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State Park Connecting the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean

Wednesday August 24, 2016

Without a doubt one of the world's finest fishing destinations, Sebastian Inlet is where America's most diverse estuary ecosystems, the Indian River Lagoon meet the Atlantic Ocean. Our inlet is an example of nature's tidal harmonics working in tandem with weather and seasons.

A veteran angler in the Sebastian Inlet will experience a smorgasbord of fishing delight from spin casters' to fly fishing purest. Lagooner's Sebastian Fishing Guides constantly fish these waters in search of snook, giant tarpon, redfish gator trout, shark, flounder and several other saltwater species. They know how to put anglers where the fish are whether you're an avid angler or novice in these productive briny waters.

Looking for information about spending a day on the water with a Sebastian Inlet fishing guide in the Indian River Lagoon or offshore fishing near Sebastian, Florida? Call (321) 868-4953 and Ask for Captain Richard or his fishing mate Captain Gina. They'll be more than glad to talk to you in length about setting up a fishing trip while you're visiting the area.

Sebastian Inlet Area Information

There are two great Florida campgrounds located near Sebastian Inlet recreational area.

Long Point Park
700 Long Point Road
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
(321) 952-4532

Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 South A1A
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
(321) 984-4852

To the South of Sebastian Inlet is Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge with it's thriving populations of brown and white pelicans, rosette spoonbills and wood storks. Your guide may take you fishing within sight of these native Floridian birds while they are nesting or show you manatees and dolphin on the Indian River Lagoon.

There are two museums in the park. The Sebastian Fishing Museum describes the family-based fishing industry that flourished here until the 1990s. The site of Spanish salvors encampment, the McLarty Treasure Museum offers a fascinating look at the history of the 1715 Treasure Fleet.

Sebastian Inlet's Fishing Guide - Captain Richard Bradley

Redfishing Guide in Sebastian Florida

Dad took me to Sebastian Inlet in the 1960's when the road was no more than a rutted dirt path on the bridge embankment to the parking lot beneath. There was a small tackle & bait shop called the Crow's Nest that had an orange crate on a pedestal and a danger sign with skull and crossbones pronouncing "Baby Rattlers... DO NOT FEED". Of course as a curious pre-teen, I had to get close enough to look thru the hardware cloth to see the deadly young snakes. Upon mustering up enough courage to peer into the crate I was confused to see plastic children's baby rattles on display and for a minute wondered why.

I spent my childhood years traveling to the inlet with my folks and friends and learning how to surf and fish while jumping the jetty rocks and swimming in the tide pool. Sebastian has since become a wonderful public park with paved parking lots, a small restaurant and campgrounds. The extension of the north jetty a few years ago ruined a once awesome surf break, but for the most part the improvements have been a vast improvement on the beauty and public access.
If you get a chance to visit our area, please look me up for a fishing trip at the Sebastian State Park Recreation Area.

God Bless,

Captain Richard Bradley
Lagooner Fishing Guide

Snook are inshore fish with an attitude. They are generally a golden yellow in color with a dark black lateral line (stripe) running the length of their body. Their mouth is similar to a large mouth bass' size & shape, yet their gills are razor sharp so watch out when handling these guys.

Most anglers don't know about or haven't caught the four species of snook in Florida. In East Central Florida waters we have alot of common and fat snook. The tarpon and swordspine are more frequent in South Florida.

Snook are revered as one of the most prestigious fish to catch, partly because they tend to be finicky about how and when they will approach a presented bait but mostly because of their fighting tactics (which seem unfair). But if you want to tangle with a fish thats' bound and determined to give you a brutal fight... SNOOK is your fish.

Varieties of Snook Species in the Atlantic
Common Snook
Fat Snook
Tarpon Snook
SwordSpine Snook

From central Florida south, usually INSHORE in coastal and brackish waters, along mangrove shorelines, seawalls, and bridges; also on reefs and pilings NEARSHORE. They are usually low-light or nocturnal feeders so get up early or fish at night for these large inshore preditors.

Snook fishing in East Central Florida is most often during the late spring, summer and fall months and starts to fade into the colder winter months. Typically during the winter months snook either head south or look for backwater areas where the water temperatures are move favorable. Don't look for snook to be active feeders during the winter months of January - March unless we have prolonged warm fronts or indian summers that bring the snook into a more active feeding cycle. During the spring snook are migrating toward their summer June-August spawning grounds along the beaches near inlets and ports. Snook often stage between their winter holdouts and the spawning grounds on spoil islands, docks and structure before heading out to meet their mates on the beach.

Late summer and fall produce some of the best fishing for snook at locations like Sebastian Inlet, Port Canaveral or Cocoa Beach.

Backwater snook can be fished for with a wide variety of artificials from jerk baits to top waters and plugs, much like bass anglers do around shorelines and structure including mangroves, stumps, docks, etc...

Saltwater flats often hold nice sized snook, look for baitfish, nearby structure including dropoffs or mangrove shorelines or docks. Fish for flats snook with live bait like pilchards or greenies or subtle shrimp or baitfish imitations. Remember that snook like the comfort of structure and can feel vulnerable in the open flat. Often snook have to be excited with live chum to get them to cooperate in open water flats.

Inlet fishing is usually done at night with livebait by drifting during the preferred tide phase (usually outgoing) or throwing plugs like bombers, rapalas or other baitfish imitations. This type of fishing is not for the novice and can be very challenging on the angler. You often break off and must have above average skills when fishing in heavy currents at night during the outgoing tides and fall swells.

Snook spawn primarily in summer; cannot tolerate water temperatures below 60 degrees F; can tolerate wholly fresh or saltwater; schools along shore and in passes during spawning season; feeds on fish and large crustaceans.


Snook in East Central Florida have many different habitats and conditions that make them a great target for anglers looking for variable ways to catch this elusive fish. Juvenile fish can be caught in the estuaries, canals and backwater areas almost all year long. While not as prestigious as large breeder snook, they are non-the-less enjoyable to catch and will bite on everything from baitcasters to flyrods and everything between. Juvenile snook are suckers for artificial's and readily take live bait as well.

Big breeding snook spawn on or near the beaches of Central Florida and always have a passageway or access to the beaches or inlets available to them. The only time a breeder snook is generally caught in the backwaters here is because it's a cooler transitional time period usually. Canaveral snook spend their winter months in the Port under docks, wharfs and around other structure like boats and pilings. You often see them hanging around the lights at night in small and large schools. Sebastian Inlet Snook are caught in the inlet itself during the summer and fall months and many of the larger snook migrate south to Jupiter Inlet or hunker down in the fresh warmer water of the Sebastian River a short distance away.

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Not less than 28" or more than 32" Atlantic - Not less than 28" or more than 33" Gulf of Mexico, Monroe County, Everglades Nat. Park

Season Closed December 15th thru January 31st & June thru August on the Atlantic Coast.
Decemeber thru February & May thru August on the Gulf of Mexico, Monroe County, Everglades National Park

State Record

44 Pounds, 3 Ounces

Florida State Park at Sebastian Inlet

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: January 19 2016 19:31:51.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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