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Camping Sebastian Inlet Spoil Islands

Taking my 22 pathfinder over to the east coast from Tampa for a camping trip with some old college buddies for a reunion. Was looking on getting some help with locating some bait to net or sabiki. I'm assuming there is a decent amount of bait flushed through the area. Any help is greatly appreciated. Will be in the area the first weekend in April.

I thank you in advance for your suggestions.

Tight lines.

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  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,058 AG
    I suggest you read more about our almost total loss of seagrasses in the lagoon....and the Brown algae bloom....Oh...and the massive fish kill.


    OR....If that seems like a lot of reading (it is)

    Just go anywhere else.....
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
  • AlleniAlleni Posts: 344 Deckhand
    Used to net bait just south of the inlet boat ramp (mostly greenies or threadfins, that's what I call them). Sabiki should produce pinfish and other baits. Not sure about the inlet area but PAFB and Cocoa beach has had bait all over the beach.
  • Reegs941Reegs941 Posts: 25 Greenhorn
    duckmanJR wrote: »
    I suggest you read more about our almost total loss of seagrasses in the lagoon....and the Brown algae bloom....Oh...and the massive fish kill.


    OR....If that seems like a lot of reading (it is)

    Just go anywhere else.....

    I have been looking into this and was informed that the brown tide only reached Melbourne at the most southerly point. That would put it 20 miles north of where we are staying. Is there a big fish kill currently being found by Sebastian Inlet? Or is the entire area in turmoil?

    Is the place a barron desert at the present time?
  • boats and hoosboats and hoos Posts: 16 Greenhorn
    Mullet are pretty easy to net right now, especially around the spoil islands. Early morning or late afternoon when the sun is lower will make it easier to creep up on them. Most of the islands have sand bars where you can wade out a little bit to get closer to them. Haven't seen too many pilchards or greenies around the river yet and I made a run out to the inlet yesterday and didn't see much there either. Catching pinfish and pigfish is pretty easy just look for a broken dock or sunken boat and make a chicken rig with SMALL long shank gold hooks and tip the hooks with peeled shrimp. I'm told you can catch croakers this way too but haven't had much luck with that. I'm waiting on one of the locals up here to break a lil bread and point me in the right direction for the sacred croaker :wink hope this helps you out a little bit
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,058 AG
    Reegs941 wrote: »
    I have been looking into this and was informed that the brown tide only reached Melbourne at the most southerly point. That would put it 20 miles north of where we are staying. Is there a big fish kill currently being found by Sebastian Inlet? Or is the entire area in turmoil?

    Is the place a barron desert at the present time?

    You're going camping....the camping is fine.

    There is no fish kill at Sebastian....YET

    It is a barren desert ...if you are talking about grass flats.

    If you are serious about coming to fish...You better do a half day charter with someone like Cap't Ryan ( Final Point) or Captain Glynn ( Going Coastal) to show you how to do the inlet fishery..... Otherwise, it is going to be a grind
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
  • Reegs941Reegs941 Posts: 25 Greenhorn
    Thank you to all the responses. If there are any more, I would love to hear them. We are currently in the search for alternative areas. This isn't local water to anyone on the trip but we've always respectfully had a blast in your waters when we come. I hope that the water quality increases naturally and your fisheries return soon. If anyone has information on how to help preserve your coast, please post it.

    Additionally, if any of you have an alternative island camping grounds that you would recommend from Big Bend to West Central to South East Coast, I'm all ears. We are coming from Tampa and Jacksonville. We've camped a lot of islands, but what kept up coming to yours was the ease of access for boats and the amazing fishery. A deep cove which keeps boats protected and makes it beachable.
  • gatorhookgatorhook Posts: 657 Officer
    Amelia Island-
  • guitarmanguitarman Posts: 270 Officer
    Noseeums are coming out from their winter rest. Sebastian South beach they were chewin' at dawn. Breeze came up and they abated. First time I ever saw a crop duster spraying the park, tourists must be gettin' eat up in the campground.
  • CountryBumpkinCountryBumpkin Fla. Piney WoodsPosts: 1,822 Captain
    Reegs941 wrote: »
    Thank you to all the responses. If there are any more, I would love to hear them...........This isn't local water to anyone on the trip but we've always respectfully had a blast in your waters when we come.

    If you have been to this area before, other than the grass being mostly gone nothing has drastically changed. Especially not with the fishing in the inlet or nearshore.

    DuckJr is the only guy I know who posts hundreds of reports a year of him catching slams.............then tells anybody who says they want to come fish the area that they better go elsewhere .............because there ain't no fish here or it ain't what it used to be. :wink :grin
  • Net 30Net 30 Posts: 1,033 Officer
    Bahia Honda State Park. Tarpon at the bridge should begin getting pretty consistent soon....
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,058 AG
    If you have been to this area before, other than the grass being mostly gone nothing has drastically changed. Especially not with the fishing in the inlet or nearshore.

    DuckJr is the only guy I know who posts hundreds of reports a year of him catching slams.............then tells anybody who says they want to come fish the area that they better go elsewhere .............because there ain't no fish here or it ain't what it used to be. :wink :grin

    Hey, I did say he could get tuned up and do the inlet.... but it is not that easy to be successful without a quick primer by a guy who knows how it's done...well worth the cost for that lesson.
    And yes, Nearshore is about the same as it has been with a few exceptions...
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,058 AG
    What about camping on Cayo Costa ( SW fla)....
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
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