Good morning all you Sebastian Inlet fans, hop everyone had a wonderful weekend! The weather was great, but not the fishing! This is probably going to be the “worst” fishing report I can remember ever doing, and it is due to the very bad conditions at the inlet due to the excessive waves and wind we have been experiencing all last week, and the weekend. I was down both Saturday and Sunday and didn’t see anything caught on either side, except for one small bonnet head shark on the sough side, and 2 jacks on the north jetty and some catfish. The sough jetty was way too rough from the waves to fish it safely. In the back of the inlet, same deal, very dirty water, no bait, and no fish either!! With that the jest of it, I would like to bring up a couple of issues we had recently on the north jetty.
First I’d like to mention again that the north jetty was built for navigational purposes to aid boaters in safe passage through the inlet, they have the right of way! Second is that fishing on the jetty is a PRIVELEDGE, not a right, and can be taken away at anytime if park officials deem it necessary; it has been done before. That’s why the gates are there. We had a couple reports where the guys fishing the tip of the jetty were being rude and obnoxious to the women fisher gals out there! That’s not acceptable, and is one of our posted rules. “Profanity and rude behavior is not permitted!” That could cause you to be asked to leave the park. Since the jetty is NOT a fishing pier, pedestrians, sight seers and bird watchers have every right also to be out there. It is not strictly for fishing! The last issue is the fact that the jetty looks like a garbage dump sometimes! Another rule we have posted on the signage, “please do not discard fishing line, dead fish and any trash on the jetty, please place it in the proper receptacles provided.” Again, being out here is a privilege, not a right. Please help us keep it clean. Like they say when you go camping,”pack it in, pack it out!”
If we all do our part, we can keep our jetty looking nice, and also keep it safe and enjoyable for EVERYONE! If you see any rude or bad behavior, or anything of the such, please call the north ranger station @ 321-984-4852, when you hear the recording then press # 1234 and be connected directly. Below is a list of the “jetty” rules that are posted in two areas of signage as you walk out to the jetty. One as you leave the parking lot, and again as you enter the north jetty posted by the beach warning flags. These rules were instilled so that everyone can have a safe and enjoyable day at the jetty. Thanks everyone, and have a great week!
1) The jetty was built to aid boaters in navigation through the inlet and provide public access onto the deck. While using the fishing deck, please yield to boaters until they pass safely through the inlet.
2) Throwing or casting of objects at vessels, surfers and snorkelers/divers is prohibited.
3) The painted yellow lines on the jetty designate a safe walkway. Only anglers and their 2 fishing poles are permitted in the area between the rails and yellow lines. Please place all carts, buckets, chairs, coolers and other accessories in the center of the jetty between the yellow lines. The yellow lines are painted to create a clear pathway in the case of a medical emergency.
4) Anglers are allowed only 2 fishing poles in use, and you must be at the terminace end of both poles.
5) Please do not attach anything to the rails, grates or structure.
6) No cast netting is permitted on the eastern portion of the deck.
7) All marine life not for harvest must be returned to the water without intentional harm, and in whole condition quickly and safely.
8) Cast netters must return unused marine life back into the water as quickly as possible. This is one of the few jetties that allows netting. Please do not abuse this privilege.
9) No alcoholic beverages, glass containers, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, or pets other than service animals are permitted on the jetty.
10) Jumping and diving from the deck and jetty is prohibited.
11) No canopies or tents are allowed on the jetty. Umbrellas may be used, but cannot be attached to the railings, grates or the structure.
12) No open flames or grilles of any kind are allowed.
13) Please adapt fishing methods when birds are actively feeding to avoid catching or entangling them, and make every effort to release them unharmed if caught or entangled.
14) Targeting Goliath Grouper, a protected species, is prohibited on the jetty.
15) Pleas exit the jetty during periods of inclement weather and storms. The seas can get rough and the jetty is a lightning strike area.
16) No loud music, profanity or rude behavior is allowed.
17) Failure to abide to these rules and regulations may result in the loss of fishing privileges.