Tournament Win and Nice Reds

Recent inshore fishing reports from the Southeast region.


Tournament Win and Nice Reds

Florida Sportsman member: SS Canoe

With my direction he whipped his doa into the feeding fish, bam, hooked up. Got the fish in and pictured, a 20 inch red. About this time the were finger mullet being showered along the mangroves. A quick pole over, a hookup and a picture was all we needed and he was 2/3 done with the slam that I knew would win this tournament.

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Indian River Night Bite

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

I prefer to fish at night or in the evening mainly to avoid the sun. Plus, the night time is the right time! The docks have been holding tons of trout and snook. The tarpon are here in huge numbers in the river and on the beach. We jumped a few this week, got lots of hits, and landed a few.

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The Trout are Chewin’

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

“September is here and so is the bait! The finger mullet schools throughout the South Indian River are the ticket. Fishing these schools with topwater lures and suspending twitch baits below the schools have been great…”

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From the Spillways to the Beaches

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

“Now’s the time to get out there and pull on some bruiser snook! Been catching them in the river all the way to the beach. If you can find clear water on the beach sight fishing these big breeders is a blast (really gets the adrenaline pumping watching one eat)…”

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Tangling with Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: SaltyRoots

We’ve been fishing the beaches early morning and late afternoon for tarpon. Mainly from kayaks and paddleboards but some days it’s easier to catch them from the beach. The tarpon have been crushing bait pods from Vero Beach to South Patrick. Pogies, pilchards, glass minnows, and now mullet have been schooling just outside the breakers.

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From the Spillways to the Beaches

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

“Now’s the time to get out there and pull on some bruiser snook! Been catching them in the river all the way to the beach. If you can find clear water on the beach sight fishing these big breeders is a blast (really gets the adrenaline pumping watching one eat)…”

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St. Lucie Beach Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

“Fishing has been awesome! Tarpon are in, snook are popping, trout are munching, and snapper are snapping! Some reds are around too, just have not been targeting them. I have been getting a good mangrove bite, in the St. Lucie and Indian River on both tides.”

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Hot Snook Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

As we progress into the full swing of summer the snook bite has been on fire. Whether fishing the beach, inlets or backwater, all of it is good right now. Mostly throwing artificials and fly and sight fishing a lot of them.

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Cobia From a Bridge

Florida Sportsman member: landshark

My buddy Ryan has made some impressive catches over the years, including the Juno pier record Cobia a while back. He’s back at it but this time he did something pretty unusual and landed a keeper Cobia on a Bridge at night while snook fishing.

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Spring Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: OverslotsOnly

Recently, the snook seem to be keying in on baitfish. Any kind of whitebait or mullet are great when available, but don’t overlook blue runners, especially closer to the inlet, ladyfish, or sand perch. If a certain type of bait isn’t around, try something else that’s more available.

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South Indian River Bite

Florida Sportsman member: capt charlie

Our best fishing has been around the mangroves this past week. We have caught redfish, snook and trout in those areas. Our redfish have been up to 32 inches. The snook have beaten us on a number of occasions where we couldn’t slow them down before being broken off under the mangroves. We have caught some nice trout in the upper 20 inch range this week as well.

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Welcome to the Neighborhood

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

Well last week the girlfriend and I scored a new place on indian river drive. With a 540 foot dock to fish and many fish to catch I’m in heaven. The fish have welcomed me to the neighborhood in a the nicest way possible, letting me catch them!

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Stuart Snookin’ with a Bonus

Florida Sportsman member: MinerCatch

After cleaning the boat i decide to pull an iron man now that i feel like an insomniac and decide to go fishing inshore with my buddy Ben. Ended up with a few stud snook all of which were in the upper 40 inch range and a decent 29 inch trout.

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Monster Snook and More

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

I knew it was a snook by the way she smacked the topwater. The fish came up and shook her head and I realized the size this fish had! I loosened up my drag and started to play this fish to make sure I had the best chance and landing it. Don’t forget this is with only 25 pound leader and a 2000 size reel. 8 or so minutes of me doing the dance with her and some pretty epic head shakes I had her!

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Fort Pierce Snook Bite

Florida Sportsman member: dukhuntr1991

I loaded up on bait this week so we went out to drown a few tonight. The bite was on when we got there and we had a 34 inch fish in the boat 2 minutes after pulling up. Caught a big jack and also caught a 32 inch keeper before heading in.

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Stuart Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: Bullshark

We hit it hard the last few days. All in all we caught about 50 Snook and 1 Red. 3 of the Snook being slot fish.

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Snook Fishing In The Cold

Florida Sportsman member: Marker954

These cold fronts have been great for loading up the deep channels with big snook. We fished during the recent polar vortex (aka a cold front), and landed six of these nice snook and got hit by 8 others. Here is Tom Lewis with a nice 39 inch oversized Fort Pierce schoolie from Tuesday night using a First Light Tackle snook jig.

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South Indian River Bite

Florida Sportsman member: capt Charlie

We spent some time in the turning basin of Fort Pierce with the jacks, runners and ladyfish to finish off the morning. Cheryl, Frank and Steven were out on the two windiest days of the week. We caught lots of fish, but had to hide from the worst of the weather. Frank finished off the trip with a nice Spanish mackerel. It was a fun time on the water this week in spite of the conditions.

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South Indian River Bite

Florida Sportsman member: capt Charlie

Redfish have been hanging around docks and mangroves lately for us. Try a CAL paddle tail around the mangroves and docks. The trout bite was slower this week mainly due to the windy days keeping us off most of the grass flats. We did catch a few short snook around the mangroves while searching for redfish. The black drum and sheepshead are moving into the river and you should see good catches of them in the next several months. Try bridges, docks and channel edges for these species.

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Backwater Reds Are Chewing

Florida Sportsman member: evergladeskid243

Worked my way into some mangrove cuts and started jigging the current rips and points and found a nice lit up 27 and a half inch redfish! He inhaled my DOA jig and gave me a fun tug o war up in the tight mangrove canal, trying to catch the line on down branches and roots!

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Seeing Red In The Southeast

Florida Sportsman member: SS Canoe

Not 10 minutes go by and I get slammed by a big fish big, it boils and I knew It was red. Got him to the boat and he stretched the 30 inch mark. Biggest red I’d pulled off that flat in years. Boom Cole’s on, We Boat the redfish, 25 inches. Great 2 days before the front. Like clockwork!

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Winter Time Wading In The Southeast

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

Throwing Mirrolure lil jons on 1/8th ounce jig head just hopping them through the grass, and that was the ticket! second cast with mine, boom, a trout. After that it was every other cast catching them. No gators but kept the rod bent. Did hook one and realized he got really heavy half way through the fight, brought him to my feet and he was sawed right in half by something, and I didn’t want to find out what it was.

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Great Fishing With Mom In Vero

Florida Sportsman member: SS Canoe

I have fished the lagoon since I was a young child, but after all these years I have never taken my mom fishing. well, recently I bought a little Carolina skiff that is much more stable than my old jon boat, so I decided it was time. Excellent introduction to fishing the lagoon! Ended up with 4 reds up to 27 inches, and she caught 3 of them.

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Dinner On The Flats

Florida Sportsman member: SLW UroCane

Got out and fished solo today. Had to deal with rain and wind all day. Fished mostly the Round Island and Moorings area. At least the bite was ok. DOA Cal and MirroLure suspending twitch baits were the key. Caught trout, pompano, ladyfish, jacks and a small red. Kept the pomp for dinner. Water color was terrible, as expected, but the bite was fairly steady.

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Night Time Stuart Action

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

Was getting ready to leave till I saw this bruiser cruising the shadow line, pitched a live bait in her face and watched it get destroyed. From the bridge she only looked 33 inches or so but realized she was a lot bigger when hooked. Measured out to 40 inches.

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Light Tackle Mayhem

Florida Sportsman member: Snookslayer772

The sun started to go down and the finger mullet started to pack up in tight schools and were getting busted. I threw my topwater in a school of mullet and no more than 2 twitches later BOOM! I thought it was a slot fish till I saw it jump and realized it was way over slot.

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Fort Pierce Variety

Florida Sportsman member: FISHHUNTR

Pitch out a 6 inch mullet and immediately it is crushed, I thought it was a jack initially but noted it was really digging for the bottom and that got me hoping. Sure enough I see color and it’s a keeper gag that ended up taping out at 27 inches!

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Sebastian Inlet Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: Final Point

We Landed one more nice red before we called it a night. Fishing is starting to pick up in the inlet. Saw several tarpon role to the south of the inlet but they didn’t want to chew. All in all it was a great day of fun fishing with some tasty treats for the cast iron skillet.

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Boca Midnight Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Dolphin_Hunter

The fish fought hard and I knew it was big. Never saw her. Luckily she went in the middle of the intercoastal away from pilings. I backed off on the drag since I was only fishing 15 pound braid with 25 pound leader. 10 minutes later, fish in the boat! 40 inch total length and a solid 18-20 pounds. Biggest snook I’ve caught in a long time. Super stoked! Awesome fight on a 4000 reel. Revived the fish and she swam away strong.

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Ft. Pierce Trout, Reds and Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Pensacola

Put together a little friendly inshore tourney against some fellow forum members. I was on my Gheenoe going against Ricky (seein red) on his Ranger and one other forum member who I wont mention…because he slept in! No showed the tourney, so it was just us against Seein red. Format was total length biggest red, trout, and snook, picture only.

We get out early in hopes to get a early morning trout. Plan comes together with a small 15 inch trout on a doa shrimp. As the sun comes up, we chum a little and castnet some nice pinfish for livies. We set up and I get tight on a nice 25 inch red. So we have a 40 inch slam so far. Around 9 a.m., I get tight on a really sluggish fish, felt like a catfish, no headshakes or anything. Get it to the boat and ends up being a big 27 inch gator trout. I think the warm water had him fighting weak. Quick pic, strong revival, and off he swam. So we have a 52 inch slam and im feeling good.

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3 Nights, 60 Snook + More

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

The snook bite has been great to say the least! Before we got on the snook, Sunday I met up with my buddy Shane and we got on the redfish up in Ft.Pierce! Sight fishing schools of up to 100 fish. All beautiful 26 to 28 inch fish. Dad also took the boat out and got a stud 28″ trout at midday. At night we’ve been bridge fishing the shadow lines in the St.Lucie and found plenty of snook willing to eat. We totaled 33 on our first night out with the biggest being right in slot. I went wading down in Jupiter with my buddy the next evening and wasn’t disappointed. Only 2 snook were caught, but both were slobs. My first one being a fat, 38 incher that about made it to the channel on my little 2500 Stradic.

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Gator Trout and Monster Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Decided to head out to a flat that had been good for trout and within the first 5 minutes hooked up on a nice 26 inch trout! Snapped a few pictures and released. We worked the flat for almost the rest of the evening, but it only produced 5 or 6 slot trout. I mention that maybe we should work a little closer to the docks on the way in. We move in and I land a cast about 30 yards from the nearest dock and hook up! My little 2500 Stradic is screaming! The fish pushes a huge wake as it beelines for the dock. Somehow I turn it before it gets to the dock. After about 5 minutes, I finally get a half jump from it and see it is a huge snook. Once I’ve got it close, it decides it wasn’t done and takes back off on another 15 second run. 3 jumps later, it’s landed! My 12 pound braid/30 pound leader held up and I could tell immediately that it was my new personal best.

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Trials & Tribulations of Fishing a New Spot

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Left the house bright and early with Dad, ready to go explore somewhere new. Knowing the wind was going to kick up out of the south, we headed up to Ft.Pierce. We launch the Gheenoe in calm conditions and made a run to a dock line that looked good. We dropped the trolling motor and reached for the rods, except we left them in the truck at the ramp. Fifteen minutes later, we’re back in position. We catch some baby tarpon sized ladyfish and big drag screaming jacks to start things off. We move more onto the flat and catch 6 or 7 trout up to 18 inches, but nothing too good. We cut over to the other side of the river and hide from the now strong south wind behind some of the islands. Dads 1st cast, nice flounder! Next thing you know, we had 2 small mutton snapper and a nice mangrove in the boat. About 9:30, the action slows down so we go to the channel and make a run.

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Flats Snook on Topwater

Florida Sportsman member: SS Canoe

This monster snook busted my rapala skitterwalk in 2 feet of water.The fight was on, and what a fight it was. After 10 minutes of screaming runs and ticking line, I got him in with no frayage on my 25 pound flourocarbon leader.It made a great addition to a slew of topwater snook this summer. You have to trust the topwater in order for it to work for you. Don’t switch lures or move around. Make long casts and walk the dog to the best of your ability.

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July Fishing report

Florida Sportsman member:capt. charlie

July brings hot weather, chances of afternoon rains and Fourth of July parties. Oh….and lots of great fishing out there, too! Watch out for afternoon thunderstorms this month. Mornings on the river will bring action at first light on top water lures for snook or trout along the flats. They will seek deeper water as the sun rises. It’s a hot, but very productive month around the Treasure Coast.

I will be fishing along the mangroves for snook and redfish with DOA shrimp, CAL jerk baits and top water lures, like the new DOA Airhead, where the water will be 2-3 feet deep. Trout will move to deeper flats in 2-6 feet of water and will most likely hit pigfish, DOA shrimp or Deadly Combos. Look for the trout to move to the deeper edges of the flats as the sun warms up the water. Fish the sand holes on the flats! You will find the bigger fish sitting in these holes waiting on the tides to bring the food to them. It has been another banner year for big trout around the area. Redfish will continue to hold up on the flats. Read the water as you move across the flats and look for any activity that might be a school of reds. Gold spoons, soft baits, like DOA shrimp or CAL jerk baits will work best for them. Search along the docks during the day for snook or redfish hanging around there as well. It’s a fantastic month to be fishing…

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Fort Pierce Mixed bag

Florida Sportsman member:Capt.AW

Thursday the 13th we had plans to look for permit or tarpon on the beach. It took a while, but we finally found the permit and managed to pull 3 mid teen size fish from the school.

Friday the 14th we went out looking for the permit again, but the water temps dropped almost 9 degrees overnight. Knowing that our odds of finding them at that point were slim to none we made a long run up the beach to look for some tarpon. Once arriving we found big pods of bait being worked by some bigger mackerel and snook. So we decided to stay with the bait and pull on some snook. We ended up landing a few in the upper slot to over slot range then called it a day.

Thursday the 20th Joe, Dj, and I headed out hoping to find those beach snook again. Upon arriving at the location things looked bleak the conditions or more importantly the bait wasn’t there. From there we bounced around to a few spots but ended up coming back in catching a couple decent snook and reds.

Friday the 21st I got an early start to meet up with a buddy who’s been telling me I need to come down and get on these monster snook he’s been catching. While we didn’t get any true monsters, I did get one in the high 30’s that probably went 20lbs or so. My buddy was gracious enough to hop in the water to make the release but wanted me to crop his head out of the photo


Stuart Causeway Redfish

Florida Sportsman member Jermos

I had Friday off so I decided to wake up at 5:30 and take a mini excursion from Stuart to a spot I usually kayak fish near Ft. Pierce. No signs of any activity which was unusual, spent almost an hour there and called it quits. Went back south for some breakfast then tried one of the beaches in search for a surfin snook, no luck. Left the beach around 10am headed back home to Stuart, on my way over the causeway I noticed the glassy conditions on the north side of the river and couldnt resist. I normally overlook this spot a lot, but when I pulled up there was all kinds of surface activity. I was able to castnet a school of nice sized pilchards, and quickly waded out with one on my light rod. I had him tail hooked free-lining for maybe 10 minutes when I got bumped and rod almost ripped from my hands with the drag screaming. Definitely thought it was a good sized jack or small shark from the violent head shakes. Fish made numerous violent runs before I finally get a glimpse of the tail, a big red?!! Yup, dont know exact length but she/he was a lil over slot. Surprised as a kid on Christmas morning, I got out the gopro for a flick. Then released it and called it a day by 11,


Inshore Slam in Stuart

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Decided last minute to go scope a new spot with Dad this evening and what a good decision that was! Arrived around 6:00pm and were greeted by mullet running with big jacks chasing them. No takers there, so we continued to work down the docks and flats. Finally hook into a nice fish and it goes airborne quickly. First thought is snook, but it’s a 26 inch trout! We start to work back at 7:15 and it absolutely went off! We notice some fish busting so we each launch a cast into them. Immediately double up both fish screaming drag, mine tires pretty quickly as it was a big blue runner. Dad’s on the other hand, just never stopped. It would scream drag and kind of circle around him. Finally get a look and it is a MONSTER trout. Dad gently eases it closer and I grab it! Absolute monster. Get some good pictures of it and release. Just over 30 inches and Dad’s personal best….

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Ft. Pierce Reds

Florida Sportsman member: evergladeskid243

Launched out of the $2 fee Torpey Rd boat ramp around 7 a.m., paddled out and was greeted by a high tide with no current movement which made things tough right off the start. Threw topwaters but only got one bite/miss by a nice trout. Didn’t land the first fish until around 9 or 10 a.m., which were a mix of small trout and jacks. Paddled across the river to the far east side and missed a huge trout who tried to eat the spook jr twice, catching the hooks the second time only to come unhooked, bummer! Next cast I hook into a nice red who gave me a nice ride before I landed him. Beautiful colors on him, he was all lit up and bright orange, a perfect specimen for the GoPro! Dont know how long, didnt bother to measure

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Snook in the Shallows

Florida Sportsman member: SS Canoe

The snook always seem to be more aggressive during the summertime and I have been catching a lot by sighting out the snook, waking and throwing topwater in front of them. They have been hitting it almost everytime. My cousin Cole has never caught a big overslot and i told him that this is the time of year to do it. We set out at about 6:30 and started bombing topwaters. Not too long after the sun peeked out of the clouds, I spotted a wake, a big one. Cole casts a little too much on top of him, and bam! The snook attacks the lure and Cole has a hookup!

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Beachside Snook

Florida Sportsman member: BigNiner19

NOAA calling for some really rough seas, so I elected to leave the boat on the trailer and grab a rod and some snook lures and head down to the beach. Good action, snook busting on bait and looked like some schools of bluefish were mixed in. The winds can make it a challenge fishing from the beach, but timing is everything. Ended up landing a few nice snook. Caught one inside the slot but let it swim away to fight another day.

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Fort Pierce Snook, Trout & More

Florida Sportsman member: Pensacola

Hit the flats this morning with Ricky, forum member Seein Red. Ricky just passed his captains license test, so he is official now! Castnetted some live bait and off we went. NOAA was right today as the wind was howling from the west. We took shelter behind some islands and mangroves. I got a solid 20+ pound snook in 2 feet of water. He made some long drag peeling runs and jumped a few times. So cool to catch snook like that in the shallows. Got a couple decent trout as well on livies. We tried like crazy to get a redfish to complete the slam, but no luck.

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Doubleheader Hammerheads

Florida Sportsman member: blacktip hunter

It’s not everyday that you get to witness two hammerhead sharks caught at the same time from the beach! This was the last day of my spring break, I had to leave in the morning. The mackerel schools were very thick off the beach. The commercial fishermen were catching them with cast nets. That night I got a call from my friend Peter that he had hooked a monster. I quickly grabbed the pelican case and drove down to help him out. When I arrived, both Peters were hooked up on big fish. Peter landed the first hammer. We didn’t measure it, but it was roughly 9 feet[...]

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Ft. Pierce Snook, Reds and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Capt.AW

The plan for the day was to catch some big trout, fish the mangroves for redfish, and finish day the day in the inlet looking for a snook. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s seldom that all the plans come together. Today just happened to be one of those days when everything worked. We worked the spoil islands and picked off a 29 inch, 27 inch, and 2-22 inch trout. After the trout we moved closer to the mangroves and Audra pulled out a nice redfish. We continued to work our way down the shoreline but could convince any more fish to bite. We left there and slid across the river to a dock only to be broken off by a mystery fish. It was getting late in the morning so we made our push to the inlet to fish the tail end of the incoming. It took a bit but Gaylon landed a pig snook that measured 34″ that probably would’ve went 35-36 if the tail wasn’t so chewed up.

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Trout of a Lifetime

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Action was pretty consistent. We picked up 9 snook including one a few inches under slot. With about a half hour of sunlight left. We move down a few more docks and I make a cast out towards some open water. I work it all the way back to me when my lure gets slammed! The fish pulls a little bit of drag but doesn’t ever take off like a big snook would. I fought it for a few minutes and neither me or Chris know what it is yet. It would come up and make some big boils, but never reveal itself. After finally tiring it down. We see a HUGE trout come up. We land it and Chris gets some good pictures of it. After measuring it, the fish went 32 inches long and 11.5 pounds!


Ft. Pierce Inshore Slam

Florida Sportsman member: SS Canoe

The wind was hard out of the west so I headed for cover in the backcountry. There we found a healthy amount of fish on an outgoing tide. I hooked up a 20 inch trout first on an outflow pipe. As we head deeper into the back water, we spot big pushes and a lot of activity. I hook up again, a 22 inch red. We pole even deeper and I complete the trout, snook & red slam with a 21 inch snook. Further we go and garret hooks up to a small snook then decent trout.

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Ft. Pierce Gator Trout

Florida Sportsman member: LilJim

Since today turned out to be such a beautiful day, my sister and I wanted to go fishing. I’ll let the pictures do the talking. All together we caught 3 trout all over 25 inches. One on topwater, two on live shrimp. She was killing it with the shrimp. Sadly her phone was on the verge of death when she took the 2nd picture and had to snap a real fast pic.

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Cold Water Reds

Florida Sportsman member: SS Canoe

Getting out there early isn’t as important with this cold weather and water. I’ve found that the bite turns on sometimes when the temperature begins to rise. I went with my buddy Garrett and we started fishing around 9 a.m., the plan was to fish ’till sundown. The wind was whipping so we decided to beat it and head to the mangroves for shelter from the wind. We poled up to a line of groves that I usually catch and see fish. The water was crystal clear [...]

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Steady IRL Action

Florida Sportsman member: nubinlife

Got out around 4:00 pm a little north of Walton Rd. on the west bank. Had steady action using a popping cork and live shrimp. Fished the docks and grass. Got a nice 27 inch gator, a couple of pompano, some sheepshead and a nice black drum.

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Reds in the Wind

Florida Sportsman member: Seein’ Red

Decided to take the wife out for some redfish today but with the wind like it was, they didn’t come easy. I was about 20 minutes into the falling tide when they started showing up and when we boated our first. All the red ranged from 23-24 inches. We also jumped a slot to over-slot snook and my wife had something on her rod that was testing the durability of her reels drag[...]

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Ft.Pierce Sheepshead

Florida Sportsman member: Seein’ Red

Been going to the ramp a little later because of the cold weather (no use waking up too early when its 54 degrees outside). The morning time on both days started off really slow but picked up when the temperature increased. Keeping it short, we caught 7 reds up to 29 inches, 2 trout to 25 inches, a monster stingray, and a bunch of trash fish. Most fish were caught on live mullet & shrimp.

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Jensen Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Went out this morning with the Gheenoe and the ramp was busy as conditions were much better than yesterday. Put in and headed over to the west side to our first spot. Fish were busting and what appeared to be spanish macs clearing the water. Only took a few casts to catch some jacks, ladyfish and of course a few trout. Then dad hooks up to something that pulls some drag! After a good fight and what we think is a bigger jack, up comes a nice pompano. Dad’s 1st pomp ever and was a “keeper”, but we released back into the river to be caught again another day. After that, we caught a few more trout and then decided to run north[...]

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Duck Island Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Spoonman

I had stopped in the park on a motorcycle ride and wanted to come back and fish the area. My buddy Marvin calls and tells me he was up there on his bike and we should take the yaks up there. I took that as a sign. So after mostly recovering from the Death Flu my buddy Marvin and I loaded the truck and drove up there. I was a chamber of commerce day. We fished from noon till 5pm. It was very interesting to see how little it was affected by the tides. There was plenty of bait in the water so I thought this could be good. We stated off on the left channel and Marvin catches two juvenile snook maybe 12 inches. Then we hit some little Jacks and they were endless. There were a few bigger ones in there too. I went to the next channel and got a little mangrove snapper and then a huge hit.[...]

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Full Day of Fishing – Peacocks and Snook

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

We had been planning a trip with a buddy of mine down south in Broward and he said he was free Saturday. We drove down to Broward to meet Adam from Reel Deal Adventures for some peacock bass action. It was cloudy, but he didn’t seem worried. One of the first spots resulted in my 1st peacock and a nice largemouth on the Unfair Lures Stickminno. We checked a few other spots and saw fish, but none that were willing to bite. Finally spotted a pea that wanted to eat. Hooked up and drag coming out. A solid 3 to 4 pound fish. Next spot, Dad got back to back 3 pounders. Checked a few more spots with no luck. Fish weren’t aggressive due to the little amount of sunlight we were getting. I pulled out another solid fish and then we finished the day catching smaller fish on the mighty might! Which is a 3ft rod with 4 pound line. [...]

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Ft. Pierce Reds & Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Pensacola

Got lines wet around 7:30am. Bite started right away with a double hookup of nice trout. Cody boats his first and then comes mine, a stout fish. After a few pics and revival, we set back up. Cody gets hooked up on a nice trout, which ended up going 28 inches! Made sure to get a good revival on her, and set back up. After 5 trout, we are wondering where the reds are. Finally, around 9:30am, we find them[...]

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Starting the New Year out with a Bang

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Dad and I put the Gheenoe in around 7:30pm last night for the first trip of 2013. Plan was to hit some dock lights and fish bridges with flare hawks. Got to the first spot we wanted to throw the hawk and on the first cast, dad gets hit! But doesn’t stick. Second cast of the night and he’s on! After a good fight, we land a very nice slot snook and what would be smallest fish of the night. The tide begins to go slack (which we prefer because it is easier to maneuver the Gheenoe) and we head to the next spot. Right away, Dad hooks another one up, but pulls off. 10 minutes later, Dad hooks up again. Has to wrench it away from the structure and he does. The fish comes up after a shorter battle and I grab it, but it wasn’t ready to be landed. I hang on while it makes some hard head shakes and leaves me with some nasty cuts. Just over slot and very thick. [...]

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Action Packed Morning in Ft. Pierce

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Chris, Dad, and myself hit the water this morning. Showed up to a glassy calm river and immediately got a nice trout. We all caught a few jacks and ladyfish before I stuck a nice 20-inch trout! The wind started to pick up and then I hook into a good fish! It’s not jumping and feels pretty heavy. Pull it up beside me and up comes an absolute monster of a ladyfish. My personal best for sure. Now we go down a little further, battling the stiff 10 mph east wind (we were on the west side). I’m hooked up again! [...]

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Windy, Snook Still Biting

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Went out after school to test out some new lures that Treasure Coast Tackle is now carrying. They are “Unfair Lures”. My first 2 casts resulted in 2 baby snook! The wind was blowing 15 out of the north, but I was hiding in the mangroves. One snook after another on the Unfair Lures Mullet. All around 20 inches until my buddy shows up and hooks up to a much better one. Pulls some drag then I go down and land it. Solid fish, just under slot! He left after a few more fish and I went back to catching. It was fish after fish[...]

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South IRL; Trout Bite is On

Florida Sportsman member: capt charlie

“Wonderful fall weather and lots of sunshine has turned on the bite around the Treasure Coast this week. Water temperatures have been running around 70 degrees in the river and that has given us a good bite around the area. Expect more of this nice weather the rest of November and have some fun out there fishing!

The trout bite turned on most of the week as the water temps continued to rise. As the winds let up, the sun warmed up the water quickly. Fall is a different fishing pattern from the rest of the year, so plan on changing tactics on any given day as weather conditions change things around. We had been fishing south of Fort Pierce with good success, but have switched to the north of the area for our fishing in recent days. Water temperature has a big effect on fishing each day and will dictate where the best place might be [...]”

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Jensen Inshore; Wading/Kayaking

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

“Went over to the east side last night for a quick wading trip. Scouted out a new area and I got a small snook on a gold DOA Shrimp. We kept working down and dad launches a perfect cast down a patch of mangroves. Hooked up! After a good fight, up comes a pretty big flounder. Pictured and released. Saw a lot of action, but had to head back in so the mosquito’s didn’t eat us alive. Came back this morning with the kayaks and paddled over to a flat we used to fish in the Gheenoe last winter. Dad was trolling to the spot and immediately picked up 2 nice trout before the sun was even up [...]”

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South IRL; Hungry Fish, Excellent Weather

Florida Sportsman member: capt charlie

“The sun has been warming up the water the past several days and it has also turned on the fish around the Treasure Coast. I was out one day and the temps ranged from 59 to 63 degrees and a couple days later it was 66 – 72 degrees. The water has started to clear up gradually and things are looking good for the weeks ahead on the Indian River around the Fort Pierce area. The fish are hungry and with the calmer winds lately, it has been nice to fish all over the river. [...]”

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Monster Trout in the IRL

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

“So headed out to wade for the 1st time since the cold front passed through. Headed out to our spot with bait everywhere! Pilchards, greenies, mullet, minnows and every other form of bait. I was throwing a CAL and Chris had a DOA Shrimp on. After about a half hour, I’m slammed and it’s dead weight before the fish rips out some drag. After a good fight, the fish comes up and it’s a nice 24 inch redfish! Get some good pics of it and released. 15 minutes later, Chris is just starting to say “Maybe I shouldn’t be throwing a shrimp” when he is slammed. Drag peels out and then up comes a MASSIVE trout. [...]”

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Stud Snook out of Ft. Pierce

Florida Sportsman member: Pensacola

Took my fiancee out on my Gheenoe yesterday for a afternoon of fishing. She’s not a fan of the offshore game, but I’m trying to get her hooked on inshore at least, baby steps right? Anyway we get some live bait and start fishing. She catches a nice 24 inch red off the bat. Then she catches her biggest trout to date, a 26 incher. So I’m thinking, I can’t get outfished by my woman! [...]

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Tarpon Bite is Heating Up

Florida Sportsman member: Capt. Andy Tasker

Tarpon fishing is going good but it’s still not that crazy, non-stop action, bite. Just need a good cold front to get the mullet running more. Snook fishing is slow compared to the last 5 years at this time, with all the dumping of the spillways, making the river dirty. It needs to stop! Tarpon are ranging in all different sizes and can be found every where if you put your time in looking [...]

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Redfish Surprise

Florida Sportsman member: snook87

Took my friends boat out and headed out of sandsprint with tons of perfect sized mullet and pinfish. We headed out to Bull Shark in hopes for some good baits and offshore action but couldn’t get bait. With a bumpy ride, we opted to stay inside the inlet. We headed to some some spots a friend wanted to share with me that was inside the inlet and set up anchor there. We were in snook mode and started casting [...]

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Summer Snookin’ 2012

Florida Sportsman member: bben

Well here is my annual rundown of big snook me and my buddy managed to wrangle with this year from the bridges. The count for this year was 243 fish all released with the biggest fish being right at 46″. I’m putting pictures of my best fish this year. Time to put the big ones aside and catch the slots! Hope you all enjoy. Cheers!

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Wading the West Side

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Had plans to go wade the west side with topwaters this morning, but when we showed up, realized it was far too windy for topwater. So we quickly tied on Mirrodine twitch baits and got in the water. Wasn’t long before we were on a steady bite from 15 to 17 inch trout. Right as I mention that I hadn’t caught a ladyfish since the tropical storm came through, I’m slammed by a giant ladyfish [...]

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Hot Bite in Ft. Pierce

Florida Sportsman member: Pensacola

With some swells lately, I have been staying inshore. The past week has been insane fishing for us. Our 3 recent trips have yielded some great fish. All fish have come on assorted DOA’s and Mirrolures. Here’s a breakdown of each trip [...]

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August Beach Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: schmittyfish561

After reading and seeing multiple reports of snook being caught off the beach I decided to give it a try. I was so amped up to catch one I couldn’t wait for the weekend, so after work I gathered up everything I would need (5 gal bucket, aerator, 2 rods, sabiki/livebait, 25lb fluro, and a few extra circle hooks), I was set [...]

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South Indian River Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: capt charlie

Both the weather and fish have cooperated this week for us on the Treasure Coast. We have enjoyed lots of exciting action all over the Indian River this week. You still need to watch out for those afternoon and evening thunderstorms, but it’s been a lot of fun out on the water.

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Ending Summer with a Slam

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Went out this morning to try and get on some of the tarpon we hooked yesterday and they were a little more picky. Jumped off 3 of them all together. Then my buddy, Jason, calls me and asks if I want to go wade with him, so with it being the last day of my summer break, I couldn’t say no [...]

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Wading the West Side

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

Went out to wade the west side this morning and we were kind of surprised to see the wind blowing as hard as it was, white capping at 7:15 a.m. Bait schools were still getting busted all around and we got 10 trout, all in slot with the exception of 1 over slot. Also got the biggest ladyfish that I’ve ever seen, even pulled some drag! [...]

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Solo Tarpon Battle

Florida Sportsman member: Pairadox

Decided to take the little boat out for a quick morning trip today. The plan was to find some cobia on the beach. Found tons of bait up past the house, but no cobes. The snook where everywhere and a great site to see them so plentiful!

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Big Fish Wading

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

After doing well yesterday, me and my buddy headed back over to the west side this morning to do some more wading. We notice some fish busting and assume they are jacks, but we make our way over to them anyways. He throws his topwater in them and it’s taken right away and after the fish peels off some drag, we see that it’s a 26 inch redfish and a great start to the morning! [...]

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A Good Snook

Florida Sportsman member: ShallowExpectations

Got out there looking for tarpon. Saw very few tarpon and the ones we did see weren’t letting us take quality shots. Not the way to start a trip. Ran into a gator, a big gator. It stuck both it’s head and tail out of the water, then slammed his head back down. Really agressive and obviously was not happy about us being in his yard. Decided to get away from him and look for our targeted speices. Got up to the orange bouys and started casting across. Seeing a few larger tarpon on the other side had us excited. Took two casts, boom fish on [...]

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The Tale of Twin Hammerheads

Florida Sportsman member: REELEMIN

My buddy John came down for the weekend from Georgia, like he does once a year, and this time he had good timing! It all started Friday when John got to my house, we got the truck loaded as soon as we could. The weather was not very good, heavy rain, and strong winds, but with reports of lots of big fish around, it was do or die time! [...]

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Fort Pierce Inlet Reds and Snook

Florida Sportsman member: capt_toddtt

Hello fellow forum readers – had a half day on tap that was rescheduled from Weds due to weather. Today was much nicer although plenty windy. Hit the inlet this morning and dragged some lures in hopes of scoring a grouper or two but there was a ton of floating crud riding the incoming tide which made keeping the deep divers clean impossible. So we turned to drifting to make use of our livewell full of nice pilchards – Thank you Dave’s Live Bait! [...]

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Hand Lining Goliaths

Florida Sportsman member: TCangler

So my buddy Harry aka (Floridaboy) bought a spool of heavy duty hand line to try up aginst the massive goliaths. Sounded crazy but we gave it a shot. We loaded up the boat and headed straight to the Boils. After getting some threadfins, we started fishin! We caught a few big jacks and kept them for the goliaths [...]

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Snookin’ the St. Lucie

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

Hey everyone, That was a great tournament, I can’t wait to do it again next year. Although I did not fish the tournament, I got to be one of the guys checking in the fish at the weigh in. If was fun mainly because I was just as anxious to see who was taking the leader board, as I was trying to load the pics on the computer. Some really nice fish where caught [...]

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A Full Day of Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

We launch from Jensen Beach Causeway about 6:15 a.m. and head over to some dock lights before the sun rises. No luck on them but we keep working the docks through sunrise and I’m hooked up and the fish is stripping drag. I try to stop it but it gets around the dock and breaks me off after a minute or so. About 15 minutes later, dad has a snook pop his lure right beside the boat, but miss it. We go back to fish the line again and I pick up a couple of 6 to 8 pound jacks, which are always a blast [...]

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Recently Released

Florida Sportsman member: Converted_UWF

After a week of fixing a few things we took her out for a maiden voyage this afternoon after church. Boat ran great. My friend’s son broke it in nicely and landed his first snook. It was a keeper at 31.5″ North Fork of the St. Lucie on a soft plastic jerk bait.

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Goliaths, Reds, Snook and More

Florida Sportsman member: capt_toddtt

Hello forum friends, I have a two reports rolled into one for you. A few days ago we ventured out to try out my new Okuma Makaira 50WII reel. I had it rigged and ready for some heavyweight prize fighting and we quickly found it with several Goliaths. Big Goliaths. I did a lot of research before deciding to invest in this reel and I must say I’m glad I got it. In low gear this reel is nothing short of a winch and with 85 Lbs. of drag on tap you’d better know how to back it off quickly or plan on going swimming – or water skiing. This thing is AWESOME! [...]

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Red Tide!

Florida Sportsman member: mr.redfish79

Met CaptNoBait along with his coworker Jim at the ramp at 5:30 for some inlet red/snook fishing. After three throws of the net we had enough bait to last for the day with plenty extras as well. Bumped into Capt Charlie on our way into the turning basin, and gave him three scoops of bait since I knew we had more than enough to spare. We milled around in the basin and just south of south bridge looking for some snook or whatever while we waited on the tide to get right. Jim and I both pulled the hook on two snook while CNB managed a @7lb crevalle. Finally the tide was good so we slid out to the inlet to start drifting.

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Pompanotastic Day!

Florida Sportsman member: snook87

Few friends wanted to go out fishing for a little while today and I couldn’t resist with picture perfect weather (a little too breezy for me). We launched off around 3 to 4 in the afternoon at Sandsprit Park and head straight over to the flats and using cut bait tried to get some snappers but we were getting a few very tiny lanes so we moved on. Hit the docks and still some small snappers, none worth keeping. We all figured we would head over to some of my good docks in Sewall’s Point and try and scoop up a red or two but on the way over I figured I’d give it a shot at some pompano [...]

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More Wading…More Fish!

Florida Sportsman member: Joupdog1

The bite had been good, so we figured why not fish some more! Rodney was already out there so we joined him at about 5:15pm. Walked down a ways so we were casting with the stiff 15mph south wind then began to fish. Really really low tide! I was a good 100 yards out from shore and the water was just over knee deep. We work down, catch some jacks and ladyfish then Rodney is slammed. Mid 20 inch snook, but the line down its side is broken! Really cool to see that [...]

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GOLIATH!

Florida Sportsman member: capt_toddtt

We have spent a ton of time in the Fort Pierce Inlet lately fishing for a variety of species using a variety of techniques. Occasionally we get hooked into something very powerful and after a short fight it’s gone. Pretty sure we were dealing with Goliath Grouper so we decided to gear up and drag one of these mystery bites to the surface. As you can see we were correct in our assumption. Bait was live Ladyfish [...]

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Snook Spring Fever

Florida Sportsman member: phlats

March madness has arrived and the fishing has followed suite, spring fishing offers great action for a variety of species. Anglers should expect spectacular fishing the next few weeks as many should be gearing up for the up coming mullet run. Snook action is superior along sea walls, docks, sand and grass flats. Early morning snook are active taking heddon spooks walked slowly near structure. As the sun rises jigs and live baits take precedence. Anglers are having great success jigging the bottom enticing snook to feed. Green colors have been the go to, 1/8 jig heads allow anglers to work baits, feeling every move and strike [...]

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Full Inshore Report

Florida Sportsman member: zar2754

Just returned from 8 days in stuart fla, unfortunately the wind blew 20-30knts every day we were there untill the day we departed (big suprise). We fished 5 days, and caught a variery of species encluding but not limited to Snook, Sheepshead, Jack Cravale, Mangrove/Grey Snapper, Southern Kingfish, Spanish Mackeral, Gag Grouper, Fluke, Bluefish, Lady Fish, and Speckle Sea Trout to name a few [...]

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Down at the Boardwalk

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

I could not stand it. I can see the Roosevelt bridge from where I am. The wind has died down & my tide clock says High Tide. I need to get to bed butttttt, the water is about to start flowing so, I grabbed my rod and walked down the boardwalk to the bridge. When I got down there I found my buddy fishing a point with his mirror lure. He got a couple lady fish but nothing else, after shootin’ the breeze for a bit, we got to talking about the bite [...]

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St. Lucie Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: snookcook

I fished all last week in the St. Lucie River, was too busy to report but fish everyday some days twice everyday the same action. Snook, trout, snapper, jacks, bluefish, moonfish, ladyfish, mostly threw live mullet up on seawall and shrimp under the bridge. Went threw lots of dozens of mullet. Tons of jack and snook in the St. Lucie. Also tons of Trout. Went out one night with the fly rod and got a bunch of trout and snook [...]

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Ft. Pierce Inshore Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: SLW UroCane

Cut out of the office today. Fished solo (kids in school and wife at tennis). Had 4 dozen shrimp and headed up to Queen’s Cove area. Catch and release about dozen trout (throw in the occasional jack, ladyfish, pufferfish). Decided to troll YoZuri blue plugs from Harbour Branch down past South Bridge. Landed a bunch of bluefish and macks (also several lizard fish, ? can you eat them ?). Also had a nice pull (thought I [...]

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Stuart Night Snookin’

Florida Sportsman member: snook87

Just got in from a great snook bite at the bridges in Stuart. I took Jeremy (snookcook) and a friend of mine Austin out to the bridge for some evening fun. First couple casts I got a few hits and I hooked up on one that was stripping line when I fully locked drag on my Penn Battle 5000, got this baby up to the piling and called for the net, soon as someone grabbed the net this snook pushing 40+ inches decided not to go in the net and headed right to the fender and broke me off. The second one got to the bridge probably pushing 35-40inches gave one kick before the net and popped my 30lb braid like it was nothing [...]

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  • Dad

    He learned everything (fishing-wise) from his dad.

  • Will

    Caught a nice 38 inch oversize snook in Sarasota Bay on an artificial jig. Funny thing is, the next day I caught the same one! Same scar on his fin and hook mark from the day before!