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05-27-16 FRIDAY: TGIF!

It's another pretty morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Northeast at 12 mph, gusting to 16 and there is a moderate chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories this morning but we have a chance of rain and a slight chance of showers through the long weekend. Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating.

This morning a real nice Trout in the 8 - 10 lb. range was landed off the south jetty according to Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. Mangrove Snapper have been active and some decent sized Flounder have been landed from the rocks. Snook and Reds continue to hit, mostly in the evening hours. The water is warming up and it's time for targeting Snapper. Those predators love many types of live bait. Live shrimp, small finger mullet, sardines, pinfish, cut squid and small crabs will attract their attention. Those anglers who prefer artificials will find soft plastic shrimp and jerk baits work, as well as mud minnow and finger mullet, surface plugs and popping flies. Snapper prefer structure, so dropping your bait near the pilings of the jetty or casting near some mangroves is usually all you have to do. Get out and do some fishing this weekend!

Our photo of the day is courtesy of District Commissioner Michael Rowland. Capt. Mike and his neighbor James Cammilleri of Malabar went offshore last week when James came home with the 12 lb. Dolphin and 10 lb. King. The fish were landed in 130' of water on naked ballyhoo. Thanks Commissioner, nice catches James!

Have a great Memorial Day weekend. Please take a moment from your day of celebration to reflect on the brave sacrifices of those who gave their lives for this great nation. Thank you to all of our veterans and active duty military!




James Cammilleri of Malabar with a 12 lb. Dolphin and 10 lb. King.
05-26-16 THURSDAY: SPANISH MACKEREL, MANGROVE SNAPPER, JACKS, WHITING AND FLOUNDER

Winds are blowing out of the North-Northeast at 14 mph, gusting to 16 and there is a moderate chop on the water. We have clouds building up offshore and NOAA is calling for a chance of showers.

There were a few Spanish Mackerel landed on the outgoing tide this morning along with Lookdowns, Mangrove Snapper and few Jacks from the jetties. Some good sized Whiting are being landed in the surf according to Sarah at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. Flounder are hitting outside the channel and anglers have had good luck fishing from shore and the T-Dock.

Our angler today is James Brassard. James and his wife Jessica went offshore on Sunday and landed two mighty fine 20 lb. Dolphin. One is featured in our photo today. Nice catch James!

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James Brassard with a 20 lb. Dolphin.
05-25-16 WEDNESDAY: LOOKDOWNS, FLOUNDER, MANGROVE SNAPPER, REDS AND SNOOK.

It's another lovely morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the East-Northeast at 10 mph, gusting to 14 and there is a moderate chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories this morning.

Our photo today is courtesy of Paul Szoke of Palm Bay. Paul confirmed the Flounder run with today's photo. Paul landed this 22" beauty on Friday from the south side of the Park. The Tuesday before he landed two 16" and one 18" Flounder. Paul has been nursing a broken femur and thought he missed the run, but says he's landed quite a few since he returned to fishing. He also reported many Lookdowns. On Tuesday Paul landed a large Mackerel and a 14" Mangrove Snapper and five shorts that were returned to the water. Great news, thanks Paul!

The Angler's for Conservation third annual Advanced Teen Anglers Camp is open for registration. The two-day camps are open to kids ages 12 -17 and are being held June 11 - 12 and 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.

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Paul Szoke of Palm Bay with a 22" Flounder.
05-24-16 TUESDAY: FLOUNDER, SNAPPER, REDS AND SNOOK

We have another beautiful morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the East-Northeast at 10 mph, gusting to 12 and there is a moderate chop on the water. NOAA is predicting winds to pick up this afternoon and there is a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

We are happy to report that the bite has picked up with some spring and summer species. Quite a few Summer Flounder have been pushing through, we're starting to see Mangrove Snapper and of course we still have the big Reds that have been hitting in the evening hours. Snook are still active and you have a week left in the season to land that keeper. Snook season will close from June 1st - Sept. 1st for spawning season. All Snook will be strictly catch and release during the closed season.

Our angler of the day is Jerry Connors of Melbourne who has become an inlet regular since moving to the area. Jerry landed this beautiful 41" C/R Snook off the north jetty a couple of weeks ago. The Snook was released unharmed. Very nice Jerry!

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Jerry Connors of Melbourne with a 41" C/R Snook.
05-23-16 MONDAY: THE BITE IS PICKING UP!

It's a real pretty morning at the inlet. We have West-Northwest winds blowing at 11 mph, gusting to 13 and there is a light chop on the water. NOAA is predicting winds to shift to the Northeast this afternoon with a slight chance of showers.

Over the weekend the bite picked up according to Sarah at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. Some nice Reds, decent sized Flounder and Mangrove Snapper were landed. Surf fishing wasn't great but croakers are beginning to run along the beach which should improve chances. Thanks Sarah! One can usually tell when the bite picks up, word travels quickly and more anglers magically appear on the jetties!

Our angler today is Caleb Russell who landed the 28.5" C/R Red from the north jetty Saturday night. The Red was landed around 9:00 p.m. on live shrimp and safely released after the photo. Nice catch Caleb!

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Caleb Russell with a 28.5" C/R Red.
05-20-16 FRIDAY: A FEW JACKS, MANGROVE SNAPPER AND C/R REDS

We have another beautiful morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South at 7 mph, gusting to 11 and there is a light chop on the water. Winds are predicted to shift to the Southeast this afternoon and there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms. It looks like we have a pretty good boating forecast for the weekend but we may see some rain. Send in your offshore fishing reports!

Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports a few nice Snapper are coming over the rails though not in big numbers yet. A few Jacks are hitting and some of the regulars believe they are seeing schools of Permit, out of casting range. Thanks Tommy!

We received an update from Jerry Connors of Melbourne who fished the inlet a couple of days this week. The bite was rather slow early Sunday morning from 5:00 - 8:00 a.m. He didn't see anyone even get a hit. He landed an undersized Snook on a huge mullet and one large Ladyfish on live shrimp before sunrise. Just before he left he got two hookups on live shrimp. The first one broke off but on the next cast he landed a 34" C/R Red. Jerry saw an angler who was surf fishing land a beauty of a Trout that was about 34" long and at least 10 lbs.! On Wednesday he fished for a few hours and reported the Whiting and Croakers were hitting pretty well. He is hoping the full moon tomorrow night will bring in more baitfish, we do too! Thanks Jerry!

Photo one is of Jerry Connors with the 34" C/R Red and photo two is of the hungry little Snook that took a big mullet!

Have a great weekend!

Night Sounds at Sebastian Inlet State Park Concert Series on Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Hosted by the Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park, the concert will showcase Lee Hunter and Joey Kerr. Lee Hunter is a singer, an award winning songwriter, rhythm guitarist, percussionist and pianist with a passion for folklore. From 1992-2014, she worked with guitarist Arvid Smith as the critically acclaimed duo, Tammerlin. Together they placed their own stamp on folk/roots music. Known for clever original songs and traditional tunes pulled from the roots of American music. Lee Hunter is now pursuing her own musical path. Still passionate for the stories this music conveys, Hunter's focus continues to be on performing and writing songs in the Americana genre. Lee has teamed up with Joey Kerr, an exceptional guitarist and mandolin player and a fine singer and songwriter in his own right. Joey brings impressive musicianship and an extensive knowledge of American music to the duo's sound. Kerr was the winner of the 2013 Gram Parsons Guitar Pull and Tribute Festival Songwriting Contest. Take some chairs and enjoy some music under the stars! The concert is free but Park entry fees apply.





Jerry Connors of Melbourne with a 34" C/R Red.

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05-19-16 THURSDAY: A FEW NICE SURPRISES, SNOOK AND REDS

We have a gorgeous morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South-Southwest at 7 mph, gusting to 11 and the water is clean and calm. Winds will shift to the Southeast later today and we have a chance of showers and thunderstorms.

We have seen a few nice surprises at the inlet the last few days. Richard Pearce's Permit was a beauty and there was also a keeper Cobia landed on a Gotcha lure from the north jetty on Wednesday according to Bob Green of Vero Beach. Oversized Reds and Snook are still hitting in the evenings and low light periods. Scattered Blues, Jacks and Ladyfish are in the mix as well, but the bite remains slower than usual for this time of year.

Our photo today is courtesy of Ed Gomiela. Dennis Haggerty brought in his big bull Red Friday night using cut Ladyfish. The big Red was difficult to hold onto, but they managed a quick photo and got it back into the water. The Red swam away unharmed. Nice catch Dennis!

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Ed Gomiela and Dennis Haggerty with a C/R Red.
05-18-16 WEDNESDAY: LOOK, IT'S A PERMIT!

We have overcast skies at the inlet this morning. Winds are blowing out of the South at 9 mph, gusting to 12 and there is a moderate chop on the water. Winds are forecasted to decrease this afternoon but thunderstorms are expected.

The bite remains slow but our angler of the day gives us hope! Richard Pearce of Sebastian landed the beautiful 11.5 lb. Permit in our photo using his usual frozen bionic shrimp. Richard is one of the luckiest inlet regulars; he can walk out to the north jetty when nobody is landing anything and have something on the hook within minutes! Hopefully we'll see more of these delicious fish as the water temperature rises!

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Richard Pearce of Sebastian with an 11.5 lb. Permit. Fantastic!
05-17-16 TUESDAY: THE BITE IS SLOW

We have an overcast morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Southeast at 12 mph, gusting to 14 and there is a moderate chop on the water. We have a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms today, be sure to go prepared if you head to the inlet.

We received an update from Matt McKnight who reported a slow bite of Blues, Catfish and Nurse Sharks. Matt landed a protected Goliath Grouper on a mojarra that he immediately released unharmed, nice handling Matt. Reminder: Goliath Groupers have been prohibited from harvest or possession since 1990. They must be immediately returned to the water free, alive and unharmed. Photographs can be taken but only during the active act of release. Photographs or any other activities such as measuring the fish should not delay release in any way. Large goliath groupers should be left in the water during release. The skeletal structure of large goliath grouper cannot adequately support their weight out of the water without some type of damage. If a large goliath is brought on-board a vessel or out of the water, it is likely to sustain some form of internal injury and therefore be considered harvested. Removing smaller goliath groupers from the water to remove hooks is not necessarily a bad practice, but this process must be done with care, using proper fish handling techniques, and return the fish to the water as expeditiously as possible.

Our photo today is courtesy of Matt McKnight who took the shot of an unidentified angler with a nice Redfish. Thanks Matt!

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Unidentified angler with a nice Red.
05-16-16 MONDAY: MACKEREL, REDS AND SNOOK!

Anglers can expect mostly sunny skies today with a high near 84. The chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 P.M. stands at 20 percent. Winds will be easterly at 5 to 15 mph and seas to 3 feet with a light chop on the intracoastal. Fortunately, there are no NOAA advisories posted at this time.

Sarah at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports just fair fishing over the weekend. There were some snook taken on the tide change, some routine reds in the channels caught during the outgoing, and a couple of nice mackerels landed with Gotcha lures on the oceanside. Sarah says this morning the jetties are "crowd-free".

Last week Inlet regulars, Justin and Dennis Foster saw some action offshore of the jetties. Along with a decent red snapper, Justin caught a nice-sized dolphin and his father, Dennis, managed to reel in half a grouper. The other half was nailed by a 9-10 foot shark that came from under their boat with the grouper in its jaws.

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Satellite Beach's Justin Foster displays a dolphin caught offshore.

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