Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Sebastian Inlet Report
05-16-17 TUESDAY: THE BITE REMAINS SLOW
It's another beautiful day at Sebastian Inlet. Winds are blowing out of the Northeast at 5 mph, gusting to 9 and there is a moderate chop on the water. Winds and waves will start to build tonight and conditions will become a little rougher.
The bite from the jetties has been slow. Patient anglers are landing Snook in lower light periods. We should start seeing some Mangrove Snapper begin to show up soon. This time of year when the water is clear and conditions are calm is when we start seeing them. Inshore the species stays relatively small, few surpass 1 lb. but offshore on the reefs they can get large, the Florida record is 17 lbs. Most anglers use small shrimp, cut bait, minnows, surface plugs or popping flies. They are a lot of fun to catch. Once they are hooked, they put up an impressive fight for such a little fish! The bag limit is five per person per day and they must be at least 10" in length. There are different regulations for different species of Snapper, look at the FWC regulations at the top right corner of this page for more information.
Our angler of the day is Ryan Wood. Ryan landed this beautiful Snook from his kayak over the weekend using a topwater plug. Ryan was fishing the flats south of the inlet where he caught and released this gorgeous fish. For those of you who would like to see a video of this catch, log onto YouTube go to Ryan Wood Snook Redemption.