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Week of February 12: North jetty closure and lousy weather hampers the action 

A man showing off a striped fish he caught, with another fisherman and a pier in the background.
Angler of the Week: They call him Mr. Luke, and judging by his expression, he knows he'll catch fish all day with confidence. Our  fishing guide, "Snookman" Wayne Landry says Mr. Luke is a prolific angler and could catch a fish in a bathtub. Here's Mr. Luke with a sheepshead he caught last week. We need your fishing photos! If you'd like to be featured as the Angler of the Week, please send your photos to We love details! Please include your name, hometown, species of fish and (if you want to share) the bait or lure that worked for you! 

Today's forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, a high of 80 degrees, SW winds of 16 to 18 mph, and three to four-foot seas. 

Our fishing guide, “Snookman” Wayne Landry, offers us a brief glimpse of a week befouled by lousy weather and the temporary closure of the north jetty:

“Good morning, Sebastian Inlet fishing family.  Here is your abbreviated report for this week. Not much was happening at the inlet last week. The culprits included high winds, nasty water conditions, and the closure of the north jetty on Wednesday. I have no news as to when the jetty will reopen. State Park officials are doing their best to get it back open as soon as possible, so please be patient and bear with us. For information, call the north ranger station at (321) 984-4852. Thank you.

Now, for an overview of the fishing scene last week. About the only fish I saw caught over the weekend were some nice sheepshead on dead shrimp. Both sides of the inlet on the incoming tide along the rock shoreline, produced fish up to about 18 and 20 inches! Nice. Also, I did see a few of the jumbo bluefish caught, but not like we had a week ago, very dirty water has that shut down. Also, in those same areas and tides, there are some small black drum caught on live and dead shrimp, along with small and slot-sized snook on the south jetty, but they are mostly small. The rest of the inlet areas remain dirty and largely non-productive. We have dirty, cold water — it dropped back down to 62 degrees. That's it in a nutshell, folks.” — Snookman