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Week of January 22: In a word: Dismal

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Angler of the Week: Giovanni Distefano said he drove from Leesburg to fish the inlet. In fewer than five casts, he caught this snook. He used a two-ounce egg sinker and 30-pound leader with a swivel. Bait of choice all day was shrimp. Thank you for sharing! 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 cloudy skies, a high of 68 degrees, ESE winds at 15 mph and two to three-foot seas. Similar weather on Tuesday, with temperatures increasing throughout the week.

And now for a short fishing report from "Snookman" Wayne Landry, our fishing guide:

 “Good morning, Sebastian Inlet fishing junkies; I hope everyone had a great weekend despite the chilly winds. This report is going to be brief, thanks to cold weather, very brisk winds and rough seas. All which makes for lousy fishing, especially at the inlet!

Since Thursday, when the weather took a turn for the worse, the ocean has been rough and dirty — especially the south side of the inlet — and water temps from Canaveral to Wabasso have been in the lower 60s. From Wabasso south it is 74 degrees. So, not conducive for fish wanting to play. Not many folks fishing. Prior to the poor weather conditions, anglers were catching nice numbers of black drum, some pompano and whiting on the north jetty on dead and live shrimp, as well as cut clams. The tip of the jetty, both sides, was the place to be. Also, I noted when I was there before the weather set in, we saw some schools of the big bluefish swimming around the north jetty. Large spoons and cut baits will work for them. The south side and the surf area were messy due to the outgoing tide carrying runoff down the beach, which just shut everything down except for catfish and stingrays. Not much else to report. 

For the remainder of the week, look  for SSE winds at 10 to 20 mph and three to four-foot seas this week. This pattern will allow the water to slightly warm up, but unfortunately will also dirty it up more, especially the south side; the north side may stay pretty clean, and that might be the place to be. I wish I had better news, but that is it in a nutshell. I have to keep reminding myself that it's wintertime. If you do go out, good luck, and I hope you can find a nice spot to fish and catch something.” — Snookman.