Volume 12, Issue 8

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Capt. Joe Ward
Fort Pierce - Saltwater Fishing Report

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INSHORE - Look for the summer patterns to get in full swing and this means that you will need to fish early in the morning and just before dark. There should be some big trout, redfish and catch and release snook around since we didn't have much winter weather. Try the flats around the Moorings for all three fish and also keep and eye out for a tarpon or two. Live baits like a pilchard, mullet or a pigfish will be hard to beat. If you like artificial bait then you will need to try a Zara Spook or a Top Dog Jr. in the natural color. Down to the south you will want to try the channel markers along the channel edges for a tripletail Use a live shrimp and a jig head. The snapper bite along the channel edges should also be good starting around the full moon. The baits of choice will be live shrimp, mojarra or a small pinfish.

 

OFFSHORE - The dolphin bite should be red hot from depths of 50 to 500 feet. Just look for the weeds, birds and color changes. Try trolling a ballyhoo or slow trolling a live bait. If it is kingfish you are looking for then you will want to try fishing the beaches with a live bait like a blue runner or a live mullet. The bottom fishing should remain steady and you can use either live or cut baits. Try the Offshore Bar in 90 feet of water. You can catch a nice snapper, grouper or other reef fish.

 

TREASURE COAST CASTERS - The Treasure Coast Casters held their fish off for the Treasure Coast Caster of the Year last Sunday. The top 5 high school and middle school TCC's competed for the title. After all

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the fish were weighed and all the points added up - Maxwell Higgins was the winner. Congrats to Maxwell!

 

If you would like more info on Treasure Coast Casters - you can call 772-201-5773 or e-mail cward11605@aol.com or just go to the website at www.treasurecoastcasters.org There are 2 divisions - Juniors for the 5 to 11 age group and Seniors for the 12 to 18 age group.

 

If you would like to report a catch you can call me at 772-201-5770/

 

Capt. Joe Ward

Capt. Joe's River Charters

 

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