Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sebastian Inlet Report

This morning winds are blowing out of the Southeast at 6 mph and there is a moderate chop on the water. We received several updates yesterday. Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach reported a good Mackerel bite in the early morning hours, lots of greenies were swarming the jetty and the Macks were gobbling them up, until Barracuda showed up and scared them away. Mike landed 10 before he left the north jetty at 11:00. Mangrove Snapper were also showing up but a lot of shorts were in the mix and returned to the water. A few Jacks and Blue Runners came over the rails as well. Tony Swiderski of Sebastian and Diane Buyce of Melbourne both landed C/R Snook while fishing for Mackerel. Thanks for the update Mike!

Arden Romanillos of Kissimmee fished the north jetty on Sunday and reported a great day of fishing. Many catches of Spanish Mackerel, C/R Snook, Mangrove Snapper, Lookdowns, Bonito and 2 huge Permit came over the rails. Over the weekend we saw some nice schools of fish come through the inlet. Spanish Mackerel were the big draw with Mangrove Snapper coming in second. We've seen Reds, Sheepshead, Blue Runners, Jacks, Bonito and a couple of Permit. Tommy Turowski of the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported a young man put a crab on the line and threw it out; on the first cast he landed a 40 lb. Permit! 

Photo one features Arden Romanillos of Kissimmee with a big Bonito he landed off the north jetty.
Photo  two is of Liz R. of Kissimmee with a Mangrove Snapper she landed using live shrimp. Liz returned the Snapper to the water after the photo.
Photo three features Ryan Wood of Melbourne with a huge Snook he landed off the south jetty fishing at night using a lure that was recovered by snorkeling around the inlet a few weeks earlier. The Snook was released right after the photo.

Sunday morning SISP Ranger counted 15 Loggerhead nests and 5 false crawls. One Loggerhead was just coming to shore to lay her eggs when Ranger Perry arrived to perform the nest survey at 6:00 a.m. Although no tracks of Leatherbacks or Green Turtles were seen, two mating Green Turtles were in the water, just off the beach. Ranger Perry relayed that it was already very humid and he was soaked with sweat by the end of the survey, but a passing shower cleaned him up and a nice rainbow ended the survey. 
Our next four photos are courtesy of SISP Ranger Ed Perry. Photo shows Momma Loggerhead coming out of the ocean to lay her eggs, a close up of her face,digging her nest and the last photo shows her return to the water.

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