We have an overcast day at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the North-Northeast at 4 mph, gusting to 5 and there is a moderate chop on the water. Showers are forecasted for today and we could see possible thunderstorms this afternoon. NOAA has a small craft advisory in effect through late Wednesday night.
This morning the bite has been slow from the north jetty. A couple of Black Drum were landed in the early morning hours along with some Catfish and small Blues. Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported the weekend bite was fair for Sheepshead, Reds, Black Drum and Pompano and that good sized Trout were running in the inlet, in the 3 – 5 lb. range. Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach confirmed the Friday afternoon Trout bite, as he was leaving he saw an angler fishing the inlet side with three real nice fish that were landed on a lure. Mike also reported that several Pompano were landed on sand fleas, a couple of Sheepshead and four or five Black Drum came over the rails during his time on the jetty. Thanks Mike!
Our photo today is courtesy of Bruce Johnson. Bruce and his brother Dennis were fishing the inlet a few weeks ago when they landed this big Mantis Shrimp. These creatures are just nasty. They pack a powerful punch that can shatter an aquarium’s glass, clam shells, etc. They have earned the nickname “thumb splitter” with good reason. Glad the Johnson brothers didn’t get on this one’s bad side! If you have time and want to know more about them, look up some of the YouTube videos that are available. Thanks Bruce!
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Park Info: The Sebastian Inlet State Park will be holding a surf fishing class on Saturday, January 13th from 1:00 – 3:15 p.m. The class is designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing. Discussions center on the equipment needed, rod and reel selection, standard pompano rig, baits and more. Bring a pen/pencil and something to write on, meet at the Fishing Museum on the south side of the Park.