We have good news for our offshore anglers; a Red Snapper mini-season reopening has been approved! The reopening is due to the inclement weather that hampered offshore fishing during the November mini-season and is scheduled for December 8 – 11. There is a recreational bag limit of one per person per day with no minimum size limit, please check the FWC web site for commercial regulations. The 2018 recreational mini-season dates have not yet been announced.
Winds are blowing out of the Northeast at 9 mph, gusting to 12 and there is a moderate chop on the water. NOAA is calling for small craft to exercise caution, at least through 4:00 p.m. today. Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating.
We’re seeing the usual cast of characters make their fall appearances at the inlet. Reds, Snook, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Blues, Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, Permit, Ladyfish, Flounder, Trout and Jacks are all currently active and can be landed all over the State Park or in the Indian River Lagoon. Although the water remains murky, it hasn’t interfered with the bite! Get out and wet a line!
Our first photo today features Mike Wallace of Palm Bay with a real nice Flounder he landed November 17th while fishing the south jetty rocks. Mike was using a mud minnow. We love to see those fall Flounder, what a great catch Mike!
Mike got offshore on Sunday with his son Michael and friend Dan Cowan aboard the “Big Easy” charter boat with Captain Terry Wildey, out of Captain Hiram’s. The men had an excellent day, landing various Snappers including Mutton, Mangrove and Lane. See photo two. Very nice 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 http://www.rodmacdonald.net or www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet.