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05-29-15 FRIDAY: FISHING IS PICKING UP!

It's more of the same weather today with winds out of the East at 10 to 15 mph and a few isolated showers possible. Ditto that forecast for both Saturday and Sunday. Fortunately, there are no NOAA advisories posted at this time.

Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop's Tommy Turowski reports that the fishing is picking up. A lot of Mangrove Snapper, quite a few Snook, some big Reds, and a few Jacks, Permit and Sheepshead are coming out of the water. Tommy says there are still some weeds out there so the beach fishing is not quite as good as the Inlet at the moment. If you're looking for schools of bait fish, Tommy says greenies and Pilchard are showing up on the south side.

The angler of the day is Chuck Fischer of Satellite Beach who hooked and landed a monster Black Drum recently. Chuck said this 42" fighter weighed around 25 lbs. and was caught on live shrimp.

Today's second photo is from SISP Ranger Ed Perry. Ed captured this Eastern Screech Owl hiding out on the branch of one of the Park's Sea Grape trees.

Keep your photos and updates coming!


Chuck Fischer of Satellite Beach with a 42" Black Drum.

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05-28-15 THURSDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, SNOOK, REDS, JACKS, LOOKDOWNS AND SHEEPSHEAD

We are still dealing with wind and a lot of seaweed in the water. Winds are blowing out of the East at 14 mph, gusting to 18 and the water is choppy. There are no NOAA advisories this morning, but conditions can change very quickly. Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating.

Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported more Mangrove Snapper coming over the rails the past couple of days along with a smattering of Snook, Reds, Jacks, Sheepshead and Lookdowns. The bite has been luke-warm but seems to be improving.

Our angler of the day is Elvis Purnell of Orlando. Elvis landed this prefect, 32" slot Snook last weekend off the north jetty. Elvis was using shrimp to land this beautiful Snook, excellent catch!

Our next photo is courtesy of SISP Ranger Ed Perry. Ed is a wonderful photographer and captures some beautiful images within the State Park boundaries. Photo two is of a European Starling feeding three young in their nest. The parents tirelessly feed them throughout the day! Ranger Perry reported the fledglings were sharing a dead palm with a nest of Eastern Screech Owls, photo coming soon! On the turtle watch front, Ranger Perry reported the numbers within the Park are up dramatically with 109 Loggerhead and 4 Leatherback nests. Great news, thanks Ranger Perry!

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Elvis Purnell of Orlando with a 32" slot Snook.

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05-27-15 WEDNESDAY: LOOKDOWNS, MANGROVE SNAPPER, REDS AND JACKS

We have hot, dry wind blowing out of the East-Southeast at 15 mph, gusting to 18 this morning and the water is choppy. NOAA has issued an advisory for small craft to exercise caution.

Inlet anglers are dealing with a lot of seaweed in the water which can tangle lines and make fishing difficult. We received an update from Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach who fished the north jetty yesterday morning. Mike reported that a lot of Lookdowns were landed by anglers using small, white jigs. Mangrove Snapper were in play, Mike landed two and several others came over the rails as well. Jose Dore of Palm Bay landed an oversized Red that was returned to the water. Thanks Mike!

Although Mike didn't take any photos yesterday, he sent in all of our photos today. The first two were taken May 15th. Mike fished the outgoing tide from 8 - 12:30 that day. A lot of 3 - 5 lb. Jacks came over the rails, a few Blues, and a couple of Spots were landed. Mike and another inlet regular, Tommy Ngo landed the only two Reds of the morning. The oversized Reds were both 32" and were released right after the photos. Nice going guys!

Our third photo is of a manatee swimming near the T-Dock on May 17th. Nice photo Mike.

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Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach with a 32" C/R Red.

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05-26-15 TUESDAY: SLOW ACTION

We are still dealing with high winds today. It's blowing out of the East-Southeast at 16 mph, gusting to 21 and the water is choppy. There are no NOAA advisories at this time.

Over the long weekend we didn't see a lot of action from the inlet jetties. The high winds were a deterrent for a lot of anglers this weekend. Saturday was fair, but Sunday and Monday were pretty blown out. A few fish came over the rails but nothing in great numbers. Seaweed has been keeping our anglers busy detangling lines, that mixed with the wind = poor fishing conditions.

Our angler of the day is Alec Morrison of Palm Bay. Alec is an avid inlet angler and tries to fish every evening if he can. He was using mojarra to land this oversized C/R Snook from the south jetty last week. The Snook was released unharmed right after the photo. Nice catch Alec!

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Alec Morrison of Palm Bay with an oversized C/R Red.
05-22-15 FRIDAY: JACKS, SNOOK, REDS, SNAPPER, TROUT, TARPON, LOOKDOWNS, MARGATE

It's another lovely morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Northwest at 9 mph, gusting to 13 and the water is calm this morning. Our Memorial Day weekend looks like we'll have fairly good weather and decent seas for our offshore anglers, wave heights are predicted to increase some on Sunday. Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating. 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.

Fishing remains hit or miss during the daylight hours; evenings and low light periods seem to be more productive for our inlet anglers. This week we've seen mostly large Jacks, oversized Snook and Reds, a small number of Mangrove and Mutton Snapper, Tarpon in the evenings, stragglers of Trout on the flats, Lookdowns and Margate. Anglers have been using live shrimp, mojarra, mullet, spoons and topwater plugs.

Our first photo today features five year old Kayden Stephens of Kissimmee. Kayden fishes Lake Toho with her dad Jason about once a week. When he started making the drive to Sebastian a year and a half ago, she started begging to go fish the inlet with her Dad. Jason gave in Thursday night and took her with him. While trying to catch bait to use, Kayden landed this 18" C/R Snook! What a great first inlet experience, now Jason can't go without her and we like that! Great job Kayden!

Bruce Johnson sent in our second photo. Bruce fished the flats around the inlet on Monday, just west of the bridge. Using a piece of shrimp, he landed this pretty Porkfish which is a good fighter for its size and Bruce said it was quite tasty! Thanks Bruce!

Our third photo is courtesy of Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach. Mike fished the outgoing tide on Tuesday from 12:30 - 4:00 p.m. Mike only saw two fish landed during his time on the jetty. One was a Mangrove Snapper about 13" and the other is the 16.5" Mutton Snapper landed by Ta Pham in our third picture. Both snapper were landed on live shrimp. Mike was using 3 - 4" greenies and couldn't get a bite! An angler in a boat near the north jetty hooked up with one of the huge Goliath Groupers that lurk under the north jetty about 2:30 and was still playing the fish when Mike left at 4:00 p.m.! Thanks Mike. Nice catch Ta!

Steven Santiago is featured in our fourth photo. Steven landed this huge Jack of Thursday night using a topwater plug. He's probably sitting on his cooler because he's spent after pulling that beast in for a photo. What a fight that must have been, thanks Steven!

Our office will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. We wish you all a safe holiday and ask you to remember those who've made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We send our thanks to all of our Veterans and active duty military.




Kayden Stephens of Kissimmee with an 18" C/R Snook.

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05-21-15 THURSDAY: JACKS, SNOOK, REDS, MANGROVE AND MUTTON SNAPPER, LOOKDOWNS, MARGATE AND TROUT

The cable to our water temperature gauge will have to be replaced. We are awaiting parts and will keep you advised. Thank you for your patience.

We have an absolutely gorgeous morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Northwest at 7 mph, gusting to 10 and there is a light chop on the water. The water is clean but we have a lot of seaweed that is on the beach, at high tide it all gets washed back into the water and fishing becomes difficult.

Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported Pompano and Whiting in the surf. There have been a few Snook, Reds, big Jacks, a few Mangrove Snapper and Mutton Snapper coming over the rails, but in small numbers. This morning Dave Lectric of Sebastian landed a large Spotted Trout off the north jetty, which isn't very common. Very nice Dave!

Our first photo today features Ruben Vizcarrondo. Ruben fished the north jetty all day on May 9th and landed lots of Jacks and Lookdowns on live shrimp. Photo one is of a Lookdown and photo two is of his cooler full of Jacks. Nice going Ruben!

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Ruben Vizcarrondo with a Lookdown.

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05-20-15 WEDNESDAY: REDS, SNOOK, JACKS, AND STRAGGLERS OF OTHER SPECIES

We have a beautiful morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the West-Southwest at 6 mph, gusting to 10 and the water is calm. Winds may increase this afternoon and we have a chance of a thunderstorm this evening. We have quite a bit of seaweed and drift algae in the water tangling lines.

There still isn't a whole lot of activity at the inlet. Oversized Snook and Reds and large Jacks have dominated the catches but they've been few a far between. Stragglers of Black Drum, Spadefish, Margate, Spots and Mangrove Snapper have made appearances as well.

Apparently, some information on yesterday's report was misconstrued by at least one reader. The FWC report clearly stated that the boat was "fishing" not "navigating" the inlet. Navigating the inlet is always the number one priority of the District and the purpose of the jetties. The purpose of putting the FWC report on the web site was to encourage civility from both boaters and jetty anglers. Since there are no FWC regulations on where one can fish after they've safely navigated the inlet, common sense and courtesy should prevail.

Our first photo today is courtesy of Chuck Fischer of Satellite Beach. Chuck took the photo of inlet regular Tony Swiderski of Sebastian Friday morning around 5:00 a.m. Tony was using live shrimp to land this pretty, oversized Red which was released unharmed right after the photo. Nice catch Tony!

Photo two is courtesy of inlet regular Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach. Mike took a rare weekend drive to the inlet and sent in a few fun photos. Although not many fish were being landed, the Park was crowded with families enjoying the beautiful day. Thanks Mike!

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Tony Swiderski of Sebastian with a C/R Red.

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05-19-15 TUESDAY: SLOW WITH AN OCCASIONAL SNOOK, RED OR BIG JACK

We have a few clouds hovering over the inlet this morning, but hopefully they'll just keep things cooled down a little bit. Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 2 mph, gusting to 5 and there is a light chop on the water. We are experiencing extreme tides due to the new moon. When looking at our tide chart, you are looking at "ocean tides". Due to the size of the Sebastian Inlet, the tides fall and rise approximately 2.5 hours after the ocean tides. The tide goes in for six hours and out for six hours, twice a day. The period known as slack tide is the transition from incoming to outgoing or vice-versa and usually lasts about ten minutes.

We have a team out this morning checking the temperature gauge on the bottom of the ocean floor; the process may take several days if the cable needs to be replaced as well as the gauge. Hang in there folks, we're working on it.

Fishing remains slow and apparently this is causing frustration amongst many anglers. The following was taken directly from the FWC Weekly Law Enforcement Report:

"While on vessel patrol, Officer Lightsey received a call in reference to a physical altercation at Sebastian Inlet. The officer spoke to the victim, who advised he was fishing next to the jetty when a man on the pier threatened him and threw a lead sinker and hook at him and his vessel numerous times, damaging the vessel and nearly hitting him. This has been an ongoing issue at Sebastian Inlet. The victim told the officer he had used a GoPro video to record the whole incident. The officer took statements from witnesses, the victim and the suspect who stated that he did throw the sinker and hooks at the man. After meeting with the suspect and watching the video, charges were filed with the State Attorney's office for aggravated assault, throwing a deadly missile into occupied vessel on State waters, Harassment of a fisherman, and criminal mischief".


It sounds like it will be costly for the jetty angler, particularly if repairs to the boat are necessary. Boaters have the entire ocean; keeping your distance from the jetty is a good idea, at least out of casting range! Common sense and common courtesy need to prevail on both sides of the equation, we can do better than this.

Now, on a lighter note, our angler of the day is Ashley Hill of Orlando. Ashley was fishing the south jetty using a bucktail when he landed this oversized Snook. Ashley took a quick photo and released the Snook unharmed. Nice catch Ashley!

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Ashley Hill of Orlando with an oversized C/R Snook.
05-18-15 MONDAY: JACKS, REDS, SNOOK, MARGATE, SPADEFISH, A FEW SNAPPER AND FLOUNDER

OUR BOTTOM WATER TEMPERATURE GAUGE IS NOT FUNCTIONING PROPERLY. WE ARE ADDRESSING THE SITUATION. WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED ON OUR PROGRESS. CURRENTLY, THE ONLY LINE ON THE WATER TEMPERATURE GRAPH REPRESENTS CAPE CANAVERAL (GREEN). THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

Over the weekend big Jacks were prevalent and we saw big Snook and Reds but not in large numbers. Mangrove Snapper, Atlantic Spadefish and Margate are beginning to show up as well as a few Pompano and Flounder.

Our angler of the day is Jason Stephens. Jason fished the south side last Wednesday when he hooked up and landed this perfect, 27" slot Red. Beautiful catch Jason!

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Jason Stephens with a real nice 27" slot Red.

 
 
 
 

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