Sebastian News

11-03-17 Friday: Black Drum, Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, Snook, Reds, Tarpon and Trout

We have North-northwest winds blowing at 9 mph, gusting to 17 and the water is choppy. Overcast skies prevail this morning but the sun is trying to peek through the clouds. We are experiencing extreme tides due to tonight’s full moon. NOAA has a small craft advisory in effect.

Sarah Sams at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported a real good variety of fish coming over the rails of both jetties, the river banks and T-Dock. A lot of short Snook were landed and returned yesterday. Pompano, Permit and Palometa have started to show and they are also hitting in the Indian River Lagoon. Reds and Black Drum have been active. Bait is starting to thin out but live and dead shrimp are popular and Gotcha lures and spoons work well for the Mackerel. Thanks Sarah!

Our photos today are courtesy of David Stansberry of NY. David, his brother Frederick and long time friend Aaron Keegan come to Sebastian every fall to fish the mullet run. The trio was here the first week of October and experienced quite a wet week but they fished through it and had a great time. Frederick was featured on the fishing report with a good sized Flounder a couple of weeks ago that he landed during that time. Photo one features Aaron Keegan with a Red and David Stansberry with a Snook, all fish they landed during their stay were released unharmed. Photo two features Aaron Keegan with a good sized Tarpon he landed from the T-Dock, David was on the net for that sweet catch. The Tarpon was gently released and swam away healthy. Photo three features Frederick Stansberry with a good sized C/R Red. Very nice gentlemen, see you next year!

Red Snapper season is opening for recreational anglers for two weekends beginning today, November 3 – 5, 2017 and again on November 10 – 12, 2017. Bag limit is one per person per day with no size limit. Please go to for more information or information on commercial fishing. Seas do not look promising, it’s going to be choppy and bumpy but Sunday afternoon winds will begin to subside. Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating.

Have a great weekend and be sure to send us your fishing photos and updates!

SISP Info: Quiksilver’s King of the Peak surf contest will be held November 4th and 5th. For more information go to

Night Sounds Concert Hosted by the Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park November 4th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., will showcase recording artist the Penny Creek Band. For more information about the concert please call (321) 984-4852 or visit or