Includes Vero Beach, Ft. Pierce, Stuart, West Palm Beach and Lake Worth
Fishing this week has been excellent for sheepshead, snook, snapper, blackdrum, and croakers. Shrimp on the bottom will yield plenty of action. Mixed in we can expect plenty of jack crevelles, bonefish, ladyfish, and bluefish. Big snook are being caught at night, around local bridges on flair hawk jigs. Pompano are being caught around the inlet on the incoming tide.
Spanish mackerel fishing remains red hot! Flashy jigs with a fast retrieve will produce plenty of action on mackerel and bluefish this week. Peck’s Lake reef has been very good mackerel fishing over the past few days. Further down the beach, cobia are being caught in 15 to 30-feet of water. Cobia jigs will work best if you happen to come across one. Lane Snapper action has been good around most nearshore reefs and wrecks. Cut bait on the bottom will produce a box full of tasty snapper.
Fishing offshore this week has been great for sailfish. Some boats were reporting as many as 100 fish sightings while trolling dead ballyhoo over the past couple of days. Trolling ballyhoo will cover the most water, and give you the best chances at multiple species in depths from 90 to 120-feet of water.
When the trolling starts to lose its luster after a few hours, switch gears and do a little bottom fishing. Bottom fishing on the Six and Eight Mile Reefs remains strong for snapper, cobia, porgies, triggerfish, rudderfish, etc. Chicken rigs on your bottom rods with cut bait such as sardines, mullet, and squid from local tackle shops will ensure steady action from all different types of bottom fish.
Capt. Jonathan Earhart