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Week of October 30: The fish have gone on strike, possibly due to anglers violating jetty rules

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Angler of the Week: Submitted by our fishing guide, Snookman. Meet Tony. His buddies and he arrived at the jetty Sunday mid-morning.  He dropped his first bait live bait in the water, and within 10 minutes hooked and caught this fine 42-inch redfish.  Snookman says: "Left everyone asking, 'What just happened? You just got here they said! It was the only redfish I saw all day. The fish was released safely back into the water just after taking the pic."

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Today's forecast calls for partly cloudy skies, a high of 81 dgrees, NNE winds at 10 mph, and four to six-foot waves. 

And now for the fishing update (and a few reminders) from our fishing guide, “Snookman” Wayne Landry:

“Good morning, Sebastian Inlet fans. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. The weather was great, but not the fishing. This is probably going to be the ‘worst’ fishing report I can remember ever writing, due to the poor conditions at the inlet. Wind and waves were excessive  last week through the weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday I didn't see anything caught on either side, except for one small bonnet head shark on the south side, two jacks on the north jetty and some catfish. The south jetty was too rough to fish safely. In the back of the inlet, same deal: dirty water, no bait and no fish, either. With that the being the gist of it, I would like to address issues at the north jetty: 

First, the north jetty was built for navigational purposes to aid boaters in safe passage through the inlet. Boaters have the right of way. Second, fishing on the jetty is a privilege, not a right, and can be taken away at any time if park officials deem it necessary. The gates have been locked in the past due to rule violations. Recently, we received reports of men fishing the tip of the jetty and harassing female anglers.  This is not acceptable. It is one of our posted rules: "Profanity and rude behavior is not permitted." You will be asked to leave the park if you violate this rule. The jetty is not technically a fishing pier. Pedestrians, sightseers and bird watchers have every right to use it as well. Finally, the jetty is often covered in litter. There is signage stating,  ‘Please do not discard fishing line, dead fish and any trash on the jetty; please place it in the proper receptacles provided.’ Again, being out here is a privilege, not a right. Please help us keep it clean. Like camping adage, ‘Pack it in, pack it out.’ If we all do our part, we can keep our jetty looking nice, safe and enjoyable for all. If you witness rude or bad behavior, please call the north ranger station at (321) 984-4852 and press # 1234 when prompted. You will be connected directly. Below is a list of the jetty rules posted in two areas. One is located where you leave the parking lot; the other, as you enter the north jetty (posted by the beach warning flags). The rules help ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable day at the jetty. Thanks everyone, and have a great week.” — Snookman.

-          The jetty was built to aid boaters in navigation through the inlet and provide public access onto the deck. While using the fishing deck, please yield to boaters until they pass safely through the inlet. 

-           Throwing or casting objects at vessels, surfers and snorkelers/divers is prohibited.

-          The painted yellow lines on the jetty designate a safe walkway. Only anglers and their two fishing poles are permitted in the area between the rails and yellow lines. Please place all carts, buckets, chairs, coolers and other accessories in the center of the jetty between the yellow lines. The yellow lines are painted to create a clear pathway in case of a medical emergency.

-          Anglers are allowed only 2 fishing poles in use, and you must be at the terminus end of both poles.

-          Please do not attach anything to the rails, grates or structure. 

-           No cast netting is permitted on the eastern portion of the deck. 

-          All marine life not for harvest must be returned to the water without intentional harm, and in whole condition quickly and safely.

-           Cast netters must return unused marine life back into the water as quickly as possible. This is one of the few jetties that allows netting. Please do not abuse this privilege. 

-           No alcoholic beverages, glass containers, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, or pets other than service animals are permitted on the jetty. 

-          Jumping and diving from the deck and jetty is prohibited.

-           No canopies or tents are allowed on the jetty. Umbrellas may be used, but cannot be attached to the railings, grates or the structure. 

-          No open flames or grilles of any kind are allowed. 

-          Please adapt fishing methods when birds are actively feeding to avoid catching or entangling them, and make every effort to release them unharmed if caught or entangled. 

-          Targeting Goliath Grouper, a protected species, is prohibited on the jetty. 

-          Exit the jetty during periods of inclement weather and storms. The seas can get rough and the jetty is a lightning strike area. 

-           No loud music, profanity or rude behavior is allowed. 

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