Ft. Pierce Inshore – Offshore Report


INSHORE – The summer patterns are in full swing so the best times to be on the water is just before first light until about 9am and from 6pm until dark.  The rest of the day is going to be too hot and on most days there will be rain showers in the mid afternoon.  In the morning the trout and redfish bite will be at places like Bear Point, Midway Road area and at Harbor Branch.  The bite should be red hot when using top water baits like a Zara Spook, Buz Walker or a MirroLure – all in the natural colors.  As the sun gets up go to a live bait like a pilchard, finger mullet or a shrimp.  The snapper fishing should be good along the channel edges and the local bridges when using a live shrimp fished on a 1/4oz trol-rite hook and a 20 pound fluorocarbon leader.  For the afternoon fishing try a live shrimp fished under a popping cork or a soft plastic bait like a D.O.A shrimp or a bait buster or a fluke jig.  Try the area around Queen’s Cove & Round Island.  Fish up tight around the mangroves.  The Ft. Pierce Inlet should be full of catch and release snook.  Your best choice of baits will be a pigfish, pinfish or a pilchard fished on the bottom at your favorite spot like the cleaning tables or Judy Rock.  There should be tarpon at several places in St. Lucie County.  First around the Ft. Pierce Inlet, next in the Turning Basin and last down by Big Mud Creek.  All the fish will be around just before daylight and just before dark.  Free lining a live mullet will be your best choice.

OFFSHORE – The offshore action remains steady with cobia, snapper, kings, sails and dolphin being the catch of the day.  The Boils have been the hot spot for cobia the last 2 weeks.  Most of the fish were caught on a Cobia Slayer jig or a live bait.  Some of the cobia have been in the high 30’s.  The kings have been in 30 to 60 feet if water and taking live baits.  Biggest fish we have had come in to the docks was 35 pounds.  The dolphin have been in as close as 40 feet and out as deep as 200 feet.  Most of the dolphin have been taking a yellow/green skirted ballyhoo.  Several were caught in live baits.  Biggest one we have had was 33 pounds.  The sails have been in 90 to 110 feet of water and taking live baits.  Only a few hook ups were reported.  The snapper bite has been red hot with mangrove snapper to 10 pounds coming into the docks.  The bottom temps have been cold this last week but the fish are still eating.
Capt. Joe Ward
Capt. Joe’s Bait & Tackle
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