We have cloudy, churned up conditions at the inlet this morning. Winds are blowing out of the East at 16 mph, gusting to 22 and the water is rough. Seas are building and the ICW is rough as well. We have potential afternoon showers in the forecast for today and over the weekend; pack your rain gear if you head to the inlet. NOAA has a small craft advisory in effect through Sunday afternoon. It’s not a good weekend for our boaters.
In spite of the rougher conditions this week, the weather was warmer and the bite picked up. We received an update from snow bird Rich Blum who is back from the frozen north for the winter. Rich has been out on the north jetty fishing the past couple of days and reported a fair bite on Wednesday and a better bite yesterday. Black and Red Drum have been the most consistent species and some nice Sheepshead are coming over the rails. The Sting Rays have been thick but seem to be thinning out now. Yesterday the Black Drum were hitting well on the incoming tide. Thanks Rich! Rich and Dennis Fletcher pose with some of the nice Black Drum they landed Wednesday.
Wayne Pollock of south Jersey was in Melbourne Beach last week visiting family and had a chance to fish the inlet on several days. Wayne reported a strong Whiting bite all week on dead and live shrimp, particularly during the incoming tides. They had a great time landing the 14” – 17” scrappy fighters which were fantastic table fare. Nice catches Wayne!
Have a great weekend and be sure to send us your fishing updates and photos!
Park Info: 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 https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Sebastian-Inlet. For more information about Souljam visit www.souljamband.com