This morning winds are blowing out of the North-Northeast at 20 mph, gusting to 23 and there is a moderate chop on the water. It’s a cool day at the inlet but we expect mostly sunny skies today. Boating conditions will begin to gradually improve over the weekend. Fishing conditions should start to improve as well. Look for Black Drum, Pompano, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, Whiting and (hopefully) Flounder to start making appearances from both jetties, catwalks, T-Dock and inlet rocks.
Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported that the cold weather and high seas have kept most anglers at home this week but a few big Reds and Snook were landed off the end of the north jetty. Snook normally head to warmer water when it turns cold so to see them landed off the jetty in these conditions is surprising.
Our photo today is one from the archives. Many of you who’ve been following for some time will remember this huge Tarpon Ryan Wood of Malabar landed from his kayak just north of the inlet. The big fish took Ryan on a nice ride and put up a great fight! Ryan has several fun videos on YouTube, look for RWood Outdoors.
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Park Info: The Florida Pro Contest is being held at the Sebastian Inlet. The contest started Wednesday and will continue through January 24th. Surfers from all over the world along with some serious local talent have been out in the frigid weather the past few days. The event will host a World Surf League qualifying series event for men and women. Florida Pro will also host a “Champions and Icons” non-World Surf League sanctioned event featuring former World Surf League champions and professionals. The Sebastian Inlet State Park expects parking to be full over the weekend due to the contest. There will be a shuttle bus available at the South Beach Community Center parking lot, approximately six miles north for $5.00 per person. Buses will be running every day of the contest.