SNOOK SEASON IS CLOSED UNTIL FEBRUARY 1ST. SNOOK ARE CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY DURING THIS TIME. Please handle catch and release snook with extreme care. The species is fragile and our area is one of its few breeding grounds. Please do not leave them out of the water too long. Do not pass around a snook for multiple photos. Do not hold them vertically; doing so can damage their internal structure. If you need a net to pull a fish up onto the north jetty, use a net to lower it back into the water, it’s a long drop. See the top right of the main fishing report page for FWC regulations, catch and release info, boating safety and jetty etiquette.
What a gorgeous morning at the Sebastian Inlet. We have Southwest winds blowing at 8 mph and gusting to 12. The water is calm and the bite is good. You can’t ask for much more than that. The weekend is shaping up to be one of the best we’ve seen in a while. We have 2 – 3’ seas with a wave interval of 10 seconds forecasted with high temperatures in the mid to low 70’s. Get out and enjoy the great weather and bite!
Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports a strong Black Drum bite this morning. Anglers using dead shrimp are having the best luck. Black Drum are scent feeders and the stinkier the bait, the better! Big Reds are coming over the rails; many have been oversized and returned to the water. The Pompano bite should be good in the surf with the calmer conditions. Tommy said he landed some smaller Blues in the surf this week. With the water cooling off we should start to see some of the big Blues arriving soon, along with more Flounder and Sheepshead.
Our featured angler is Jimbo Mack of Sebastian. Jim landed this big, 38” bull Red off the north jetty last Thursday using live shrimp. The big Red gave him a great battle and the release happened within one minute after landing. He also landed and returned an undersized Snook and reported a mixed bag of Pompano, Black Drum and Catfish coming over the rails. Nice handling Jimbo!
Arans Svencickas landed the slot Snook in photo two from the north jetty Sunday night using live mullet. Photo three is of a beautiful Speckled Trout he landed that evening as well. Nice catches Arnas!
Have a great weekend and be sure to send in your fishing photos and updates!
Park Info: Tomorrow, December 16th the State Park will have a surf fishing workshop at the SISP Fishing Museum from 1:00 – 3:15 p.m. Surf fishing class designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing. Discussions center on the equipment needed to enjoy a productive surf fishing day at the beach. Topics include rod and reel selection, standard pompano rig, choosing bait and more. Bring a pen and paper to take notes.