Sebastian News

Friday: Snook season is underway!

Winds are blowing out of the West-Southwest at 5 mph, gusting to 7 and the water is relatively calm this morning but it won’t last long.  A cold front is forecasted to push through Central Florida this afternoon bringing with it higher winds.  Boating conditions will begin to deteriorate late this afternoon and continue through late Saturday.  Winds will start to die down on Sunday but seas will remain high.  NOAA has a small craft advisory that will go into effect at 4:00 p.m. and continue through late Saturday night.  It looks like another weekend on the docks for our boaters.

A lot of anglers are crowded on the end of the north jetty looking for that slot Snook.  The season opened yesterday with a whimper instead of the bang we were hoping for.  Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported that he heard of only one Snook landed that was in the slot.  A couple of others were landed and returned.  Everyone is looking for large shrimp and they are nowhere to be found, they just aren’t running with much size right now.  Bucktails are always a nice alternative for Snook.  A smattering of other species have come over the rails including Reds and Black Drum.  Anglers fishing the catwalks have had luck with a few good sized Sheephead.  Today would be a great day to get out and try for some Pompano in the surf, before the winds arrive. It’s a beautiful day at the inlet, get out and try your luck!

Our photos today are courtesy of Guy Creighton of Buffalo, NY.  Guy and his son Owen were here for a little fishing and relaxation before Owen returned to college.  The men landed a lot of Black Drum, two Reds and a real nice C/R Snook, using live shrimp.  One of the Reds was in the slot and the other was 27 ¼, just a hair over.  Guy reported an incredible fight from the Snook.  They took a quick photo and got it back into the water right away.  They tip their hats to all the regulars for all their help and hospitality.  Nice catches gentlemen!

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

Upcoming events at the State Park:  Sebastian Inlet State Park Night Sounds concert will showcase recording artist SIRSY, February 17, 2018 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  SIRSY is an Indie Pop Rock duo that The Boston Globe calls “Little band, big sound.”  SIRSY’s music is chock full of soul and sincerity, with a touch of sass.  They have 6 CD’s of original music.  Their lyrics can be a little dark or introspective but their stage presence radiates joy.  The Times Union says “Clever, smart songs with more hooks than a tackle box.” Melanie Krahmer’s voice is capable of a lion’s roar or a floaty whisper.  Rich Libutti’s guitar work has been called “Killer rock guitar riffs” by Instrumental Magazine.  Together they have created a dynamic, full sound.  Their newest CD was produced by Grammy-winning producers, Paul Kolderie and Sean Slade.   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 or