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08-26-16 FRIDAY: MANGROVE AND MUTTON SNAPPER, JACKS, REDS, C/R SNOOK AND BLUE RUNNERS

OUR WEB CAM IS DOWN. WE ARE ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM; HOPEFULLY WE WILL BE BACK UP AND RUNNING SOON.

The tropical system in the Atlantic is falling apart but it looks like we will still get some needed rain over the weekend, particularly on Sunday. This morning winds are blowing out of the East at 10 mph with gusts to 12 and there is a moderate chop on the water. We have a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. NOAA is calling for small craft to exercise caution and boaters should stay tied up to the dock this weekend, conditions will be rough.

We are seeing the usual cast of characters for summer. Mangrove and Mutton Snapper in decent size and numbers, C/R Snook, oversized Reds, Blue Runners, Jacks and Spanish Mackerel. Whiting are in surf.

Our first photo today is courtesy of Bill Hillman of Kissimmee. Bill is an inlet regular who loves spending his time fishing from the north jetty. He landed the beautiful 24" Mutton Snapper on the incoming tide last week. What a beauty, way to go Bill!

Photo two is courtesy of Steve Hilmy. Steve left his University Professor's job in D.C. in July to move here and enjoy our beautiful beaches. He fishes exclusively on the beach north of the inlet every morning for a few hours, starting just before dawn. Although this month has been on the slow side, he still manages to catch one or two fish for breakfast. The two Sennet in the photo were cooked up for a tasty breakfast for Steve and his wife. Even with the heavy weeds in the water his silver spoon works well. Welcome to paradise Steve, nice catches!

Have a great weekend!




Bill Hillman of Kissimmee with a 24" Mutton Snapper.

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08-25-16 THURSDAY: MANGROVE AND MUTTON SNAPPER, BLUE RUNNERS, SPANISH MACKEREL, C/R SNOOK AND BIG REDS

OUR WEB CAM IS DOWN. WE ARE ADDRESSING THE SITUATION.

We have added a new feature to our web site. Under "Useful Links" we've added the Sebastian Marine Forecast. Northwest winds are blowing at 10 mph this morning. Hurricane Gaston in the Atlantic is beginning to stir up the wind and will bring us some needed rain. Right now he is predicted to weaken before gaining strength again, and then veer off to the Northeast. That is good news for us although local showers can develop quickly and pack some high gusting winds.

Mangrove Snapper remain the draw for our jetty anglers. We've had a real good Mutton Snapper run this summer too. C/R Snook are hitting, oversized Reds, Blue Runners, a few Spanish Mackerel and Whiting are in the surf.

Our photos today are courtesy of George Olmo of St. Cloud. George reported when he was out with friends over the weekend, the Mutton Snapper bite was on fire. George agreed to tell us where he is from and that he was free-lining live shrimp but he won't disclose his secret spot and we can't blame him! George lost three Mutton Snapper; the first was devoured by a Barracuda. After that, four nice ones were landed along with a Porkfish. Nice catches George!

Photo one is of George with one of the Mutton Snapper and photo two is of his catches that day.

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George Olmo of St. Cloud with a Mutton Snapper.

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08-24-16 WEDNESDAY: MANGROVE AND MUTTON SNAPPER, REDS, C/R SNOOK, JACKS, SPANISH MACEKREL AND LOOKDOWNS

We had a little bit of rain early this morning and we could see more throughout the day. Winds are blowing out of the North at 9 mph, gusting to 10 and there is a moderate chop on the water. NOAA is calling for 3 - 4' seas with a dominant wave period of 5 seconds. The Gulf Stream will build to 5 - 6' by tonight, creating hazardous conditions.

The bite has been decent, particularly for summer. We've seen a good Snapper bite, Mangroves and Muttons, C/R big Reds, big Jacks, a few Spanish Mackerel, a few Bonito, Lookdowns, Blue Runners and C/R Snook. The bait situation is changing; greenies have thinned out, glass minnows are scarce but there are a few mullet in the water.

Our first photo today features Charles Nuduba who made the drive over from Winter Park last week. Charles was fishing the south side using small greenies on light tackle when he landed three C/R Snook and three Mangrove Snapper. Charles reported many Eagle Rays in the water that day. For the record, Charles has never landed a Snook in season, the proper size in the past six years. You are not alone Charles, many of us know that feeling. All the Snook were released unharmed, nice handling, thanks Charles!

Our second photo features Jeff Loveday of Palm Bay. Jeff was fishing near Coconut Point on the south side of the Park when he landed the C/R Snook using a red and white diving bomber. The Snook was released unharmed. Nice catch Jeff!

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The Sebastian Inlet State Park will begin their Night Sounds Concert series again in September. On September 17th, the Ladies of Soul will perform from 7:00 - 900 p.m. The Ladies of Soul are three singers backed up by the four piece LOS Band. Park entry fees apply but the concert is free. For more information on the band, visit www.ladiesofsoulband.com






Charles Nuduba of Winter Park with a C/R Snook.

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08-23-16 TUESDAY: MANGROVE AND MUTTON SNAPPER, JACKS, BLUE RUNNERS, C/R SNOOK, C/R REDS AND SPANISH MACKEREL

We have a lovely, hot, steamy morning at the inlet. We have a breeze blowing out of the South-Southwest at 3 mph, gusting to 4 and there is a light chop on the water. NOAA is calling for winds to increase this afternoon.

We received some updates from our readers who confirmed the weekend bite. We have photos of Mutton Snapper, C/R Snook, oversized C/R Reds, big Jacks and Spanish Mackerel coming your way. Thanks to all of you who took the time to write in and send your photos, we'll have them on the fishing report real soon. Please remember to send your town, bait, gear, conditions and any other pertinent information that may be helpful to others.

Our photos today are courtesy of Kim Fraser of Melbourne Beach. Kim took his son Dylan and his friend Micah Edwards out last weekend and reported a gray day to start but it turned into a beautiful outing. The trio fished the inlet on the incoming tide and the boys had great luck landing some real nice fish. Dylan landed a C/R Snook and a C/R Red while Micah landed his largest Jack to date. They also had multiple bites that didn't connect. Micah hooked up with a beautiful Snook that jumped and spit the hook just a few yards from the boat! Sounds like another great day of memories were made at the Sebastian Inlet. Thanks Kim, nice catches Dylan and Micah!

Photo one features Dylan Fraser with a big C/R Redfish. Photo two is of Micah Edwards with a big Jack and photo three is of the C/R Snook Dylan landed. Great fishing guys!

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Dylan Fraser and Micah Edwards of Melbourne Beach with a C/R Red.

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08-22-16 MONDAY: SNAPPER, JACKS, BLUE RUNNERS, REDS, SPANISH MACKEREL AND C/R SNOOOK

We have an outstanding morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the West-Northwest at 5 mph gusting to 7 and the water is clean and calm. Blue skies prevail this morning although NOAA is calling for a chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon.

Over the weekend the Snapper bite was decent from the north jetty according to Tommy at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. Reds, Jacks, Blue Runners and C/R Snook are active and Spanish Mackerel are darting around. Thanks Tommy!

Our angler of the day is Sebastian Inlet District Commissioner Michael Rowland. Michael landed the beautiful 24 lb. Gag Grouper last Friday just north of the inlet in 80' of water. Fantastic catch Captain Mike!

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Commissioner Michael Rowland of Malabar with a 24 lb. Gag Grouper.
08-19-16 FRIDAY: TGIF! SNAPPER, JACKS, REDS, C/R SNOOK AND BLUE RUNNERS

We have a warm summer morning at the inlet. Winds are barely moving out of the Northeast with an occasional gust of 2 mph and the water is calm. It looks like we will have nice boating weather over the weekend. Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating as conditions can change very quickly.

We have seen a decent Mangrove Snapper bite that was confirmed by Bob Green of Vero Beach. Bob fished the north jetty yesterday afternoon and landed a total of 10, keeping his limit of 5. He kept throwing the smaller 10 - 11" Snapper back, hoping for some bigger ones. He got his wish with five in the 12" - 15" range (see photo two). Bob said one nice Mutton Snapper came over the rails and one Summer Flounder was landed. Thanks Bob!

Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported all the glass minnows are gone, the greenies have scattered and there's not many in the water now. A few finger mullet are swimming around. Blue Runners, Jacks and Spanish Mackerel round out the catches. Thanks Tommy!

Our first photo today features 15 year old Katie Selogy and her dad, Andrew of Vero Lake Estates. The father and daughter duo fished the inlet last Saturday when Katie hooked up and landed this oversized Red, by herself. They were using live pinfish for bait and the big fish just about exhausted her but Katie prevailed and got this nice photo before releasing the Red, unharmed. Great catch Katie!

Photo two is of Bob Green's Mangrove Snapper he landed yesterday afternoon. Very nice Bob!

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

Surf Fishing for Snook Workshop August 20, 2016. 1:00 - 3:15. Workshop introduces anglers to the art of surf fishing for snook. Discussion will center on several tactics for catching snook in the surf with live bait and lures. Also included will be information on rods/reels, rigging hard, soft plastic lures and live baiting options. Anglers should bring a pern/pencil and something to write on. Snook season opens September 1st.










Andrew and Katie Selogy with the C/R Red she landed.

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08-18-16 THURSDAY: MANGROVE AND MUTTON SNAPPER, JACKS, REDS, BLUE RUNNERS AND C/R SNOOK

We have a steamy morning at the inlet. Winds are barely moving out of the East-Northeast at 1 mph with an occasional gust to 2 and there is a light chop on the water. We have a full moon tonight and plenty of bait in the water. NOAA is calling for a slight chance of showers this morning.

Snapper continue to draw anglers to the jetties. We've seen some real nice Mutton Snapper this summer but the Mangroves are the most prevalent. Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports a slower bite this morning with just a few snapper coming over the rails. Big Reds, a few Blue Runners and Jacks are hit or miss. Spanish Mackerel are out there but have been keeping out of casting range. Thanks Tommy!

Before you go fishing, be sure to review the FWC guidelines and regulations. Take a look at the top right corner of this page for catch and release information. Also, please review "Jetty Etiquette", which will help you and those around you have a more pleasurable fishing experience.

Our first photo today features Mo Amrani of Orlando. Mo was using mojarra last Friday when he landed the beautiful 22" Mutton Snapper in the photo. Mo reported it was quiet most of the day with a few Mangrove Snapper coming over the rails but the bite turned on around sunset. Thanks Mo, fantastic catch!

Photo two features Ashley Hill with a nice C/R Snook he landed off the south side rocks on August 3rd. The Snook was released unharmed right after the photo. Nice catch Ashley!

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Surf Fishing for Snook Workshop August 20, 2016. 1:00 - 3:15. Workshop introduces anglers to the art of surf fishing for snook. Discussion will center on several tactics for catching snook in the surf with live bait and lures. Also included will be information on rods/reels, rigging hard, soft plastic lures and live baiting options. Anglers should bring a pern/pencil and something to write on. Snook season opens September 1st.





Mo Amrani of Orlando with a 22" Mutton Snapper.

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08-17-16 WEDNESDAY: SNAPPER, JACKS, REDS AND C/R SNOOK

We have dark clouds hanging over the inlet this morning. Winds are blowing out of the Northeast at 4 mph, gusting to 16. NOAA is calling for a slight chance of thunderstorms this morning but it looks like the chances are pretty good, go prepared if you head to the inlet this morning.

We received an update from Paul Szoke of Palm Bay. Paul reports a decent snapper bite this week although next week could be different with the coming full moon tomorrow night and prevalent outgoing tide. Paul has had good luck on the outgoing tide using cut mullet for bait. Thanks Paul!

Our photos today are courtesy of Jonathan Reese. Jonathan and his son Brenden fished the north jetty on Saturday. The father and son duo fish the inlet 60 - 75 times a year and this last trip landed several slot Mangrove Snapper and a Jack using mojarra. Mutton Snapper were missing that day. Around 4:30 p.m. they landed oversized Reds within 10 minutes of each other, about the same size. The Reds were quickly photographed and returned to the water unharmed. Photo one features Brenden Reese and photo two features Jonathan Reese. Excellent catches, gentlemen.

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Check out the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's 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.





Brenden Reese with an oversized C/R Red.

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08-16-16 TUESDAY: MANGROVE AND MUTTON SNAPPER, JACKS, REDS, C/R SNOOK AND TARPON

It's another lovely morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Northeast at 3 mph, gusting to 4 and there is a moderate chop on the water. NOAA is calling for 2 - 3' seas with a wave interval of 4 seconds so it may be a little bumpy out there today. There is a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning and afternoon.

The Mangrove Snapper bite continues in waves, and anglers using small baits and lures are having the best luck. One of the inlet regulars landed a five lb. Mangrove Snapper recently, that's big for inshore; several real nice Muttons have come over the rails as well. Jacks, Blue Runners, oversized Reds and C/R Snook are active. Tarpon can be seen rolling in the surf and there are still are lot of greenies in the water.

Our photo today features inlet regular Bill Hillman of Kissimmee. Bill was using a croaker in the early afternoon to land the 37" C/R Snook in the photo. The Snook was released unharmed right after the photo. Nice catch Bill!

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Surf Fishing for Snook Workshop August 20, 2016. 1:00 - 3:15. Workshop introduces anglers to the art of surf fishing for snook. Discussion will center on several tactics for catching snook in the surf with live bait and lures. Also included will be information on rods/reels, rigging hard, soft plastic lures and live baiting options. Anglers should bring a pern/pencil and something to write on. Snook season opens September 1st.




Bill Hillman of Kissimmee with a 37" C/R Snook.

 
 
 
 

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