Includes Vero Beach, Ft. Pierce, Stuart, West Palm Beach and Lake Worth
Snook fishing is really starting to heat up this week. Water temperatures are on the rise, we can expect the snook fishing to improve greatly over the next few weeks. Fishing live baits such as pilchards, mullet, and bunker will ensure a steady flow of snook bites. Pompano fishing on the flats also has been very consistent over the past week. Goofy jigs will be your best bet to cover ground casting until you locate the school of fish. Expect plenty of bonefish, ladyfish, jacks, and bluefish mixed in as well while jigging the flats for pompano.
Fishing this week has been great fishing for Spanish mackerel along the beach near Peck’s Lake. Local reefs and wrecks are holding plenty of snapper with a few cobia mixed in. Larger tackle will be necessary if you wish to boat a cobia before the sharks attack. Live bait or large jigs are working great this week along the beaches and on or around any structure when targeting cobia.
Sailfishing remains consistent this week in depths of 90 to 145 feet. Trolling dead rigged ballyhoo or kite fishing with greenies will be your best bet at targeting these fish with constant success. Few mahis and blackfin tuna are lingering around these depths, too. Kingfishing remains strong in 70 to 90 feet. Trolling wire rigs with ballyhoo on planers is a great way to find fish for the smoker. Bottom fishing on the Six and Eight Mile Reef stays strong this week with plenty of snapper action. Chicken rigs or long leaders on the bottom will secure a box full of tasty snappers.
Capt. Jonathan Earhart