Friday, August 11, 2017

Sebastian Inlet Report

08-11-17 FRIDAY: TGIF! 
This morning winds are blowing out of the North at 9 mph, gusting to 12 and there is a moderate chop on the water. Jetty anglers are in luck this morning with plenty of cloud cover, keeping the sun from beating them up too badly. The weekend forecast looks like seas will cooperate for our boaters but chances of summer showers and thunderstorms exist. 
The dog days of summer are upon us and the heat and humidity are intense. Be sure to take plenty of water and sunscreen if you head to the inlet! Summertime is always a slow time for fishing at the inlet. Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports small numbers of Mangrove Snapper, Jacks, Blue Runners have been coming over the rails for the more patient anglers. The bait schools are thinning out but some greenies are coming and going and some larger silver mullet have shown up as well. 

Our angler of the day is Jean Paul Acevedo of St. Cloud. Jean Paul came over to fish the north jetty on and landed his very first Snook using a white bucktail on the outgoing tide. He released the Snook unharmed right after the photo. 

Our other angler of the day is 9 year old Brody Murray of Cooper City. Brody, his dad Richie and mom, Stephanie fished the inlet and look what they caught! This Gafftopsail Catfish or Sailcat as many of us call them is the biggest one we've ever seen. This big, bad fish took 30 minutes to reel to the boat; it was 35" and around 16 lbs.! Brody was using a medium sized shrimp on 8 lb. test. What a catch! The Florida record is 8 lbs. 14 oz. and the IGFA record is 10 lbs. The Murray's had the catch of a lifetime and made some great family memories in the process. They are strictly a catch and release family so that big guy is still out there somewhere. Congratulations on your amazing catch Brody!

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