SNOOK SEASON CLOSES THURSDAY AT MIDNIGHT UNTIL FEBRUARY 1ST. SNOOK ARE CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY DURING THIS TIME. Please handle catch and release snook with extreme care. The species is fragile and our area is one of its few breeding grounds. Please do not leave them out of the water too long. Do not pass around a snook for multiple photos. Do not hold them vertically; doing so can damage their internal structure. If you need a net to pull a fish up onto the north jetty, use a net to lower it back into the water, it’s a long drop.
We have a very chilly morning at the inlet. Winds blowing out of the North-northwest at 6 mph and gusting to 15 are making it feel even colder. Winds are forecasted to calm down this afternoon. NOAA is calling for small craft to exercise caution through 10:00 a.m. this morning.
Sally Baughman of Jackson Hole, WY is back for some winter fishing and landed this big Black Drum on Friday while she was fishing for Snook. Sally landed this nice fish on shrimp. Welcome back Sally, nice catch!
Some real nice Black Drum are hitting from the north jetty according to Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach. Mike fished the north jetty yesterday afternoon and reported quite a few Black Drum had been landed, all over 20”. Anglers using dead shrimp, sand fleas and clams were having the best luck. Sheepshead were also hitting on the same baits. Mike sent in photo two of his neighbor Bob Green who landed one of the larger Black Drum. Nice catch Bob, thanks Mike!
Park Info: Saturday, December 16th the State Park will have a surf fishing workshop at the SISP Fishing Museum from 1:00 – 3:15 p.m. Surf fishing class designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing. Discussions center on the equipment needed to enjoy a productive surf fishing day at the beach. Topics include rod and reel selection, standard pompano rig, choosing bait and more. Bring a pen and paper to take notes.