Friday, September 23, 2016
Sebastian Inlet Report
09-22-16 THURSDAY: SNOOK, REDS, MANGROVE AND MUTTON SNAPPER, LOOKDOWNS, SPANISH MACKEREL, JACKS AND LADYFISH
We have variable light winds this morning that will increase and become East this afternoon. We have a chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon, so pack accordingly if you head to the inlet today.
Large schools of mullet are bringing in lots of Snook, oversized and slot. We have had reports of people who've fished the inlet for many years that say it looks like the old days. Our Snook fisheries have rebounded from the 2011 freeze but we must be diligent about abiding by the FWC regulations. One per person per day in the slot of 28" - 32". We spoke with an inlet regular yesterday who landed two that were 32 1/8" that were returned, every centimeter counts! Other anglers had success with slot Snook, Mangrove Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Lookdowns and big Jacks from the north jetty. The beaches are holding some beauties as well; Snook, Spanish Mackerel, Blues, large Jacks and big Ladyfish are active.
Our first photo today is courtesy of Sebastian Inlet Commissioner Michael Rowland. Steve Stewart of Melbourne Beach landed this huge Snook from the beach using a fly! The C/R Snook was safely released right after the photo.
Photo two is courtesy of Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach. Mike and his neighbor Bob Green landed 24" slot Reds at the same time using live finger mullet. Nice going guys!
Our next three photos are courtesy of Jonathan Reese of Suntree. The father and son duo get to the inlet as often as possible and rarely go home unrewarded. Jonathan said a thirty minute window opened up in the late afternoon that produced fish after fish, all oversized and safely returned. They landed nine total, seven Reds and two Snook. Although they went home empty handed, they were greatly rewarded by the experience of catching those big trophy fish and seeing them go on their way! Photo three features Brenden with a monster C/R Red, photo four is of Jonathan with a big Red and the last photo is of Jonathan with a big C/R Snook.