Sebastian News

09-01-17 Friday: TGIF!

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Snook season is officially open! Please handle all C/R fish with care. See the top right corner of this page for more information. If you need a net to pull it up to the north jetty, use a net to lower it back into the water.

Winds are blowing out of the South at 9 mph, gusting to 13 and there is a light chop on the water. Winds will shift to the Southeast this afternoon. There is a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms after 3:00 p.m. today. The extended forecast for seas over the long weekend looks favorable for our boaters. Chances of showers and thunderstorms are good also, always check the marine forecast prior to boating.

Mangrove Snapper have been biting sporadically; we received an update from Charlie Achinelli of Melbourne who said he landed his largest of this season, a 17″ beauty on a greenie. Send in the photo if you have one Charlie! A couple of nice Cuberas have come over the rails as well. Tommy Turowski of the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports a slow start to Snook season. He’s not heard of anybody having luck so far, the Snook obviously got the word. He said several schools of big Reds have been spotted from the north jetty. A few nice Permit have been landed by anglers drifting small crabs from the north and south jetties. Get out and wet a line!

Our angler of the day is Matthew Hartfiel of Jacksonville. Matthew was here trying his luck last weekend and landed the real nice Cubera Snapper in our photo. Matthew reported a slow but steady morning and early afternoon. There were plenty of greenies in the water and some medium sized schools of mullet. A few anglers were using Sabiki rigs to land the greenies and one lucky angler landed a large Spanish Mackerel on one, others were catching Ladyfish and Jacks. Jacks were consistent through the day. A few C/R Snook came over the rails in the early morning. The highlight of the day was schools of Tarpon rolling off the end of the north jetty. At one point, he estimates 40 or more although they weren’t hitting anything. Thanks for the update Matthew, nice catch!

Have a safe Labor Day weekend and be sure to send in your updates and photos. Check out the City of Sebastian’s Chamber of Commerce web site, they have a lot of activities coming up this month!

The Sebastian Inlet State Park has a sunset kayak tour tonight. Saturday and Sunday there will a SUP class for beginners. Call 321-724-5424 for more information.