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02-11-16 THURSDAY: BLACK DRUM, SNOOK, POMPANO, SHEEPSHEAD AND BLUES

We have another chilly morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the West-Northwest at 8 mph, gusting to 13 and there is a moderate chop on the water. The wind is predicted to decrease this afternoon and it should warm up nicely. Looks like it's shaping up to be a good fishing day!

Yesterday the outgoing tide produced some slot and oversized Snook, Black Drum and Pompano. A few straggler Spanish Mackerel, Blues and Sheepshead rounded out the catches.

Our first photo today features Rich Blum of upstate NY and Vero Beach. Rich fished the north jetty last Saturday and reported the bite was as good as he's ever seen. He arrived on the jetty around 9:00 a.m. Everybody was fishing the inlet side of the jetty where they landed multiple slot Snook and Black Drum. Rich got a spot in the corner and after twenty minutes landed his first Black Drum. The bite really turned on between 10:00 - 12:00 with at least thirty Black Drum coming over the rails. Rich landed five and took home four using marinated clams and old, dead shrimp. The Pompano bite turned on around 1:00 as Rich was leaving. Thanks for the photo and update Rich!

Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach is featured in our second photo. Mike's 27" Black Drum was one of two he landed on Tuesday using clams. Nice catch Mike!

Photo three is of Mike Ricciardi, Bob Mann and an unidentified angler freeing a Gannet that was hooked. The bird was reeled in, unhooked, freed and flew away happy and healthy. Just a reminder: Never cut the line on a hooked bird. Reel it in and unhook it, the bird will not survive with a hook and line in its mouth. If you aren't sure how to accomplish this, ask somebody to help. There are anglers, Rangers and volunteers who can assist. Nice job gentlemen!

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Rich Blum of NY and Vero Beach with four Black Drum.

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02-10-16 WEDNESDAY: BLACK DRUM, SPANISH MACKEREL, REDS

We are pleased to report that we had a happy ending to our "whale saga" yesterday; Mama and calf exited safely out of the inlet at mid-day and headed north. What an amazing sight!

We have a very chilly morning at the inlet; bundle up if you head that way today! Fortunately the wind has subsided; it's blowing out of the West-Northwest at 4 mph, gusting to 7 and there is a light chop on the water. NOAA issued a small craft advisory through 10:00 a.m. this morning and is predicting the wind to increase this afternoon.

Yesterday the bite was slow off the jetties. The afternoon outgoing tide produced four Black Drum from the north jetty, Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach landed two of them. There was one Spanish Mackerel and one oversized Redfish landed but overall it was very slow.

Our first photo today is courtesy of Chris Morgan of Melbourne. Chris and his wife Debra were fishing the north fork of the Sebastian River when Debra landed this rarely caught Bigmouth Sleeper Goby using live shrimp. The fish are native to mostly south Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Central and South America. The saltwater species can live completely in fresh water as well. Chris reported they hooked up with a couple of Tarpon and Mangrove Snapper that day, all were released. Thanks for sharing the photo, nice going Debra!

Photo two is courtesy of Gregory Willis of Orlando. On January 24th Chris landed the Sheepshead using sand fleas and the Trout and Spot using shrimp. He also landed and released some undersized Flounder and Reds. Thanks Gregory.

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Fish for mutton snapper? Attend one of the upcoming mutton snapper workshops hosted in February by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). At these workshops, FWC staff will gather public input on the management of mutton snapper. Some workshops will be co-hosted by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. Staff will provide a brief presentation about mutton snapper management issues that are currently being worked on and will solicit stakeholder concerns and comments about these issues. Anyone with an interest in management of Florida's mutton snapper is encouraged to participate.

Go to www.MyFWC.com for more information.



Bigmouth Sleeper Goby landed by Debra Morgan of Melbourne.

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02-09-16 TUESDAY: BLACK DRUM, POMPANO, SHEEPSHEAD, TROUT, FLOUNDER, BLUES AND REDS

ENDANGERED NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES ARE IN THE INLET. THE MOTHER AND CALF ARE HEALTHY. THE MOTHER IS APPROXIMATELY 45 FEET LONG AND THE CALF IS APPROXIMATELY 20 FEET LONG. FWC IS MONITORING THE WHALES. PLEASE AVOID USING THE INLET IF POSSIBLE; THERE ARE ONLY 500 OF THESE WHALES LEFT IN EXISTENCE. THE WHALES ARE VISIBLE FROM SHORE; THEY HAVE BEEN HANGING AROUND THE SAND TRAP WEST OF THE BRIDGE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.

Winds are blowing out of the West at 7 mph gusting to 13. NOAA has issued a small craft advisory through Wednesday morning. Black Drum continue to be the best bite at the inlet. Clams and dead shrimp have been the baits of choice. Pompano and Sheepshead are hitting crustaceans, particularly sand fleas. Speckled Trout, Flounder, Blues and Reds round out the mix.

Our photos today are courtesy of Sebastian Inlet State Park Ranger Ed Perry. Ranger Perry is our go-to guy for flora and fauna identification and an excellent photographer. Ranger Perry captured a couple of shots of the Right Whales that are currently in the inlet. Photo one is of Mama Whale "Clipper", named so by biologist because one of her fins is clipped. Photo two is of both whales surfacing. Ranger Perry explained that the "V" shaped spout is because Right Whales have a divided blow hole and is one of their telltale identifiers. Thank you Ranger Perry, great photos!

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AFTERNOON UPDATE: THE WHALES HAVE LEFT THE INLET. THEY MOVED OUT AROUND 12:30 THIS AFTERNOON AND HEADED NORTH.

North Atlantic Right Whale "Clipper".

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02-05-16 FRIDAY: TGIF!! BLUSTERY CONDITONS AT THE INLET

It's cool, wet and blustery out on the jetties this morning. Winds are blowing out of the North-Northwest at 27 mph, gusting to 33 and the water is rough. Waves are blowing over the rails and rain gear is in order today. Even the rough conditions won't keep some of our more die-hard anglers off the jetties. We have about a dozen anglers out trying their luck. Fortunately they are spread out to avoid tangling lines.

Sarah at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported a very slow morning today. Yesterday there were a few Spanish Mackerel hitting Gotcha lures, a few Blue Runners, one Flounder and a few Pompano that came over the rails, over all a slow day too.

Our angler of the day is Patrick Hoy of Wabasso. Patrick and his fiancee Caitlin Rissman were fishing near a spoil island at the inlet on Sunday afternoon when this monster 44" Red hit a live shrimp under a popping cork. The big bull was revived boat side and swam away healthy. They also landed a Sheepshead, a Catfish, a few Ladyfish and ten Trout. Sounds like a nice day on the water. Great catch Patrick!

Have a great weekend and be sure to send in your fishing photos and updates!

Fish for mutton snapper? Attend one of the upcoming mutton snapper workshops hosted in February by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). At these workshops, FWC staff will gather public input on the management of mutton snapper. Some workshops will be co-hosted by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. Staff will provide a brief presentation about mutton snapper management issues that are currently being worked on and will solicit stakeholder concerns and comments about these issues. Anyone with an interest in management of Florida's mutton snapper is encouraged to participate.

Go to www.MyFWC.com for more information.



Patrick Hoy of Wabasso with a 44" C/R Red.
02-04-16 THURSDAY: BLACK DRUM, POMPANO, SHEEPSHEAD, REDS, SNOOK, TROUT AND FLOUNDER

It's a beautiful morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South-Southeast at 10 mph, gusting to 12 and there is a moderate chop on the water. The wind and waves will start building late this afternoon and NOAA is calling for a small craft advisory this evening through late Friday night.

We are seeing the usual cast of characters biting for this time of year. The Black Drum bite remains good from the north jetty along with Pompano, Blues, Reds, Snook, Trout, Flounder and Sheepshead. Crustaceans such as sand fleas work well for Pompano and Sheepshead. Live shrimp and bucktails are working for Snook and Reds. Blues will hit just about anything. Black Drum prefer clams or dead, stinky shrimp.

All of our photos today were taken on the 20th. Our first photo today features inlet regular Richard Pearce of Sebastian. Richard landed the 25" Black Drum off the north jetty using clams. Nice catch Rich!

Bob Mann is featured in photo two with one of many giant Reds he landed and released! Very nice Bob!

Mark is featured in our last photo with one of the huge C/R Reds he landed. Nice going Mark!

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Ever wondered how to tie a certain knot, but didn't know who to ask? Check out the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) newest YouTube Channel, FWC Saltwater Fishing. Find them on YouTube by searching FWC Saltwater Fishing or go to MyFWC.com/SaltwaterFishing. New fishing videos will be added on a regular basis with information on everything saltwater fishing, from how to measure a fish to understanding regulations. Find out everything you need to know firsthand, direct from the mouths of FWC staff! Make sure you subscribe to the channel so you will be informed of the latest updates. Videos will also be featured on the main MyFWC.com saltwater fishing page at MyFWC.com/Fishing by clicking on "Saltwater". Have a question or topic you'd like to see covered in the future? Email Saltwater@MyFWC.com.





Richard Pearce of Sebastian with a 25" Black Drum.

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02-03-16 WEDNESDAY: BLACK DRUM, SNOOK AND POMPANO

We have a cloudy morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Southeast at 8 mph, gusting to 12 and there is a moderate chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories this morning.

Yesterday there were several Snook break offs in the morning hours and one slot fish came over the rails. Black Drum were biting and there were break offs, spit hooks and successes. Several nice Pompano were landed off the north jetty but we haven't gotten any input from all those anglers lining the beach yesterday, anybody have any luck? Let us know!

Our first photo today features Mark Etheridge of Margate. Mark and a friend were camping for a few days at Long Point and fished the north jetty for several days. On Thursday the men landed several slot Sheepshead. Mark is pictured with one of the few fish landed Friday morning....it was a very slow day but Mark managed to land the decent sized Pompano using sand fleas. Nice going Mark!

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The Sebastian Inlet State Park will be holding a surf fishing workshop on Saturday, Feb. 6th from 1:00 - 3:00 at the fishing museum on the south side of the Park. This class is designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing. Topics include rod and reel selection, standard pompano rig, choosing bait and more. Bring something for note taking. The workshop is free but Park entry fees apply.


Mark Etheridge of Margate with a Pompano.

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02-02-16 TUESDAY: SNOOK, BLACK DRUM, POMPANO, BLUES, FLOUNDER AND REDS

We have dense fog at the inlet this morning but it should burn off as the day progresses. Winds are blowing out of the East-Southeast at 6 mph, gusting to 10 and the water has a light chop. Winds are predicted to increase this afternoon.

This morning the north jetty is crowded with anglers fishing for Snook, Pompano, Black Drum, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead and Reds. Anglers using sand fleas, shrimp and clams are attracting Pompano, Sheephsead and Black Drum. Live shrimp and bucktails are being used for Reds and Snook. Anglers fishing the rocks west of the A-1-A bridge have been landing medium sized Flounder.

We received an update and some of today's photos from inlet regular Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach. Mike reported the first day of Snook season was crowded on the north jetty. Mike decided to fish for Pompano yesterday and landed two slot fish, plenty of other anglers were more successful. Sand fleas were the bait of choice with clams running a close second. Mike caught and released one undersized Sheepshead, four small Black Drum and one Bluefish. The beaches were packed with anglers who were Pompano fishing. Photos four and five are of the poles lined up along the beaches. Thanks Mike!

Our first photo today features Ryan McKay and Josh Gentile both of Satellite Beach. The young men were fishing the north jetty on the 20th when the bite was excellent. Reds and Black Drum were hot that day and both guys landed some real nice fish. The men hooked up with giant Redfish simultaneously using bucktails in photo one.

Photo two is of Ryan McKay with a 27.5" Black Drum he landed using clams. Nice catch Ryan!

Photo three features Josh Gentile with a 24" Black Drum he landed on clams. Very nice Josh.

Photos four and five are of the many poles lining the beaches yesterday.

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Ryan McKay and Josh Gentile with huge C/R Reds.

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02-01-16 MONDAY: SNOOK, REDS, BLACK DRUM, POMPANO, FLOUNDER AND BLUES

It's a beautiful Monday morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the West at 4 mph, gusting to 7 and there is a light chop on the water. It looks like a great day to get out and wet a line.

Snook season is open today through May 31st. There were a couple of slot Snook landed this morning off the north jetty according to Sarah at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop, along with one slot Red. Black Drum continue to bite as well as decent sized Trout, Blues, Pompano and Flounder. Good sized shrimp were running well last night too. Thanks Sarah!

Our photos today are courtesy of Charlie Achinelli of Sebastian. Charlie took Pat O'Keefe from Brewster, NY fishing on the north jetty while he was here on vacation last week. Pat had a great time landing Black Drum, Sheephshead, Blues and the nice 17" Speckled Trout in photo one.

Photo two is of the Sheepshead, Drum and Bluefish. Pat used 12 lb. test with a short leader and shrimp. Way to go Pat! Thanks Charlie.

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Pat O'Keefe of Brewster, NY with a 17" Speckled Trout.

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