Fishing in Florida varies with the seasons and the species of fish being caught in certain locations may change from month to month. Sebastian Inlet State Park is a popular fishing location for anglers of all types.
January is a good month to catch Pompano, Black Drum and Bluefish in the park. Other species caught during the month include Spotted Sea Trout, Black Mullet and Sheepshead. Sport shrimp fishing may begin as early as January and peaks in February.
The beautiful, silver Pompano is a favorite catch this time of year. The delicate flavor makes it one of the best tasting fishes and one of the highest priced fish on the market. They are commonly caught in the 3/4 to 1 1/2 pound range and sometimes as much as 4 pounds. The 8lb. 1oz. all tackle record was caught on the east coast of Florida about 130 miles north of Sebastian Inlet in Flagler Beach, Florida.
Pompano will bite live sandfleas and cut clam. When these are not available, substitute cut fresh shrimp or cut frozen shrimp and clams. Occasionally, fishermen will use whole live shrimp when fishing from the jetties in the spring. Artificial lures aren't recommended, however, small jigs may offer some success in the river and estuary.
A saltwater fishing license will be needed to fish for Pompano. The daily bag limit is six per angler and have a fork length of at least 11 inches. The use of treble hooks are prohibited.
Sebastian State Park has two jetties which extend into the Atlantic Ocean and a bridge with catwalks for catching many types of fish from the ocean and inlet. There are boat launch facilities and areas for fishing from the shore or beach. The jetties and bridge catwalks are A.D.A. accessible making fishing opportunities available for everyone. Spear fishing is not allowed. For more information about the park and the fishing opportunities visit the Sebastian State Park website.