- Known as one of the best east coast saltwater fishing sites, Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area offers boat launches, two piers, a full-service marine and both salt water and estuarine fishing waters. Anglers with a boat can venture into the Indian River for a quieter fishing experience, while others can challenge the thrusting waters of the Atlantic. The two piers have been a popular destination for generations. Both piers stay open 24 hours a day 365 days of the year. Bait shops, gift shops and food service is available around the clock.
Snook is one of the most popular catches. These fish tend to remain in one area while feeding from the bottom. Live bait works well. The snook is a seasonal fish; therefore, Florida fishing rules and regulations need to be read before casting a line. Flounder are caught in winter and they too, enjoy feeding from the bottom for live bait. Other populations include redfish, sharks, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and tarpons. Clams and crabs are netted from the estuarine waters along the Indian River.
Fishing enthusiasts may want to stop by The Sebastian Fishing Museum at Sebastian Inlet. The museum has done a wonderful job depicting the history of Sebastian's fishing industry. From supporting livelihoods of individuals to fulfilling large commercial markets, visitors can view a homemade fishing boat, hand woven nets, fishing gear, and numerous photos. An audio-visual presentation brings to life the history and wildlife of the Indian River Lagoon. A small entrance fee is charged.
A marina and boat launch are available from the south side of Sebastian Inlet. Florida does require both freshwater and saltwater licenses.
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