Sebastian News

3/9/18 Friday: Black Drum, Snook, Sheepshead and Jacks

THE SEBASTIAN INLET STATE PARK HAS BEEN CLOSING THE NORTH JETTY PERIODICALLY FOR PUBLIC SAFETY PURPOSES.  PLEASE CALL 321-984-4852 FOR INFORMATION ON CLOSURES.

It’s a gorgeous afternoon at the inlet.  Winds are blowing out of the North-Northeast at 13 mph, gusting to 17 and there is a light to moderate chop on the water.  Although NOAA is calling for small craft to exercise caution, conditions are slowly improving and anglers may be able to get off the dock on Saturday. Sunday conditions will become rougher ahead of another cold front.

We received an update from Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach.  Mike fished the north jetty yesterday afternoon and reported conditions were breezy and cool but beautiful.  The Black Drum bite was good from mid-morning until 2:00 p.m. Fifteen to eighteen Black Drum came over the rails, at least 1/3 were over 24”.  Mike landed one that was 28” using dead shrimp although anglers were catching them on dead and live shrimp.  Snook began to bite after the tide change along with a few large Jacks.  Anglers using sand fleas were having good luck with Sheepshead.  Thanks Mike!

Our angler of the day is Ryan Kriminger of Orlando.  Ryan fished the north jetty on Saturday when he landed the 38 lb. Tarpon in our photo, using live shrimp.  Ryan reported a consistent Snook bite, oversized and in the slot for anglers using live shrimp.  Ryan landed an 11” Flounder that he returned and a 20” Sea Trout near the Tide Pool.  Ryan released the Tarpon unharmed right after the photo.  Nice catch Ryan!

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

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.

3/10 – A slideshow will be presented on Saturday at the Fishing Museum on surf fishing for pompano at 12:30 p.m.

Call the Sebastian Inlet Marina at 321-724-5424 to inquire about their kayak tours, they are weather dependent.