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Sebastian inlet

Old 11-13-2019, 09:41 AM
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Just moved to Vero Beach . I have a 19 ft center console, looking to do a lot of back bay and out front fishing. Every year I spend the winters in Sebastian running with a family member with a 23 ft contender offshore so I am somewhat familiar with the area. Should I keep my boat in Sebastian or fort Pierce. Is the back bay fishing better one or the other? How about offshore. I always have done good offshore out of Sebastian but not to good back bay. opinions of course. Also I'm used to keeping my boat in the water here up north but told trailering is more popular in Florida. Any good Marina's for storage? Thanks for your input in advance.
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Old 11-13-2019, 09:57 AM
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I've only fished inshore in Ft. Pierce but if you plan on going offshore occasionally Ft. Pierce is easier to navigate. I also think the river is a lot wider and larger down here so more places to explore. Just my opinions though.
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Old 11-13-2019, 10:30 AM
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I've only fished inshore in Ft. Pierce but if you plan on going offshore occasionally Ft. Pierce is easier to navigate. I also think the river is a lot wider and larger down here so more places to explore. Just my opinions though.
Thats what I herd Sebastian on a outgoing tide is like white water rapids when that river empties.
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Old 11-13-2019, 10:39 AM
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With a 19' boat a lot of people don't like to be tied to on area by keeping the boat at a marina, with the trailer you can move around much easier with that size boat. Also a VERY major concern as you go south, not sure about that area is cost. You are paying $600+ per month to keep that boat in dry storage at a marina in Miami, maybe $450+ in a wet slip. Not an easy payment relative the price of many small boats.
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Old 11-13-2019, 10:42 AM
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No doubt that Ft Pierce is a lot more friendly than Sebastian Inlet. I fish the river all up n down the way between the two. The water can be productive all over.
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Old 11-13-2019, 09:19 PM
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Originally Posted by VTXrider View Post
With a 19' boat a lot of people don't like to be tied to on area by keeping the boat at a marina, with the trailer you can move around much easier with that size boat. Also a VERY major concern as you go south, not sure about that area is cost. You are paying $600+ per month to keep that boat in dry storage at a marina in Miami, maybe $450+ in a wet slip. Not an easy payment relative the price of many small boats.
The last time I got quoted to keep a boat in the marina on a rack in Ft. Pierce it was around $10 a foot plus $50 if you have a T-Top. That was within the last couple years. Theres places to keep it in the water under $200. We're not Miami yet
Still a little steep for me.
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Old 11-13-2019, 09:20 PM
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Sebastian can get nasty but it's not as bad as people make it out to be. I wouldn't let the inlet dictate where you keep your boat if you want to keep it at a marina. I like trailering for the flexibility personally.
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North Prong, Sebastian river in the winter! Wowzers!
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Old 11-15-2019, 02:07 PM
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Sebastian can get really nasty really quickly. That being said I have had a bad time in the Fort Pierce Inlet. Just wait for nice days and know when the tides switch. I would think you can get some great fishing in both but in Fort Pierce it will get deeper quicker.

If you are running off shore make sure you grab and EPIRB or a PLB.
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Old 11-16-2019, 12:21 PM
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There is nothing in the Sebastian river in the winter......
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There is nothing in the Sebastian river in the winter......
I sense a sarcasm font. May have to investigate.
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Old 11-16-2019, 04:55 PM
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My preference is the South Prong......Snook on one cast, a Bass on the next cast.
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:25 AM
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Plus with Sebastian you get a whole dedicated "team" of "friends" that will look out for you and ensure you don't get bombarded with lead if you get too close to the north tip coming back in from offshore...
Enjoy !
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Old 12-03-2019, 10:21 AM
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I would say Ft Pierce is a better inlet for regular use with a 19' boat. Sure, Sebastian is doable, but Ft Pierce will be less of a problem most of the time. Sebastian can be calm going out then a nightmare a few hours later coming in after a tide change, that happens less often and is milder at Ft Pierce. Good fishing in both areas I think, although I am more familiar with fishing the Sebastian area than Ft Pierce.
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