Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Sebastian Inlet Report
12-13-16 TUESDAY: BLACK DRUM, JACKS, CATFISH, MACKEREL AND POMPANO
The north jetty is now open approximately 75%. The north jetty is open 24/7 again; please help us maintain this wonderful resource. If you like fishing on the north jetty, treat it and others with respect. DO NOT throw objects at boaters; NO EXCUSES. Boaters: please maintain a reasonable distance from the jetty to avoid tangling lines with the shore-based anglers.
We have a lovely morning at the inlet. Currently winds are blowing out of the North-Northwest at 3 mph, gusting to 5 and the water is calm. Winds will be light and variable through the day today but a low pressure system that will move through late Wednesday and Thursday will create poor boating conditions later this week.
The bite has diminished over the past few days. The blown out conditions over the weekend didn't help matters. We're still seeing Black Drum; a lot of those are undersized and must be returned to the water. Black Drum must be between 14" - 24" with a bag limit of 5 per person per day. An angler may possess one that is over 24". Black Drum are scent feeders and go for clams, cut bait and dead, stinky shrimp. The smellier, the better! We're seeing Jacks, Catfish, Ladyfish and Blues. The Snook and Red bite has dwindled as well. Pompano and Mackerel are hitting off and on. We are hoping that the coming front will help invigorate the bite.
Our photos today are courtesy of Luke Vila of Kissimmee. Luke and his friend Ed fished the inlet shoreline Monday night and landed five Black Drum and a Red. All fish were released unharmed. Photo one is of Ed with his first Black Drum. Photo two is of Luke with an undersized Red and photo three is of Luke with a small Black Drum.