home       about us       history       projects       meetings & notices       resources       fishing report       live web cam       contact us


Daily Fishing Report
Log on for the latest fishing report. The fishing report is updated Monday through Friday.

Do You Have a Fishing Photo to Share? Send Us Your Catch!

Simply click here to email us. Please include the date and description of your catch and it just might be selected to appear online under the selected fishing report date. Thank you!

  Read the Latest FWCC Regulations
FWCC Catch & Release Information
Learn Boating Safety Tips
Fishing Etiquette

07-29-14 TUESDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, MUTTON SNAPPER, SPANISH MACKEREL, JACKS, REDS AND C/R SNOOK

We have another gorgeous summer morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the West-Southwest at 8 mph, gusting to 12 and there is a light chop on the water. The NOAA forecast is calling for 1 - 2' seas with isolated thunderstorms this morning and scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Always check the NOAA forecast before venturing offshore.

Mangrove Snapper has been the best bet from the jetties. A few Mutton Snapper have been arriving, much to our angler's delight. Mutton must be at least 16" to keep. Mangrove Snapper are 10" minimum, but anything less than 11" is hardly worth keeping. Regulations for Snapper are all over the place, familiarize yourself with the size requirements and bag limits. Spanish Mackerel have been sporadic, C/R Snook have been active along with Reds, most of which have been too large to keep, but so fun to catch! Permit have been less active. There are a lot of Barracuda in the water which could be keeping some of the species away.

Our first angler today is Zach Carroll of Palm Bay. Zach and his dad, Mike fished the north jetty a couple of weeks ago when Zach hooked up with four and landed two C/R Snook, one was 32" and the one featured in our first photo was 38". Nice catch Zach!

Photos two and three are courtesy of Kurush Akbari of Palm Bay. Kurush landed the nice Red in photo two while wade fishing the Indian River Lagoon. Way to go Kurush!

Photo three was taken aboard Surfrider Fishing Charters the weekend of the 19th. An unidentified angler is featured with a real nice Red Snapper. Great catch!

Lobster mini-season begins tomorrow through Thursday. Our last diagram shows the proper way to measure a lobster. Please read the FWC guidelines to lobster hunting.

Send in your photos and fishing updates!




Zach Carroll of Palm Bay with a 38" C/R Snook.

<   View Photos   >
07-28-14 MONDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, MUTTON SNAPPER, SPANISH MACKEREL, BLUE RUNNERS, JACKS, REDS, C/R SNOOK

We have another beautiful morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the West-Southwest at 8 mph, gusting to 13 and there is a light chop on the water. The NOAA forecast is calling for 1 - 2' seas today with a chance of rain.

Over the weekend we had a good Mangrove Snapper bite but we also saw some Mutton Snapper come in as well. REMEMBER: Mutton Snapper must be no less than 16", not 10" like the Mangroves. Be sure to know your fishing regulations, Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported that a few folks thought the size limits were the same, they are not. Sports writer Bill Sargent wrote an excellent article in Sunday's Florida Today on Tommy, hope you had a chance to read it. Tommy reported that big Jacks, a few nice Spanish Mackerel, some small Margate, a few big Reds and C/R Snook were landed over the weekend. There were also some little fish that were landed like Lookdowns, Blue Runners and a Parrotfish. Thanks Tommy!

Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach fished the north jetty on Friday from 6:30 - 10:00 until the sun got pretty intense, and reported that at least one person landed their limit of Mangrove Snapper, Jimmy Winter. Other inlet regulars landed 3 - 4, Mike landed 3. Mike reported a lot of Needlefish were in the water, along with mojarra and greenies. A large school of Barracuda, 9 were counted at one interval, kept anglers on their toes along with the 3 - 4 Goliath Grouper that were lurking under the jetty! As Mike arrived, there were a group of anglers who had fished the night shift and they had 3 large Permit in the 20 - 25 lb. range. Mike also reported that an angler, who was fishing for Mackerel landed a Flounder in the 16" range. Thanks for the update Mike!

Our first photo today features 8 year old Jacob Palmer of Jackson, TN. Jacob was fishing the north beach using clam flavored Fishbites when he landed this good sized Black Drum. We don't see many Black Drum landed during the summer months, great job Jacob!

Our next two photos are courtesy of Kurush Akbari, mate aboard Surfrider Fishing Charters with Capt. Rick Marchetti. Today's photos were taken over the weekend of the 19th and 20th. Photo two is of an unidentified angler with a nice Red Snapper. Great catch!

Photo three is of a group that went out the weekend of the 19th and had success not only with Red Snapper, but we can see a good sized Triggerfish and a nice King. Looks like a great trip offshore! Thanks Kurush!

Send in your photos and updates!



8 year old Jacob Palmer of Jackson, TN with a Black Drum.

<   View Photos   >
07-25-14 FRIDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, C/R SNOOK, JACKS, LOOKDOWNS, SPANISH MACKEREL AND BLUE RUNNERS

OUR WEB CAM IS BACK UP AND FULLY FUNCTIONING. THANKS TO THE CREW OF ERDMAN VIDEO FOR HELP KEEPING US PARTIALLY FUNCTIONING WHILE WAITING FOR THE NEW PARTS TO ARRIVE.

We have a stunning morning at the inlet. The wind is blowing out of the Southwest at 6 mph, gusting to 8 and there is a light chop on the water. The NOAA forecast is calling for 2' seas today and 1 - 2' seas tomorrow. Today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) are the last days of open season for Red Snapper and it looks as if we will have good conditions, there's always a good chance of rain this time of year. Always check the NOAA forecast prior to going offshore. Lobster mini-season will be July 30th and 31st; it will close, and then reopen August 6th - March 31st. While you're down there, if you see any Lionfish, feel free to get rid of them! The invasive species are harmful to our environment; they have no known predators other than man. There are no size restrictions or bag limits on Lionfish; we need to eradicate them from our waters. See FWC Lionfish for instructions on how to catch, kill, handle and clean the species. Their spikey spines are venomous and should be avoided. Their meat is not poisonous and is supposed to be very tasty. Go to www.myFWC.com for information on Lobster mini-season and Lionfish instructions.

Mangrove Snapper are the best bet for our jetty anglers. If fishing from the jetties or shoreline, use light tackle with shrimp, minnows, cut bait, small pieces of squid, mojarra or greenies. Popping flies and surface plugs also work inshore. Offshore, heavier tackle is required. We've seen some big Reds and a few keepers, C/R Snook, Jacks, a few Blue Runners, Spanish Mackerel and Lookdowns. Permit have been scarce.

Our first photo today features Tom Ripa with a beautiful Wahoo. Tom was fishing with his brother John about 20 miles out of the inlet trolling a green and yellow skirted ballyhoo when he hooked up with the big 56 lb. 56" Wahoo. Tom got him to the boat with the help of John. Way to go guys, great catch!

Photo two features Matt Badolato, sportswriter for Florida Today. Matt landed this gorgeous Gag Grouper the first weekend of Red Snapper season. Great catch Matt!

Grady Evans sent in our third photo today. He landed two juvenile Bonefish while fishing the inlet. Both were 11" and released unharmed. It's interesting that we see the juveniles here on occasion when their habitat is so much further south! Thanks Grady.

We received an update on the Turtle tally at the Sebastian Inlet State Park as of July 17th. See photo four for the tally. A bit of exciting news for turtle lovers, although it wasn't within the State Park boundaries, just north of the SISP a Kemp's Ridley nested with 114 eggs, all but two hatched successfully. It was not the same turtle the Park tagged last year. Thanks to Ranger Ed Perry for keeping us up to date!

Photo five is a photo of a Lionfish, although most of your already know what these destructive fish look like.

Have a wonderful weekend and be sure to send in your updates and interesting photos from the inlet!




Tom Ripa with a 56", 56 lb. Wahoo.

<   View Photos   >
07-23-14 WEDNESDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, SPANISH MACKEREL, BLUE RUNNERS, C/R SNOOK AND A FEW PERMIT

OUR REPLACEMENT PARTS HAVE ARRIVED AND THE WEB CAM MAY BE DOWN FOR A FEW HOURS TODAY WHILE THE NEW PARTS ARE BEING INSTALLED.

What a beautiful morning we have at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the West-Southwest at 2 mph, gusting to 4 and the water is calm. The NOAA forecast is calling for a change in wind direction this afternoon from the Southwest to the Southeast with 2' seas. Of course, the forecast is calling for rain any time today.

Jetty fishing has been on the slow side, however some of the regulars are getting lucky enough to take home limits of Mangrove Snapper, but it's a long, slow, hot process getting there. Anglers using mojarra and greenies are having the best luck. A few Spanish Mackerel have been in play, taking greenies, gotcha lures or spoons. One oversized Red was landed and released this morning but the Permit bite has slowed. Using crabs on the outgoing tide is producing the best Permit results.

I know many of you are looking forward to mini-lobster season next week. Be sure to look at the FWC web site to get the proper rules and regulations. Mini season will be July 30th and 31st. In our area, the bag limit is 6 per person on the 30th and 12 per person on the 31st. Measuring tools are required to ensure the carapace is more than 3" and they must be measured in the water. The harvest of egg-bearing females is prohibited. The eggs are easily visible, and are attached under the tail. They must remain in whole condition until they are brought to shore. Regular lobster season will begin on August 6th and will run through March 31st, when the bag limit will go back to 6 per person. Always use a dive flag when lobster hunting. See photo three for a diagram on how to properly measure a lobster.

Our first two photos today are courtesy of Kurush Akbari of Palm Bay. Kurush and his friend Josh Morrill fished the north jetty last week and both men did well. Kurush landed 2 nice C/R Snook and Josh landed 1 C/R Snook. Both men got their limits of Mangrove Snapper, 5 each. Way to go guys, thanks for the photos Kurush!

Photo one is of Kurush Akbari with a C/R Snook and photo two is of Josh Morrill with his C/R Snook.

Diagram 3 shows how to measure a lobster properly.

Send in your photos and updates!


Kurush Akbari of Palm Bay with a nice C/R Snook.

<   View Photos   >
07-22-14 TUESDAY: SNAPPER, MARGATE, LOOKDOWNS, SPANISH MACKEREL AND JACKS

We have a mix of sun and clouds over the inlet this morning. Winds are blowing out of the South at 3 mph, gusting to 5 and there is a light chop on the water. We could see rain earlier than usual today, be sure to go to the inlet prepared for everything; rain, sun and no see 'ums.

Our offshore anglers have been pretty successful with Mangrove Snapper, Red Snapper, Gag Grouper and Wahoo. We have two more days of Red Snapper season, this coming Friday and Saturday, get out and get one! Our jetty anglers have been seeing Mangrove Snapper, Black Margate, Spanish Mackerel, Lookdowns and Jacks. It's summertime, so the action isn't non-stop, but enough to keep the anglers hanging around to try their luck. Sardines and greenies are plentiful and seem to be the baits of choice.

Our first photo today features Brian and Liam Scott of Cornwall, NY who fished the north jetty Friday night before the full moon. The father and son duo landed this good sized Black Margate. Nice catch gentlemen!

Our second photo is courtesy of Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach. Mike fished the north jetty Friday and reported a very hot day. It took all morning to get his limit of 5 Mangrove Snapper; it was a lot of work. This photo was taken by a friend who was looking to photograph some "fish parts". Nice photo!!

Our third photo is courtesy of Kurush Akbari of Palm Bay who works with Capt. Rick Marchetti aboard Surfrider Fishing Charters. Capt. Rick holds a large Red Snapper landed in 80' of water. Great catch!

Send in your photos and updates!


Brian and Liam Scott fo Cornwall, NY with a Black Margate.

<   View Photos   >
07-21-14 MONDAY: MARGATE, SNAPPER, JACKS, SPANISH MACKEREL, BIG REDS, C/R SNOOK AND PERMIT

A COUPLE OF OUR PHOTOS ON THE WEB SITE ARE NOT UPDATING, WE ARE INVESTIGATING.

We have a beautiful, warm morning at the inlet. The NOAA forecast is calling for 1 - 2' seas with a possibility of showers/thunderstorms this morning and this afternoon. Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 3 mph and gusting to 6, the water is calm.

Tommy Turowski of the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported a mediocre but steady weekend bite for our anglers. The most prevalent catches were Mangrove Snapper and Black Margate but we also saw some big Reds, C/R Snook, Jacks, a few Spanish Mackerel and a few Permit. Fishing wasn't terrible, but the no see 'ums were. Be sure to include insect repellent if you head to the inlet. This time of year the little devils can be relentless. We didn't receive any offshore reports from the weekend, but hopefully some will come in within a day or two. We have two more days of Red Snapper season, next Friday and Saturday.

Our photo today is of an unidentified angler who fished aboard Surfrider Fishing Charters last weekend with Capt. Rick Marchetti and mate Kurush Akbari of Palm Bay. This Red Snapper was a real beauty, thanks for the photo Kurush!

The Ranger led Sea Turtle walks are being held in July. Space is limited and reservations are necessary. Please call 772-388-2750 or stop by the Fishing Museum for details. July 14th through August 25th, there will be "Turtle Talks" on Monday mornings 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. In July and August the time has moved to the morning hours, 9:00 - 11:00 to avoid afternoon rain showers. 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. Call the State Park Marina ahead of time at 321-724-5424 to ensure the activity is still taking place. For more information on Park activities, visit their web site at ww.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet.




Unidentified angler with a big Red Snapper.
07-18-14 TGIF!

OUR WEB CAM IS STILL UPDATING INTERMITTENTLY. THE FIRST PHOTO ON THE WEB PAGE, THE NOAA FORECAST, WEATHER TABLE, TIDE CHARTS AND WATER TEMPERATURE ARE ALL UPDATING. WE ARE WAITING ON PARTS TO FIX THE PROBLEM. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

We have another beautiful morning at the inlet. There's not much wind, be sure to take insect repellent with you if you head to the inlet today. This morning winds are blowing out of the South at 2 mph, gusting to 5 and the water is calm. We've been seeing some decent activity with Mangrove Snapper and Black Margate. There are lots of menhaden (greenies), mojarra and sardines in the water which are attracting Spanish Mackerel, but you better be faster than the Barracuda that like to dine on them as well. The sand trap is holding some large Reds, they are going after the crabs that are falling into the recently dredged trap. C/R Snook have been very active. Please handle these breeding species with extra care. A few large Permit have found their way to some lucky anglers as well, crabs will work well. It looks as if the seas are going to cooperate with our boaters today and over the weekend, with 1 - 2' forecasted. Red Snapper season is open today, Saturday and Sunday and next Friday and Saturday as well.

Our first photo today features Chris Lockwood of Sebastian. Chris got out onto the north jetty Monday morning around 4:00 a.m. for the end of the outgoing tide. Chris was crowded on the end with 8 - 10 other anglers, but managed to keep his line untangled by letting his line go out further with his live crab attached. He was there about 30 minutes when he hooked up with the big, 38 lb. Permit in our photo. Chris fought the Permit for 20 minutes, going back and forth from corner to corner at the tip of the jetty before he finally landed her; she put up a great fight! One other angler landed one in the 25 lb. range. Chris weighed his at his family's seafood market, Crab E Bill's. Fantastic catch Chris!

Kurush Akbari, mate on Surfrider Fishing Charters out of Sebastian sent in our next 4 photos. Last weekend they had several charters and these photos are from those trips. Photo two features Kurush's girlfriend, Tiffany with a huge Red Snapper that weighed in the 30 lb. range. Beautiful catch Tiffany!

Photo three is of an unidentified young man and Capt. Rick Marchetti with a huge Red Snapper. What a great catch!

Photos four and five are of the Levi party. They landed the big Mangrove Snapper in photo four and a real nice Gag Grouper in our last photo. Way to go! Offshore is smoking!

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


Chris Lockwood of Sebasitan with a 38 lb. Permit.

<   View Photos   >
07-17-14 THURSDAY: MARGATE, SNAPPER, SPANISH MACKEREL, C/R SNOOK, REDS, BLUE RUNNERS AND LOOKDOWNS

It's a pretty morning at the inlet but we have a real good chance of rain today, clouds are starting to build up and we could see it earlier than usual. Currently, winds are blowing out of the West-Southwest at 10 mph and gusting to 13, the water has a light chop. We've been seeing a lot of Margate and Snapper, a few Spanish Mackerel, C/R Snook, Reds, big Jacks and some small stuff like Blue Runners and Lookdowns.

We received an update from Skip Stowers of Kissimmee who fished the big full moon last week. Skip reported that he hooked up with a big Red early in the evening that took him for quite a ride, but there was no stopping it. The outgoing tide produced a big crab flush around 10:00 a.m. and they landed some for bait. Very large Reds were blowing them off the top of the water in the middle of the inlet. Floating crabs under bobbers during an active feeding period produced nothing, which created lots of frustration. On a better note, Skip fished a fresh water tournament and placed second with a 8.6 lb. Bass. Very nice Skip thanks for the update!

Our first photo today features Cory Luke with a beautiful Gag Grouper he landed on Sunday in 80' of water. What a pretty fish and a great catch Cory!

Photo two features north jetty regular Bill Hillman of Kissimmee with a 37" C/R Snook he landed last Friday around 2:00 p.m. using a croaker. Bill hooked up with 4 Snook and landed and released 2. Way to go Bill!

Our next two photos are courtesy of Zach Carroll of Palm Bay. Zach and his dad, Mike fished the north jetty last Tuesday night from sundown to 11:00 p.m. Zach hooked up with 4 Snook, landing and releasing 2 that were 32" and 38". Mike landed one C/R Snook that was 32" and is featured in our third photo today.

Zach was back at the inlet on Friday night with his friend Carl Funicello. Zach landed and released a 42" Snook and Carl, who is featured in our fourth photo landed a 40" C/R Snook on 10 lb. monofilament. Sweet catch Carl and thanks Zach!

SISP Park Ranger Ed Perry sent us the latest numbers on the State Park's turtle nests. 0 Kemp's Ridley's, 11 Leatherbacks, 23 Green and 586 Loggerheads have laid nests within the State Park boundaries. Ranger led Sea Turtle walks are being held in July. Space is limited and reservations are necessary. Please call 772-388-2750 or stop by the Fishing Museum for details. July 14th through August 25th, there will be "Turtle Talks" on Monday mornings 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.

Send in your photos and fishing updates!




Cory Luke with a beautiful Gag Grouper.

<   View Photos   >

 
 
 
 

2004-2013 Sebastian Inlet District Commission 114 Sixth Avenue Indialantic, Florida 32903