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Week of August 3:  Mangrove Snapper, Reds, Spanish Mackerel, Jacks and Blue Runners

man holding giant fish

We’re back with the latest fishing report from our friend Tommy at Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle.  Even though the North Jetty remains closed, we anticipate it will open soon after Sebastian Inlet State Park rangers have had a chance to inspect it for public safety.  We thank you for your patience as they work to get fully operational again, and there are plenty of other places to fish the inlet in the short term! 

Tommy tells us that fishing has been decent, but not great as we head into high summer.  The one constant is our summertime Mangrove Snapper and there are lots around to be had.  Use small live shrimp or greenies to target them, and try fishing from the T-dock or the north shoreline by the tide pool.

Red Drum can be found throughout the inlet system too and usually hit better on the outgoing tide.  Use your live shrimp or cut bait.  Spanish Mackerel, Jacks and Blue Runners have been coming over the rails on the jetties.  Try the South jetty for now.  Spanish Mackerel will hit on little spoons, jigs and Gotcha lures.  Blue Runners will bite on a variety of smaller baits and lures, and Jacks seem to prefer live shrimp and spoons.  Tommy tells us there have even been a few large Cubera Snapper hanging around.  Try the North jetty when it reopens.  Anglers are still seeing a lot of Snook too, but please remember they are catch and release only until the season opens again in a few short weeks on September 1.

A shout out to our featured angler of the week, Sonny East.  He was fishing with his dad when he caught this GIANT Snook on 10# test line and rinky dink jig.  “The fish ran 150 yards before I was able to subdue her.  After a quick pic, I released her safely.  I’ve been Snook fishing all my life and have never seen one this big.”  We haven’t either Sonny – way to go!

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.

We also ask for your patience as we work to repair the Sebastian Inlet District webcam .  Tropical Storm Isaias knocked out our motor and we hope to replace it today to get it up and running again.  We know a lot of you use it to plan your trip to the inlet with real-time weather, tide charts and more.