Southeast Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast

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

September 12-14


Take advantage of these calm seas while they last. The abundance of seaweed has rivaled any in recent memory and the dolphin bite has definitely reflected it. Lots of small fish true but the twenty pounders have been there too. Bonito will still be around as well which means still more wahoo and sharks. Sailfish numbers will be increasing with the arrival of cooler weather and the pilchards around right now are perfect for catching them on light tackle. Lack of current has meant an outstanding vermilion snapper bite out past 120 feet of water north and south of the Lake Worth Inlet.

Snook fishing has been phenomenal both on the beaches and back inside. Live sardines, pilchards or mullet will all work great especially early and late. Moving water is a must regardless of the locale. Beach anglers will also be seeing some tarpon and soon more bluefish and mackerel. Jacks of various sizes from midgets to monsters will be there for a little added tussle so match tackle accordingly. Pompano are right around the corner.


Seaweed truly can be a pain to troll around but the abundance of dolphin makes it worth the effort. Blackfin tunas, bonito and sailfish will be other likely prospects while trolling and the wahoo haven’t moved on yet either. Those targeting the reefs will be finding plenty of sharks still and the occasional cobia or African pompano. Bring along plenty of chum to work the patch reefs for mangrove snappers.

If this isn’t the time to hit the beach, when is? Early and late are by far the best but if the breeze is up a bit it can happen all day long. Snook and tarpon are the main quarry but jacks, sharks, ladyfish, kingfish and soon bluefish and Spanish mackerel will be on the move. Those fishing with live shrimp inside will be finding some sheepshead and mangrove snappers.


The mullet run is always over way to fast so go now! Rarely do these kinds of conditions persist. The key to catching fish around the bait schools is to make yours stand out, either by fishing it below or to the side of the school. Better yet fish one dead or with just a piece of one. Lure anglers will find plenty of bites within mere feet of the sand so always be ready.

Use spoons to catch bluefish. Pompano will be eating sand fleas within the next few weeks.

Sailfish are already showing and while many are small that is perfect for the loads of pilchards and small sardines around right now. Dolphin have been thick in the seaweed and kingfish have been shadowing bait schools. Trolling helps cover water but it helps to have the versatility of shutting down and making a long drift with the livies. Find a shark and odds are a cobia isn’t far off.




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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.

    • Nick O’Bryan

      The stink hole is almost a straight shot from the hillsboro lighthouse… Its only about 3-4 miles offshore in about 100 feet over the reef… When i fish over the stink hole i recommend fishing with a down rigger and you will catch a bunch of kings and ALOT of cudas

  • 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?

  • Isaac Bertho

    I wanna catch snook in the boca area, can anybody help?