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Winds are blowing out of the South at 13 mph, gusting to 16 and there is a moderate chop on the water. Winds will increase in the late morning/early afternoon. The forecast is calling for a wet weekend, plan accordingly!
We received an update from inlet regular Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach. Mike fished for Snapper yesterday morning for about three hours and went home empty handed. Mike reported that anglers who fished the outgoing tide had better luck with Snapper. Cut mojarra was working well for them. One good sized Cubera Snapper came over the rails in the wee hours of the morning. Word has it that there are some finger mullet in the river. Thanks Mike! Florida Today sportswriter Ed Killer is predicting the full moon will get those big schools of finger mullet moving.
Our angler of the day is Nicholas Musacchio. He fished the inlet last Saturday when he landed the Goliath Grouper in our photo using medium tackle and a greenie. Nicholas kept the Goliath in the water, as required and released it right after the photo. The regulations are very strict for this protected species. Nice handling Nicholas!
Have a great weekend and be sure to send in your photos and fishing updates!
Hogfish conservation measures and boundaries effective Aug. 24
A new management boundary and several conservation measures for hogfish went into effect in state and federal waters starting Aug. 24. State changes were approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its November 2016 meeting.
Hogfish is overfished and undergoing overfishing in the Florida Keys and east Florida. Federal law requires the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to end overfishing immediately and implement a 10-year rebuilding plan.