Sebastian News

3/26/18 Monday: Blues and Spanish Mackerel dominate the bite

This morning winds are blowing out of the Northeast at 10 mph, gusting to 13 and there is a moderate chop on the water.  Winds are predicted to pick up ahead of a weak cold front that will move in this afternoon through tomorrow afternoon.  We have possible scattered showers this afternoon through evening.  NOAA has a small craft advisory in effect from 4:00 p.m. today through 4:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel dominated the bite from the north jetty over the weekend, according to Tommy Turowski and the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop.  Both species are fast and a lot of fun to catch but wire leaders are recommneded.  Mackerel like the bright, shinier lures and Blues will hit just about anything.  Other species included Snook, Reds, Black Drum, Sheepshead and Jacks.  Thanks Tommy!

Our photos today are courtesy of Bill Russell of Sebastian.  Bill and his neighbor Sid Golliher and friend Chris got offshore last Sunday for a great day on the water.  The men landed Sharks, 12 large Vermilion Snapper, 2 large Sea Bass, and 2 nice Red Snapper at 26” and 28” that had to be returned and a Red Grouper.  Nice catches gentlemen!  Our featured photo is of Bill with one of the C/R Red Snapper and photos below are of Sid with the Red Grouper and photo three is of the sunrise.  Thanks Bill!

Park Info:  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.

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

FWC Info:  FWC is looking for citizen-scientists to report horseshoe crab sightings during their peak mating season this spring.  The FWC asks the public to report sightings   through one of several options. Go to and go to “Horseshoe Crab Nesting Activity” for the “Florida Horseshoe Crab Spawning Beach Survey” link. You can also report findings via email at or by phone at 866-252-9326.