Friday, July 22, 2016

Sebastian Inlet Report

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 menhaden (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. 
  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 with some big Reds he landed and released 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. 

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