Sebastian News

Friday: A few Black Drum, Pompano, Whiting and Sheepshead

This morning winds are blowing out of the South-Southwest at 13 mph, gusting to 19 and the water is choppy.  Showers are likely this afternoon and thunderstorms are possible ahead of a cold front that is predicted to move through late this afternoon and tonight.  NOAA has a small craft advisory in effect through Saturday afternoon.

The bite remains on the slow side from the north jetty although anglers fishing the flats have been successful with Speckled Trout using swimming and topwater plugs.  Streamers and bait tail jigs are effective as well as live shrimp and bait fish.  We received an update from Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach who fished the north jetty yesterday afternoon.  Black Drum were few and far between although a couple of early morning regulars managed to land a couple.  Mike landed one slot Black Drum using dead shrimp.  Eight or nine Pompano were landed on the ocean side for anglers using small live shrimp.  Mike landed two using a standard pompano rig.  Small Blues and Whiting were in the mix too.  Thanks Mike!

Our photo today features the Minnick family.  The kids came from out of town for Thanksgiving weekend and they spent black Friday fishing instead of shopping.  They had great success with a good variety of species.  Our photo features Tony, Becky and Chase Minnick with a slot Snook.  Very nice!

We really need your fishing photos!

Our office will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Have a great weekend!

Park Info:  The Sebastian Inlet State Park will be holding a surf fishing class on Saturday, January 13th from 1:00 – 3:15 p.m.  The class is designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing.  Discussions center on the equipment needed, rod and reel selection, standard pompano rig, baits and more.  Bring a pen/pencil and something to write on, meet at the Fishing Museum on the south side of the Park.

Sebastian Inlet State Park will hold a Night Sounds concert series on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Hosted by the Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park, the concert will showcase Souljam.  Souljam is a five-piece band that plays extended versions of rock n roll jam music.  Playing cover tunes of the Grateful Dead, Phish and the Tedeschi Trucks band with a few original songs mixed in. The concert will take place at the pavilions on Coconut Point, located on the south side of Sebastian Inlet. The concert is free with regular park entry fees.  For more information about the concert please call (321)984-4852 or visit For more information about Souljam visit