Friday, July 29, 2016
Sebastian Inlet Report
07-29-16 FRIDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, JACKS, REDS, C/R SNOOK
Anglers are welcoming a nice breeze at the inlet this morning. Winds are blowing out of the East-Southeast at 14 mph, gusting to 17 and there is a light chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories this morning and it looks like we have a nice weekend ahead of us for our boaters. There is a slight chance of rain on Saturday and Sunday but seas will be on the calm side.
We are seeing the water temperature drop significantly due the summer cold-water upwelling. This morning's bottom reading at the inlet is around 77 degrees. We heard from several people who participated in lobster mini-season the past two days who confirmed the chillier conditions. The cooler water is pushing some bigger fish closer to shore, that's the good news!
We are seeing Mangrove Snapper, Jacks, C/R Snook and oversized Reds come over the rails according to Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet District. Tommy reports greenies are thick and predators are actively pursuing them.
Our photos today are courtesy of Jon Ham of Cocoa. Jon and his 11 year old son Carlos fished the tide pool last Friday and Saturday. Jon reported that C/R Snook were stacked up on both sides of the western rocks, big boys on the channel side and smaller fish on the cove side. Lots of greenies were being chased by schools of Jacks in the tide pool. Jon hooked up with a 35" C/R Snook and a 25" C/R Snook, they jumped into the tide pool and slowly reeled the fish in and revive it before the release. Carlos was taught the importance of conservation and Jon said it was as much fun as fishing. Carlos begged to go back on Saturday morning to see if he could land one too. They arrived early and Carlos caught his own bait, cast, hooked and fought his first Snook by himself with a little coaching from Dad. He landed two Snook that morning, one was 30" and the other was 32" while free-lining pinfish. All fish were gently released. Some great memories were made at the Sebastian Inlet.
Photo one features Jon and Carlos Ham with one of the fish landed on Friday. Carlos sends it off with a little love! Photo two is of Jon and Carlos with another Snook on Friday. The last photo is of one of Carlos' Snook on Saturday. Great memories were made at the Sebastian Inlet. Very nice gentlemen!