INSHORE – Everything should start to heat up in June including the weather. The best inshore action should be from first light until about 9am and from 6pm until dark. During these hours try a top water bait like a Zara Spook, Chug Bug and for the anglers that like to throw soft plastic baits try a D.O.A. Bait Buster. For the rest of you that like live bait try a pigfish, mullet, shrimp or a crab. This method will catch a snook, trout, redfish and lots of big jacks. Try places like Harbor Branch, Round Island or Queen’s Cove to the north and to the south you can try Bear Point, Herman’s Bay or the docks along South Indian River Drive. Just remember that as of June 1st snook season is closed and is catch and release only. The snapper fishing should also be good around the bridges and the channel edges. A live shrimp fished on a #2 hook, a 20# fluorocarbon leader and a 1/2 to 1oz. lead should work just fine. The tarpon should be here in full force in the Ft. Pierce Inlet, the Moorings and around the Big Mud Creek area. Try using a live mullet.
OFFSHORE – The dolphin are here and are in 60 to 180 feet of water. Just depends on the wind direction. Most of these fish have been caught on ballyhoo but a few were caught on live baits. There has been quite a few cobia in 60 feet of water and the have been taking either a Cobia Slayer by Gulfstream Lures or a live bait. Only a few wahoo have come into the docks and they were in 220 feet of water. The kings have been on 40 to 60 feet of water and they have also been taking live baits. The bottom fishing for snapper and grouper has been good in 40 to 60 feet of water. These fish will take a live bait or a piece of cut bait. Along the beaches you will find plenty of blues, spanish, jacks and sharks to keep you busy.
Capt. Joe Ward
Capt. Joe’s Bait & Tackle
Check us out on Facebook @ Capt. Joe’s Bait & Tackle for a daily update on what’s going on inshore & offshore.