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09-16-14 TUESDAY: SNOOK, TARPON, JACKS, BLUES, BLUE RUNNERS, MANGROVE SNAPPER, REDS, SPANISH MACKEREL AND PERMIT

We have a stunning morning at the inlet, warm but absolutely gorgeous. Winds are blowing out of the South-Southwest at 4 mph, gusting to 5; the water is clear and has a light chop.

I want to thank everyone for sending in their photos and updates; I'll get your photos resized and on the fishing report real soon! From all the emails we received it sounds like fall fishing has arrived. Big and slot sized Snook, big Reds, lots of Tarpon from juveniles to monsters, Jacks, Ladyfish, Blue Runners, Blues, Spanish Mackerel and an occasional Permit have found their ways to our inlet anglers. We love this time of year!

Our most recent update came from Mike Ricciardi who was on the north jetty yesterday morning. Mike reported that the Snapper bite slowed down quite a bit, but what a great run we had for several weeks! Mike reported that the water was "dark" with schools of greenies and Blue Runners and Snook were crashing the bait pods. Some nice fish came over the rails of the north jetty yesterday morning, including a 37" to the fork, Permit that was landed by Paul Danko, sweet! One slot sized Snook came over the rails early in the morning, and Mike took home three Mangrove Snapper that were landed on mojarra. Several Spanish Mackerel were landed by anglers who were free lining greenies or using gotcha lures. Thanks for the update and photos Mike!

Our first photo today features Tom Marsh who is from upstate NY whose family recently bought a home in Vero Beach. Tom was fishing the outgoing tide from the north side rocks when he hooked up and landed this 40"+ Red using a top water plug. What an awesome catch, way to go Tom!

Photo two features Nam Bui of Orlando. Nam landed this real nice 39.5" C/R Snook Thursday night on the outgoing tide using a homemade chartreuse bucktail. The Snook was released unharmed right after the photo. Great catch Nam!

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Tom Marsh of upstate NY with a beautiful 40"+ C/R Red.

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09-12-14 FRIDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, SNOOK, BLUE RUNNERS, BLUES, JACKS AND SPECKLED TROUT

We have a very subtle change in the air, yesterday the heat wasn't nearly as stifling as it has been and today winds are blowing out of the East-Southeast at 9 mph, gusting to 11. There is a moderate chop on the water. Fall is around the corner and we are ready for it!

Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported seeing a few finger mullet in the water, which is always a good sign. There are plenty of greenies in the water and there is still a good Mangrove Snapper bite, one of the best Snapper bites we've seen in a long time these past couple of weeks. Snook are visible in the clear water but they remain finicky about what they will take. More oversized fish have been landed than in the slot, of course with such a small slot, it isn't easy! The slot is 28" - 32", one per person per day and you must have a Snook stamp on your fishing license if are lucky enough to get one in the slot and you plan to keep it. Blue Runners, Jacks and a few Spanish Mackerel have been darting around the inlet. We're seeing Speckled Trout on the flats, along with Blues, Jacks and Blue Runners.

Or first photo today is courtesy of Randy Wickens and is of Brendon Vaughn of Tilton, New Hampshire. Brendon was featured with a large Ladyfish earlier this week on the fishing report, but today's fish was the highlight of his visit. Brendon fished the north jetty for the last time on Sept. 5th before returning home . He landed this 3' Tarpon just before sunrise, which was released unharmed. Great catch Brendon!

Our second photo features David with a 6' 7" Black Tip Shark he landed Tuesday night using dead mullet. He and Jake Barker fished the inlet overnight and landed a 36" C/R Snook and a huge 49" Red. Nice going guys!

Our third photo is of a Mosquito Control plane flying over the inlet.

Tomorrow the State Park is celebrating Literacy Month with their "Read With a Ranger" program at 1:00 p.m. at the Fishing Museum on the south side of the Park. All participants will receive a free book, courtesy of the "Friends of the Sebastian Inlet State Park". On Wednesdays you can take a Ranger guided kayak tour from 9:00 - 11:00. 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. In October the kayak tours will move back to 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 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 www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet.

Have a great weekend and be sure to send in your fishing photos and updates! I will be out of the office on Monday; our next update will be on Tuesday, until then, tight lines!






Brandon Vaughn of Tiltion, NH with a 3' Tarpon.

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09-11-14 THURSDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, SNOOK, BLUE RUNNERS, TROUT AND JACKS

There's a little more breeze this morning than there's been all week, but it's not enough to keep the no see 'ums at bay, they are out and gnawing away at our anglers this morning! Winds are blowing out of the North-Northwest at 6 mph, gusting to 8 and there is a moderate chop on the water.

Yesterday there was a good Mangrove Snapper bite according to Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach. Many anglers got their limits by free lining live shrimp. Greenies and mojarra and a few sardines were the live baits in the water but the mullet haven't been back since that preliminary run. One slot Snook came over rails in early a.m. by Dale of Long Point Park. Two oversized Snook were landed by Tony Swiderski of Sebastian, 34" and 38", an unidentified angler landed one that was 33". A few boats that were anchored near the north jetty hooked up with Snook but Mike didn't see any keepers. The water was clear and Snook, Blue Runners and Jacks were visible. Thanks Mike!

We received our first three photos from Donna Cortese of Sebastian. Donna and her husband Joe fished the Indian River Lagoon by boat on the Northwest side of the inlet over the weekend. Donna reported landing many Speckled Trout, but only two were slot sized, they were using shrimp and jigs for bait. Joe caught a Remora which is a funny looking fish, the top of its flat head looks like tennis shoe tread. They use it to stick to Sharks, boats, even people sometimes! Donna also landed a Bonnethead Shark which they released. Thanks for the update and photos Donna!

Mike Ryan of Sebastian fished the Sebastian River in his kayak yesterday and landed several Blues, Speckled Trout and a Catfish. It was a beautiful day on the water. Very nice Mike!

Photo one is of Donna and Joe's two slot Speckled Trout, looks like dinner!

Photo two is of the Remora Joe landed.

Photo three is of the Bonnethead being brought to the boat.

Photo four is of Mike Ryan's 15.5" Speckled Trout and photo five is of one of the Blues he landed yesterday. Way to go Mike!

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Speckled Trout landed by Donna and Joe Cortese of Sebastian.

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09-10-14 WEDNESDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, JACKS, BLUE RUNNERS, SNOOK AND AN OCCASIONAL PERMIT

Winds are blowing out of the West at 3 mph, gusting to 5 and there is a moderate chop on the water. A chance of showers and thunderstorms exist for this morning and afternoon.

Another good Mangrove Snapper bite happened again yesterday morning and some real nice fish came over the rails according to Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach. Mike fished the north jetty from 6:00 - 10:30. An exceptional Mangrove Snapper was landed by Jo Jo and Linda Jornadal of Miramar around 7:00 a.m. Jo Jo was using dead shrimp to land the 22.5" Snapper. Mike was pretty excited about that and he messed up his camera settings, so the photo is out of focus, but is worth putting online for the sheer size of the fish. We don't see many that large inshore. Mike also reported Mike White of Sebastian landed a 34" C/R Snook on the north side of the inlet using a croaker and Chuck Fischer of Satellite Beach landed a 30 - 35 lb. Permit when he threw a live shrimp with a 4 oz. pyramid weight way out into the inlet. Many anglers went home with their limit (or close) of Mangrove Snapper. Nice! Thanks for the update and photos Mike!

Our first photo features Chuck Fischer of Satellite Beach with a the beautiful permit he landed yesterday. Great catch Chuck!

Photo two features Mike White of Sebastian with a 34"C/R Snook he landed yesterday morning. Mike released the Snook unharmed after the photo. Nice catch Mike!

Photo three is of the big, 22.5" Mangrove Snapper landed by Jo Jo Journadal of Miramar, his wife Linda is featured in the photo as well. Fantastic catch Jo Jo!!

Photo four features inlet regular Bill Hillman of Kissimmee with a 26" slot Red he landed on Aug. 28th. Nice catch Bill!

September is literacy month and the SISP will have their last "Read with a Ranger" program on Sat. the Sat. the 13th at 1:00 p.m. All participants will receive a free book, complimentary of the "The Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park". For more information on Park activities, visit their web site at ww.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet.

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Chuck Fischer of Satellite Beach with a big Permit.

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09-09-14 TUESDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, SNOOK, JACKS AND BLUE RUNNERS

We have a little more wind than yesterday; it's "blowing" out of the South-Southwest at 3 mph, gusting to 5. There is a light chop on the clean, clear water. It's a beautiful, albeit warm morning at the inlet.

The Mangrove Snapper bite was still good yesterday morning according to Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach. Mike fished from 6:00 - 10:30 and he reported that a lot of inlet anglers landed their limits of five Snapper. The incoming tide was crystal clear and a lot of Snook were visible, but not many were biting. Bait was scarce, mojarra and greenies were hard to come by and no mullet were visible, which is odd for this time of year. One slot Snook was landed off the north jetty in the early morning hours prior to Mike's arrival and one slot Snook was landed by a boat near the jetty around 8:00 a.m. Mike didn't see any Reds landed, but lots of Needlefish were in the water and Blue Runners were darting around. Thanks Mike!

Our first photo today is courtesy of inlet regular Justin Werner of Palm Bay. Lexi from Chicago was visiting Justin over the Labor Day weekend when she landed this nice 34" C/R Snook. The Snook was released unharmed right after the photo. Great catch Lexie!

Our second photo is courtesy of Randy Wickens. Randy sent in the photo of 16 year old Brendon Vaughn of Tilton, New Hampshire. Brendon watches YouTube fishing videos of the inlet and was eager to get out onto the jetty to try his hand. Brendon landed this large Ladyfish about 10:00 p.m. on Sept. 3rd. That's a big Ladyfish, way to go Brendon!

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Lexi of Chicago with a 34" C/R Snook.

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09-08-14 MONDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, JACKS, BLUE RUNNERS, SNOOK, REDS, A FEW SPANISH MACKEREL AND TARPON

OUR WEB CAM PHOTOS AREN'T UPDATING, WE ARE INVESTIGATING. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

This morning it's very still, but beautiful at the inlet. The wind is barely blowing out of the East at 1 mph and the water is calm. Insect repellent is a good idea when there's no wind. We are experiencing some extreme tides with the full moon approaching.

We received an update from Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach who fished the north jetty Friday morning and reported a good Mangrove Snapper bite. Mojarra, which were scarce and greenies were the baits of choice. Mike was on the jetty from 6:00 - 10:00 a.m. and said that the early hours were better. Several oversized Reds and Snook were landed before his arrival. Quite a few of our inlet anglers landed their limits of Mangrove Snapper, Mike also landed a nice Black Margate in additional to his Snapper. There were some 5 - 6 lb. Jacks that came over the tip of the north jetty during his time there, most were landed on the fast, outgoing tide. Thanks for the update and photo Mike!

Tommy Turowski of the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported the Mangrove Snapper bite continued over the weekend. Quite a few Snook were landed and a few were in the slot. A few nice Spanish Mackerel were landed along with Blue Runners and good sized Jacks. Thanks Tommy!

Our first photo today features John Ripa of Satellite Beach. John was fishing from the north jetty Thursday evening, close to the beach. He was free lining a large mullet when he hooked up with this real nice 31.75" slot Snook. Way to go John!

Photo two is of Mike Ricciardi's catches from Friday morning, five Mangrove Snapper and a healthy Black Margate. Nice catches Mike!

Photo three is of a real pretty Blue Land Crab, taken by Pam Winegar of Malabar. It is mating season for them and they are all over the place, crossing the road, etc. Harvesting the crabs is illegal from July 1st - October 31st.

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John Ripa of Satellite Beach with a 31.75" slot Snook.

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09-05-14 FRIDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, JACKS, REDS, BLUE RUNNERS AND A FEW SPANISH MACKEREL

It's a real pretty morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 2 mph with an occasional gust to 4. The water is calm and the NOAA forecast is calling for 2' seas over the weekend.

We received an update from Chuck Fischer of Satellite Beach who fished the very early morning hours on the north jetty. Chuck reported that around 4:30 a.m., the Redfish bite went off for about 30 minutes. Chuck landed three Reds, two that were over the slot at 28" and 28.5" and released, and a keeper at 26.5". Chuck reported that several regulars including Tony Swiderski, Mike White, Larry Robison and Jose Dore also landed Reds, but all were oversized; only one other slot Red was landed. A couple of Snook were hooked up but none were landed. After the 30 minute flurry of Reds, the bite died down. Thanks for the photo and update Chuck!

It looks as if the pace stayed about the same throughout most the day as we received an update from Mike Ryan of Sebastian who fished the north jetty again yesterday afternoon. Mike reported a real slow afternoon, but the view was beautiful, so no complaints! Thanks Mike. Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported a decent Mangrove Snapper bite this morning along with a few Blue Runners, Jacks and Spanish Mackerel. Tommy said that after the rain late yesterday afternoon, a huge school of big mullet came through the inlet and big Tarpon and Sharks were busting up the school, putting on a great show. Thanks Tommy.

Our first photo today is courtesy of Joe Franzen, it's of Glenn of Melbourne Beach. The men were fishing the inlet when Glenn hooked up with this real pretty oversized Redfish using live pinfish. The Red was released unharmed right after the photo. Great shot Joe with both jetties in the background and great catch Glenn!

Mo of Harmony is featured in our second photo. Mo doesn't normally venture out to the inlet on weekends or holidays, but since the opening of Snook season fell on Labor Day, he made an exception. He left Harmony around 5:00 a.m. to head to the inlet. He landed a half dozen mullet and started fishing the beach. The Snook were blasting through the schools of bait and within five minutes, he landed his nice 31" slot Snook! Sweet catch Mo!

Photo three features Chuck Fischer of Satellite Beach with the 26.5" Red he landed yesterday morning, around 4:30 a.m. Nice catch Chuck!

Our fourth photo is courtesy of Heidi Scott. Heidi sent in the photo of her grandson Liam Scott of Cornwall, NY with a lobster that was given to him by a friend. Liam also landed a nice Snapper that they took home and both for dinner. Yum!

Bill Hillman of Kissimmee sent in our last photo of Louis of Puerto Rico with an oversized Red he landed using a live mullet. This was Louis' first time fishing the inlet; he also landed 10 large Jacks. Way to go Louis!

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






Glenn of Melbourne Beach with an oversized C/R Red.

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09-04-14 THURSDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, SNOOK, REDS, LADYFISH AND JACKS

We have a mix of sun and clouds over the inlet today with a possibility of sporadic rains. There is very little wind movement, so the cloud cover is welcomed by our inlet anglers. Tommy Turowski of the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported the mullet have thinned out and says he's seen it happen before when they have a "preliminary" run before they really move in. There are a lot of other bait fish in the water though. There have been catches of Snook, oversized and slot, oversized and slot Reds, Mangrove Snapper, Ladyfish and Jacks that have been providing some entertainment. Most people are using baits they've netted themselves, live shrimp or crabs for the Reds.

Mike Ryan of Sebastian sent in our first two photos today. Mike is a regular at the inlet with his "pirate kayak" that he usually fishes from. Saturday however, Mike decided that he would try fishing from the north jetty. Using a small Snapper pole baited with shrimp, Mike pulled a beautiful 32" Snook over the rails...just a couple of days early! Mike released the Snook unharmed after a quick photo. Great catch Mike!

Photo two is of Mike's kayak that is rigged up for fishing the inlet. If you see this guy around, he's "treasure" hunting!

Photo three is courtesy of Matt Dillinger. Matt and his cousin Brent C. of Melbourne love fishing the inlet and over the weekend the duo fished the evening shift and Brent landed a 16" C/R Red and the healthy Mangrove Snapper in our third photo. Nice catch Brent!

Looking for something to do this weekend? The State Park has a concert Saturday night featuring the Country Classics Band from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Saturday. The concert is free, but Park entry fees apply. Take a chair or a blanket and listen to the band play classic country, a little bluegrass and a smidgen of rock 'n roll from the 50's to the 90's.

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Mike Ryan of Sebastian with a nice 32" C/R Snook he landed Saturday.

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09-03-14 WEDNESDAY: SNOOK, REDS, MANGROVE SNAPPER, JACKS, MARGATE AND SPANISH MACKEREL

We have some clouds building at the inlet this morning; there is a good possibility of rain today and throughout the rest of the week, so go prepared for it if you head to the inlet. This morning there is very little wind blowing; insect repellent would be a good to take along.

We received an update from Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach who fished the north jetty yesterday morning and reported a decent bite. Arriving at the inlet at 6:15, Mike netted plenty of mojarra, finger mullet and pilchards in the tide pool. Overnight anglers reported that a lot of Snook were landed, but none were in the slot. Mike fished the outgoing tide until leaving at 10:30. He landed the only Redfish, a keeper at 26.5" using a live pilchard around 8:00 a.m. A couple of large Margate, 6 - 8 Mangrove Snapper, 3 - 4 Spanish Mackerel and 6 - 8 Jacks came over the rails during his time on the jetty. Thanks for the photo and update Mike!

We also received an update from B.J. Nand of Kissimmee. B.J. landed two oversized Snook and one 32" keeper on Monday, opening day. Sweet!

Our first two photos today are courtesy of Andrew Sampson. Andrew took his two 5 year old nephews fishing on the north jetty. The brothers are two of a set of triplets, sister decided to stay home. The boys had exceptional luck for such young anglers. Dylan is featured in our first photo with an 11" Mangrove Snapper he landed using greenies. Great job Dylan!

Photo two features 5 year old Sebastian with his 13" Mangrove Snapper he landed, also using greenies. Way to go Sebastian!

Photo three is of Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach with the 26.5" slot Red he landed yesterday. Very nice Mike!

September is literacy month and to celebrate, the State Park is holding a "Read with a Ranger" program on Saturday the 6th and 13th at 1 p.m. at the Fishing Museum on the south side of the Park. All participants will receive a free book, courtesy of the "Friends of the Sebastian Inlet State Park". See photo four.

Our last photo of the sun rising this morning was taken by SISP Ranger Ed Perry. Thanks Ed!

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Dylan with his Uncle Andrew Sampson with an 11" Mangrove Snapper.

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