Monday, March 11, 2013

Sebastian Inlet Report


This morning winds are blowing out of the South-Southeast at 13 mph and there is a moderate chop on the water. A small craft advisory is in effect through late tonight. In looking at the future forecast, the next few days do not look good for our boaters. Always check the coastal forecast prior to going offshore.

Over the weekend there were a good variety of fish landed, but again, not in big numbers. The most prevalent species has been Sheepshead and we've seen some big ones! Sheepshead are crustacean lovers, which gives their meat such a nice, sweet flavor. Black Drum, a few Pompano, Blues, Jacks, a few Spanish Mackerel, Snook and Reds came over the rails of the north jetty over the weekend as well. There were some nice Sea Trout landed on the flats.

    Our first photo is of John Fantoli of New Hampshire holds a huge, 23" Sheepshead he landed using a small live crab. 
   Photo two is of Mike Ricciardi with a nice 16" Pompano he landed  using sand fleas. 
   Photo three is of south jetty angler Sam Ealy with a Black Drum he landed. Sam had better luck with a Sheepshead, Lookdown and Jack, in addition to the Drum, all landed on small crabs. Sam still holds the inlet record for the biggest Flounder, 17 lbs.! 

Our last photo today is courtesy of SISP Ranger Ed Perry. This photo is of an Asian Tiger Shrimp which has been found in Vero Beach and a few in Melbourne and northward. They are an invasive species and although they are good to eat, the U.S. Geological Survey is trying to track where they are coming from. If you see what may be an Asian Tiger Shrimp, note the location and report the sighting to USGS NAS database at Report.aspx. If possible, freeze a specimen to help confirm the identity and contribute to a tissue repository maintained by NOAA. 

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