A Red Snapper mini-season reopening has been approved! The reopening is due to the inclement weather that hampered offshore fishing during the November mini-season and is scheduled for December 8 – 11. There is a recreational bag limit of one per person per day with no minimum size limit, please check the FWC web site for commercial regulations. The 2018 recreational mini-season dates have not yet been announced.
What a stellar morning at the Sebastian Inlet! Winds are blowing out of the West-Southwest at 2mph, gusting to 4 and there is a light chop on the water. Boating conditions are good and are predicted to be even better tomorrow. Unfortunately, a slow moving cold front will make its way down the state by Friday night bringing us higher winds, seas and choppier conditions just in time for the mini-red snapper season reopening! Anglers may have a chance to get out on Friday morning but the rest of the weekend is starting to look like a blow out. Keep an eye on that front; if it stalls forecasted conditions could change.
The bite has been fair from the north jetty. Some of the inlet regulars are having success with slot and oversized Snook, some good sized Pompano are being landed all over the State Park and in the Indian River. Large Jacks are active and some real nice straggler species have been landed this week including a big Cubera Snapper. The Black Drum bite is picking up and we’ll start to see more Blues, Sheepshead and Flounder when the water temperatures drop. Live shrimp is a good all round choice of baits for the various species. Get out and enjoy the beautiful weather!
Our photo today is courtesy of Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach and feature angler Robin who landed this beautiful 31” slot Snook! Robin had a great day on the north jetty free lining live shrimp.