Includes Vero Beach, Ft. Pierce, Stuart, West Palm Beach and Lake Worth
The snook fishing still remains steady this week. Larger fish are common catches near local inlets and jetties. Baitfish are working best, but using artificials during twilight or at night are also doing wonders. Tarpon fishing has been excellent when the minnow schools are pushing into the river system. Casting around outside minnow schools with live or artificial will yield many bites from tarpon, snook, redfish, trout, jacks, and more. Black drum, sheepshead, tripletail, and snapper are plentiful in the river if you are spending an outing looking for table fair. Shrimp on the bottom will ensure success.
Tarpon has been the main focus this week. Minnow schools all along local beaches are drawing crowds to minnow honey holes. Lots of tarpon are corralling minnows onto the beach itself, which makes for a fly fisherman’s dream. Conventional guys are doing well with diving plugs and top waters in the early morning and late evening. Beef up your tackle, most of these tarpon are 70-plus pounds. Lots of fish are pushing triple digits. Also mixed in are plenty of snook, redfish, and permit. A few cobias are free-swimming in depths of 30 to 50-feet off local beaches, too. Local nearshore reefs and wrecks continues to hold snapper and kingfish this week, as well.
Fishing offshore this week has been stellar for kingfish and sailfish. From 70 t0 90-feet has been steady action around bait pods. A few wahoo mixed in as well. One local charter boat even hooked a blue marlin the other day live bait fishing in 75-feet of water. Mahis are being caught from 115 to 180. Bottom fishing is hit or miss this week. Red snapper will be open again this weekend, so take full advantage of our limited entry season this Friday through Sunday (17, 18, 19th). Bottom fishing in 140-feet with live or dead bait is a sure fire way to take one red snapper home for the dinner plate. Also per usual, expect plenty of amberjacks, rudderfish, porgies, seabass, grouper, and triggerfish.
Capt. Jonathan Earhart