We have winter conditions in play the last several days, including near gale force winds. Those conditions combined with the super moon have made it wet and wild at the inlet. This morning winds are blowing out of the Northwest at 11 mph, gusting to 17 and the water has a moderate chop. Seas are 7’ – 10’ creating hazardous conditions offshore and also on the ICW. There is a small craft advisory in effect through Friday morning.
In spite of the weather, we have four or five frost proof anglers out on the north jetty. Prior to the winter weather making an appearance, our visitors and inlet regulars had good luck with Black Drum, Spanish Mackerel, Sheepshead, Reds, Snook, Pompano, Margate, Permit, Jacks, Blues, Flounder, Whiting and Trout. The winter species have arrived. Shrimp, clams, sand fleas and small bait fish are popular as well as bucktails, jigs, swimming plugs and spoons depending on the species being targeted. Air temperatures are in the low 40’s this morning so bundle up if you head to the inlet, it’s brutal out there!
Our angler of the day is Brad Fawcett of Toledo, OH. Six days ago our anglers were fishing in shirt sleeves! Brad fished the north jetty on December 29th when he landed the 29” C/R Snook in our photo. Brad landed the Snook using shrimp around 3:00 p.m. The fish was released unharmed right after the photo. Nice catch Brad!
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Park Info: Sunset kayak tour led by a Park Ranger leaving the Marina at 3:30 p.m. Call ahead to verify, 321-724-5424.