Sebastian News

11-27-17 Monday: Snook, Reds, Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, Permit, Jacks and Blues

We had a gorgeous Thanksgiving weekend and the crowds at the inlet were intense. People were lined up and down the jetties trying their luck, a lot of boats were out and anglers lined the beaches north and south of the inlet. What a weekend! Fish were cooperating and a good variety of species were landed all over the Park. The surf was decent and surfers were attempting to catch that wedge at first peak while dodging flying fishing gear. Please remember that people go to the State Park for different reasons, everyone has a right to be there and working together is the best solution. Anglers please do not throw lures at passing boats and show courtesy to those surfing the north side.

Anglers landed a lot of Snook, Reds, Jacks and Black Drum. A few Spanish Mackerel and Sheepshead were active and Sheepshead were landed from the T-Dock. Anglers fishing the beaches landed some nice Pompano and Permit and those fishing the rocks west of the bridge had decent luck with Flounder. Now is the time to get out and enjoy the gorgeous weather and great bite!

Jonathan Reese and his son Brenden have been fishing the inlet together the past ten years and the father and son duo spend 100 – 125 nights fishing although they prefer early morning for Flounder. On November 17th and 18th they fished with childhood friends of Jonathan’s who were visiting from Maryland. They caught loads of fish including big Reds, Sheepshead, Barracuda, Mangrove and Mutton Snapper and small Flounder. They returned all under and oversized fish but managed a few nice keepers as well. All of our photos today are courtesy of Jonathan. Nice catches gentlemen!

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Park Info: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Sebastian Inlet State Park will hold the next show in the Night Sounds concert series on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Hosted by the Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park, the concert will showcase recording artist Rod MacDonald. Rod MacDonald is a folk singer and songwriter, novelist, and educator. Since the mid-seventies he has released 11 solo recordings in the United States, 8 in Europe, and 21 songs with Smithsonian Folkways. Rod MacDonald has been named one of the “Ten Greatest South Florida Folksingers of All Time.” His CD “Later that Night” reached the top ten in national folk music charts in 2014. His songs possess words that go straight into your heart and soul. The concert is free with regular park admission. For more information about the concert please call (321) 984-4852 or visit or