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07-28-16 THURSDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, REDS, JACKS AND C/R SNOOK

It's another gorgeous summer morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South-Southwest at 2 mph, gusting to 3 and there is a light chop on the water. Winds have been picking up a little in the afternoon, making the heat a little more tolerable on the jetties and beaches. There are no NOAA advisories this morning.

For those of you participating in lobster mini-season, try to nail a few Lionfish while you're down there, they make a great side dish and today is the last day! Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop didn't hear of many successes on the first day, hopefully that will change today. Tommy reports Reds, Mangrove Snapper, and Jacks pursuing the greenies in the water. Thanks Tommy! Catch and release Snook have been plentiful but they are spawning and must be handled with extreme care. If possible, please use a net to lower the Snook back into the water. If you use a net to pull it up over the rails, use a net to put it back into the water.

Our angler of the day is Danny Lee of Winter Garden. Danny arrived on the north jetty around 5 pm last Friday. It was early into the incoming tide and Mangrove Snapper were hitting aggressively, they were all between 9" - 12". As soon as the sun set, the bite turned off. A few anglers landed Reds near the top of the slot and a C/R Snook around 9:00 p.m. Huge schools of Jacks swam around on the north side. Danny landed the C/R bull Red around 1:30 a.m. using medium live shrimp on a sliding egg sinker set. The Red was released unharmed right after the photo. Nice catch Danny!

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Danny Lee of Winter Garden with a big C/R Red.
07-27-16 WEDNESDAY: SLOW ACTION

It's another still morning at the inlet. Winds are nonexistent with an occasional "gust" out of the South-Southeast at 1 mph. There is a light chop on the water. We have no NOAA advisories today and it looks like a wonderful day to go boating or surf fishing. Be sure to keep hydrated; take plenty of water, sunscreen and insect repellent if you head to the inlet.

We received an update from Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach who fished the north jetty for a few hours yesterday, late morning and early afternoon. The bite was very slow on the incoming tide. Mike reported a lot of bait in the water and a large school of Jacks were busting through them, creating some entertainment for the fishermen. The Jacks were in the 5 - 8 lb. range. No Snapper or Spanish Mackerel came over the rails during his time on the jetty although he heard that earlier in the day a few, not many, came over the rails. Anglers free-lining greenies and mojarra were having good luck with C/R Snook. Mike took today's photos, thank you!

Our first photo features Tyler with a beautiful Tarpon he played for about 20 minutes before bringing it over the rails. The Tarpon was quickly photographed and released. Nice catch Tyler!

Photo two is of the Tarpon being brought to the net. Thanks Mike!

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Tyler with a nice Tarpon that was released..

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07-26-16 TUESDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, SPANISH MACKEREL, BONITO, C/R SNOOK, REDS, JACKS, LADYFISH AND SHARKS

It's another still morning at the inlet. Winds are barely moving out of the South-Southeast which means the no see 'ums are making breakfast out of our jetty anglers. Be sure to take insect repellent with you if you head to the inlet today. NOAA is calling for calm seas with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning. It looks like a great day to get out and do some surf fishing.

Mangrove Snapper and Spanish Mackerel remain the most active species at the inlet but summertime is sketchy. The bite is hit or miss from the jetties most days. Boaters always seem to have an advantage this time of year. Catch and release Snook should be handled with extreme care, we need those Snook to get out and make more Snook. Reds are spotty but they are out there. Jacks, Ladyfish and Blue Runners continue to aggravate most anglers, although some people can make them taste great!

Today's photo is courtesy of Frank Forgione of Vero Beach. Frank landed the beautiful 31" Permit in the photo from the beach on the south side of the inlet over the weekend. Frank was using brined clams and fought the fish for over twenty minutes. He was nearly spooled twice! After a quick photo, Frank released the Permit, his first. Fantastic catch Frank!

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Kayak tour, Wednesday, August 3rd 10:00 - noon. 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.







Frank Forgione's 31" Permit.
07-25-16 MONDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER AND SPANISH MACKEREL

We have a very still morning at the inlet. A little puff of air will come out of the South-Southeast every now and then but it's a hot, steamy morning on the jetties. No wind = no see 'ums, be sure to take insect repellent with you if you head to the inlet today.

Tommy Turowski is back part time at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop and this morning he reports a decent Mangrove Snapper bite. There is still a lot of bait in the water. Over the weekend it was mostly Mangroves and Spanish Mackerel with an occasional Red or C/R Snook. Thanks Tommy, good to have you back!

Our photo today features Peter Balsitis with a C/R Snook he landed on the south side using croakers on the incoming tide. The Snook was released unharmed right after the photo. Nice catch Peter!

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Peter Balsitis with a C/R Snook.
07-22-16 FRIDAY: TGIF!

Winds are blowing out of the North at 5 mph, gusting to 7 and there is a light chop on the water this morning. NOAA is calling for a chance of scattered showers. The weekend forecast looks favorable for our boaters. Always check the boating forecast prior to leaving shore as conditions can change very quickly.

Yesterday the Mangrove Snapper bite was fair and there are still a lot of greenies in the water according to Sarah at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. Lookdowns, Spanish Mackerel and Jacks were hit or miss. Thanks Sarah! Not having any luck from the jetties? Try the beach or fishing from the riverbank. There have been some decent sized Trout landed in the river lately and large Tarpon are rolling in the surf along the beaches.

Most of you probably saw Bruce Johnson's bonefish we put on the fishing report last week. Bruce has sent in photos of bonefish in the past as well. He usually lands them while fishing for Pompano but reported they are scarce this year and the catfish and ladyfish have been real nuisances. He believes the Bonefish population is increasing in our area and if you can get a lure past the cats and ladies, you stand a good chance to hook up with one of these great fighting fish. Thanks for that good news Bruce!

Today's photos are courtesy of Bobby Brown of Indialantic. Bobby and his friend Steve Kelley from Maryland make a trip to the inlet several times a year. We featured Steve in February with some big Reds he landed and released. The duo fished again on July 4th weekend and landed some beautiful C/R Reds using large shrimp and mullet. They fished two different days and took one night trip, they landed several large Reds each. Both men are strictly catch and release anglers and they have a lot of respect for those big monsters that come into the inlet. They removed five hooks from the head and face of one of the Reds and then sent him on his way a much happier, healthier fish! Photo one features Billy and photo two features Steve. Thanks for being such good stewards of our fisheries, great catches gentlemen!

Summertime is boating time! We want our boaters to be safe out there. The US Coastguard has a free app to help boaters improve boating safety. Features of the app include: State boating information, Safety equipment checklist, Free boating safety check requests, Navigation rules, Float plans and Calling features to report pollution or suspicious activity. When location services are enabled, users can receive the latest weather reports from the closest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather buoys as well as report the location of a hazard on the water. The app is not intended to replace a boater's marine VHF radio; it was designed to provide additional boating safety resources for mobile device users. The app is self-contained, so personal information is stored on the phone and is not sent to the Coast Guard unless the user chooses to send it. To download the app, search "Coast Guard boating safety" in either the Apple App Store or Google Play store.

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









Bobby Brown of Indialantic with a C/R Red.

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07-21-16 THURSDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, SPANISH MACKEREL, SHARKS, BONITO, C/R SNOOK AND REDS

Winds are blowing out of the North at 1 mph this morning, gusting to 3 and there is a light chop on the water. We have clouds and a little rain at the inlet this morning, NOAA is calling for scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms throughout the day.

The dog days of summer are upon us. Those hot, lazy days not only affect us, they affect the fish too. They get lethargic this time of year. The bite has been slow most days, but there are periods of activity that make a trip to the inlet worthwhile. Fishing in low light periods not only helps keep anglers cooler but the bite tends to pick up as well. We're seeing Mangrove Snapper, Spanish Mackerel and Blue Runners in small numbers from the jetties. An occasional big Red or C/R Snook will be landed and released and it stirs up a little excitement and gives hope to the rest of the jetty anglers. The beaches have been holding Whiting, Croakers, Tarpon and Sharks.

Our photo today is of the Badolato family. The Badolato boys and their father made a trip out of Sebastian Inlet on Friday when they landed the nice Mutton Snapper close to the inlet on a chunk of dead bait. They landed another nice one along with five Mangrove Snapper, lots of Bluefish and Sharks. Pictured L - R is dad, Dr. Craig with sons Mike, Chris and Matt who is a sports writer for Florida Today. It looks like some great memories were made, thanks for the fun photo Matt!

Sebastian Inlet District Commissioner Michael Rowland confirmed the Mangrove and Mutton Snapper bite near-shore. Captain Mike went out diving and fishing last weekend and reported the cool water uprising we see every summer is starting to push the bigger fish closer to shore. Anglers with smaller boats will find success just a couple of hundred feet out. Mutton Snapper were on shallow reefs and he and his crew landed Spanish Mackerel, Bonito and Sharks. Thanks for the update Commissioner!

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The Badolato family with a nice Mutton Snapper.
07-20-16 WEDNESDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, SPANISH MACKEREL AND BLUE RUNNERS

Winds are blowing out of the North-Northeast at 3 mph, gusting to 5 and there is a moderate chop on the water. NOAA is calling for a chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms today, plan accordingly.

We are seeing typical summertime fishing patterns with the bite fair one day then slow the next. Mike Ricciardi and Bob Green, both of Vero Beach hit the north jetty yesterday from noon until 3:30 p.m. and reported slow action on the outgoing tide. A couple of Mackerel were landed on lures and a few undersized Snapper came over the rails but overall the afternoon was slow. They were told the morning hours brought a few Spanish Mackerel and a number of Mangrove Snapper, some were in the slot and some were short and returned. Mike landed and Spanish Mackerel and a Blue Runner so it wasn't a total loss and it was a beautiful day. Thanks for the update gentlemen!

Our angler of the day is Sam Nguyen of St. Cloud. Sam used a greenie to land the 10.5" Mangrove Snapper from the north jetty.

Sea turtle nesting is in full swing at the Sebastian Inlet State Park. Ranger Ed Perry was kind enough to provide today's nest numbers. See photo two. Thanks Ranger Perry!

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Sam Nguyen of St. Cloud with a Mangrove Snapper.

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07-19-16 TUESDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, LOOKDOWNS, MACKEREL, BONITO, BARRACUDA, SHARKS AND TARPON

Winds are blowing out of the Northeast at 7 mph this morning and gusting to 10. There is a moderate chop on the water and NOAA is calling for potential scattered showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms.

The Mangrove Snapper bite remains steady at the inlet. A few Spanish Mackerel and Bonito are zipping around chasing the abundant baitfish in the water. Anglers using sabiki rigs and small white lures are having luck with Lookdowns and there are Sharks, Tarpon and Barracuda in the water too. Ryan Wood sent in a real fun video of him fishing from a kayak, getting hooked up and pulled six miles by a large Tarpon in a 2 1/2 hour fight. Ryan edited the video very well. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us Ryan!

Check it out on YouTube if you've got seven or eight minutes to spare today, it's great! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkjgxmYex3M&spfreload=10

Our angler of the day is Josh Jeffreys. Josh fished the inlet over the weekend and reported large pods of C/R Snook all over the inlet. Josh landed six, all on artifcials. The Snook that is featured was landed on a bucktail. All Snook were released unharmed. Way to go Josh!

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Josh Jeffreys with a C/R Snook.
07-18-16 MONDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, REDS, MACKEREL, LOOKDOWNS, BLUE RUNNERS, BARRACUDA AND SHARKS

OUR WEB CAM IS BACK UP. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE!

It's a lovely morning at the inlet. We have a real nice breeze blowing out of the East at 13 mph, gusting to 17 and there is a moderate chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories this morning although seas may be a little bumpy with a wave period of five seconds. Tomorrow night's full moon is bringing us extreme tides.

The bite picked up Friday afternoon and the weekend was pretty good according to Sarah at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. Mangrove Snapper came over the rails in good numbers, Spanish Mackerel, Blue Runners and Lookdowns were active as well. Slot sized Reds were hitting poppers and fiddler crabs on the outgoing tide. Catch and release Snook have been hitting live shrimp and bucktails. Thanks Sarah!

Our photo today is courtesy of Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach. Mike and his neighbor Bob Green fished the north jetty Friday afternoon from noon to three. The end of the outgoing tide and beginning of incoming produced a good Snapper bite. Barracuda were patrolling the jetty, keeping the Mackerel away. Mike and Bob were using mojarra, greenies and goggle eyes and Bob scored with the beautiful 17.5" Mangrove in today's photo using a goggle eye. What a beauty, great catch Bob!

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Bob Green of Vero Beach with a 17.5" Mangrove Snapper.
07-15-16 FRIDAY: SLOW MORNING AT THE INLET

WE ARE HAVING WEB CAM ISSUES. WE ARE ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

It's another pretty, hot, humid morning on the north jetty. Winds are blowing out of the southeast at 2 mph, gusting to 5 and there is a light chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories this morning.

The incoming tide was gorgeous his morning, plenty of baitfish were visible in the clear water, unfortunately the bite was very slow. In the early morning hours two oversized Reds; both at 33" were landed and returned to the water unharmed. A few Mangrove Snapper; most were short, came over the rails and one or two slot size were landed but overall a very slow morning. An osprey sat on the weather station observing but didn't catch anything either and he was the best fisherman out there!

Our photo of the day is courtesy of Paul Tyler of Palm Bay. Paul and his neighbor's son, Toby Oswald went out last Saturday when Toby boated his first saltwater catch. The big Jack came in at 6 lbs., 24" and was landed just north of the inlet. Great job Toby!

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


Toby Oswald of Palm Bay with a big Jack.

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