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 Lion fish 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. 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. 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.