Includes Vero Beach, Ft. Pierce, Stuart, West Palm Beach and Lake Worth
Fishing inshore this week, we can expect lots of snook, jacks, tarpon, and mangrove snapper. Live pilchards free-lined around structure will produce plenty of snook and jacks. Tarpon are holding in deeper water around channel edges. Bump up your leaders, hook size, and tackle to battle these silver giants. Snapper on shrimp around structure closer to the bottom. Remember it’s five per person in state waters for mangrove snapper and 10-inch minimum size limit. Snook season is now closed, but you can still practice catch and release.
Sailfishing has really picked up over the past few days. Live bait trolling, drifting live baits, and or kite fishing will be your best shot at success. 120 to 180-feet depths to target sails, mahi, tuna, kingfish, and wahoo this week. Bottom fishing has also been excellent this week both day and night for large mutton snappers and big gray snappers. Sardines on the bottom will get the bites. Beef up your tackle otherwise you’ll be feeding goliath groupers most of the day. The Six and Eight Mile Reef are good areas to target snapper lately.
Capt. Jonathan Earhart