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Fishing Report

April 11, 2014

INSHORE - The fishing for trout and redfish has been good at places like Bear Point, Jack Island and around the Little Mud Creek area. Most of the big fish are taking live pilchards, free lined around the grass and sand pockets. Try around the mangroves for the redfish. They are taking a live shrimp or a gold spoon. The snook fishing remains good around the North Bridge and in the Ft. Pierce Inlet. Again, live baits like a pilchard, pinfish or a pigfish are the baits of choice. Make sure you fish the baits on the bottom and use as much weight as it takes to hold the bottom. There has been a lot of mackerel and jacks in the Ft. Pierce Inlet along with some blues. Try a Gotcha Jig and use a small pierce of leader. The sheepshead are still active around the local bridges and docks. The two top baits have been a fiddler crab or a live shrimp.

OFFSHORE - The offshore fishing has been good even with the sea conditions not being that great on some days. We did have several nice days where there was a good kingfish bite to the north of the Ft. Pierce Inlet and starting in 50 feet of water. I weighed a king that went 38 pounds and was caught on a live bait. There was also a good dolphin bite to the south of the Ft. Pierce Inlet in 400 to 600 feet of water. Ballyhoo has been the best bait for the bigger fish. We have had quite a few fish come into the docks in the 15 to 25 pound range. Bottom fishing over the reefs and wrecks had been good for snapper and other reef fish. These fish have been taking a live shrimp or a pierce of cut bait.

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Until next week, keep fishing.
Capt. Joe Ward
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