Location

FL
United States
27° 28' 17.112" N, 80° 16' 4.188" W
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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

Over the next few weeks you can look for the area to come alive starting with the Ft. Pierce Inlet.  As the bait makes it's way inshore there will be plenty of action from jacks, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and even a few bonita and they will be taking anything shinny like spoons, Gotcha jigs, flash jigs and even drifting a live bait.  Remember that with all of this action the sharks will be looking for a meal too.  On the bottom it is time for the black drum, croakers, sheepshead and sandperch to start showing up in good numbers.  Try using a light tackle rod and reel with a 18 to 24 inch fluorocarbon leader and a #2 hook with a fresh dead or frozen shrimp.  Around the local bridges, docks and most any structure the sheepshead should be concentrated in good numbers.  Try a 20 pound fluorocarbon leader and a 1/4oz. Trol-rite hook and a small live shrimp.  Take plenty of bait as you are going to need it.  Look for the snook to be in the deeper water around the Ft. Pierce Inlet and at the bridges and they will be taking live baits like a mullet, pinfish or croakers.  Fish on the bottom using a heavy rod and a 40 pound fluorocarbon leader, a 5/0 live bait hook and whatever weight it takes to hold the bottom.  Now for the trout and redfish - look around the deeper cuts and holes along the channel edges and the flats.  Using a live shrimp will be hard to beat and again use a 20 pound fluorocarbon leader and a 1/4oz. Trol-rite jig and fish it very slow - the colder the water temps the slower you will want to fish the jig.  As the day warms up and the fish start to move to the flats for the warmer water you will want to change and try a soft plastic bait like a D.O.A. shrimp,a TerroEyz or a live shrimp.

  Not much to report from the offshore due to the storm, high winds and high tides.

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

INSHORE - As the weather starts to cool off some you can look for the fishing to get better. The schools of bait fish should be coming in the Ft. Pierce Inlet with plenty of action not far behind. The snook bite in the Ft. Pierce Inlet should be good for anglers using live baits like greenies and mullet and fishing them on the bottom at places like Judy Rock or the cleaning station and fish on the out going tides. Also, in the Ft. Pierce Inlet the Spanish mackerel and bluefish will be showing up and they will take anything shinny. Look for the trout and redfish in the deeper holes and channels around the flats. They will be taking a live shrimp fished under a popping cork and fish in 5 to 7 feet of water when the water starts to cool down. The local bridges should be holding some nice snapper, sheepshead and black drum. Try fishing a live shrimp on a #2 hook and a 1/2 to 1oz. weight. Around the South Jetty there should be some flounder on the beach side. A large live shrimp or mud minnows fished on a 1/8 or 1/4oz. troll-rite hook. In the surf the whiting & pompano bite should improve later in the month. Shrimp, clams or sandfleas will all be a good choice.

OFFSHORE - The offshore bite has been good the last few weeks but with the cooler weather moving in you will have to pick and choose your days you go offshore. The kings have been active in 40 to 60 feet of water and taking a live bait. There are still some dolphin around in 100 to 300 feet of water - you just have to look for them. They have been taking a green/yellow skirted ballyhoo or a live bait. Most of the fish have been under 25 pounds. There have been quite a few reports of sails jumping but not many hook ups. Most of the fish have been in 90 to 110 feet of water. The hot spot for cobia have been around the Boils. These fish have been taking a Flair Hawk or a live bait. I weighed one that was 50 pounds 2 weeks ago. The snapper bite is still going strong when fishing over the reefs and wrecks. Use a live bait or a piece of cut bait. There has been plenty of big jacks and spanish mackerel chasing the bait school along the beaches and into the Ft. Pierce Inlet. 

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

INSHORE - Look for the inshore fishing to improve this month as the water temps warm up. The snook action around the Ft. Pierce Inlet and at the area's bridges should be red hot for anglers using live baits fished on a 5/0 live bait hook and enough lead to hold the bottom. The redfish bite should also be good at places like Jack Island, Round Island and around Harbor Branch. Try a live shrimp or a small crab fished under a popping cork on a 20# fluorocarbon leader and a #2 circle hook. Look for plenty of big trout on the flats during the early morning and late afternoon. Your bait of choice will be a live pilchard either free lined or fished under a popping cork. Around the full moon don't forget the snapper bite should be on. Try the channel edges both to the north and south in the Intercoastal. Fish a live shrimp or small white baits on the bottom. I like a #2 hook, a 1/2 to 1oz. weight and about 2 feet of fluorocarbon leader. Don't forget the red bead between the weight and the swivel. On the beach try your luck on the pompano and whiting with shrimp, clams or sand fleas.

OFFSHORE - The dolphin are here but it seems like you have to be in the right place at the right time to get them. We have had some 25 pounders come into the docks and a lot of 15 pounders. They have been using ballyhoo or live baits. Try 120 to 200 feet of water. There has been a good cobia bite in 40 to 60 feet of water. Have a rod ready with a Cobia Slayer from Gulfstream Lures and you should do good. The kings have been in about 40 feet of water and taking live baits. Most if the fish were between 15 to 25 pounds. The Boils has been producing some nice fish - black drum, snapper, over the sot snook and others. Live baits have worked the best. Along the beaches there has been bluefish, spanish and tons of jacks. Anything shinny will get these fish. 

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