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Fishing Report

January 12, 2014

INSHORE - Everyone is looking forward to the opening of snook season in just a couple of days - February 1st and it should be a good season. We have been seeing a lot of snook. The best areas should be in and around the Ft. Pierce Inlet, around the bridges and in the Turning Basin. Live baits like pilchards, greenies or a pinfish should be the baits of choice. However, a select size live shrimp, fished on a jig head will also do a good job. Look for the trout to be in the deeper cuts and holes around the flats. Use a live shrimp and free line it or possibly use a small split shot to get the bait down a little and fish it very slow when the water temps are down. The redfish bite should be good as the mornings warm up and bring the fish onto the flats. Try places like Round Island, Queen's Cove and Bear Point. Small crabs, live shrimp or cut ladyfish should be the best baits to use. You will want to fish them on a #2 live bait hook and under a popping cork. There should be plenty of action around the Ft. Pierce Inlet and the Jetty with jacks, bluefish and spanish mackerel following the bait. Small spoons, a Gulfstream Flash Jig or a Gotcha Jig will be some of your best bets. The bockside ttom fishing along the channel edges with live shrimp should provide sheepshead, black drum, croakers and even a pompano or two. Also, try the channel markers to the south of the South Bridge all the way down to the power lines.

OFFSHORE - This time of year you will need to pick your days when you try to go offshore. The sailfish bite has been good in 100 to 150 feet of water to the north of the Ft. Pierce Inlet. There is still some kingfish around the 50 to 60 foot mark and should be taking live baits. The bottom fishing has been good over the reefs and wrecks when using a live bait or a piece of cut bait for the snapper, triggerfish, sea bass and black drum. There is plenty of spanish mackerel and bluefish along the beaches right now and also a ton of jacks. The dolphin bite has been very hit and miss the last couple of weeks. Either you are on them or they are no where to be found. Try using a ballyhoo and a green/yellow skirt.

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Until next week, keep fishing.
Capt. Joe Ward
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