Friday, October 27, 2017

Sebastian Inlet Report



We have overcast skies and a cool breeze at the inlet this morning, fall has arrived! Winds are blowing out of the East-Southeast at 10 mph, gusting to 15 and there is a moderate chop on the water. Conditions are calming down some but it won't last long. Showers and possible thunderstorms are predicted for tomorrow afternoon just ahead of a fast moving cold front. Poor to hazardous boating conditions will plague our boaters again this weekend. Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating, even on the ICW.
   We received several updates on the bite. Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach has been fishing from the north jetty several days this week and reported the bite picked up Wednesday and Thursday. The outgoing tides both days proved productive for him and his fishing buddies. Wednesday morning he saw lots of Black and Red Drum for anglers using dead shrimp and clams and Dave Vermilye of Sebastian landed a 29" slot Snook using live shrimp. Yesterday the same cast of characters were coming over the rails including a stray Pompano. Mike and his cousin Phil Ricciardi landed two slot Reds that were 20" and 23" and four Black Drum in the 16" - 20" range. Mike saw one large Black Drum come over the rails that was 32". Black Drum must be 14" - 24", of the five per person per day limit, only one may be over 24".
   Sara Sams at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop confirmed the bite but added that Spanish Mackerel, Jacks and a few Blue fish are in the mix as well. A good variety of species are hitting at the inlet. 

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