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Week of August 17:  Summer doldrums..

young man holding large catfish with fence and trailer in background

Hot summer days at the inlet with the typical afternoon thunderstorms rolling through are the norm this time of year.  We hear the fishing action has been pretty much the same with lots of Mangrove Snapper around.  You’ll find them throughout the inlet system so try your luck at a new fishing spot somewhere in the State Park.  You’ve got lots of options – the jetties, catwalks, shorelines, by the tide pool cove and the T-dock.  The favorite bait to target Mangrove Snapper is live shrimp so go see Tommy at Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle before you head out to get your supplies.

There have been some Red Drum around Tommy tells us, a few Spanish Mackerel, Jacks and Blue Runners too.  Your best bet is on the North and South jetties.  Spanish Mackerel will hit on little spoons, Gotcha lures and jigs.  Use live shrimp to target Jacks and Blue Runners will hit on a variety of smaller baits and lures.  Use shrimp, clams or sandfleas to target the Red Drum.

We know anglers are anxiously awaiting the start of Snook season set for September 1.  We will be posting more information in the next two weeks on bag and size limits, and any relevant information from FWC and Sebastian Inlet State Park officials.

NOAA is calling for South winds all week at 5-10 knots with 2-3 foot seas.  Temps hovering around 90 degrees with a high chance of scattered afternoon thunderstorms all week so get out early.

Our featured angler of the week is a special request from a young man who LOVES fishing.  A shout out to Noah Johns!  “I caught this really nice catfish out of a small pond by my park and want to show him off. If you could please help me with that, that would be awesome!!”  Why yes - we can help you with that, Noah.  Way to go and you definitely need to go drop a line at Sebastian Inlet State Park to see what you can reel in. 

If you want to be featured as our angler of the week, use the Contact Form to send us the details of your catch with photos (horizontal and vertical, please).  We try to use every photo submitted.

Check out the Sebastian Inlet District webcam with real-time weather, tide charts and more to plan your next trip to the inlet. Have a great week!