Sebastian News

4/13/18 Friday: Blues, Snook, Reds, Jacks and Pompano

We have a nice morning at the inlet, a little on the windy side but sunny and mild.  Winds are blowing out of the East-Southeast at 16 mph, gusting to 18 and there is a moderate chop on the water.  Southeasterly winds will prevail through early Saturday then veer south and begin to strengthen.  We have a slight chance of showers today and the probability increases through Saturday.  Sunday strong to severe thunderstorms and high winds are forecasted.

Big Bluefish continue to give our inlet anglers a challenge.  We’ve some real beasts landed from the beaches and both jetties, some in the 10 – 12 lb. range!   On calmer days good sized Pompano in small numbers have been landed from the beaches and north jetty.  Slot and oversized Snook and Reds have been in the mix and hitting in the Indian River Lagoon as well as the inlet.

Our featured photo is of 90 year old Frank Alfano of Zellwood Station.  Frank recently landed this 40” C/R Red in the Indian River Lagoon.  This big breeder fish was safely released after a quick photo.  A fish this size can be difficult to reel in and handle, impressive!  What a fantastic catch, way to go Frank!

Bill Russell of Sebastian sent in our second photo below of his neighbor George Hinckley.  Bill and George had an opportunity to get offshore when the winds died down on the 4th.  The men had a great time landing large Triggerfish, 5 large Lane Snapper, 1 Cubera and George’s first Red Snapper that was quickly released after a quick photo.  Sounds like a wonderful day on the water!

Photo three is courtesy of longtime SISP Ranger Ed Perry.  Ranger Perry send in this great photo of a Northern Gannet enjoying the waters of Sebastian Inlet.  Thanks Ranger Perry!

Photo four is of a young man enjoying a nice little wave at first peak.

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

Check out the 8th Annual Indian River Marine Flea Market and Fishing Show this weekend at the Indian River County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday from 9 – 5.  Organizers are expecting 200 vendors along with a full complement of fishing seminars, new boats from local builders, fishing simulators, exhibits and a craft beer garden.  For more information go to

State Park Info: On Saturday April 14th there will be a Surf Fishing Workshop from 1:00 – 3:15 at the Sebastian Inlet Fishing Museum on the south side of the Park.  Take a pen/pencil and something for note taking.  Call 772-388-2750 for more information.

Walk with a Ranger every Sunday at 1:00 p.m. to learn about the inlet and surrounding area.  Meet at the Fishing Museum on the south side of the Park.  Call 772-388-2750 for more information.

The State Park Marina offers a sunset kayak tour every evening in April, including a full moon tour on the 28th.  Call 321-724-5424 for more information.