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Friday, February 27, 2015

Sebastian Inlet Report


02-27-15 FRIDAY: SLOW ACTION 

We thought spring was right around the corner, but it doesn't feel like it today. Winds are blowing out of the North-Northwest at 17 mph, gusting to 25 and it's chilly out on the jetties. The skies are gray and cloudy and it's expected to stay that way throughout the day. NOAA has issued a small craft advisory for winds in effect this evening and a small craft advisory this evening through Sunday evening. It looks like our boaters will probably stay at the dock this weekend. 

We are still experiencing a slow bite at the inlet. A smattering of Snook, Reds, Blues, Pompano, Black Drum, Sheepshead and Trout are making sporadic appearances but overall, luck is playing a big part. The first two hours of the incoming or outgoing tide seem to be the most productive. We spoke with Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop and he did get some live shrimp delivered yesterday. Shrimp were scarce earlier this week due to the cold weather.

Our first photo today is courtesy of Pete Ghirghi of Winter Park. Pete sent in this photo of his 17 year old son, Nick who landed this beautiful Redfish on a chilly February night last year. This nice Red hit a live shrimp and was quickly released unharmed to fight another day.

From Todd / Eric @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach




INSHORE- The flats around Munyan Island and MacArthur State Park produced a few snook and pompano this week, along with other assorted species.  LIve shrimp(which have been tough to come by) under a popping cork remains a great tactic for catching a nice mixed bag.  Pompano can also be caught on a light goofy jig or Vudu shrimp.  The snook are laying up around dark bottom to soak up some warmth, but generally won't pass up an easy meal.  A nicely placed shrimp lure (or a fly) rarely goes unnoticed by a snook soaking up some sun.  The Loxahatchee River is also holding fair numbers of Snook and a few Pompano.  Not much to report (at least that we've heard about) from the Hobe Sound Flats.  Snook fishing around the bridges remains pretty good at night.  Shrimp Jigs and soft plastic shrimp tails (like the DDX Obese Shrimp) are a good choice.

SURF/PIER- Surf and pier action remained steady this week.  Bluefish continued to bite well early in the morning and late in the afternoon on silver spoons and cut mullet.  Pompano action remains very good north of Jupiter Inlet, and fair to the south.  Anglers spending time on the beach with sandfleas, clams, and fishbites in the water are getting some pompano bites for sure.  Scattered schools of Spanish Mackerel have been moving around the Juno Beach PIer, and have been fairly willing to grab a gotcha plug.  Lots of spinner sharks around right now.  A nice fresh chunk of bait will usually not go unnoticed by a hungry shark for long.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hunting Reds Off Of Jungle Trail

Sebastian Inlet Report



02-26-15 THURSDAY: CLOUDY, RAINY AND WINDY CONDITIONS 

We have we heavy, gray clouds hanging over the inlet this morning. Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 17 mph, gusting to 22 and there is a moderate chop on the water. The forecast is calling for a day of clouds and potential rain. Sometimes the fish bite best in this kind of weather, throw on a rain coat and head to the inlet!

We don't have many folks out fishing this morning but Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported that there have been varied, scattered species landed. Black Drum, Reds, Snook, Trout, Sheepshead and small Blues have been landed from the north jetty and loads of Pompano were landed off the beaches the past couple of days, but all he saw were undersized and returned. 
Our angler of the day is Jim Stafford of Jackson Hole, WY with a beautiful slot Snook he landed on  using live shrimp. 

Palm Beach


INSHORE
Bluefish and Spanish mackerel are chewing along the beaches of the Treasure Coast early in the morning, and there’s a decent pompano bite south of the St. Lucie Inlet. The bluefish and Spanish mackerel are biting throughout the day, but the pompano bite is best a high tide, usually from mid-morning to around noon.
Trout and redfish are being caught on the west side of the Indian River, and there are black drum everywhere. Snook have been very active around the bridges, especially at night. The Roosevelt Bridge has been the most productive.
There are big numbers of pompano and bluefish running the beaches in Jupiter. The fish are there all day, but the bite does seem to turn on and off at times.
In the Intracoastal Waterway, fishing the flats — such as the Marker 42 area — has been best. Jacks, pompano, and lane and mangrove snapper are all being caught.
The inshore bite has been slow in central and southern Palm Beach County, but fishing bridges and docks is always a good bet. There are resident snook around, and there are also Spanish mackerel, jacks and ladyfish around.

FRESHWATER
The best fishing is still along the outside edges and back in the grass, which has been much easier to do since the wind has lied down. The East Wall has still been a hot spot for anglers fishing the south end of the lake near Clewiston.
Good numbers of bass are being caught, and the bite is good throughout the day. Some good size fish have also been reported, including several over 6 pounds.
Live shiners and artificial lures are both working well, but the shiners still get the edge at this point.
story courtesy of The Palm Beach Post

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Snook 

The perennial favorite gamefish, snook. As most anglers know, snook experienced a wicked cold-kill in 2010, and with our recent cold snap, they may have been injured again. No recent reports are available yet, but so far, it appears that the population is still fairly healthy.

Many anglers will continue to practice catch-and-release even during the open season. This attitude stems from the grass-roots movement of the past several years to respect the fishery and not take more than you can eat when fishing certain species.
This is simply a terrific attitude displayed by most recreational anglers and by the guides who take tourists on snook hunts. If the day comes when we have as many snook in the Gulf and backwaters as Lake Utah has carp, then anglers can have a snook-bake to end all snook bakes.
But the catch-and-release movement is so popular now, that it seems a fine equilibrium has been achieved through the efforts of agencies such as the FWC and also by everyday Joe-Fisherman paying respect to his aquatic backyard.

Some Important Facts About Snook

Toleration - Snook cannot tolerate water temperatures below 60˚F. Also, snook can tolerate wholly fresh or saltwater. Currently, on Feb. 21, 2015, water temperatures in St. Petersburg are about 63 degrees, while further north, in Pensacola, they are 51 degrees. Based on this information, anglers may have a cold day finding snook on opening day, March 1. But a warming trend is upon us, and by the time we hit mid-week March 4th, the snook will likely be navigating the waters where they usually are found.

Habitat -- Snook are found from central Florida south, usually inshore in coastal and brackish waters. They are also common along mangrove shorelines, seawalls, and bridges. Snook are also on reefs and around pilings nearshore.
Behavior -- They congregate in large schools during summer in deep passes and inlets to spawn. Snook begin life as males, but between 18 and 22 inches long some become females. Spawning occurs primarily in summer. Snook school along shore and in passes during spawning season. They feed on fish and large crustaceans.
State Record -- 44 lbs., 3 oz., caught near Ft. Myers, FL.
Fishing Tips and Facts -- Snook will orient themselves to face moving water and wait for prey to be carried down the current. Snook jump clear of the water, and burst into long runs. Use live pinfish, small mullet, shrimp, or sardines free-lined or fished off the bottom with a fish finder rig. They take a large variety of lures based on water conditions. Beware of the snook's razor-sharp gill covers! 
Limits -- In the Gulf, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less than 28 or more than 33 inches total length, which is measured from the most forward point of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed while the fish is lying on its side. A snook permit is required to keep snook, along with a saltwater fishing license unless exempt from the license requirements. Only hook-and-line gear is allowed when targeting or harvesting snook.

Sebastian Inlet Report

02-25-15 WEDNESDAY: TROUT, BLACK DRUM, SHEEPSHEAD, BLUES, SNOOK, POMPANO AND WHITING 

We have gray, cloudy skies over the inlet this morning and it's not expected to get much better through the day. This morning we have a steady wind blowing out of the North-Northeast at 7 mph and the water is choppy. Winds are expected to increase this afternoon and NOAA has issued a small craft advisory for winds in effect from this evening through Thursday morning. 

The good news is that the water temperature has risen a few degrees over the past day and hopefully that trend will continue. Spotty catches of Snook, Black Drum, Sheepshead, small Blues, Trout and a few Pompano and Whiting have been landed in the surf over the past few days. We understand that inlet regulars Chuck Fischer of Satellite Beach and Tony Swiderski of Sebastian both landed slot Snook off the north jetty on Monday. 

Our angler of the day is Lisa Morely of Newport News, VA. Lisa and her husband were happy to escape the snow for a few days for a trip to the inlet. Lisa landed a 16" Black Drum, her first!