Sebastian News

5/9/18 Wednesday: Snook, Pompano, Sheepshead and Jacks

We have a lovely morning at the Sebastian Inlet.  We have North-Northeast winds blowing at 9 mph, gusting to 11 and there is a moderate chop on the water.  There are no NOAA advisories this morning.

The Snook bite has picked up, particularly in low light periods.  Dusk and dawn are favorite feeding times for the species.  They will take a variety of live baits, shrimp, pinfish, pigfish or mullet work well and in the evenings bucktails seem to work just as well.  Other species have been slow but here have been a few Pompano, Sheepshead, Spadefish and Lookdowns.  Get out and wet a line!

An off-duty State Park Ranger captured these photos and SISP Ranger Ed Perry sent them to us along with a great story.  This Kemps Ridley turtle was seen nesting in the same spot she nested five years prior!  These turtles rarely nest anywhere other than a beach in Tamaulipas, Mexico.  The smallest of the seven species of sea turtle, they are protected by both national and international law.  Their habitat is the northern Gulf of Mexico.  The fact that this turtle ended up nesting at Sebastian Inlet State Park is amazing and the fact that she is back is even more so!  Thank you, Ranger Perry!

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