Friday, October 6, 2017
Sebastian Inlet Report
10-06-17 FRIDAY: TGIF!
THE NORTH JETTY IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. FOR INFORMATION ON RE-OPENING PLEASE CALL THE STATE PARK AT 321-984-4852.
Conditions are starting to settle down but we've had quite a ride with Hurricane Irma, nor'easter conditions, a king tide and full moon. We're ready for a break, Mother Nature. This morning winds are blowing out of the East-Southeast at 6 mph, gusting to 8 and the water is choppy. NOAA has a small craft advisory in effect for seas. We have a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11:00 a.m. Seas will start to diminish over the weekend which will lead to favorable boating conditions Monday and Tuesday. Favorable boating conditions = favorable fishing conditions, we're ready!
Our angler of the day is Ryan Wood of Malabar. Ryan was fishing the beach south of the inlet on September 30th when he landed and released this Bull Shark. Ryan videoed the experience as usual and it can be seen on YouTube go to RWood Outdoors - Running of the Bulls.
Ryan wanted this public service announcement to accompany his photo:
Sharks can be decent table fare but are better off released. Being apex predators, they absorb toxins (such as mercury) from the entire food chain. This means while they may not taste bad, the meat may not be very good for you. Also, they are very slow growing, and females usually only give birth to a handful of live pups every year (unlike the thousands of eggs bony fish produce). They are wonderful sport fish, and critical to a healthy ecosystem. Snap a picture of your catch and get them back in the water quickly!