Includes Vero Beach, Ft. Pierce, Stuart, West Palm Beach and Lake Worth
Cold fronts moving through should stimulate the tail end of the mullet run. Load up the live wells and fish free-lined mullet around structure and open bays for snook, redfish, tarpon, seatrout, and jack crevelle. Shrimp fishing remains strong when bottom fishing around any structure in the river. You can expect plenty of snapper, redfish, flounder, ladyfish, sheepshead, blackdrum, and some pompano in the mix. Pompano are starting to make a showing, so have a few goofy jigs tied up in case you skip a pompano or two.
Spanish mackerel and bluefish will be around full force thanks to cold fronts pushing through our region. Also expect plenty of jacks, pompano, snapper, sheepshead, kingfish, bonita, and redfish. Fishing jigs or spoons will work best for mackerel and blues. Shrimp on the bottom will work for a variety of other critters if you don’t see much surface activity. Bonito are around in full force, just look for crashing water and cast a spoon or jig near the school. Snapper fishing has been steady on many local nearshore reefs and wrecks, bottom fishing with cut bait will yield a variety of snappers this time of year.
Cold fronts and north winds, this means our focus should be mahi and sails. Trolling ballyhoo in depths of 90 to 150-feet will produce mahi, sailfish, bonito, blackfin tuna, and kingfish this week. Try 220 to 500 if you don’t see much of a change. Also, put out a planer or high speed lures and troll for wahoo. Bottom fishing has been good using chicken rigs with squid on the Six and 8 mile reef for snapper, cobia, kingfish, porgies, grunts, grouper, and black seabass. If you have dead sardines throw one out on the surface for kingfish and african pompano, while bottom fishing.
Capt. Jonathan Earhart