OUTDOORS: Farm 13/Stick Marsh One of the Top 10 Trophy Bass Spots in Florida

By  //  December 16, 2018

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6,500-acre impoundment located along the east coast of central Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have done a fantastic job establishing Farm 13/Stick Marsh, a 6,500-acre impoundment located along the east coast of central Florida in northwest Indian River County near Melbourne, Palm Bay, Vero Beach, Sebastian and Fellsmere. (Ryan Schofield image)

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have done a fantastic job establishing Farm 13/Stick Marsh, a 6,500-acre impoundment located along the east coast of central Florida in northwest Indian River County near Melbourne, Palm Bay, Vero Beach, Sebastian and Fellsmere.

The SJWMA is one of the top 10 trophy bass spots in the state. What a great place to take the family for a memorable action packed fishing expedition for many years to come.

This past week I fished the prized Farm 13/Stick Marsh with some pals. I couldn’t believe the activity, or enormity, of the bass we were catching.

I personally caught a dozen 3-4 pounders and an 8.1-pound large-mouth bass. Another chap in the group hit a personal best when catching two 10 ILB large-mouth bass. Granted public policy is “catch and release,” it was a fantastic experience.

An 8-foot alligator on the shoreline of the Farm 13/Stick Marsh, a 6,500-acre impoundment located along the east coast of central Florida in northwest Indian River County near Melbourne, Palm Bay, Vero Beach, Sebastian and Fellsmere. (Ryan Schofield image)

I was taken back by the beauty, birds, including spoonbills, egret and herons, they added so much character to the area watching them mingle and chat throughout my visit.

To top-off the natural Florida habitat, I witnessed an 8-foot alligator on the shoreline. What beautiful creatures sun-bathing during the winter months.

Water depths range from 4 to 8 feet and boaters unfamiliar with the SJWMA are advised to navigate to fishing locations with extreme caution due to the number of man-made and natural hazards present.

Facilities include a double lane concrete boat ramp, airboat launch site, restroom and paved parking lot.

Popular sportfish include largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie and several catfish species. This water body is noted for its excellent bass fishing due to the special no harvest regulation on largemouth bass.

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