Includes Vero Beach, Ft. Pierce, Stuart, West Palm Beach and Lake Worth
Fishing this week should be good if you can find spots out of the wind. Snook, trout pompano, flounder, sheepshead, & black drum bite has been steady this week. Shrimp on the bottom is still going to be your best bet for locating and catching numbers of fish. Snook fishing has been hit or miss using live pilchards during the daytime in-between fronts. Pompano fishing is also hit or miss around local bridges using pompano jigs and sand fleas. Remember to work your pompano jigs slowly to keep the jig bouncing off the bottom for increased success. The faster you work the jig the more ladyfish and jacks you can expect to catch.
Mackerel fishing is our main focus this week. When you can get out off the beach along pecks lake the fishing remains red hot for spanish mackerel & bluefish. Jacks, ladyfish, pompano, & whiting can be caught along the beaches close to shore just north of St. Lucie inlet. Slightly further out along local nearshore wrecks lots of snapper an cobia can be caught this time of year. Cut bait on the bottom & cobia jigs will be your ticket to success on nearshore wrecks.
Rough weather is making it tough to get offshore lately, but if you are willing the Sailfish bite has been excellent this week. Sailfish are being caught 90-160′ trolling dead ballyhoo and kite fishing with live greenies. Mahi’s are also mixed in this time of year so that’s always a plus for the dinner table. Some bigger blackfin tuna can be caught a little further offshore trolling dead bait or live baiting during winter months, so run a long shotgun to pick up those larger stray tunas. Bottom fishing will be good for seabass, snapper, porgies, & triggerfish. Depths of 100-140′ are producing good numbers of bottom fish this week.
Capt. Jonathan Earhart