July 14, 2014
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
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Until next week, keep fishing.
Capt. Joe Ward
Inshore Fishing Guide
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