Sebastian News

4/27/18 Friday: We have a beautiful weekend ahead!

It’s a lovely morning at the Sebastian Inlet.  Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 5 mph, gusting to 9 and the water has a light chop.  There are no NOAA advisories.  We have a chance of showers and possible thunderstorms this afternoon and evening but the rest of the weekend looks like we will have sunny skies, temperatures in the low 80’s and cooperative seas for our boaters.  It looks like it’s going to be a real nice weekend.  Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating as conditions can change quickly.

The bite from the north jetty remains on the slow side although some nice species are being landed in small numbers.  Pompano is the most coveted fish right now and we’ve seen some come over the rails with some good size.  Black Drum, Spanish Mackerel, Snook and Sheepshead are hitting sporadically.

Our photo today is one from the archives and features Sam Hirsch with a 25” Black Drum he landed on this day in 2010.  Nice catch, Sam.

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

At its April meeting in Fort Lauderdale, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved several changes to the management of tripletail and sheepshead.

Changes go into effect July 1, 2018, and include:

Tripletail:

  • Increasing the minimum size limit from 15 to 18 inches total length.
  • Extending all of the FWC’s recreational and commercial regulations for this species into federal waters (including the new size limit).

Learn more about tripletail regulations at MyFWC.com/Fishing by clicking on “Saltwater Fishing.”

Sheepshead:

  • Reducing the recreational bag limit from 15 to 8 fish per person, per day year-round.
  • reating a recreational vessel limit of 50 fish per vessel, per trip during March and April.
  • Extending all of the FWC’s recreational and commercial regulations for this species into federal waters (including the new bag and vessel limits).

Learn more about sheepshead regulations at MyFWC.com/Fishing by clicking on “Saltwater Fishing.”

These proactive measures will help conserve both fisheries for current and future generations.

A lot of activities are happening at the State Park this weekend including the Night Sounds concert featuring St. John’s Wood.  This band recreates the sounds of the British Invasion and is always well received.  The concert will take place tomorrow on the south side of the Park from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday night there will be a full moon kayak tour that will leave from the State Park Marina. Call 321-724-5424 for more information.

On Sunday from 1:00 – 2:00, join a Ranger for a leisurely walk around the Park and learn about the plants and animals that call it home.  For more information call 321-388- 2750.