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SABASTIAN INLET JETTY

Historical Context

Early Development

The Sebastian Inlet Jetty, located on the east coast of Florida, is a renowned fishing destination known for its rich history and excellent fishing opportunities. The inlet itself was initially created in the early 20th century to provide a navigable route between the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean, facilitating maritime traffic and improving local commerce. The construction of the jetty began in the 1920s as part of an effort to stabilize the inlet and prevent the shifting sands from closing it.

Construction and Enhancements

The original jetty structures were constructed using a combination of concrete and rock to provide stability against the strong ocean currents and waves. Over the years, significant enhancements have been made to improve the jetty’s functionality and accessibility. In the mid-20th century, additional extensions and reinforcements were added to both the north and south jetties, further stabilizing the inlet and providing more space for anglers.

Environmental and Structural Challenges

Sebastian Inlet Jetty has faced numerous environmental challenges, including hurricanes, tropical storms, and the constant shifting of sands. These natural forces have necessitated frequent maintenance and periodic reconstruction efforts. The inlet’s dynamic environment has required ongoing dredging operations to maintain navigable channels and prevent sand buildup.

Recent Improvements

In recent years, the Sebastian Inlet Jetty has undergone several improvements aimed at enhancing the fishing experience and ensuring safety for visitors. Upgrades have included new railings, improved lighting for night fishing, and the addition of amenities such as benches and fish cleaning stations. These enhancements have made the jetty more accessible and enjoyable for anglers of all skill levels.

Pier Specifics and Amenities

  • Length: The north jetty extends approximately 500 feet into the Atlantic Ocean, while the south jetty is slightly shorter.
  • Lighting: Enhanced lighting for night fishing.
  • Fish Cleaning Stations: Equipped with running water.
  • Benches: Numerous benches for relaxation.
  • Parking: Ample parking space available near the jetty.
  • Restrooms: Upgraded facilities available for visitors.
  • Accessibility: Improved features for better accessibility.
  • Additional Amenities: Nearby picnic areas, a bait and tackle shop, and shaded spots.

Fish Species and Fishing Techniques

The waters around Sebastian Inlet Jetty are rich with a variety of fish species. Here are some of the most common species and effective techniques for catching them from the jetty:

1. Snook

Techniques: Use live bait such as mullet or pilchards, or artificial lures like jigs and soft plastics. Fish during tidal changes near the jetty rocks.

Best Months: March to November.

2. Redfish (Red Drum)

Techniques: Use live bait such as shrimp or mullet, or artificial lures like soft plastics and spoons. Fish during tidal changes near the jetty rocks.

Best Months: Year-round, with peaks in spring and fall.

3. Spanish Mackerel

Techniques: Use small metal lures or live bait such as small fish. Fish near schools of baitfish and during moving tides off the jetty.

Best Months: April to October.

4. Bluefish

Techniques: Use cut bait like mackerel or bunker, or artificial lures like metal jigs and poppers. Fish near schools of baitfish and during moving tides off the jetty.

Best Months: November to April.

5. Flounder

Techniques: Use live bait such as minnows or shrimp, or artificial lures like bucktail jigs. Fish near sandy bottoms and around the jetty pilings during tidal changes.

Best Months: November to February.

6. Pompano

Techniques: Use live bait such as sand fleas or shrimp, or artificial lures like jigs. Fish near sandy bottoms and during rising tides off the jetty.

Best Months: November to April.

7. Tarpon

Techniques: Use live bait such as mullet or pinfish. Fish near the end of the jetty, especially during early morning or late evening.

Best Months: May to September.

8. Black Drum

Techniques: Use live bait such as shrimp or crabs. Fish near the jetty rocks and during tidal changes.

Best Months: January to March, November to December.

9. Jack Crevalle

Techniques: Use live bait such as pilchards or mullet, or artificial lures like topwater plugs and jigs. Fish near the surface during moving tides off the jetty.

Best Months: Year-round.

10. Sheepshead

Techniques: Use live bait such as fiddler crabs or shrimp. Fish near jetty pilings and other structures where barnacles and crustaceans are present.

Best Months: January to April, November to December.

Fishing Calendar

Month Snook Redfish Spanish Mackerel Bluefish Flounder Pompano Tarpon Black Drum Jack Crevalle Sheepshead
January Bad Great Bad Great Great Great Bad Great OK Great
February Bad Great Bad Great Great Great Bad Great OK Great
March Great Great OK Great Good OK Bad Great Great Great
April Great Great Great Great OK Great OK Good Great Great
May Great Great Great Great OK Great Great Good Great Great
June Great Great Great OK OK OK Great OK Great OK
July Great Great Great OK OK OK Great OK Great OK
August Great Great Great OK OK OK Great OK Great OK
September Great Great Great Great OK Great Great OK Great Great
October Great Great Great Great OK Great OK Good Great Great
November Great Great Great Great Great Great Bad Great OK Great
December OK Great Bad Great Great Great Bad Great OK Great

Address

9941-9977 S Hwy A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951, USA

Website

https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-activities/sebastian-inlet#Fishing

Operating Hours

Open 24 Hours

Admission & Pricing

$8 per vehicle up to 8 people, $4 single person, $2 per pedestrian to enter park

Rod Rentals

NA

Bait Option

There is a bait shop at the end of the Sebastian Inlet Jetty and is open from 7am to 3pm. They offer Frozen air

Amenities

This is handicap accessible and has lighting, a restaurant, fish cleaning station, there is a kids beach area, bathrooms, and toilets.

Fish Caught

SNOOK
REDFISH
FLOUNDER
BLUES
SPANISH MACKEREL
SHEEPSHEAD
POMPANO
SNAPPER
BLACK DRUM

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