Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Sebastian Inlet Report
07-05-16 TUESDAY: MANGROVE SNAPPER, REDS, SNOOK AND TARPON
We have a lovely morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South at 7 mph, gusting to 11 and there is a light chop on the water. Winds will shift to the Southeast this afternoon. We are seeing extreme tides due to last night's new moon.
We have quite a few anglers out on the north jetty this morning trying their luck. The Mangrove Snapper bite is fair right now. These fish are one of the most popular summer catches for shore based anglers. Inshore they average 10" - 14". The minimum is 10" although most conscientious anglers won't keep them under 11" or 12", the smaller ones just don't have enough meat on them to warrant taking them home. Use smaller hooks, leaders and baits if targeting the delicious fish. They are bottom dwellers but can be found in the middle of the water column as well. Tarpon bite is starting to heat up. Tarpon are so much fun to catch because they are great fighters and jumpers but please handle them with care. Most anglers catch and release since they are not good to eat. An angler may possess one for trophy purposes but you must have a $50 Tarpon tag, without it possession is illegal.
Our photo of the day is courtesy of Frank Forgione of Vero Beach. Frank and friends were fishing the beach just north of the inlet and did quite well with Summer Pompano. Frank doesn't have much luck with the typical Pompano baits so he brines clams the night before he fishes and does very well as we can see in the photo.