THE NORTH JETTY REMAINS CLOSED EAST OF THE GATE DUE TO HURRICANE MATTHEW. WE HOPE TO HAVE THE STRUCTUAL ENGINEERS IN TO INSPECT THE JETTY LATE NEXT WEEK. CONDITIONS DO NOT PERMIT AN INSPECTION AT THIS TIME. ONCE THE JETTY PASSES INSPECTION, WE WILL BEGIN TO REPLACE THE GRATES THAT ARE ON SITE WHICH WILL ENABLE US TO OPEN MORE OF THE NORTH JETTY DURING THE DAY. THE NIGHT TIME CLOSURE WILL STILL BE IN EFFECT. THE STATE PARK HAS REOPENED THE REST OF THE SOUTH SIDE, EXCEPT THE BOAT RAMPS WHICH REQUIRE REPAIR. THE STATE PARK IS OPEN FROM 8:00 A.M. - SUNSET ON BOTH SIDES.
Conditions are starting to calm down, winds are blowing out of the West-Northwest at 9 mph, gusting 15 and there is a moderate chop on the water. NOAA has issued a small craft advisory for seas through this evening and a small craft advisory is in effect from this evening through Saturday morning.
Tommy Turowski noted that the no see 'ums are out and biting this morning, be sure to take insect repellent if you head to the inlet today! We are still seeing bait in the water but the schools are starting to spread out.
We received an update from Charlie Achinelli of Melbourne who fished the Tide Pool yesterday. Charlie reported that Sheepshead are moving in, he landed three with the largest being 16". A Cubera Snapper found its way to the end of his line and C/R Snook did as well.
Our angler of the day is Nancy Tu of Orlando. Nancy had a very successful day of fishing. Nancy was fishing off the seawall of the north jetty when she landed the beautiful 25" Flounder in photo one using shrimp.
Nancy also brought in a 21" Sheepshead in the same place using shrimp.