Southeast Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast

Includes Vero Beach, Ft. Pierce, Stuart, West Palm Beach and Lake Worth

July 25-27


Bonito have been almost impossible to avoid anywhere around the 120 foot depth but have been quite tolerable inside and outside of there. Kings of various sizes have been mixed in with them so let those baits sink a bit when drifting or use a downrigger when trolling. There have also been a few sailfish around with most of them in a good bit shallower, often in just fifty or sixty feet. Sharks remain a no-brainer of course but cobia haven’t been nearly as abundant as they were just a few weeks ago. Mutton and yellowtail snappers on the other hand, are right now at peak abundance. Dead sardines, live baby pilchards, lots of chum, put it all together and a nice box of fish isn’t far off.

Captain Tom Heisler on PURE HELL says the snook are biting well at Lake Worth inlet using live grunts and pinfish. He uses Sabikis tipped with shrimp to catch the bait and the rest is easy. The key as always, besides finding the school anyway, is to fish that bait on the bottom. There are still good numbers of lane snappers and small muttons in the deeper holes of the ICW and the Sugar Sands reef. Also lots of baby flounders there today anyway. No keepers obviously but sure a good sign for the future!


Sailfish and kingfish are virtually a given for those fishing with live goggle eyes, pilchards, ballyhoo or speedos this weekend. Those seeking dolphin and wahoo – are better off trolling with at least one bait on a downrigger or planer. Blackfin tunas tend to make their strongest showing in the afternoons, which is great because that’s also the coolest part of the day. At least after the thunderstorms pass anyway. Tons of sharks as always, though very few cobia.

Snook anglers will be releasing plenty of fish at the Boynton spillway as well as the inlet. Live mullet when available is preferred but live shrimp and even Mayan cichlids will do fine in the floodgates. Jetty anglers will be throwing bit jigs and lipped plugs on the outgoing tides. Just a few more weeks and finger mullet will be showing under dock lights. In the meanwhile, use live shrimp or fish with fly rods. A high outgoing tide at night is ideal.


More rubble on sand is never a bad idea and we can thank what we have already for the fantastic lane and mangrove snapper fishing. Dead sardines, live pilchards, and squid will all work provided they are kept near the bottom, kingfish will soon be moving in to spawn and bonito are a daily occurrence. Sailfish will be present around the bait schools especially but can be found all the way out to the Gulf Stream. Dolphin, blackfin tunas and wahoo will be other likely visitors to the spread. Use the smallest ballyhoo you can find if you just want fast bites.

Pompano won’t be returning for a few weeks yet at best but there are plenty of snook to release and all the whiting and croakers you might want. Bits of shrimp fished on light tackle work great provided the bait is fished close to the beach. Inside, trout and redfish will be on the grass flats and mangrove edges, while big snook will be under the causeways, along with tarpon and black drum. Even the occasional goliath will show to really keep things interesting!




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  • Matt Smith

    What type of teaser does Captain LaBonte use?

  • Francesco

    has there been any wahoo bite?

    • Kenny

      Had a double hookup on small wahoo about 10 miles offshore from boynton wed.

      • matt

        what were you trolling? i have been trying to catch some wahoo offshore from ft pierce. anyone with any advice? thanks!

  • mike barry

    looking forward to fishing sunday on the madson driving from cocoa beach weather here is blowing hard

  • Clayton Will

    Where is the Kingfish Hole on Peck Lake and how deep is it? I will be in the area next month. Thanks.

  • Dante DePanicis

    I used to nail kingfish in April off of the “stink hole” outside Hillsboro inlet…now I live further north…does anybody have an area off of Boynton “Inlet” that produces kings in March – April ?

    • Kevin

      How do I find that sink hole? have any coordinates?

      • Jordan

        Its the bubbler, where sewage comes out via pipeline, I believe it is directly offshore from the watertower

        • Kevin

          Thanks Jordon, I’ll look for it.

  • Jb

    Why isn’t the story updated, it’s a week old!!!!

  • rhoff333444

    why has no update been provided?

  • Drew

    Go north of Boynton inlet until your just south of the Ritz hotel in an area directly in front of the jagged sea wall along the beach. Can’t miss it with its notched pattern. 150 drift in up to 60 ft. You will catch Kings all year guaranteed never to come back without at least one.
    I hate to give that up but I’m tired of catching them all. Also lots of cobia and sails depending on time of year dolphin too.

  • daveander

    I was told of an old floating tank moored in the ocean just south of Boynton Inlet. He described it as being right on the reef and good bottom fishing. Anybody know of this or is it bull?

    • eli

      the tank was there and now it is gone due to the fact it was there when they were dredging the inlet

  • Ed Regan

    The report says bottom fishing has been good. Any recommendations on some decent wrecks in the boca, delray, or deerfield area to fish for Grouper and Snapper?