Sebastian News

08-24-17 THURSDAY: HIT OR MISS

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Winds are blowing out of the South-Southeast at 7 mph, gusting to 9 and there is a moderate chop on the water. There are no NOAA advisories but we have clouds looming offshore, showers and thunderstorms after likely 2:00 p.m. today.

Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports that the bite is still slow. A few Mangrove Snapper, Jacks, Blue Runners and Lookdowns are being landed sporadically. One of the north jetty regulars landed a 5 lb. Flounder this morning which gives the rest of us hope. A few finger mullet are starting to show up but we are not seeing anything like the mullet run, yet. We’re waiting. Impatiently.

Our photo today is courtesy of SISP Ranger Ed Perry. Ranger Perry captured this great photo of a Loggerhead hatchling making its way to the ocean in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Awesome photo Ranger Perry!

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Hogfish conservation measures and boundaries effective Aug. 24

A new management boundary and several conservation measures for hogfish will go into effect in state and federal waters starting Aug. 24. State changes were approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its November 2016 meeting.

Hogfish is overfished and undergoing overfishing in the Florida Keys and east Florida. Federal law requires the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to end overfishing immediately and implement a 10-year rebuilding plan. Go to MyFWC.com for more information regarding boundaries. Some of the new regulations are:
Lowering the Atlantic recreational daily bag limit from five to one fish per harvester.
Setting an Atlantic recreational harvest season of May 1 through Oct. 31.
Increasing the Atlantic recreational and commercial minimum size limit from 12 to 16 inches fork length.
Increasing the Gulf recreational and commercial minimum size limit from 12 to 14 inches fork length.
Setting the minimum importation and sale size limit to 14 inches fork length statewide.