THE EAST END OF THE NORTH JETTY IS CLOSED. WE LOST 45 GRATES DURING HURRICANE MATTHEW THAT WILL NEED TO BE REPLACED AFTER A STRUCTURAL INSPECTION IS DONE. THE NORTH SIDE OF THE SEBASTIAN INLET STATE PARK IS OPEN FROM 8:00 -SUNSET, INCLUDING THE CATWALK. THE SOUTH SIDE IS PARTIALLY OPEN, THE SAME HOURS. THE SOUTH JETTY AND CATWALK ARE OPEN BUT THE T-DOCK, BOAT RAMPS AND CAMPGROUNDS ARE NOT ACCESSIBLE AT THIS TIME. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE PARK WHEN IT IS CLOSED, WE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED.
We have another windy, choppy day at the Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the North-Northeast at 19 mph, gusting to 21 and the water is rough. NOAA has a small craft advisory in effect through Saturday evening and it looks like our boaters have another weekend of sitting on the dock, boating conditions are lousy and there's a ton of debris in the water.
The rough conditions have really stirred up the bite. We have a ton of bait in the water, schools of mullet, mojarra and greenies are luring in a lot of predators. There are a lot of Snook, Reds, Ladyfish, big Jacks and Flounder in the 5 - 7 lb. range. Get out and wet a line.
Our photos today are courtesy of Diana Densmore of Kissimmee. Diana and her husband Tom had a great day on the north jetty. Tom landed 2 good sized Spanish Mackerel and a big Jack. Diana landed the huge Snook in our first photo and the hefty Spanish Mackerel in photo two. She landed the big Snook on a very small greenie on tight tackle; 12 lb. line which was the max for her reel with a 40 lb. mono leader. She estimated the Snook was around 38" as her net is 32" and it was hanging way over the sides when they brought it over the rails. They didn't take the time to measure it as they wanted to get it back into the water as soon as possible. Diana noted that the glove was strictly for thumbing the reel as this big guy was peeling line like crazy and she didn't dare tighten the drag! She and Tom also saw a lot of Blue Runners, Snapper and large Macks come over the rails while they were there. She sends out thanks to all those who cleared the way and cheered her on and she loved the great crowd of sportsmen who shared bait and helped each other land fish. Bringing the big Snook in on light tackle will require re-spooling as it mangled her line pretty good but it was worth it!