INSHORE - The reports about the redfish and trout have been good with both fish coming from the area between the North Bridge and Queens' Cove when fishing the spoil islands on the east side of the river on the start of the falling tide. A live shrimp or a soft plastic baits will do the job. Try fishing in 1 to 3 feet of water of water. The snapper and sheepshead bite has been good along the channel edges and around the area bridges. Again, a live shrimp has been hard to beat. The catch and release snook action has been good in the Ft. Pierce Inlet but, the bait of choice is anyone's guess as it changes from day to day. A small live shrimp, a pinfish, a pigfish, a big mullet to small white jigs -- it's just a guessing game right now.
OFFSHORE - There are still plenty of kingfish in 30 to 50 feet of water and they have been feeding on live baits that are slow trolled. And, as always there is plenty of bonita, sharks, and cuda's steal your baits. I did have reports of several cobia in the 30 to 40 pound range and they were caught in 50 feet of water by anglers who were bottom fishing. Their are still a few sailfish hanging around. I got reports on Monday about several that were to the south of the Ft. Pierce Inlet. The bottom fishing has been good over the reefs and wrecks. Fish either live or dead baits -- it has not made much difference. Along the beaches the tarpon have been active as well as the spanish mackerel, and the big jacks. These fish have been following the bait schools.
BRAGGING BOARD - On Monday on a family fishing trip our youngest granddaughter -- Kaitlyn Ward - age 3 started her kingfish career when she caught her very first king and it weighed in at 15 pounds. I am sure that she will be following her big sister --Savannah - age 8 and their dad - Rob into the SKA fishing tournaments. Our daughter in law - Tammy had a nice sailfish on but as the fish made a run for the boat it jumped across the bow of the boat and the line caught on a cleat and the line snapped. Last Wednesday afternoon Danny Maness & Rob Ward caught a nice pair of kings. Danny's fish weighed in at 44.4 pounds and Rob's weighed in at 39.8 pounds. Both were caught in live baits in 40 feet of water. Last week I had the results of the CENTRAL FLORIDA OFFSHORE FISHING CLUB in my report but had a problem with the pic. Hal Kersey caught the 38.5 king. The anglers in the photo are L to R - Hal Kersey, Hazel & Jimmie Brichetto and John Hooten. They were fishing on the REEL PARTY.
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