Rocks and jetties are available in the ocean near most inlets along the coast. Jetties are there to help prevent the inlet and dredged channel from filling with silt and sand that is caused by wind, wave and tidal erosion.
The rock jetties provide some excellent cover for bait fish and small crustaceans. The predator fish will move into these areas for an easy meal. Fishing the jetties gives shore anglers a chance to target all types of fish and the real possibility of catching something big. Some of the popular saltwater fish that are caught off of the jetties are sheepshead, snook, redfish, sea trout, flounder, jack crevalle, spanish mackerel, bluefish, kingfish, tarpon and more.
Best Time to Fish the Jetties
The best time to fish the jetties is during a tidal change. If a tidal change coincides with lowlight conditions such as an early morning, late evening or at night, the bite can be even better. Incoming tides usually provide the best fishing opportunities. Fishing a couple of hours before the high tide should help increase your chances for catching fish.
Recommended Tackle for Fishing the Jetties
The jetties are a snag waiting to happen on any given cast. When fishing from shore, it can be tough to position your baits above the rocks, but still close enough to the rocks to get bites. Medium to heavy action rods with 20 to 30 pound test line will usually help you pull your way out of some snags and land some of the bigger fish that you may catch around the jetties. Heavier line will be required if for the toothy critters such as barracuda and sharks. Some anglers will fish with bobbers or slip bobbers to stay out of the rocks and others prefer a drop-shot rig so they can feel the bottom and control their line better. Tidal changes will require some heavier weights because of the stronger currents. During slack tides, you can get away with some lighter weights.
Live Baits for Fishing the Jetties
- Live and Dead Shrimp
- Sand Fleas
- Sand Perch
- Bull Minnows
- Blue Runner
- Cut Bait
Popular Fish Caught from the Jetties
- Black Drum
- Jack Crevalle
- Sea Trout
- Spanish Mackerel
- Striped Bass