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04-28-16 THURSDAY: A FEW SNOOK AND REDS, JACKS, LOOKDOWNS AND TROUT

It's a beautiful day at the Sebastian 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.

The bite from the jetties remains on the slow side. A few decent fish have come over the rails for patient anglers during the daylight hours. Fishing in the evenings and low light periods has been more productive. Redfish and Snook have been hitting live baits and lures at night and even a Black Drum or two have been landed in the evening hours according to Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. Welcome back Tommy!

Our angler of the day is Andrew Sampson of Melbourne. Andrew pulled an all nighter Friday night and he reported a slow bite until the tide change then a bunch of good sized Jacks started hitting along with a few Snook but that was it until the morning hours. In the early morning hours Andrew landed an oversized C/R Snook and the 32" C/R Red in our photo. Way to go Andrew!

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Andrew Sampson of Melbourne with a 32" C/R Red.
04-27-16 WEDNESDAY: FLOUNDER, SNOOK, REDS, JACKS

We have a beautiful day at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South-Southwest at 3 mph, gusting to 5 and there is a moderate chop on the water. Winds are predicted to pick up a little late this afternoon. There are no NOAA advisories this morning.

This time of year is usually pretty good for Southern Flounder and we've seen a few but not in large numbers. As the water temperature rises we will see the cold water species numbers start to dwindle like Black Drum, Sheepshead and Blues. April and May are peak months for Whiting and anglers fishing the troughs along the beaches usually have good luck when conditions permit. There could be some Pompano hanging around the troughs as well. Get out and wet line!

Our angler of the day is Jerry Connors of Melbourne. Jerry and his daughter Heather, a UCF student fish the inlet as often as possible. Jerry landed the gorgeous C/R Red in our photo using live shrimp. Nice catch Jerry!

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Jerry Connors of Melbourne with a C/R Red.
04-26-16 TUESDAY: THE BITE IS PICKING UP

We have a gorgeous morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South-Southeast at 4 mph, gusting to 6 and there is a light chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories this morning. It looks like a great day to get out and do a little fishing.

The bite has picked up a little from the jetties but the river and canals are holding some nice fish right now. Speckled Trout are plentiful near the shoreline for anglers using lures on light tackle. Fishing near the channel markers can be productive for Mangrove Snapper; they are starting to show up. Do not anchor your vessel in the channel, always anchor outside the channel.

The five Rathburn brothers came from Athol, MA to fish the inlet again (and visit their mother). The guys had a great time catching lots of big Jacks and Blues and an occasional Snook or Red and soaking up the sunshine! Photo one features Dave Rathburn with a Bluefish and photo two features Wayne Rathburn with a big C/R Snook. Photo three is what the men returned home to. Nice catches gentlemen, see you next year!

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Dave Rathburn of Athol, MA with a Bluefish.

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04-25-16 MONDAY: SHEEPSHEAD, JACKS, LADYFISH, BLACK DRUM, SNOOK AND REDS

It's a little windy at the inlet this morning. Winds are blowing out of the East at 12 mph, gusting to 16 and there is a moderate chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories this morning.

Over the weekend anglers landed a few Black Drum, some real nice Sheepshead, Lookdowns, Snook and a couple of Flounder according to Sarah at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. We understand the night bite was on the slow side but a few Snook and Reds were landed but Jacks were plentiful.

Our angler of the day is UCF student Heather Connors. Heather was visiting her father Jerry and the two fished the inlet two weeks ago. They were using live jumbo shrimp they dipped the night before. They started on the seawall near the bridge around 6:00 p.m. Heather landed over twenty Reds, all oversized and released. She also landed Jacks and Ladyfish that evening. When the rains came, they packed it in for the night. Photo one is of one of Heather's C/R Reds. Nice catch Heather!

Photo two is of Heather with a Red on the line earlier in the evening. Very nice.

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Heather Connors with an oversized C/R Red.

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04-22-16 FRIDAY: THE BITE REMAINS SLOW

We have a real pretty morning at the inlet but it's predicted to be short lived. Winds are blowing out of the South at 9 mph, gusting to 15 and there is a moderate chop on the water. NOAA is calling for a chance of showers this morning then numerous showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Pack accordingly if you head to the inlet today.

The bite from the jetties has been very slow this week. Anglers fishing the river have had better luck in the rough, windy conditions. The flats are holding a lot of Trout, some Blues and Mackerel, Reds and Jacks.

Our angler of the day is Ed Forrester. Ed landed the hefty, oversized 39" Red while drifting the inlet. What a beautiful catch, way to go Ed!

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

TONIGHT: 7:00 - 9:00 pm the Night Sounds Concert series will present St. John's Wood. St. John's Wood is a five piece band that plays music from the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, The Zombies, The Animals, David Bowie Eric Clapton and more. The concert will take place at the Coconut Point pavilions on the south side of the Park. Park entry fees apply. Call 772-589-9659 for more information.





Ed Forrester with a big bull Red.
04-21-16 THURSDAY: VERY SLOW....

What a windy day at the inlet. This afternoon it's blowing out of the East-Southeast at 18 mph, gusting to 22 and the water is rough. NOAA is calling for small craft to exercise caution. The morning was very rough with high winds and waves spraying over the jetties. The entire end of the south jetty was covered in water. Only one Black Drum came over the rails of the north jetty for a local using clams.

Our angler of the day is Deborah Smoot. Deborah was fishing for the first time off the T-Dock when she landed and released her Flounder. Deborah loved the laid back atmosphere and the friendly people at the inlet. She had her first encounter with no see 'ums, she did not like that part! Nice first catch Deborah!

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Deborah Smoot with a Flounder.
04-20-16 WEDNESDAY: TROUT AND BLUES

It's going to be a beautiful day at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the East-Northeast at 8 mph, gusting to 10 and there is a moderate chop on the water. Skies are blue with white fluffy clouds and the water is clean, what a great day to get out and do a little fishing.

We're hoping the full moon tomorrow night will bring in the baitfish which should stir up the bite. We received an update from Charlie Achinelli who fished the river shoreline yesterday. Charlie reported a real nice Trout bite. He was using a topwater plug to land the beautiful Trout in our first photo today. Photo two is of a Trout that couldn't escape the razor-sharp teeth of a Bluefish which were hitting as well. Thanks Charlie!

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Friday, April 22, 2016, 7:00 - 9::00 pm the Night Sounds Concert series will present St. John's Wood. St. John's Wood is a five piece band that plays music from the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, The Zombies, The Animals, David Bowie Eric Clapton and more. The concert will take place at the Coconut Point pavilions on the south side of the Park. Park entry fees apply.




Charlie Achinelli with a good sized Trout.

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04-19-16 TUESDAY: THE BITE REMAINS SLOW FROM THE JETTIES

We have scattered clouds over the inlet this morning. Winds are blowing out of the East-Northeast at 8 mph, gusting to 12 and there is a moderate chop on the water. NOAA has issued a small craft advisory for hazardous seas that is in effect through this afternoon. Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating.

We received an update from a long-time local who has been fishing the flats over the past few weeks. He reported landing at least 250 fish of different species including Jacks, Ladyfish, Trout, Pompano, Whiting, Reds, Mackerel, Perch and Croakers. When conditions get blown out like they've been the past few days, the rivers and canals are the place to be. Get out and wet a line!

Sally Baughman of Jackson Hole, WY is our angler of the day. Sally landed her beautiful slot Snook on April 8th. She reported a slow day with some Blues, Lookdowns, her slot Snook and two others. Nice catch Sally!

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Kayak tour, Wednesday, April 20th - Enjoy paddling a kayak on a park ranger tour of the Indian River Lagoon. Inlet Marina, Rental FEES for kayaks. Personal watercraft pay launch fee. Meet at the Inlet Marina located 1 mile north of Sebastian Inlet, turn west at large brown state park marina sign, follow dirt road to Inlet Marina. This program is weather dependent; please call the Inlet Marina 321-724-5424 for reservations, rentals and program status.





Sally Baughman of Jackson Hole, WY with a slot Snook.
04-18-16 MONDAY: SLOW BITE

Winds are blowing out of the Northeast at 18 mph, gusting to 22 this morning and the water is rough. NOAA has issued a small craft advisory through late tonight. Winds are forecasted to diminish some starting tomorrow but seas will remain high. Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating as conditions can change very quickly.

Conditions over the weekend were poor for jetty and ocean fishing; it was pretty blown out by the high winds. Sarah at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported Blues and Jacks dominated the slow bite. A couple of Snook and Reds came over the rails but the best news is that Snapper have begun to arrive! That is great news, thanks Sarah!

Our angler of the day is Rodney Hubbard of Gardnerville, NV who was visiting his parents in Melbourne Beach last week. They were trolling just outside the inlet in 40' of water when the huge Jack hit a 6" white magnum Rapala lure. They also landed Bonito that day, everything was released unharmed. That big Jack must have put up a fun fight! Nice catch Rodney.

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Rodney Hubbard of Gardnerville, NV with a big Jack Crevalle.
04-15-16 FRIDAY: TGIF!

It's another great morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South at 5 mph, gusting to 8 and there is a light chop on the water. NOAA is calling for likely showers and a chance of thunderstorms later today. Winds will start to increase and NOAA has issued a small craft advisory for Saturday afternoon through late Sunday night....just in time for the weekend. Our boaters can't be too happy about the forecast after looking at the perfect conditions on the web cam all week.

The action has been slow this week but with the coming full moon next week we may see more baitfish in the water which will hopefully bring in some nice fish. Big Jacks and Reds have become more active at the inlet. Sarah at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported that yesterday several Snook were landed at mid-tide on mojarra along with a few Sheepshead. Conditions were ripe for Pompano yesterday and anglers landed a few from the beaches. Thanks Sarah!

Our first angler today is Michael Lamprey from South Carolina. Michael fished the inlet last weekend when he landed the 41" C/R Snook. He was using a bucktail around 11:00 p.m. Nice catch Michael!

Photo two features Jerry Connors with the slot Snook he landed last week from the north jetty. Jerry was using live shrimp and landed his first slot Snook of the season! Way to go Jerry!

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










Michael Lamprey of South Carolina with a 41" C/R Snook.

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