Fishing Report Provided by Capt Joe Ward's River Charters - Cammie Ward
Average: 3(1 vote)
| Water Temp:71-80 F | Clarity: Clear
Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
August 19, 2014
INSHORE - The inshore fishing has been good even with all the fresh water runoff. There has been a lot of legal size snapper along the channel edges both to the north and south in the river and around the local bridges. Some of the mangroves have been up to 2lbs. Try using a live shrimp or a small white bait. The trout bite has slowed some but, I am still getting reports of some nice fish at places like Bear Point, Herman's Bay and the Mooring's Flats. A soft plastic bait has been the best way to go but a live shrimp fished under a popping cork is still a good choice. The catch and release snook & tarpon action has been red hot along the beaches. Just find the bait schools and match the artificial bait to the size of the live baits or if possible try and cast net some live ones.
OFFSHORE - The best action offshore has been the bottom fishing over the reefs and wrecks in 50 to 80 feet of water for snapper, grouper, sea bass and aj's. Cut bait or a live bait will do just find. The night time bite has been the best. There has also been quite a few cobia in this same area - either a live bait or a jig like the Cobia Slayer from Gulfstream Lures in the chartreuse color. The kingfish are still taking blue runners that are slow trolled in 40 to 60 feet of water but, the sharks are hungry and are also in that same area. This past weekend there were several kings weighed in that were in the low 40's. The dolphin bite has been scattered at best with only a few fish being reported each day and they were caught on ballyhoo in 250 to 400 feet of water to the south of the Ft. Pierce Inlet. The boils has been a good place for permit, tarpon, snook, redfish and some nice size snapper.
Fishing Report Provided by Fish Tales Charters - Charlie Conner
Average: 3(1 vote)
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Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
August 8, 2014
This week is a mirror image of the weather lately. Lots of hot days with afternoon thunderstorms in the forecast each day. Its a typical August and you can expect lots more hot days ahead. Fishing continues to be good, but getting out early mornings will give you the best opportunity of the day. We have been getting back to the ramp by noon, right before the first storm of the day arrives on the Treasure Coast. Have fun and stay safe!
There has been a good mixed bag on the water this week. Snapper continue to be just about everywhere you fish. Lots of keeper size mangroves are around docks, bridges and channel edges for those looking for a good dinner fare. The inlet has been getting active with jacks, ladyfish and Spanish mackerel feeding on the glass minnow schools. Trout have been hanging on the flats at first light and willing to take a top water lure. Switch to DOA shrimp or CAL jerk baits once the sun rises. The trout will move to the deeper parts of the flats as it warms up. There have been some redfish schools scattered around the area in Fort Pierce. Work slowly across the flats and keep your eyes open. DOA shrimp is always one of their favorites.
I had the Fernandez family back for another fishing adventure. The twins, Daniel and Javier, had a good day of fishing with the guys. They caught trout, snapper, mackerel, sheepshead and a host of other species to make for a fun morning on the river. Chad and BJ joined me for a nice morning without rain clouds. After catching a variety of fish, they ended up with their limit of snapper to take home for dinner. It's been another fun week on the water!
Keep hydrated and use lots of sunscreen. It's hot out there and you don't want to get overheated. Be careful out on the water in August. Plan for hot days and afternoon thunderstorms. Get out early mornings or late evenings. Have fun and enjoy the fishing on the Treasure Coast!
Remember, as always, fishing is not just another hobby……it’s an ADVENTURE!
Captain Charlie Conner
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