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Fishing Report

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.

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Until next week, keep fishing.
Capt. Joe Ward
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