough to get offshore and it looks as if the seas will cooperate this weekend. Always check the NOAA forecast before going offshore. Fishing the flats can be productive this time of year if you fish deeper holes or channels, under mangroves or docks. The Mangrove Snapper bite slowed down but we have a lot of C/R Snook in the water, along with Tarpon, Jacks, Bonito, Ladyfish, oversized and an occasional slot Red, Trout or big Permit. It's all about being at the right place at the right time.

Our first angler was definitely at the right place at the right time. Norris Gilmore landed the enormous Trout in our first photo today. Norris and his buddies were fishing with Capt. Peter Deeks with Native Sons Charters on Aug. 16th, in the Indian River near the inlet. They had great luck with Spotted Trout, big Jacks and hooked up with some huge Snook but were unable to bring any to the boat. The men did however; bring several real nice Spotted Trout to the boat, including this 13 lb. 7 oz. beauty! Norris landed this Trout about 10:00 a.m. using a croaker on the bottom. Norris and his buddies released all their fish for someone else to enjoy one day. Fantastic catch Norris!

Photo two is courtesy of Christian Ruiz of Orlando. Christian was at the inlet last Saturday and caught some beautiful photos of sunset at the inlet. Christian said it had been raining until about 7:30 p.m. when this beautiful, full, double rainbow appeared over the north jetty. Beautiful shot Christian!

In our third photo slot is the "Read With a Ranger" poster.

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



Norris Gilmore with an enormous 13 lb. 7 oz. Spotted Trout.

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08-21-14 THURSDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, JACKS, BONITO, C/R SNOOK, REDS, LADYFISH AND MARGATE

We have another toasty morning at the inlet. The wind is barely moving out of the Southwest, but it is expected to pick up this afternoon which will give our jetty anglers a bit of a reprieve; not much, but every bit helps during the summer months.

We have a large variety of bait fish in the water and a nice variety of fish that are pursuing them. Bonito, Jacks, C/R Snook, Mangrove Snapper, an occasional Permit, Black Margate, Reds and Ladyfish are all making appearances at the inlet.

We received an offshore update from Kurush Akbari of Palm Bay. Kurush works as a mate for Capt. Rick Marchetti of Surfrider Fishing Charters. They went out over the weekend and did very well with several Gag Grouper in the 30 lb. range in 90' of water, some nice Mangrove Snapper, landed a lot of C/R Red Snapper and then close to dark they picked up some real nice Triggerfish. Thanks for the update Kurush!

Our photos are courtesy of Kurush, but they were taken on a different fishing charter a while back.

Our first photo today is of Tiffany of Palm Bay with a good sized Triggerfish. Nice catch Tiffany!

Photo two features Warden of Sebastian with a big Mangrove Snapper. Great catch Warden!

SISP Ranger Ed Perry sent in the latest turtle nest numbers to us, see photo three. Thanks Ranger Perry!

In our fourth photo slot today we have a poster for the Ranger led kayaking tour.

On Monday mornings through August 25th, there will be "Turtle Talks" at 8:00 a.m. at the Fishing Museum. There is a possibility of seeing a baby Loggerhead turtle on those days. No reservations are necessary and admission is free, Park entry fees are waived. On Wednesdays you can take a Ranger guided kayak tour from 9:00 - 11:00. Meet at the Inlet Marina, just north of the inlet. You can bring your own kayak and pay a $3.00 launch fee or rent a single or double at the Marina for $20 for two hours which includes paddles and life vests. This is a weather-dependent event. In October the kayak tours will move back to 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Call the State Park Marina ahead of time at 321-724-5424 to ensure the activity is still taking place. In September, the "Night Sounds" concerts will start up once again and it looks like they have a great line up of bands. September is also literacy month and the SISP will have their "Read with a Ranger" program on Sat. the 6th and Sat. the 13th at 1:00 p.m. All participants will receive a free book, complimentary of the "The Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park". For more information on Park activities, visit their web site at ww.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet.

We could use your photos and fishing updates!!


Tiffany of Palm Bay with a nice Triggerfish.

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08-20-14 WEDNESDAY: A GOOD VARIETY OF FISH AND LOTS OF BAIT IN THE WATER

THE TIP OF THE NORTH JETTY IS CLOSED TODAY, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY FOR WEATHER STATION REPAIRS. THE REST OF THE NORTH JETTY WILL BE OPEN. THE SOUTH CATWALK IS CLOSED FOR RENOVATION. THE WORK WILL BE ONGOING FOR SEVERAL MONTHS, THE NORTH CATWALK WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL THE WORK ON THE SOUTH CATWALK IS COMPLETED, AND THEN THE NORTH CATWALK WILL CLOSE FOR REPAIR.

We have another still morning at the inlet. The wind is barely moving (about 2 mph) out of the North-Northwest, gusting to 4. Insect repellent would be a good idea, no wind = no see 'ums. We're still seeing a lot of bait in the water and quite a few fish. Mangrove Snapper, C/R Snook, big and slot Reds, a couple of nice Permit, Ladyfish, Jacks, Bonito and Tarpon have been slicing through the schools of bait and occasionally one will find its way onto a lucky angler's hook.

Our first photo today is a fine example of one lucky angler. Mo from Harmony fished the north jetty's outgoing tide Thursday afternoon. Mo started off fishing for Snapper with no success, then he witnessed an angler catch a nice Permit. Mo netted some blue crabs to try his luck. A few minutes later he was engaged in a fight with a monster Permit! Although conditions were less than ideal, if you were lucky enough to have crabs for bait, there was a 30 minute window that everyone was landing Permit. This beast weighed 40 lbs., what a sweet catch!

Our second photo is courtesy of Luke Fay. Max Fay (L) and TJ "The Panda" Knapp (R) had good luck fishing the flats over the weekend. Using mojarra and shrimp, the duo landed a couple of slot Reds and a nice Trout. Way to go guys!


Christian Ruiz of Orlando sent in our last photo today. Christian fished the inlet with no luck on Saturday, but happened to catch this incredible sunset. A bad day fishing still beats a good day working! Beautiful shot Christian!

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Mo of Harmony with a 40 lb. Permit.

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08-18-14 TUESDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, JACKS, BONITO, C/R SNOOK, OVERSIZED REDS, A FEW BLUES AND LADYFISH

THE TIP OF THE NORTH JETTY WILL BE CLOSED TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY THIS WEEK FOR REPAIRS ON THE WEATHER STATION. MOST OF THE NORTH JETTY WILL REMAIN OPEN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

We have a hot, windless morning at the inlet. The wind is "blowing" at 1 mph with an occasional gust to 4 mph. No see 'ums are chomping away at our jetty anglers and there aren't enough dragonflies to eat them all, so be sure to take insect repellent if you head to the inlet today.

There's a lot of bait fish in the water and a lot of fish are visible in the water, and some are are hitting. Mangrove Snapper are the best bet and most anglers are using mojarra for bait. Small shrimp, live minnows or cut bait will also work. They usually run 1 - 3 lbs. inshore, so using smaller hooks and lighter leads for these fish works best. Snook, Jacks and Bonito are running, crashing through schools of bait which is a lot of fun to watch. Low light periods have been most productive for big Reds, Tarpon and C/R Snook.

Our photos today are courtesy of Skip Stowers of Kissimmee. Skip and his buddy Pat Curry of Eustis made a trip to the inlet on Sunday in time to catch the beautiful sunset. The men were fortunate enough to catch another "crab flush" on the outgoing tide when Pat hooked up with the oversized Red in our first photo. They estimated it to be in the 20 - 25 lb. range and it was released unharmed. Great catch Pat!

Photo two is of Pat with another big fish, this time a C/R Snook about the same size as the Red. They men landed big Ladyfish, Jacks and Bluefish as well, all were released. Good times guys!

Our third photo is of the gorgeous sunset. Thanks Skip!

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Pat Curry of Eustis with a big C/R Redfish.

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08-18-14 MONDAY: SNAPPER, JACKS, BONITO, TARPON, C/R SNOOK, REDS AND A FEW PERMIT

THE TIP OF THE NORTH JETTY WILL BE CLOSED ON THE 19TH, 20TH, 21ST AND 22ND FOR WEATHER STATION REPAIRS AT THE END OF THE JETTY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE WHILE THIS IMPORTANT WORK IS BEING PERFORMED.

It's a warm, muggy morning at the inlet. The no see 'ums are out in force this morning, be sure to take insect repellent with you if you head to the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 6 mph and the water is calm.

Over the weekend Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported that a lot of fish were in the water, although not many were biting. After the rain Saturday afternoon, it was very active with Snook busting up glass minnow pods, Tarpon were rolling, schools of Bonito, Jacks and big Reds were visible, but they seemed to be more interested in the stuff in the water and not much was really hitting for the north jetty anglers. An occasional nice fish would appear for the more patient anglers, but it was really hit or miss.

Our first photo today features 11 year old Brenden Reese who had his first overnight fishing trip to the inlet with his dad, Jonathan last Thursday. Brenden and his dad are regulars during the winter Flounder season. The father-son duo was fishing the north jetty when Brenden hooked up with this big, 35" C/R Snook. What a nice catch, great job Brenden!

Photo two is of an Eel that was landed by Brendan as well. It was released unharmed after the photo.

Jake McEuen of Avon Park was camping at the State Park with a buddy last week and sent in an update. Thursday morning they found a bunch of Mangrove Snapper piled up off Coconut Point. They landed about 30 in less than 15 minutes; all were released even though some were slot sized. The Snapper were crashing bait pods and were hitting Jake's short DOA lure in pink. They were too busy catching and releasing fish to take any photos! That evening it was pouring rain to the Southwest and our third photo was taken by Jake of the sky highlighting his friend's RV, what a beautiful sunset. The fishing buddies plan to come back in November to mop up the Flounder! Thanks for the update and photo Jake!

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11 year old Brenden Reese with a nice 35" C/R Snook.

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08-15-14 FRIDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, JACKS, BONITO, C/R SNOOK, C/R REDS, BLUE RUNNERS, AND MARGATE

THE END OF THE NORTH JETTY WILL BE CLOSED AUGUST 19, 20, 21 AND 22 TO REPLACE MONTIORING EQUIPMENT ON THE TIP OF THE JETTY.

D.O.T. WILL BEGIN CATWALK RENOVATIONS AND BRIDGE REPAIR WORK ON THE 18TH. THE SOUTH CATWALK WILL CLOSE FIRST, BUT THE NORTH CATWALK WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL THE SOUTH SIDE IS COMPLETED. SOME DAYS, LANE CLOSURES CAN BE EXPECTED. YOU MAY HAVE UP TO A 5 MINUTE WAIT. PLEASE FACTOR IN THE POSSIBILITY THEN TRAVELING OVER THE INLET BRIDGE.

We have a lovely summer morning at the inlet. This morning winds are blowing out of the West-Southwest at 5 mph, gusting to 7 and there is a light chop on the water. The NOAA forecast is calling for seas to cooperate with our boaters this weekend with 1 - 2' seas, of course there are always those summer storms to keep in mind. Summer with its heat, humidity and no see 'ums still can't keep the die-hard anglers off the jetties, at home in the air conditioning. That, plus we've had a pretty decent bite for this time of year. We had several weeks of very little action, but lately the trip to the inlet has been worth it for most. Mangrove Snapper have been the prevalent catch for anglers using mojarra. Big Reds, C/R Snook, Black Margate, Jacks, Blue Runners, and even a few Blues have been in play. There's a lot of bait in the water which is attracting the Jacks, Bonito and Snook. They are giving our inlet anglers quite a show busting through the thick pods. Dragonflies are swarming the jetties, trying to do their part by eating as many no see 'ums and gnats as possible. They are landing on anything stationery, fishing poles, coolers and fishermen.

Our first photo today features Trevor Clarcq, a young man who is quite an experienced angler. Trevor has been featured on the fishing report many times, and his catches are usually pretty amazing. Trevor landed this huge 40" C/R Snook last Sunday using a pigfish. Trevor landed this big Snook on the outgoing tide, which also carried large Redfish (see his photo from yesterday) and big Jacks. Trevor released this huge Snook unharmed after the photo. Awesome catch Trevor!

Our second photo is of Mike Riccardi of Vero Beach with a Mangrove Snapper he landed last Friday using live mojarra.

Photo three is courtesy of Chad Verbosky of Morgantown, WV. Chad took this shot of the inlet from the south side. The clear water looks inviting on days like today! Thanks Chad!

The Sebastian Inlet State Park has a lot of activities coming up.

SISP Ranger Ed Perry sent in the latest numbers on turtle nesting within the State Park boundaries. What a great year, see photo four for the nest numbers up to August 7, 2014. The sea turtle walk program had a very successful year as well, see photo five for the numbers. Thank you Ranger Perry!

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

On Monday mornings through August 25th, there will be "Turtle Talks" at 8:00 a.m. at the Fishing Museum. There is a possibility of seeing a baby Loggerhead turtle on those days. No reservations are necessary and admission is free, Park entry fees are waived. On Wednesdays you can take a Ranger guided kayak tour from 9:00 - 11:00. Meet at the Inlet Marina, just north of the inlet. You can bring your own kayak and pay a $3.00 launch fee or rent a single or double at the Marina for $20 for two hours which includes paddles and life vests. This is a weather-dependent event. In October the kayak tours will move back to 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Call the State Park Marina ahead of time at 321-724-5424 to ensure the activity is still taking place. In September, the "Night Sounds" concerts will start up once again and it looks like they have a great line up of bands. September is also literacy month and the SISP will have their "Read with a Ranger" program on Sat. the 6th and Sat. the 13th at 1:00 p.m. at the Fishing Museum. All participants will receive a free book, complimentary of the "The Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park". For more information on Park activities, visit their web site at ww.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet.





Trevor Clarcq with a 40" C/R Snook.

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08-14-14 THURSDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, PERMIT, JACKS, BONITO, SHARKS AND MARGATE

It's a hot, steamy morning at the inlet. There's not much wind, but a little is blowing out of the Southwest at 3 mph, gusting to 4. The no see 'ums are relentless this morning and dragon flies are everywhere, trying to gobble them up. Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle reported that a few nice Permit were landed this morning, one was in the 35 - 40 lb. range. Tommy also said a lot of glass minnows are in the water along with Mangrove Snapper and Jacks. Bonito are active on the high tide, crashing bait pods. There are a lot of Snook in the water as well. Thanks Tommy!

We also received an update from Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach who fished the north jetty yesterday morning. Mike reported a fair morning for Mangrove Snapper, he got his limit of 5 and other anglers walked off the several good sized fish. Mojarra was the bait of choice for the Snapper. Large schools of bait were being pounded by Snook, Jacks and Bonito and 2 - 3' Sharks were traveling with them, picking up the wounded bait. The jetty anglers were having good luck with C/R Snook, Bonita and Jacks, although most were using spoons and large plugs. Many of the anglers who were Snapper fishing were picking up C/R Snook because of the large number of feeding frenzies on both sides of the jetties. Mike sent in our first three photos today. Thanks Mike!

Our first photo features Du Truong with a nice Margate in the 4 - 5 lb. range he landed while fishing for Snapper using live mojarra. Nice catch Du!

Photo two is of one of the Sharks swimming in the bait pods and photo three is of one of the many dragonflies swarming around the jetties. This one thought the tip of a fishing pole would be a good spot to catch some no see 'ums.

Photo four features Trevor Clarcq with a beautiful C/R Red he landed Friday using a croaker. Trevor reported the Bonito schools were thick about one mile out of the inlet, hitting any shiny lure. Thanks Trevor, great catch!

Atila of Orlando is featured in our last photo today. Atila landed this 38" C/R Snook in the early morning hours of August 2nd. The Snook was released unharmed after the photo. Nice catch Atila!

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Du Truong with a nice Black Margate.

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08-13-14 WEDNESDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, JACKS, C/R SNOOK, BONITO, REDS AND A SMATTERING OF OTHER SPECIES

We have a real pretty morning at the inlet. It's a hot day already, but we have a little breeze which is helping with the heat. Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 6 mph, gusting to 11 and there is a light to moderate chop on the water. We always have a chance of summer rain or thunderstorms, so go prepared if you head to the inlet.

Mangrove Snapper remain the best bet for table fare from the jetties. There is still a lot of bait in the water, which is great! Jacks and Bonito are crashing the bait pods, creating a lot of excitement. We've seen good sized C/R Reds, C/R Snook, and a few Blues, which we don't see many of this time of year. A few Southern Flounder have made appearances as well as a real nice Permit on occasion. Fishing is unpredictable, you never know what you are going to catch at the inlet and this time of year anglers are likely to go home empty handed. Keep in mind; fall fishing is just around the corner!

Our first photo today features Joel Linares of Orlando with a huge Permit he landed off the north jetty using some kind of live fish, but he was unsure of what type. Joel was fishing with his cousin Armando Rodriguez who was visiting from Philadelphia, and is featured in the second photo holding the beast. What a great catch, way to go Joel!

We haven't heard much from our friends at the Sebastian Power Squadron in a while, photo three was sent in by Bill Russell of Sebastian. A couple of the guys went out during Red Snapper season and landed some Red Grouper. Featured in photo three is Ray Scerbo of Sebastian with a couple of the fish they landed that day. Great catches guys!

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Joel Linares of Orlando with a huge Permit.

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08-12-14 TUESDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, JACKS, BONITO AND BLUE RUNNERS

We have another beautiful summer morning at the inlet. We have a nice breeze blowing out of the South-Southwest at 8 mph, gusting to 11 and there is a moderate chop on the water.

We received an update from inlet regular Mike Ricciardi who fished the north jetty yesterday morning and reported a good early morning Mangrove Snapper bite. From 6:30 - 8:30 several of our inlet regulars, including Mike got their limits of Snapper. There was a lot of bait in the water, apparently enough to confuse the Snapper into biting one on a line! Mike reported that schools of Jacks and Bonito were crashing the bait pods which are always a lot of fun to watch. Mike sent in a photo of the bait swarming the jetty pilings. Thanks for the update and photo Mike!

Our first three photos today are courtesy of Luke Vila of Kissimmee. Luke and his friend Justin Mitchell fished the inlet late Saturday into the evening. Luke reported they landed 6 Blues, a big Jack and a Nurse Shark, all which were released except one Blue, they used it for bait to land the Nurse Shark. Sounds like a fun time at the inlet! Thanks Luke!

Our first photo features Justin Mitchell of Kissimmee with a large Jack he landed during daylight hours.

Photo two is of Luke Vila with one of six Blue Runners landed.

Photo three is of the Nurse Shark landed by Justin Mitchell using Blue Runner chunks for bait.

Our last photo is of the bait that was in the water yesterday morning. Thanks Mike!

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Justin Mitchell of Orlando with a large Jack.

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08-11-14 MONDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, JACKS, C/R SNOOK, REDS, TARPON, BONITO AND A FEW FLOUNDER

It's gorgeous at the inlet this morning. There is a nice breeze blowing out of the South-Southwest at 7 mph, gusting to 11 and the water is clam with a light ripple on the surface. If you take a look at our tide chart, you'll see the severe tides due to the super moon. Last night was the largest full moon of the year coming 31,000 miles closer than its furthest point from Earth. It was closer than the July and coming September super moon will be. It also coincides with the Perseids meteor shower, which brings 80 - 100 meteors per hour, but the super moon may interfere with the ability to see them.

Tommy Turowski of the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported that over the weekend, Mangrove Snapper were the best bite. A few real nice ones came over the rails along with some Jacks. Big Reds were hitting poppers on the outgoing tide, a couple of summer Flounder were landed and Bonito have been schooling just out of casting distance. The Snook and Tarpon were very active in the evening hours. Thanks Tommy!

Today's photos were taken Friday off the north jetty. Our first photo features Norman Downnie of Poinciana with his "prize" of the morning, a decent sized Blue Runner. Norman fished the entire night Thursday into Friday morning and landed two Blue Runners and a ton of Catfish!

Photo two features Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach. Mike landed several chunky Mangrove Snapper off the north jetty Friday morning using shrimp. Overall a slow morning, but at least he didn't go home empty handed. Mostly, anglers were just feeding the fish that day.

The Rockfish in our third photo was one of many landed and released Friday morning

Our last photo today is of a big Osprey that was up on the weather station, just waiting for some unsuspecting angler to lay a fish on the north jetty deck. These birds are the most amazing fishers they put the best anglers to shame, but this one was being lazy on a hot, humid morning!

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Norman Downnie of Poinciana witha Blue Runner.

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