During my Florida days, I visited two times in Sebastian Inlet state park for fishing. First time I went just for the experience. But why was the second visit? It is because of “I got some favorite catches which are so common on there”. And from then I didn’t feel any confusion to say Sebastian Inlet fishing is one of the finest fishing spots in Florida.
From my recent visit, a total guide in this article about the spot for the purpose of fishing will cover up all of your ask you need to know.
Sebastian Inlet state park (4400+ Google reviews) is located in Florida. Both sides of Sebastian Inlet are surrounded by Sebastian Inlet state park. The park has Melbourne Beach in the south and Vero Beach in the north.
Address: 9700 S Hwy A1A, Melbourne B, Florida 32951, United States
Best time to visit S. Inlet
Fishing is your main priority in Sebastian Inlet-right? So then from spring-summer is the best time for you to catch fish.
You know, fishing reports in this spot are updated weekly. From there you will get a good idea about the best months to catch specific fish, the best bait that working and so much information are very specific. Usually, each month has each attribute for fishing.
Again, during the tide change at night is the best time to catch fish. To protect yourself from the summer heat and getting for catching, I recommended fishing at night if possible for you. If not, then for the day fishing you need to maintain your dress-up and need other summer protection gear.
You find enough offshore fishing options at Sebastian Inlet Fishing. Freshwater or saltwater both are available there. And those are open both for the amateur fisherman or the avid. Freshwater spots like the East coast, jetty are good places to fish such as redfish, bluefish, snook, flounder, grouper, sheepshead, snapper, and also sharks.
In terms of sportfishing and deep-sea catching, the Atlantic ocean east of Sebastian Inlet is the best offshore spot. And the spot can welcome you with huge catches like tuna, snapper, wahoo, kingfish, and many others battling species.
So What’s your choice? Deep-sea fishing or freshwater offshore- which one is your attraction? Let us know.
Sebastian’s Inlet fishing area also offers many stunning inshore fishing spots. Around 13,000 acres are famous for specific fishing. The Sebastian Inlet area and the Indian River are the best in Florida. The diversity of the lagoon offers many inshore fishing opportunities. Sea trout, red drum, tarpon, and snook are the special ones.
Common Catches in Sebastian Inlet
Where do you want to fish in S.I? Freshwater, offshore or inshore- Whatever you want the place offers different types of options. And the common species can blow your mind. Well, now let’s exploring about “what are the top catches with those you have to be battled?”
The name that is more associated with Sebastian Inlet fishing is Snook. Fat, tarpon and sword-spine Snooks are stayed mixed in Florida. They are identified by their different body color like yellow, silver, and so on. The size of the species can be satisfied.
Where to find: From north to South Carolina, the range of common snooks is situated. They are found offshore and inshore both. Commonly they are found in coastal and brackish waters, shorelines of Sebastian I., Indian River.
Best Baits: The baits for snook at Sebastian Inlet are variable depending on the seasons. The common and best baits are- live baits (pinfish, pigfish, shrimps, etc) and artificial baits (tube jigs, bucktails).
Peak months of fishing: Those snooks are found all around the year at S. I. But because of environmental conditions, it can be disappeared. Averagely the peak months are divided into two categories- April to May and September to October.
Redfish that comes with different names (red drum, channel bass) is one of the popular catches in Sebastian Inlet. This inshore fish has a wide range in Florida and in terms of size it can be huge. As they are quite strong and huge, a big fight can occur with you.
Where to find: Usually the common places are in the inlet’s jetties, The Indian River, Sebastian river.
Best Baits: To catch redfish, all types of baits like artificial, live, or dead, and freshwater baits are worked well. Live or dead baits such as mojarras, mullets, pinfish are the best ones.
Peak months of fishing: Redfish are moving all around the year at Sebastian in Florida. Fall is the perfect month for these catches. The two months- Sep and Oct are known as peak months.
Kingfish is another species roaming around Florida. King Mackerel it’s another name. The fishing pier in Venice is also good for mackerel catch. Greenish to black, the irregular golden spot is giving the fish a unique and impressive look. The species has sharp teeth and is so smart to handle. So, a thrilling game can be held during your fishing.
Where to find: Offshore or onshore- both of those have plenty of kingfish. For specific, pier fishermen in S. inlet and Inlet’s jetty are the most popular spots and known as “home of kingfish”.
Best Baits: Small artificial and small live baits are known as the best baits. For artificial, small jigs are more successful baits. Small fishes, shrimp, etc on the other hand are good as live baits.
Peak months of fishing: Don’t worry. All of the months are capable to have those. But if you search for perfect, then June is the peak month to catch kingfish. Also, summer and fall are the best seasons.
Want to meet with sharp teeth beauty? Then bluefish will be waiting for you. Though it’s too hardy, the silver or greenish-blue body color of this fish has tempted anyone. The size of the fish varies with seasons.
Where to find: As it is distributed irregularly, the perfect place to catch more is sometimes hard to tell. Indian River, S. inlet area, etc are worthy spots.
Best Baits: All kinds of live or dead baits and artificial are worthy to use. Mojarras, pilchards, and shrimp are good as live baits.
Peak months of fishing: February and March are known as occurring of bluefish at S. Inlet. Oct and Sep are also good times for bluefish fishing.
Mahi Mahi, tarpon, Pompano, trout, etc are also found largely there. Mahi Mahi is known as monster fish. If you are lucky then catching it can be your crazy fishing trip in your whole life. West of S. Inlet is the home place of this species.
Pompano also is a good one. And nice to see. February is the best month for hunting this one. Clams and Sandfleas are the best working baits.
Tarpon and trout are good catching in there. And those are worthy to catch.
So from the above presentation, are those enough reasons to go there for fishing? Isn’t it?
Ways of Fishing in Sebastian Inlet
Well. You can follow three ways of fishing that are popular as well as worthy of catching in here. So here we go-
Fishing in Charter Boat
Charter fishing is the one from where your fishing trip at S. Inlet would be charmed. On the shore there, you can find many local charter boats with captains. By boat, you can go for the Indian River, S. Inlet River, or jetty whatever you want. In order to hunt big fish, you need to strong saltwater fishing reel or other gear. The experienced driver will guide you. The way is practically very effective and thriller to get the most out of your fishing in this place.
By kayak or canoe
Kayaking is another good option to catch. The Indian River lagoon is the best spot for anglers. You can meet with the river beauty as well as plenty of fish. This is a very cool way.
One thing I don’t want to miss and that is fishing at S.I by your foot. It’s more than a great experience. Angling fishing on your foot doesn’t give a hurt.
With jetties that are on the park’s eastern side, you can get a great way of foot fishing and the catches are redfish, snook, and more.
Also, on the western side of the park, the Indian River is a fine spot to apply the way. The water of the spot will be giving you cool opportunities to explore foot fishing.
Alright, it should in your concern about what are the costing factors. Let’s see where you need to pay.
Charter Boat: If you are want to hire a charter boat for one day, then it costs about $300-$500 need to pay. Those are ideal for 2, 4, or 6 persons.
Staying Cost: In terms of staying there, there are many nearby camps and other accommodations where you can stay.
State Park Fee: There are multiple fees to go to the state park. It depends on what things you want to do.
Fishing Cost: To buy fishing gear, fishing baits, etc will be leading you to pay.
Other Things to Do in Sebastian Inlet
What’s your plan? Want to stay more days or exploring other things after fishing? Don’t worry, the place is giving you plenty of options to do other activities like Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. So let’s start the discussion about popular things to do near Sebastian.
For an adventure lover, surfing can be a great one to explore at Sebastian. The places will be offered you big waves to give you more thrilling. Usually north jetty is the perfect area to perform your surfing.
To enjoy the outdoors, sunset, or night, camping at Sebastian can be awesome. Tent and RV both have existed. And those campsites have enough opportunities. In my eyes, I saw people stay in the camp who visited there for fishing.
The cove offers the visitor swimming to relax. As there are warning marks and restricted areas, so you need to be more careful. I don’t recommend swimming alone.
Driving means Scuba and Snorkeling. Those driving do not only give you the adventure feel but also offer a good way of exploring underwater sea life. Skydive is also available there.
5. M. Fisher Treasure Museum
The location of the Mel Fisher Treasure Museum is at 1322 US. It can be good to visit the museum to know the history and gather some knowledge. So don’t miss the chance to see this historical beauty.
6. River-view Park
It’s a good one for a music lover. Free concerts are held on the Riverview side. So enjoying the music through the natural view can be a great thing.
7. Pelican Island N. Wildlife Refuge
Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge is a cool option to meet with both fish and wildlife. It is the area of the Indian River lagoon. Beautiful sun activity and real wildlife will give you a natural feel.
8. Fishing Museum
The fishing museum is located in Sebastian InIet State Park. The museum reflects the fishing history of Sebastian. So, is it fulfill your fishing trip without visiting the fishing museum?
Rules and Safety issues
You have to deal with some fishing rules and safety issues to ensure your better trip. A shortlist is described below.
1. First of all, know all types of local information about fishing.
2. Charter boat license is an essential one. As there are entry many outside boats and bad guys boats, so authority is alerted. And for that license is a must.
3. Saltwater or freshwater-whatever you want to go, you must buy a license.
4. Know the rules about which fishes are forbidden to catch, what’s the closing month etc.
5. Be aware of a natural storm before going.
6. Always keep first aid kits for an emergency.
7. Wear fishing favorable clothes. Take a look cloth list as fishing tips.
8. Extra care and preparation should need if you want to fish at night.
9. TIMES AND TIDES has an important role in fishing at S. Inlet. So you have up to date with that.
1. How much deep is the Sebastian Inlet?
– Averagely it is 16-17 feet deep.
2. Is Sebastian safe for fishing?
– Yeah it’s safe. But sometimes can be dangerous. Deceptive is very common here. On the Atlanta seaboard, it can be the worst thing.
3. Are there any shark and dolphins that existed on I. River?
– A white shark (cobot) is discovered inside the Indian River. So, it is possible to meet with a shark. And there are many dolphins in the river.
4. What are the top three fishes in there?
– Usually, snook, kingfish, and redfish are well-known species.
5. Is visiting Sebastian expensive?
– Yeah, it’s quite expensive in many terms if you compared to other places in Florida.
So that’s all about Sebastian Inlet fishing. What’s your point of view- is it worthy or not? And if you are already experienced then let us know any tips or tricks that I skipped.
Keep safe and exploring your trip. Good luck!