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07-23-14 WEDNESDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, SPANISH MACKEREL, BLUE RUNNERS, C/R SNOOK AND A FEW PERMIT

OUR REPLACEMENT PARTS HAVE ARRIVED AND THE WEB CAM MAY BE DOWN FOR A FEW HOURS TODAY WHILE THE NEW PARTS ARE BEING INSTALLED.

What a beautiful morning we have at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the West-Southwest at 2 mph, gusting to 4 and the water is calm. The NOAA forecast is calling for a change in wind direction this afternoon from the Southwest to the Southeast with 2' seas. Of course, the forecast is calling for rain any time today.

Jetty fishing has been on the slow side, however some of the regulars are getting lucky enough to take home limits of Mangrove Snapper, but it's a long, slow, hot process getting there. Anglers using mojarra and greenies are having the best luck. A few Spanish Mackerel have been in play, taking greenies, gotcha lures or spoons. One oversized Red was landed and released this morning but the Permit bite has slowed. Using crabs on the outgoing tide is producing the best Permit results.

I know many of you are looking forward to mini-lobster season next week. Be sure to look at the FWC web site to get the proper rules and regulations. Mini season will be July 30th and 31st. In our area, the bag limit is 6 per person on the 30th and 12 per person on the 31st. Measuring tools are required to ensure the carapace is more than 3" and they must be measured in the water. The harvest of egg-bearing females is prohibited. The eggs are easily visible, and are attached under the tail. They must remain in whole condition until they are brought to shore. Regular lobster season will begin on August 6th and will run through March 31st, when the bag limit will go back to 6 per person. Always use a dive flag when lobster hunting. See photo three for a diagram on how to properly measure a lobster.

Our first two photos today are courtesy of Kurush Akbari of Palm Bay. Kurush and his friend Josh Morrill fished the north jetty last week and both men did well. Kurush landed 2 nice C/R Snook and Josh landed 1 C/R Snook. Both men got their limits of Mangrove Snapper, 5 each. Way to go guys, thanks for the photos Kurush!

Photo one is of Kurush Akbari with a C/R Snook and photo two is of Josh Morrill with his C/R Snook.

Diagram 3 shows how to measure a lobster properly.

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Kurush Akbari of Palm Bay with a nice C/R Snook.

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07-22-14 TUESDAY: SNAPPER, MARGATE, LOOKDOWNS, SPANISH MACKEREL AND JACKS

We have a mix of sun and clouds over the inlet this morning. Winds are blowing out of the South at 3 mph, gusting to 5 and there is a light chop on the water. We could see rain earlier than usual today, be sure to go to the inlet prepared for everything; rain, sun and no see 'ums.

Our offshore anglers have been pretty successful with Mangrove Snapper, Red Snapper, Gag Grouper and Wahoo. We have two more days of Red Snapper season, this coming Friday and Saturday, get out and get one! Our jetty anglers have been seeing Mangrove Snapper, Black Margate, Spanish Mackerel, Lookdowns and Jacks. It's summertime, so the action isn't non-stop, but enough to keep the anglers hanging around to try their luck. Sardines and greenies are plentiful and seem to be the baits of choice.

Our first photo today features Brian and Liam Scott of Cornwall, NY who fished the north jetty Friday night before the full moon. The father and son duo landed this good sized Black Margate. Nice catch gentlemen!

Our second photo is courtesy of Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach. Mike fished the north jetty Friday and reported a very hot day. It took all morning to get his limit of 5 Mangrove Snapper; it was a lot of work. This photo was taken by a friend who was looking to photograph some "fish parts". Nice photo!!

Our third photo is courtesy of Kurush Akbari of Palm Bay who works with Capt. Rick Marchetti aboard Surfrider Fishing Charters. Capt. Rick holds a large Red Snapper landed in 80' of water. Great catch!

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Brian and Liam Scott fo Cornwall, NY with a Black Margate.

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07-21-14 MONDAY: MARGATE, SNAPPER, JACKS, SPANISH MACKEREL, BIG REDS, C/R SNOOK AND PERMIT

A COUPLE OF OUR PHOTOS ON THE WEB SITE ARE NOT UPDATING, WE ARE INVESTIGATING.

We have a beautiful, warm morning at the inlet. The NOAA forecast is calling for 1 - 2' seas with a possibility of showers/thunderstorms this morning and this afternoon. Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 3 mph and gusting to 6, the water is calm.

Tommy Turowski of the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported a mediocre but steady weekend bite for our anglers. The most prevalent catches were Mangrove Snapper and Black Margate but we also saw some big Reds, C/R Snook, Jacks, a few Spanish Mackerel and a few Permit. Fishing wasn't terrible, but the no see 'ums were. Be sure to include insect repellent if you head to the inlet. This time of year the little devils can be relentless. We didn't receive any offshore reports from the weekend, but hopefully some will come in within a day or two. We have two more days of Red Snapper season, next Friday and Saturday.

Our photo today is of an unidentified angler who fished aboard Surfrider Fishing Charters last weekend with Capt. Rick Marchetti and mate Kurush Akbari of Palm Bay. This Red Snapper was a real beauty, thanks for the photo Kurush!

The Ranger led Sea Turtle walks are being held in July. Space is limited and reservations are necessary. Please call 772-388-2750 or stop by the Fishing Museum for details. July 14th through August 25th, there will be "Turtle Talks" on Monday mornings at 8:00 a.m. at the Fishing Museum. There is a possibility of seeing a baby Loggerhead turtle on those days. No reservations are necessary and admission is free, Park entry fees are waived. On Wednesdays you can take a Ranger guided kayak tour. In July and August the time has moved to the morning hours, 9:00 - 11:00 to avoid afternoon rain showers. Meet at the Inlet Marina, just north of the inlet. You can bring your own kayak and pay a $3.00 launch fee or rent a single or double at the Marina for $20 for two hours which includes paddles and life vests. This is a weather-dependent event. Call the State Park Marina ahead of time at 321-724-5424 to ensure the activity is still taking place. For more information on Park activities, visit their web site at ww.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet.




Unidentified angler with a big Red Snapper.
07-18-14 TGIF!

OUR WEB CAM IS STILL UPDATING INTERMITTENTLY. THE FIRST PHOTO ON THE WEB PAGE, THE NOAA FORECAST, WEATHER TABLE, TIDE CHARTS AND WATER TEMPERATURE ARE ALL UPDATING. WE ARE WAITING ON PARTS TO FIX THE PROBLEM. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

We have another beautiful morning at the inlet. There's not much wind, be sure to take insect repellent with you if you head to the inlet today. This morning winds are blowing out of the South at 2 mph, gusting to 5 and the water is calm. We've been seeing some decent activity with Mangrove Snapper and Black Margate. There are lots of menhaden (greenies), mojarra and sardines in the water which are attracting Spanish Mackerel, but you better be faster than the Barracuda that like to dine on them as well. The sand trap is holding some large Reds, they are going after the crabs that are falling into the recently dredged trap. C/R Snook have been very active. Please handle these breeding species with extra care. A few large Permit have found their way to some lucky anglers as well, crabs will work well. It looks as if the seas are going to cooperate with our boaters today and over the weekend, with 1 - 2' forecasted. Red Snapper season is open today, Saturday and Sunday and next Friday and Saturday as well.

Our first photo today features Chris Lockwood of Sebastian. Chris got out onto the north jetty Monday morning around 4:00 a.m. for the end of the outgoing tide. Chris was crowded on the end with 8 - 10 other anglers, but managed to keep his line untangled by letting his line go out further with his live crab attached. He was there about 30 minutes when he hooked up with the big, 38 lb. Permit in our photo. Chris fought the Permit for 20 minutes, going back and forth from corner to corner at the tip of the jetty before he finally landed her; she put up a great fight! One other angler landed one in the 25 lb. range. Chris weighed his at his family's seafood market, Crab E Bill's. Fantastic catch Chris!

Kurush Akbari, mate on Surfrider Fishing Charters out of Sebastian sent in our next 4 photos. Last weekend they had several charters and these photos are from those trips. Photo two features Kurush's girlfriend, Tiffany with a huge Red Snapper that weighed in the 30 lb. range. Beautiful catch Tiffany!

Photo three is of an unidentified young man and Capt. Rick Marchetti with a huge Red Snapper. What a great catch!

Photos four and five are of the Levi party. They landed the big Mangrove Snapper in photo four and a real nice Gag Grouper in our last photo. Way to go! Offshore is smoking!

Have a great weekend and sent in your photos and updates!


Chris Lockwood of Sebasitan with a 38 lb. Permit.

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07-17-14 THURSDAY: MARGATE, SNAPPER, SPANISH MACKEREL, C/R SNOOK, REDS, BLUE RUNNERS AND LOOKDOWNS

It's a pretty morning at the inlet but we have a real good chance of rain today, clouds are starting to build up and we could see it earlier than usual. Currently, winds are blowing out of the West-Southwest at 10 mph and gusting to 13, the water has a light chop. We've been seeing a lot of Margate and Snapper, a few Spanish Mackerel, C/R Snook, Reds, big Jacks and some small stuff like Blue Runners and Lookdowns.

We received an update from Skip Stowers of Kissimmee who fished the big full moon last week. Skip reported that he hooked up with a big Red early in the evening that took him for quite a ride, but there was no stopping it. The outgoing tide produced a big crab flush around 10:00 a.m. and they landed some for bait. Very large Reds were blowing them off the top of the water in the middle of the inlet. Floating crabs under bobbers during an active feeding period produced nothing, which created lots of frustration. On a better note, Skip fished a fresh water tournament and placed second with a 8.6 lb. Bass. Very nice Skip thanks for the update!

Our first photo today features Cory Luke with a beautiful Gag Grouper he landed on Sunday in 80' of water. What a pretty fish and a great catch Cory!

Photo two features north jetty regular Bill Hillman of Kissimmee with a 37" C/R Snook he landed last Friday around 2:00 p.m. using a croaker. Bill hooked up with 4 Snook and landed and released 2. Way to go Bill!

Our next two photos are courtesy of Zach Carroll of Palm Bay. Zach and his dad, Mike fished the north jetty last Tuesday night from sundown to 11:00 p.m. Zach hooked up with 4 Snook, landing and releasing 2 that were 32" and 38". Mike landed one C/R Snook that was 32" and is featured in our third photo today.

Zach was back at the inlet on Friday night with his friend Carl Funicello. Zach landed and released a 42" Snook and Carl, who is featured in our fourth photo landed a 40" C/R Snook on 10 lb. monofilament. Sweet catch Carl and thanks Zach!

SISP Park Ranger Ed Perry sent us the latest numbers on the State Park's turtle nests. 0 Kemp's Ridley's, 11 Leatherbacks, 23 Green and 586 Loggerheads have laid nests within the State Park boundaries. Ranger led Sea Turtle walks are being held in July. Space is limited and reservations are necessary. Please call 772-388-2750 or stop by the Fishing Museum for details. July 14th through August 25th, there will be "Turtle Talks" on Monday mornings at 8:00 a.m. at the Fishing Museum. There is a possibility of seeing a baby Loggerhead turtle on those days. No reservations are necessary and admission is free, Park entry fees are waived.

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Cory Luke with a beautiful Gag Grouper.

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07-16-14 WEDNESDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, MARGATE, SPANIISH MACKEREL, C/R SNOOK AND REDS

We have a real nice breeze blowing out of the Southwest this morning. Winds are blowing at 12 mph and gusting to 16, making it a little more bearable on the jetties. It's been a hot summer so far and any breeze is welcome to our anglers.

We received another update from Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach who is apparently trying to make up for the "lost" six weeks after his knee surgery. He was out again yesterday morning for more fish therapy and reported the Mangrove Snapper bite slowed, but he did manage to land 4. Mike also landed a decent sized Black Margate. Diane Buyce of Melbourne landed a mixture of Margate and Spanish Mackerel and a couple of Snapper. Justin Werner of Palm Bay landed several nice C/R Snook. Most of the action occurred between 8:30 - 9:30 on the tide change. Thanks for the update Mike!

Our first angler today is Glenn Cook of Orlando. Glenn and three of his buddies went offshore over the opening of Red Snapper season (last Fri., Sat. and Sun.) and had a blast landing some real nice ones. They kept one each, but still enjoyed landing and releasing others! Beautiful catch Glenn! Snapper season will be open again this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday and again on Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th.

Photo two features "Big Dave" Hartwell with some good sized Mangrove Snapper he landed on last Wednesday. Dave limited out with five nice Snapper that day. Way to go Dave!

Photo three is courtesy of Mike Ricciardi and features Richard Pearce of Sebastian. Rich landed this good sized Jack on Monday. Richard doesn't eat fish, but he loves to catch and release them! Nice work Rich!

Our next two photos are courtesy of Scott Russell. Scott is a regular boater and angler at the inlet since the 1970's and witnessed this unfortunate sinking of a vessel on Saturday. Scott reported that fortunately, everyone escaped unharmed. Even when conditions are calm, the inlet can be treacherous due to the high speed of the currents. Please see "Boating Safety Tips" at the top of this page for more information. Thanks Scott! Our surveyor, Tim Carlile of Land and Sea Surveying also witnessed a vessel sinking last Wednesday at "Monster Hole". Rogue waves are known to pop up there and took two young men by surprise and flipped their boat. That area can be very dangerous to anchor and fish.

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Glenn Cook of Orlando with a real nice Red Snapper.

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07-15-14 TUESDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, BLACK MARGATE, SPANISH MACKEREL, JACKS, C/R SNOOK

We have a beautiful morning at the inlet, so far. Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 3 mph, gusting to 5 and there is a light chop on the water.

Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach made it back out again yesterday for some early morning fish therapy and reported another good Snapper bite. A lot of Black Margate came over the rails, more than Snapper. Out of the 10 - 12 anglers fishing for Snapper, at least 100 Margate were landed between 7:00 - 9:30. Most were in the 6 - 10" range but some good sized Margate were landed as well. Several large Jacks were caught and a few Mackerel, but the Barracuda were wreaking havoc on the Macks and cutting them in half before they could get to the jetty, although some managed to make to the jetty to be eaten by some lucky fishermen. Permit were more active and 8 - 10 were landed on crabs. Thanks for the update and photos Mike!

Our first photo features Chris Robinson of W. Melbourne with a good sized Permit he landed Monday. Nice one Chris!

Photo two is of Mike Ricciardi's and Tony Swiderski's limits of Mangrove Snapper and a nice Margate that was landed by Mike yesterday. Sweet!

Photo three features Tiffany Servetas with a real nice C/R Red she landed off the north jetty a few weeks ago. This Red had beautiful color! Great catch Tiffany!

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Chris Robinson of W. Melbourne with a good sized Black Margate.

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07-14-14 MONDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, JACKS, C/R SNOOK, MARGATE, REDS, SPANISH MACKEREL AND LOOKDOWNS

We have another warm morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 3 mph and gusting to 5. There is a light chop on the water and the NOAA forecast is calling for a possible shower. We were pretty lucky with the rain this weekend, it all stayed mainland. The water is still murky, but it seems to be cleaning up.

Over the weekend quite a few Mangrove Snapper were landed, along with a few Jacks, big Permit, Reds and C/R Snook. A few Black Margate, Spanish Mackerel and Lookdowns came over the rails as well.

We received an update from Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach who has been absent from the jetty the past six weeks due to knee surgery. Mike made a trip out on Friday and reported the early morning bite produced Snapper limits for a few of the regulars. Jimmy Winter landed a slot Red early in the morning, a C/R Snook was landed by Jose Dore of Palm Bay using a croaker. Live shrimp, mojarra, cut bait and greenies were the baits of choice. Thanks Mike, welcome back!

Our first photo today features Liam Scott of Cornwall, NY. Liam is an absentee regular, as he is at the inlet more often than some people who live here! We've practically watched this young man grow up on the fishing report and his skills just keep improving. Liam is featured with a Rainbow Parrotfish he landed and released last Thursday. We don't see many of these fish landed, they aren't particularly good eating, but are real good fighters. Great job Liam!

Our second photo features 17 year old Ryan Vetsch of Merritt Island with a huge C/R Red. This nice Red was landed on a crab while drifting the outgoing tide. The 40" Red was revived boat side and released unharmed. Great catch Ryan!

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Liam Scott of Cornwall, NY with a Rainbow Parrotfish.

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07-11-14 FRIDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, JACKS, REDS, C/R SNOOK AND AN OCCASIONAL PERMIT

OUR WEB CAM IS UPDATING INTERMITTENTLY. CHECK THE STAMP IN THE TOP LEFT CORNER OF THE PHOTO FOR THE DATE. WE HAVE AN ON SITE INSPECTION SCHEDULED AND HOPEFULLY WE WILL HAVE IT ADDRESSED SOON. THE NOAA FORECAST ON THE WEB CAM PAGE IS CURRENT.

This morning winds are blowing out of the Northwest at 4 mph and gusting to 10. The NOAA forecast is calling for 1 - 2' seas with a dominant period of 9 seconds. We will probably see a lot of offshore activity the next three weekends with Red Snapper season opening for 8 days. Starting today through the 13th, July 18th - 20th and July 25th and 26th, the short season will open with a bag limit of one per person, per day and no size limit. See FWC regulations for more information. Go to www.MyFWC.com. Ignorance of the law will not serve as an excuse; you will be fined for violating any regulations. If targeting Red Snapper, cut fish or squid, dead cigar minnows or small bait fish will usually do the trick. If using artificials, try soft bodied jigs, bucktails or spoons.

The jetties aren't producing much right now, the summertime blues have set in and it's been on the slow side. That, plus the runoff has the water dark and smelly with cyanobacterial floating out of the inlet on the outgoing tide. In spite of those factors, Mangrove Snapper have been landed along with a couple of big Jacks, oversized Reds and C/R Snook are still active and an occasional big Permit will be landed for the real lucky angler.

Our first two photos were sent in by Tiffany Servetas. Tiffany was fishing the north jetty a couple of weeks ago when she landed the huge 47" Snook in our first photo. She said this Snook was heavy and the photo doesn't do it justice. Tiffany released the Snook unharmed after the photo. A stroke of luck happened that day, as the Snook was released, a diver just happened to be in the water and helped revived the big fish and it swam away happy and healthy, great timing (see photo two). Fantastic catch Tiffany and thanks go to our Good Samaritan diver!

Photo three is courtesy of Kurush Akbari who is mate on Surfrider Fishing Charters with Capt. Rick Marchetti. The charter was out on Wednesday and Kurush reported they had a great day with C/R Red Snapper and Gag Grouper. They lost some giant Mangrove Snapper and big Triggerfish, but they did land some Mangrove Snapper in the 3 - 5 lb. range. The photo features Capt. Marchetti and an unidentified young man with a beautiful C/R Red Snapper. Very nice, thanks Kurush!

We have received an update from SISP Ranger Ed Perry on the turtle nesting count up to July 3rd. The Park has counted 18 Green Turtle nests, 0 Kemp's Ridley, 11 Leatherbacks and 506 Loggerhead nests. Thanks Ed! The Ranger led Sea Turtle walks are being held in July. Space is limited and reservations are necessary. Please call 772-388-2750 or stop by the Fishing Museum for details. Beginning July 14th through August 25th, there will be "Turtle Talks" on Monday mornings at 8:00 a.m. at the Fishing Museum. There is a possibility of seeing a baby Loggerhead turtle on those days. No reservations are necessary and admission is free, Park entry fees are waived.

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




Tiffany Servetas with a huge 47" C/R Snook.

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