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Week of April 25: High winds, rough seas and seaweed, but you might catch a snook  or redfish in this mess


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We need photos of you with your catch for our Angler of the Week feature. Otherwise, we can only offer random fishing photos we take during our weekly sojourns to the inlet.


NOTICE: The North jetty will be closed to the public on  Wednesday, May 18, and Thursday, May 19, to allow the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to conduct a cleanup of fouling lines, nets, monofilament and debris. FWC will also conduct “lift bag” training to retrieve aluminum grates lost in past hurricanes. 

Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies with a high of 79 degrees, East winds at 13 mph, and three to five-foot seas.

Our fishing guide, “Snookman” Wayne Landry shares his wisdom and observations on recent fishing conditions and activity at the inlet. Take it away, Wayne:

 “Fishing as a whole in the entire inlet has been a blowout all last week and most of the weekend due to high winds and rough surf, so it has been pretty slow: lots of dirty water and seaweed. 

North jetty: Fishing has been a hit-or-miss deal over here, with some snook being caught on live mojarras on the tip on the outgoing tide when it isn't too rough to be there. It does get pretty wet with the waves splashing up when the seas are big, like they have been. Some redfish are possible, as well along with a few bluefish on big silver spoons. Incoming tide has been slow with the rough conditions.

South Jetty: Not much over here either, just was too rough to fish with the wind and big waves. Very dirty water and lots of weed, but some black margates and sea bream are possible, along with the pesky catfish and stingrays. Some bluefish may be caught still in the channel area with silver spoons.

 T-Dock area: Back here it is calmer and cleaner and some nice snook are being caught on live mojarras on both tides along the rocky shoreline. Small snappers and puffers are being caught with those fishing cut bait around the dock pilings. Most of the snapper are still too small to keep. Bluefish and Spanish mackerel are a possibility too for those throwing small spoons and jigs in the area. 

Surf area: both sides has been blown out, too rough to fish it.

Offshore: No report as it has been too rough to get out and fish safely.