INSHORE - A lot of anglers were out of town for this week for turkey day including myself. But, I still got reports from the anglers that stayed home and fished. They reported a lot of good catches of sheepshead, croakers, sandperch and black drum from around the local bridges and along the channel edges. The fish were feeding on live shrimp. Still reports of redfish up around the Queen's Cove area and also around the Round Island area. Look for the snook around the Ft. Pierce Inlet and also along the docks in the Inlet. The best bite has been the first two hours of the out going tide. Try using a live shrimp, a pinfish or mullet. The catch and release trout action has been steady but most of the fish have been 2 pounds or under.
OFFSHORE - Everyone is looking for sailfish and the reports are coming in about the area to the south between the power plant and the St. Lucie Inlet and starting in 100 feet of water. Only a few reports of dolphin coming from 160 feet of water and they were taking a pink/white skirted ballyhoo. The kingfish bite has been steady inside of the Offshore Bar and a slow trolled live bait has been the way to go. The bottom fishing for snapper and grouper has been steady around the Bethel Shoals area on both live and but baits.
TEEN ANGLERS - Last Sunday -- November 18th was the regular scheduled monthly inshore fishing tournament for the local chapter of Teen Anglers. After a slow start to the morning the bite picked up and the teens' weighed in a few nice fish.
In the Middle School Division
1st place - Shane Surrency - Lincoln Park Academy - Ft. Pierce - 2lb. 10z. black drum
No other middle school anglers weighed a fish.
In the High School Division
1st place - David Brasher - Florida Learning Institute - Vero Beach 4lb. 8oz. redfish
2nd place - Jordan Martinez - Westwood High - Ft. Pierce - 2lb. 6oz. sheepshead
3rd place - Tyler Moyher - Lincoln Park Academy - Ft. Pierce - 2lb. 5oz. black drum
Biggest fish of the tournament went to David Brasher for his redfish.
The next inshore tournament will be held on Sunday -- December 15th at Jaycee Park in Ft. Pierce. There is a mandatory meeting on Saturday -- December 14th.
JUNIOR TEEN ANGLERS - The next from shore fishing tournament for the Junior Teen Anglers will be held on Saturday -- December 8th at Harbour Pointe Park in Ft. Pierce. The Junior's will fish from 9am until 11am then we will award trophies. Junior Teen Anglers is for the 5 to 11 age group. If you would like more info on Junior Teen Anglers or Teen Anglers for the 12 to 18 age group just go to the web at www.teenanglers.org.
If you would like to report a catch you can e-mail me at email@example.com or you can call me at 772-201-5770. You can also reach me on the web at www.captjoeward.com.