Sebastian News

Friday: Spanish Mackerel, Black Drum, Pompano, Sheepshead, Trout, Flounder and Jacks

Winds have picked up and are blowing out of the North-Northwest at 12 mph, gusting to 14 and there is a light to moderate chop on the water.  Boating conditions are forecasted to remain favorable through the weekend.  A cold front is predicted to move through Christmas Day that will result in deteriorating conditions through early next week.

The water temperature has warmed up from the cold water upwelling and Spanish Mackerel were quite active yesterday.  If targeting Spanish Mackerel you may consider using a wire leader to prevent cutoffs from their razor sharp teeth.  Many anglers use silver spoons to attract the fast moving predators but Gotcha lures are a local favorite as well.  Mackerel move through the water very quickly so the shinier lures work well.  Sheepshead and Black Drum roundout the catches from the north jetty.  Anglers fishing from the beach have been having luck with decent sized Pompano and Whiting.  Flounder and Trout catches have been good in the Indian River Lagoon.  Get out and enjoy the glorious weather!

Our featured photo today is courtesy of Amanda DiNatale of Mebourne who was fishing with her daughters on the north beach a few weeks ago.  Sixteen year out Juliette landed the Shark in our photo on Monday and today we feature 9 year old Emma who landed multiple Redfish using shrimp.  Nice job Emma!

Today we also feature Ryan Wood of Malabar.  Ryan was camping on one of the spoil islands near the inlet when he landed and released the Bull Shark in our second photo.  Ryan has a video of his experience on YouTube.  Plug in RWood Outdoors – Shark Camp to see his fun video.  Nice going Ryan!

Our third, fourth and fifth photos are courtesy of Jonathan Reese.  Jonathan and his son Brenden fish the inlet quite a bit and they always have a great time.  The photos today were taken over Thanksgiving weekend and they do not disappoint.  Photo three is of Brenden with a slot Snook he landed using a bucktail.  Jonathan wasn’t as lucky in photo four, a good sized Shark made dinner out of his Snook!  Jonathan made up for it in photo five with the big oversized Red he landed and released.  Nice going Reese family!

Wishing everyone safe and Happy Holidays!  We will be back with another fishing update after the first of the year, Happy New Year!  Be sure to send us your photos and updates!

Park Info: Friday afternoon, December 22nd a sunset kayak tour will be lead by a Park Ranger, leaving the inlet marina at 3:30 p.m.  Call ahead 321-724-5424.

Sebastian Inlet State Park will hold a Night Sounds concert series on Saturday, December 30, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Hosted by the Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park, the concert will showcase Alize.  Alize has been getting people dancing to   their reggae music with many years.  Alize also blends other types of music into their show including Island, SOCA, Top 40, Funk, Soft Rock and even a little country.  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