Friday, May 6, 2011

Sebastian Inlet Report


What a pretty morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 9mph and there is a moderate chop on the water.

We have seen a pretty good variety of fish come over the rails this week, but nothing in huge numbers. Jacks, Reds, Blues, Sheepshead, Flounder and Ladyfish have been following schools of mullet that have been making their way in and out of the inlet. Night fishermen have seen good sized Reds and Snook and plenty of Ladyfish and Blues. A few Mangrove Snapper have started to show up but we're still waiting for the big schools to come in.

We've had a few complaints from boaters who have had jetty anglers intentionally throwing large, sharp jigs and weights at boats going in and out of the inlet. Please remember that the jetties are navigational jetties, not fishing jetties. The jetties belong to the Sebastian Inlet District not the State Park and just because you have paid an entry fee to the State Park, does not give you the right to abuse the boaters using the inlet. Sometimes the boaters may have to hug the jetties to be able to navigate safely through the currents and under the bridge. Please have respect for all that are enjoying the Sebastian Inlet.

If you need a net to bring a fish up onto the jetty, please use a net to lower it back into the water as the impact from a long drop can harm the fish. If no net is available, be sure there are no rocks below and release the fish head first. Catch and release species should be kept out of the water a minimum amount of time. When photographing a C/R species, please hold it with both hands, cradling the belly for good support, holding them vertically can damage their internal structure. Never hold a fish by the gill covers.

A 27" keeper Red.

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