Sebastian News

09-26-17 Tuesday: Snook, Reds, Snapper, Jacks

We’re back! Between lingering computer issues from Irma and jury duty, it’s been a tough week!

Winds are blowing out of the North-northwest at 8 mph, gusting to 9 and there is a moderate chop on the water. There are clouds over the inlet and we have a slight chance of showers after 2:00 p.m. We have high seas and NOAA has issued a small craft advisory for seas through Wednesday morning.

The mullet run is in full force at the inlet and that is bringing in the big predators. Snook are being landed all over the State Park including the T-Dock, beaches, river bank, rocks and jetties. Big Reds are back and some are in the slot but a lot have been huge and returned to the water. The slot for Reds is 18″ – 27″ and the bag limit is one per person per day. The slot for Snook is 28″ – 32″ and one per person per day. Please abide by the FWC regulations, our resources are not unlimited. Big Jacks, a occasional Permit or other tasty catch will find its way to our inlet anglers. Mike Ricciardi fished the north jetty on Friday and reported the Snook bite was fair, only one slot Snook was landed during the morning hours but Reds were a different story. They were chasing mullet and biting well. Jacks in the 1 – 10 lb. range were being landed as well. Thanks Mike!

Our angler of the day is Matt Badolato. Matt fished the inlet on Sept. 15th in his 16′ skiff; shortly after Hurricane Irma came through. Matt reported a very strong tide probably from the high water levels in the IRL and Sebastian Rivers. The inlet water was so fresh that while netting mullet for bait he also got a fresh water shad in the mix! Matt landed this beautiful 26″ Cubera Snapper with one of the mullet. Very nice Matt!

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The Sebastian Inlet State Park has a few activities that may interest some of you. On Friday there will be a sunset kayak tour with a Ranger and on Saturday there is a SUP class for beginners, call 321-724-5424 for more information. Saturday is National Public Lands Day and a cleanup is scheduled for Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. at the north side picnic area, Call 321-984-4852 for more information. Saturday night the Night Sounds Concerts resume with the 20th Street Jazz Band playing from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Saturday night; the band is a 15 piece band that should be a lot of fun. Call 772-388-2750 for more information.