The weather at the Sebastian Inlet has been gorgeous, and many fish are biting at the North Jetty and South Jetty in Sebastian, Florida. However, there was fog and some overcast on Wednesday, but it cleared up by late afternoon.
Anglers tell Sebastian Daily they are catching snook, redfish (catch-and-release only), black drum, sheepshead, pompano, Spanish mackerel, sea trout, and jack crevalles.
While many anglers are using live shrimp, some are very successful with using artificial shrimp jigs, greenies, silver spoons, and goofy jigs.
Pompano and sheepshead were caught near the pilings of the catwalks and smaller docks.
Grace Layton (pictured above) caught a 37″ and a 38.5″ snook near the Sebastian Inlet on the East Coast Fishing Charters. Both were caught using greenies as bait, also known as threadfin herring, a saltwater baitfish for many different species.
“I definitely spend a lot more time fishing over the summer, but excited to get back into it,” Layton told Sebastian Daily.
The Sebastian forecast calls for sunny skies and warm. In fact, Friday’s high is expected to be near 90 degrees! Fishing should be good, but the winds will be 15 to 20 mph with gusts of up to 25 mph on Friday.
The winds will be calmer on Saturday, Sunday, and most of next week. However, we should only have light winds on Monday through Wednesday. Be sure to check for our weather updates.
As a reminder, we publish our Sebastian Inlet Fishing Report each week to help anglers to know what fish are biting and what bait people are using.
Snook meat is white and is excellent to eat when cooked right. It’s best eaten fresh because it doesn’t freeze well. They are easy to clean and not as bony as sheepshead or redfish.
Just remove the fillet, remove the skin, add some seasonings or marinade, and put it in the fridge. Then, it’s ready to cook.
Black drums are usually caught inshore in the Indian River Lagoon or the St. Sebastian River. It is common for these fish to take both live and dead bait, making them popular with anglers, including fly fishermen.
The Black drum is edible, with a moderate flavor, and is not oily. Some restaurants in Florida serve smaller black drums.
Jack Crevalle are popular near the Sebastian Inlet and is closely related to pompano and amberjack. Many anglers say they are good fighting fish, an experience nothing you’ve seen before.
Regarding eating, anglers say they aren’t the best, but you have to prepare them to cook. Other anglers say there is no food value from the jack crevalle.
Spanish mackerel is an excellent fish that can be fried, baked, poached, grilled, marinated, smoked, and barbecued. Spanish mackerel can also be deep-fried to make “fish & chips.”
The Spanish mackerel is one of the most sought-after in the ocean due to its exceptional taste and nutrient-packed meat. They have a very mild flavor that goes well with lime juice or melted butter.
Sheepshead fish live around the Sebastian Inlet and piers and hang out near mangroves and reefs. Many anglers we speak with love eating sheepshead and describe them as being delicious, moist, and mouthwatering.
Some describe the meat as having a sweet shellfish-like taste. You can order the fish in restaurants or buy them at places like the Sebastian Seafood Market or the Indian River Seafood Market.
The pompano is probably one of the best-tasting fish to eat. Some anglers even refer to them as one of the planet’s most edible fish. These fish have no scales, so you cook them with the skin.
If you plan to do some fishing, send us an email (or tag us @sebastian_daily on Instagram) with a picture of your catch, the fish you caught, and the reel & bait you used. Please include your full name and the city where you live. We love to receive your fishing pictures too!