Sebastian News

5/4/18 Friday: The bite is on the slow side

Winds are blowing out of the Northeast at 11 mph, gusting to 13 and there is a moderate chop on the water.  The weekend forecast isn’t looking great, chances of showers both mornings and likely showers with potential thunderstorms both afternoons coupled with choppy seas isn’t giving us much hope.  NOAA is calling for small craft to exercise caution today and has a small craft advisory in effect from this evening through Saturday morning.

The bite has been slow.  A few nice fish come over the rails of the jetties periodically but overall, its been incredibly slow for this time of year.  We’re not seeing a lot of bait fish in the water which normally brings in the larger predators.  The month of May is the peak time of year for Pompano, Southern Flounder, Snook and Whiting.  Conditions have been rough for surf fishing but a few nice Pompano have been landed from both jetties and the catwalks.  Snook have been more active in the lower light periods, evenings and before dawn.

Our photo today is one from the archives and features John Chang and John Hirowaza with a big, beautiful C/R Red that John H. landed from the north jetty in 2010.  What a beast, nice catch gentlemen!

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

Park Info:  Turtle Walk reservations are being accepted for June and July.  Go to to make reservations.

Every Sunday in May, 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.

Every evening in May the Sebastian Inlet Marina will hold a guided, sunset kayak tour and on May 29th they will host a full moon kayak tour.  The tours are weather dependent.  Call the Marina for more information, 321-724-5424.