It looks as if today will be the day to get out and try to land a Red Snapper; the rest of the weekend is forecasted to be a blow out due to the coming cold front. A Red Snapper mini-season was approved by the FWC for today through Sunday.
We have a full house on the north jetty this morning in spite of an overcast morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the South at 7 mph, gusting to 10 and there is a light chop on the water. Although conditions are relatively calm this morning we have a chance of showers after 2:00 p.m. today and we’ll see increasing winds and seas starting this afternoon ahead of the cold front.
We’ve been seeing some nice catches at the inlet which is typical for this time of year. Snook remain active and the season is open for one more week, although the cold front could send them seeking warmer waters in the river and canals. Slot and oversized Reds, Black Drum, Pompano, Flounder, Jacks and a few straggler species in ones and two’s, including Blues, Sheepshead and Cubera Snapper.
Our featured photo today is of Justin Foster of Satellite Beach. Justin and his dad Dennis made it offshore last Sunday and did well bottom fishing in 180’ of water. Justin landed this good sized C/R Red Snapper and they also landed several Red Grouper and some small Amberjacks. Photo two is of Dennis Foster with a nice Red Grouper. Nice catches gentlemen!
Jesse Fennell of Orlando is featured in photo three with an oversized C/R Red he landed off the north jetty on November 26th. Jesse was using live, jumbo shrimp and reported a lot of Snook, Black Drum and Reds that day with a few Spanish Mackerel and Pompano filtering in as well. Jesse didn’t bother measuring this Red; he got it back into the water right after a quick photo. Nice catch and nice handling Jesse!
Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach has been fishing the north jetty most of the week and reported a decent bite. Pompano, Snook, Reds and Black Drum have been keeping most anglers busy. Wednesday’s Snook bite was very good in the morning hours. Mike sent in our last two photos of Robin who had an excellent couple of days on the north jetty. Robin landed the real nice Cubera Snapper in photo four while free lining live shrimp, then landed a 31″ slot Snook. She landed the oversized C/R Snook in photo five late week. What a nice week at the inlet!
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State Park Info: Sunset kayak tour leaving from the State Park’s Inlet Marina at 3:30 on today. Saturday morning SUP for beginners at the SISP Marina at 9:00 a.m. Due to weather please call ahead to confirm the events at 321-724-5424.