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06-22-17 THURSDAY: SPANISH MACKEREL, LOOKDOWNS, BONITO AND JACKS

Please send your fishing photos, updates and inquiries to nmaxwell@sitd.us.

Winds are blowing out of the East-Southeast at 3 mph, gusting to 5 and there is a moderate chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories this morning but we have a chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. We are seeing extreme tides due to tomorrow's new moon.

The same cast of characters are making appearances at the inlet. Spanish Mackerel are the most prevalent species. Gotcha lures are very effective as are greenies, which have been plentiful. Be sure to use a wire leader to help prevent cut-offs from their razor sharp teeth. Bonito have been active but a lot of the schools have been out of casting range. Lookdowns, big Jacks and a few Blue Runners have come over the rails as well.

Our angler of the day is Wes. Wes was fishing the north jetty on Tuesday when he landed the large Lookdown in our photo. Lookdowns are tasty little panfish and can be landed on small jigs or tiny plugs and minnows or small shrimp. Nice catch Wes!

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Join a SISP Park Ranger for an educational sea turtle walk. Turtle walks are five nights a week, Friday through Tuesday, during the months of June and July. The program starts at 9 PM and may last until 1 AM. Unlike any other permitted sea turtle walk offered in Florida you may walk up to three miles while searching for a sea turtle. Please meet at the Sebastian Fishing Museum at Sebastian Inlet State Park for the walk. Turtle Walks are $10 per person. All individuals, including children, are required to pre-register online to reserve their spot. Children must be 7 years or older to attend the walks and all participants must be able to walk up to three miles. Minors under the age of 18 must attend with an adult. Turtle Walks are limited to 20 guests per night and dates fill up quickly. Reservations are required for turtle walks. All of Sebastian Inlet State Park's turtle walk reservations are made online. Beginning May 1st, online turtle walk reservations can be made here: www.friendsofsebastianinletstatepark.org






Wes with a good sized Lookdown.
06-21-17 WEDNESDAY: SUMMER HAS ARRIVED!

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Winds are blowing out of the East-Southeast at 5 mph, gusting to 7 and there is a moderate chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories this morning but we have a chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon.


Sarah Sams at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports Spanish Mackerel are taking Gotcha lures and chasing greenies in the water. Lookdowns, Jacks and an occasional Blue Runner have come over the rails as well. A few Reds are being landed in the middle of the inlet on the outgoing tide. Thanks Sarah!

Our photos today are courtesy of Wes and Sophie Oliphant. The father and daughter duo were exploring the rocks near the T-Dock when they discovered the Black Atlantic Sea Hare in our photos. The Sea hare was washed up onto the rocks and they weren't sure what they had found but took some photos before placing it back into the water. After doing a little research they found out what it was. Often times the Sea Hare, which is in the snail family, can be mistaken for debris that has washed up onto the shore. It's wing-like flaps are used to protect the gills and for swimming. They produce a dark ink in varying colors depending on what type of algae it has been eating. The ink is their last line of defense as they have an acidic mucous coating which usually helps drive off predators. Thanks for sharing the fun photos Wes and Sophie!

Photo one shows the Sea Hare being lifted out of the bucket and photo two shows it with its
wings extended.

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Free Kids' Fishing Clinic in Cape Canaveral - Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the Kids' Fishing Clinic in Cape Canaveral on June 24. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will offer a free Kids' Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal # 3, 220 Christopher Columbus Drive. The free clinics enable young people to learn the basics of conservation stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety. In addition, environmental displays will offer participants a unique chance to experience Florida's marine life firsthand.







Atlantic Black Sea Hare

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06-20-17 TUESDAY: SPANISH MACKEREL, BONITO AND JACKS

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Winds are blowing out of the East-Southeast this morning at 14 mph, gusting to 15 and the water is choppy. We have a chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. NOAA is calling for small craft to exercise caution.

We have the same cast of characters coming over the rails of the jetties. Spanish Mackerel and Bonito are the dominate catches but they are sporadic. Either species will take Gotcha lures, spoons and anything that is eye-catching. A few Jacks are hitting but mostly in the river. The river is holding Mangrove Snapper and Reds as well. Get out and wet a line!

Our angler of the day is Alex Albaugh of Melbourne. Alex fished the north side of the north jetty Friday morning when he landed the good sized Bonito in our photo. Alex was using a Gotcha! Nice catch Alex!

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Free Kids' Fishing Clinic in Cape Canaveral - Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the Kids' Fishing Clinic in Cape Canaveral on June 24. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will offer a free Kids' Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal # 3, 220 Christopher Columbus Drive. The free clinics enable young people to learn the basics of conservation stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety. In addition, environmental displays will offer participants a unique chance to experience Florida's marine life firsthand.






Alex Albaugh of Melbourne with a good sized Bonito.
06-19-17 MONDAY: SPANISH MACKEREL, BONITO AND JACKS

OUR VIDEO LINK IS UP AND RUNNING, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

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Winds are blowing out of the East-Southeast at 11 mph, gusting to 15 and there is a moderate chop on the water. We can expect numerous scattered showers and thunderstorms today and through the rest of the week. NOAA is calling for small craft to exercise caution.

Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported that the bite is still on the slow side from the jetties. Spanish Mackerel and Bonito are the most prevalent species from the jetties. Anglers fishing the Indian River are having pretty good luck with Reds, Jacks, Snapper and Trout. Get out and wet a line!

Our photos today are courtesy of Bob H. from Alabama. Bob sent the photos in of the last time he visited the inlet. He landed the huge Jack off the north jetty then captured the amazing sunset in photo two. Thanks Bob!

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Bob H. of Alabama with a huge Jack.

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06-16-17 FRIDAY: TGIF! SPANISH MACKEREL AND BONITO

OUR VIDEO LINK IS STILL DOWN, WE ARE ADDRESSING THE ISSUE.

Please send your fishing photos, updates and inquiries to nmaxwell@sitd.us.

It's a still morning at the inlet. An occasional gust out of the Southwest will provide a little relief for the jetty anglers but it's warm and sticky. This morning we had a short window of Bonito hitting and late in the morning a few, good sized Spanish Mackerel came over the rails. There are no NOAA advisories and it looks like we will have decent boating conditions for the weekend but numerous showers and lightening storms are predicted. Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating.

Our photos today are courtesy of Paul Halloran of Grant Valkaria. Paul and his son Corey went offshore last weekend and came home with the beautiful, 40 lb. Cobia in the photos. The men were fishing 11 miles out of the inlet in 60' of water using a 6" grunt they landed off the bottom. Beautiful catch gentlemen!

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

Free Kids' Fishing Clinic in Cape Canaveral on June 24, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will offer a free Kids' Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal #3, 220 Christopher Columbus Drive.


Kids' Fishing Clinics strive to achieve several goals, but the main objective is to create responsible marine-resource stewards by teaching children about the vulnerability of Florida's marine ecosystems. In addition, organizers hope to teach fundamental saltwater fishing skills and provide participants a positive fishing experience.

Fishing equipment and bait are provided for kids to use during the clinic, but organizers encourage children who own fishing tackle to bring it. A limited number of rods and reels will be given away to participants upon completion of the clinic.

If conditions allow, participants will have the opportunity to practice their new skills and fish from the pier. This event is a photo catch-and-release activity. An adult must accompany all participants.

Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor this event or volunteering at the clinic should contact Eric Griggs at 321-986-7596 or FWC's Elizabeth Winchester at 850-617-9644.







Paul Halloran of Grant Valkaria with a 40 lb. Cobia.

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06-15-17 THURSDAY: SPANISH MACKEREL, BONITO AND JACKS

OUR VIDEO LINK IS STILL DOWN, WE ARE ADDRESSING THE ISSUE.

Please send your fishing photos, updates and inquiries to nmaxwell@sitd.us.

Winds are blowing out of the Northwest at 1 mph, and there is a light chop on the water. We have a chance of showers this morning and a good chance of numerous showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. The boating forecast is looking good for the next few days but we can expect showers and possible thunderstorms in the afternoons. There are no NOAA advisories this morning.

Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports that the bite is still slow....a few Spanish Mackerel, Bonito and Jacks have been hitting sporadically. Thanks Tommy!

Our angler of the day is Chris from Orlando. Chris landed this good sized Jack while fishing from shore west of the bridge. He and his friends also landed a Sheepshead and a few Spots while using live shrimp. Thanks Chris!

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Free Kids' Fishing Clinic in Cape Canaveral on June 24, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will offer a free Kids' Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal #3, 220 Christopher Columbus Drive.


Kids' Fishing Clinics strive to achieve several goals, but the main objective is to create responsible marine-resource stewards by teaching children about the vulnerability of Florida's marine ecosystems. In addition, organizers hope to teach fundamental saltwater fishing skills and provide participants a positive fishing experience.

Fishing equipment and bait are provided for kids to use during the clinic, but organizers encourage children who own fishing tackle to bring it. A limited number of rods and reels will be given away to participants upon completion of the clinic.

If conditions allow, participants will have the opportunity to practice their new skills and fish from the pier. This event is a photo catch-and-release activity. An adult must accompany all participants.

Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor this event or volunteering at the clinic should contact Eric Griggs at 321-986-7596 or FWC's Elizabeth Winchester at 850-617-9644.






Chris from Orlando with a good sized Jack.
06-14-17 WEDNESDAY: SPANISH MACKEREL, BONITO AND JACKS

OUR VIDEO LINK IS STILL DOWN, WE ARE ADDRESSING THE ISSUE.

Please send your fishing photos, updates and inquiries to nmaxwell@sitd.us.

Winds are blowing out of the East at 3 mph, gusting to 5 and there is a light chop on the water. We have a chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. The boating forecast is looking good for the next few days but we can expect showers and possible thunderstorms in the afternoons.

Sarah Sams at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle reports that yesterday the Spanish Mackerel came in and were hitting Gotcha lures and greenies. Schools of Bonito could be seen in the distance and Rays were indicative of nearby Cobia. Jacks have been active as well. Thanks Sarah!

Although jetty fishing has been on the slow side, we have good news and an update from the Sebastian Inlet State Park. SISP Ranger Ed Perry sent us the turtle nesting numbers for the Park up to June 8th and the season is well underway. So far there have been 292 Loggerhead nests, 7 Green turtle nests and 1 Leatherback nest and that is just within the SISP boundaries! Thank you for sharing the good news Ranger Perry!

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Join a SISP Park Ranger for an educational sea turtle walk. These turtle walks offer you a possibility to witness a loggerhead sea turtle lay her eggs, cover and disguise her nest, crawl down the beach, and swim away in to the Atlantic Ocean. Turtle walks are five nights a week, Friday through Tuesday, during the months of June and July. The program starts at 9 PM and may last until 1 AM. Unlike any other permitted sea turtle walk offered in Florida you may walk up to three miles while searching for a sea turtle. Please meet at the Sebastian Fishing Museum at Sebastian Inlet State Park for the walk. Turtle Walks are $10 per person. All individuals, including children, are required to pre-register online to reserve their spot. Children must be 7 years or older to attend the walks and all participants must be able to walk up to three miles. Minors under the age of 18 must attend with an adult. Turtle Walks are limited to 20 guests per night and dates fill up quickly. Reservations are required for turtle walks. All of Sebastian Inlet State Park's turtle walk reservations are made online. Beginning May 1st, online turtle walk reservations can be made here: www.friendsofsebastianinletstatepark.org




SISP turtle nesting numbers as of June 8th.
06-13-17 TUESDAY: TARPON!

OUR WEB CAM IS UP BUT THE VIDEO LINK IS STILL DOWN, WE ARE ADDRESSING THE ISSUE.

Please send your fishing photos, updates and inquiries to nmaxwell@sitd.us.

Winds are blowing out of the North-Northeast at 4 mph, gusting to 5 and there is a light chop on the water. We have a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon today. The next few days we will see mostly favorable boating conditions with higher winds and seas near storms.

The bite is still slow from the jetties and beaches. A few Jacks have been active and an occasional Mangrove Snapper has been landed but overall it is way too slow. Snook are in spawning mode and are out of season. It's best not to target them during this time; they need all of their energy for their important mission. Sometimes it is difficult to keep them off the line when they are in a feeding frenzy. Please read the FWC guidelines on properly handling catch and release species. Tarpon are out there too but again, make sure you know the strict FWC guidelines for these fish. See upper right corner of this page for information.

Our angler of the day is Ryan Wood of Malabar. Ryan landed and released the huge Tarpon in our photos while kayaking north of Sebastian on Sunday. This whopper was a lot of fun and a lot of work to reel in but Ryan prevailed then a nice, clean, water release, as required. Check out the YouTube video at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Dh4o2ItygY, or plug in Ryan Wood Alone in the Hall of the Silver King. What a fun video and great photos, thanks for sharing them Ryan!

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Ryan Wood with a huge C/R Tarpon.

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06-12-17 MONDAY: THE BITE IS STILL SLOW.....

OUR VIDEO LINK IS STILL DOWN, WE ARE ADDRESSING THE ISSUE.

Please send your fishing photos, updates and inquiries to nmaxwell@sitd.us.

Winds are blowing out of the Northeast at 2 mph, gusting to 4 and there is a light chop on the water. We have a chance of showers after noon today. There are no NOAA advisories this morning. The forecast is calling for calm seas for the next few days but the chance of showers and thunderstorms are there too, consistent with summer weather patterns.

The bite is still slow from the jetties and beaches. Anglers fishing from boats aren't having a lot of luck either. The water temperature is still on the cool side and that is keeping the summer species from making their way to us. Every now and then we'll see a stray Mangrove Snapper but we are still waiting on the big schools. Tommy Turowski reported that the flats have been a little more productive. Those fishing the warmer, shallower areas in the river are having luck with Trout, a few Snapper and even Whiting.

Our angler of the day is Alexander Albaugh of Melbourne. Alexander went out the last night of Snook season to try his luck and landed this 33" C/R Snook on live greenies from the north catwalk. The Snook was released unharmed right after the photo.

Our second photo today is of the paddle out for the "godfather" of east coast surfing, Capt. Dick Catri. A beautiful memorial for Dick was held on Saturday at the Sebastian Inlet and surfers from all over the country came to pay homage to a man who mentored so many. The memorial was followed up by a paddle out to Monster Hole. RIP Captain.

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Alexander Albaugh with a 33" C/R Snook.

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06-09-17 FRIDAY: TGIF!

OUR WEB CAM IS UP BUT THE VIDEO LINK IS STILL DOWN, WE ARE ADDRESSING THE ISSUE.

Please send your fishing photos, updates and inquiries to nmaxwell@sitd.us.

After a wet, soggy week the sun is shining at the inlet this morning! Winds are blowing out of the Northwest at 7 mph, gusting to 8 and there is a moderate chop on the water. We have a slight chance of showers this afternoon, a chance of showers and thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon and chances of showers are good all day Sunday. There are no NOAA advisories this morning. Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating.

Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop confirmed the slow bite but is holding out hope for the weekend! Spanish Mackerel have been racing around the inlet, a few Bonito and Jacks are active as well. Some Whiting, Croakers and Jacks have been cruising the troughs along the beaches. Get out and try your luck!

We received an update from inlet regular Charlie Achinelli of Melbourne who landed his first Mangrove Snapper of the season on Wednesday! Charlie noted that they were at least a week earlier last year. Thanks for sharing the good news Charlie!

Photo two features Hank Baron with a Mangrove Snapper he landed offshore on Memorial Day. They get a lot bigger on the reefs! Nice catch Hank!

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










Charlie Achinelli of Melbourne with his first Mangrove Snapper of the season.

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