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08-28-15 FRIDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, JACKS, REDS

We have a very still morning at the inlet. The wind is barely moving out of the South-Southeast and there is a light chop on the water. We are experiencing extreme tides with the coming full moon. NOAA is calling for a chance of showers and thunderstorms today and gnarly conditions throughout the weekend due to TS Erika. A lot of buzz is going on in the angling community about the coming disturbance, many think the bite will fire up. Woo-hoo, we're ready!

Yesterday morning there was a steady Mangrove Snapper bite off the north jetty. Some anglers took a while to reach their limit and some never got there but overall, it was a decent morning bite. A lot of shorts were in the mix and returned to the water. Anglers using shrimp, greenies and mojarra on light tackle were having the best luck. The water was very clean and visible schools of Snook, Mangrove Snapper, greenies and mojarra all swimming around the north jetty.

With the opening of Snook season right around the corner, we have lots of excited anglers looking forward to Tuesday, September 1st. The season will run through December 14th and close again on December 15th. Bag limits are one per person per day and the slot is 28" - 32". Measure the fish from the most forward point of the head with the mouth closed to the furthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed while the fish is lying on its side. Minimum and maximum size limits help protect juvenile and older breeding fish within the population. A Snook permit (stamp) as well as a recreational saltwater license is required unless the angler is exempt from the recreational license requirements. You can help researchers by saving your filleted carcasses and dropping them off at a participating bait and tackle store. Go to www.MyFWC.com for more information.

Our first photo today features Paul Moyer of Indian Trail, NC with a 24" slot Red he landed off the north jetty yesterday morning. Paul baited his hook with the first shrimp of the day and got the attention of this sweet Red. Great catch Paul!

The Sebastian Inlet State Park is having a great year with turtle nesting. Our second photo today is the number of nests that have been laid in the Park up to August 20th. Thanks to SISP Ranger Ed Perry for sharing this terrific news with us!

Have a great weekend. Send in your fishing updates and interesting photos from the inlet!






Paul Moyer of Indian Trail, NC with a 24" slot Red.

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08-27-15 THURSDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, A FEW REDS AND C/R SNOOK

We have a nice breeze at the inlet today. Winds are blowing out of the Southeast at 9 mph, gusting to 13 and there is a light chop on the water. There are lots of greenies and mojarra in the clear water. Mangrove Snapper remain the best bet at the inlet.

Inlet regular Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach fished the north jetty again yesterday morning and reported a good Mangrove Snapper bite. Mike and several other regulars limited out in the sweltering heat and humidity. One nice change that occurred yesterday is that several slot Reds came over the rails, a couple of Jacks and some Catfish too. Boats that were anchored near the north jetty were having luck with C/R Snook. The incoming tide was clean and there were lots of fish visible. Thanks Mike!

Our photo today is courtesy of Jeff Nestor. Jeff and Brent Oakley, both from Grant fished the inlet Tuesday night when Brent landed this nice C/R. Snook. The Snook was released unharmed after the photo. Jacks were active as well. Thanks Jeff!

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Brent Oakley of Grant with a C/R Snook.
08-26-15 WEDNESDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER

Thank goodness for the little bit of breeze we have blowing out of the Southwest this morning, otherwise the heat would be stifling. Seven mph winds with gusts to nine are keeping the inlet anglers a little more comfortable. NOAA is calling for the wind to pick up this afternoon with likely showers and thunderstorms.

This time of year, Mangrove Snapper are the most prevalent species at the inlet; August and September are peak months for them. The tasty little fish are a lot of fun to catch. Live mojarra, greenies or shrimp on light tackle have been producing the best results. Lookdowns, Jacks, Blue Runners, Reds and C/R Snook are in the water as well but getting them to bite is the trick.

Our angler of the day is Michele Ward of Kissimmee. Michele landed her Sheepshead off the T-Dock using shrimp. Nice catch Michele!

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Michele Ward of Kissimmee with a Sheepshead.
08-25-15 TUESDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER

Winds are blowing out of the West at 4 mph, gusting to 8 this morning and there is a light chop on the water. NOAA is calling for the wind to shift to the Southeast this afternoon with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported that the early morning Mangrove Snapper bite was decent. Inlet regular Mike Ricciardi fished the north jetty yesterday morning and confirmed the bite. He and several other regulars caught their limits of Snapper. Thanks Tommy and Mike!

Our angler of the day is Brynn Johnson. Brynn was using a 3/8 oz. Jig on the flats just west of the Sebastian Inlet State Park boat ramps. This beauty was 30"! Great catch Brynn!

In observance of literacy month, the Sebastian Inlet State Park will be hosting their annual "Read with a Ranger" program for children 9 and under on Sept. 5th and Sept. 12th. Meet at the Fishing Museum on the south side of the Park at 1:00 p.m. Participants will receive a free book, courtesy of The Friends of the Sebastian Inlet State Park. The program is free but Park entry fees apply.

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Brynn Johnson with a 30" Spanish Mackerel.

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08-24-15 MONDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, JACKS AND BLUE RUNNERS

We have some welcomed cloud cover at the inlet this morning but it's still very hot! Winds are moving out of the West at 2 mph with gusts to 5 and there is a light chop on the water. NOAA is calling for a chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon.

Over the weekend the bite remained slow according to Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. The best bet is still Mangrove Snapper on light tackle. A smattering of Blue Runners and Jacks have been in play. Fishing early morning and late in the day has been more productive, the mid day bite is pretty much non-existent which is common for this time of year.

Our angler of the day is Wes Szuba of Sebastian. Wes landed the Mangrove Snapper off the north jetty using greenies.

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Wes Szuba of Sebastian with a Mangrove Snapper.
08-21-15 FRIDAY: TGIF...THE BITE IS SLOW THIS MORNING

We have a beautiful, hot day at the inlet. Winds are moving out of the Southwest at 3 mph with occasional gusts to 5 and the water is calm. The outgoing tide is dark with tannins, the incoming is cleaner. The NOAA forecast is calling for 1 - 2' seas over the weekend with only a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. It looks like it will be a good weekend to get offshore; always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating.

There are a lot of bait fish in the water and lots of fish in the water this morning but nothing is really biting. The early morning hours brought a couple of C/R Snook and a few Mangrove Snapper but after 9:00 the bite fell off.

Our angler of the day is Loi Nguyen of Sebastian. Loi landed this healthy Mangrove Snapper off the north jetty last Friday morning using mojarra. Nice catch Loi!

Our second photo features Tommy Ngo of Melbourne. Tommy and a friend were fishing last Friday morning when they saw a sea turtle tangled in fishing line. The duo netted the turtle, brought it up on the north jetty, freed it from the line and released it. What good stewards of the environment, way to go guys!

Mark your calendars; The Friends of the Sebastian Inlet State Park will begin hosting their Night Sounds concerts beginning Sept. 26th with blues and Motown from Vince Love and the Soul Cats and Indie Pop Rock duo SIRCY on October 10th.

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


Lie Nguyen of Sebastian with a Mangrove Snapper.

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08-20-15 THURSDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, BLUE RUNNERS, REDS, C/R SNOOK AND A FEW LOOKDOWNS

We have 6 mph winds blowing out of the Southwest this morning, gusting to 8 and there is a light chop on the water. The NOAA forecast is calling for the wind to shift to the Southeast this afternoon with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Tommy Turowski of the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop said the Snapper bite continues at the inlet. Anglers using shrimp and small baitfish on light tackle are having the best luck. Snapper are a lot of fun to catch and are quite tasty. Schools of Blue Runners are swimming around the jetties, along with Jacks, a few Reds and Snook. District Commissioner Michael Rowland reported that offshore trolling has been on the slow side.

Our angler of the day is Brandon Cintron of Oviedo. Brandon fished the north jetty last weekend using shrimp to land this 25" slot Red. Other anglers were trying for Reds using greenies but weren't having any luck. Brandon reported the Snapper bite was consistent all day.

Our second photo is of a manatee surfacing for air at the north jetty.

In observance of literacy month the State Park will be holding its annual "Read with a Ranger" program on Sept. 5th and 12th. Meet at the Fishing Museum on the south side of the Park at 1:00 p.m. Participants will receive a free book, compliments of The Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park.

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Brandon Cintron of Oveido with a 25" slot Red.

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08-19-15 WEDNESDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, LOOKDOWNS, BLUE RUNNERS, REDS AND C/R SNOOK

It's another lovely summer morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South-Southeast at 3 mph, gusting to 5 and there is a light to moderate chop on the water. Water temperatures are creeping back up to normal for this time of year. The NOAA forecast is calling for potential scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon.

We have the same cast of characters making appearances at the inlet. Mangrove Snapper have been playing the lead role with Lookdowns and Blue Runners supporting and cameos of C/R Snook and Reds. We are still seeing a lot of bait in the water.

Our first photo today features Sebastian Inlet District Commissioner, Capt. Michael J. Rowland with a beautiful 10 lb. lobster he bagged in 65' of water. Woo-hoo, nice one Capt. Mike!

Photo two is courtesy of Alek Turko of Indialantic. Alek fished the inlet last weekend and reported a good Snapper bite but the smalls were getting to the bait before the keepers had a chance. There were large schools of Reds and a few Snook popping in the mix. Alek landed the slot Red and slot Snapper in the photo. Very nice!

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Capt. Michael J. Rowland with a 10 lb. lobster.

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08-18-15 TUESDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, SNOOK AND LOOKDOWN

Inlet anglers can expect showers and thunderstorms after 11:00 A.M. Between the rains, conditions will be mostly sunny with a high near 91. Initially winds will be south-southeast becoming east-southeast 10 to 15 mph. The chance of rain is 30%.

Vero Beach's Mike Ricciardi fished the north jetty on Monday and reported a decent mangrove snapper bite in the early morning. However, it fell off when the tide changed from outgoing to incoming about 9:30 A.M. Mike and Diane Buyce of Melbourne both landed their limits of snapper, along with a few other Inlet regulars.

There's still a lot of bait in the water with big schools of blue runners busting through the packs. Mike said lookdowns were active and one large C/R snook came over the rails while he fished.

Our picture of the day is from Victor Montolvo of Orlando. Victor landed his limit of mangrove snapper last Friday morning using mojarra. He hooked his entire catch within one hour of arriving at the north jetty.

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Angler Victor Montolvo's Mangrove Snappers
08-17-15 MONDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, REDS, C/R SNOOK, JACKS AND BLUE RUNNERS

It's another beautiful morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are moving out of the Southeast at 3 mph, gusting to 4 and there is a light chop on the water. NOAA is calling for a chance of rain throughout the day today. Currently, we have some clouds above the inlet but the cloud cover is welcomed by our jetty anglers.

Mangrove Snapper continue to dominate the catches at the inlet. Small shrimp, mojarra and greenies on light tackle will do the trick for the tasty fish. Over the weekend Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported the bite was good on Sunday. Once again, Mangrove Snapper were the best bet along with Jacks, Blue Runners, slot and oversized Reds and C/R Snook. Tommy said the incoming tide is very clean but the outgoing has become murky. Thanks Tommy!

Our angler of the day is Kurush Akbari of Palm Bay. Kurush landed this huge C/R Snook using a pinfish last Sunday evening. Kurush had waited patiently for a good bite the entire night. With one bait left, his last cast produced this big, gorgeous C/R Snook. Kurush released the fish unharmed right after the photo. Beautiful catch Kurush!

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

 
 
 
 

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