Saturday, February 18, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
02-17-17 FRIDAY: TGIF! SHEEPSHEAD, REDS, SNOOK, BLUES AND JACKS
What a beautiful morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the West at 2 mph, gusting to 5 and the water has a light chop. It looks as if the boaters will catch a break this weekend with cooperative seas. The forecast looks good except for a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday afternoons. For those of you who are lucky enough to have President's Day off, Monday is predicted to be gorgeous. Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating.
Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported that Blues and Jacks have been hitting lures this morning. Yesterday the bite was slow-steady with large Sheepshead, Snook and Reds coming over the rails of the jetties.
Our photo features Danielle Ely of Sebastian. Danielle landed her oversized C/R Red using shrimp, fishing from the north side. The Red was released unharmed right after the photo.
The FWC will be hosting the 6th Annual Women's Fishing Clinic on Saturday, March 18th from 9:00 - 5:00 at the Sebastian Inlet State Park. The event is open to ladies 18 and over who have a valid recreational saltwater fishing license, unless exempt. Fishing equipment is loaned during the event but you may bring your own gear. All participants must pre-register by contacting Heather Sneed at 850-487-0554 or Heather.Sneed@MyFWC.com. The clinic is a catch and release only event.
REDS, SNOOK, SHEEPSHEAD, BLACK DRUM, FLOUNDER, POMPANO AND MACKEREL
We have a beautiful morning at the inlet. It's a little cooler, but gorgeous. Winds are blowing out of the West-Southwest at 9 mph, gusting to 11 and there is a light chop on the water. NOAA has a small craft advisory through 10:00 a.m. this morning.
Big Reds are active, along with slot and oversized Snook. Sheepshead are hitting crustaceans around structures. A few Spanish Mackerel, Black Drum, Pompano, Flounder and Blues are biting sporadically, it's just a matter of timing. Get out and try your luck on this beautiful day!
Our first photo today is courtesy of Shaun Vasey of Palm Bay. Shaun landed this huge Red using a popper on the north side. Shaun reported that Reds are out in force right now and anyone looking for spectacular top water action now is the time to get out there!
The next three photos are courtesy of Luke Vila of Kissimmee. Luke and his friend Eduardo Francheski fished the west mangroves early morning and reported the bite was steady. They landed a huge number of Sheepshead and a couple of Black Drum. All fish were released. The people fishing beside them had similar luck and Luke added a photo of one of them as well.
Photo two is of Eduardo Francheski of Kissimmee with nice Black Drum that was released. Nice one Ed! Photo three features Luke with a Sheepshead and photo four is of Tony with a good sized Sheepshead.
Sebastian Fishing report. Big schools of black drum can be found along the beach. At times cast to them from shore but the best way is to use a boat or kayak and go along the shore line to find them.The drum can run over 70 lbs. When the seas are calm you will find a lot of snapper on the reefs 15 to 20 miles out of the inlet. At the inlet you will find pompano on the inside and over slot snook and reds on the outside. In the lagoon you will find trout in the deeper water cuts and passes and the water has cleared to the point that you can sight cast to redfish and snook along the mangroves. In spots of the lagoon you can see 6 foot to the bottom but not much in sea grass can be found. Hope it stays clear for the next few months and the sea grass has a chance to make a comeback.
INSHORE: Snook fishing remains pretty good. The bridges will continue to produce best at night, especially on an outgoing tide. Shrimp remains the bait of choice for the snook, but throwing a jig or large swim bait could also excite a strike from a lurking slob. Overall the snook are not terribly aggressive this time of year, so try and keep your presentation on the slower side for best results. The flats around JD MaCarthur State Park continue to produce mixed bag action. Some snook, trout, sheepshead, ladyfish, and jacks around the flats to keep things interesting.
SURF/PIER: The big news this week was the arrival of a good number of blacktop and spinner sharks from Jupiter to Singer Island. The sharks have been a bit spooky, so target them in lowlight conditions for best results. Large topwater plugs, large swimming plugs, or fresh cut bait is a good way to go for the sharks. Pompano fishing has been spotty. Spanish mackerel and bluefish remain scattered up and down the line.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
It's another lovely day at the Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the East at 3 mph, gusting to 5 and there is a light chop on the water. Winds are forecasted to increase a little this afternoon and we have a slight chance of showers. There are no NOAA advisories this morning.
Yesterday anglers had luck with slot and C/R Snook, oversized Reds, quite a few Sheepshead a few Black Drum, Mackerel, Jacks and Blues, according to Sarah Sams at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. The Snook were hitting medium sized shrimp. Use shrimp, clams or sand fleas if you can find them for the Sheepshead.
Our angler of the day is Carlos Taborda of Kissimmee. Carlos was using medium shrimp on a #1 circle hook with a 30 lb. leader on braided line to land this huge 52" C/R Red. Carlos also landed two others, all were over 48" and released right away.