Sebastian News

3/16/18 Friday: Spanish Mackerel, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Pompano, Snook, Reds and Blues

It’s a beautiful morning at the inlet.  Winds are blowing out of the North-Northwest at 8 mph, gusting to 10 and there is a light to moderate chop on the water.  We have a real nice weekend forecasted and it looks as if our boaters are finally going to get a break and get off the docks.

Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports that the bite has picked up.  Spanish Mackerel starting showing up yesterday in decent numbers and size.  Gotcha lures are always a good bet when targeting the species.  A wire leader is recommended to prevent breakoffs from their razor sharp teeth.  These fish are a lot of fun to catch, if you can!  Snook, Reds, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Pompano, a few Blues and Jacks are in the mix as well.  Get out and wet a line this weekend!

Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach fished the north jetty Wednesday and sent in an update and today’s photo.  He reported a cold, windy day on the jetty and he lost two Black Drum due to line breaking.  Mike was using live shrimp which worked well.  He managed to bring two Black Drum, 23” and 27” over the rails along with a 16” Pompano.  Several oversized Reds were landed and released by other anglers and quite a few Blues were caught on lures during the outgoing tide.  Thanks Mike, sounds like the bite is picking up!

Park info:  Sebastian Inlet State Park will hold a Night Sounds concert series on Saturday, March 31, 2018.  Hosted by the Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park, the concert will showcase recording artists Diamond Dixie.  Diamond Dixie is an up and coming country duo, from Orlando, Florida, consisting of sister, Gabriela and Bianca LeDuc.  Diamond Dixie plays their own special versions of covers and original music, as well as fun videos.  The concert will take place at the pavilions on Coconut Point, located on the south side of Sebastian Inlet. The concert is free with regular park entry fees.  For more information about the concert please call (321)984-4852 or visit  For information about Diamond Dixie visit or

On Sundays in March and April, the Sebastian Inlet State Park will be offering a Ranger-led leisurely walk from 1:00 – 2:00 pm.  Learn about the Park and the plants and animals that call it home.  Meet at the Sebastian Inlet State Park Fishing Museum on the south side of the Park.  Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a hat, water and sun protection.  Polarized sunglasses and/or binoculars are recommended but not necessary.  The event is free with regular Park admission.  For more information, call Ranger Terry O’Toole at 772-388-2750.

Call the Sebastian Inlet Marina at 321-724-5424 to inquire about their kayak tours, they are weather dependent.  They offer a sunset kayak tour Sunday – Wednesday and a full moon kayak tour once a month, or in this month’s case, twice!