Includes Vero Beach, Ft. Pierce, Stuart, West Palm Beach and Lake Worth
Snook fishing is starting to heat up with warming water temps in the Indian & St. Lucie rivers. Fishing live baitfish around structure will be your ticket to success. Be prepared to battle a handful of larger jack crevelles in the process. Bottom fishing remains strong for sheepshead, snapper, black drum, margates, & pompano here on the treasure coast. Pompano fishing has been best around or near the st lucie inlet this week on incoming tide. Some Spanish mackerel and bluefish are also roaming larger sandy flats near the inlet. Using flashy jigs and retrieving at a high rate of speed will yield lots of bites from these toothy critters.
Snapper fishing has been excellent this week along with a good push of spanish mackerel down off of pecks lake just south of our st lucie inlet. Snapper fishing has been best on shallow reefs & wrecks using small pieces of cut bait on the bottom on chicken rigs. Spanish macks are being caught on flashy mackerel jigs as stated above. Remember fast retrieve means fast action. Some cobia are being caught on nearshore reefs & wrecks but its still a little early for the larger numbers we tend to see in spring & summer. Kingfish are also showing a presence in 40′ this week. Planer fishing or drifting live bait on wire rigs will yield good action from these larger mackerel.
Mahi fishing has been spectacular over the past few days. A few boaters have been fortunate enough to catch fish up to 38 lbs. just out front of our st lucie inlet over the past couple of days. Trolling ballyhoo has been the best way to find bigger dolphin this week. Schools are migrating through so get out an take advantage while they are here. Few sailfish are being found in the mix while targeting mahis in 150-400′ as of lately. Bottom fishing remains very steady on deeper reef systems with lots of snapper & groupers being caught over the past few days. Groupers are catch and release at this point so be sure to vent these fish properly before safely releasing them.
Capt. Jonathan Earhart