This week’s best bet in fishing: Fort Pierce Inlet


Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported in between the heavy rain storms, the fishing around the Fort Pierce Inlet has been very good for Spanish mackerel, jack crevalles, snook, snapper, bluefish, bluerunners and an assortment of other predators. The best inlet action has come on the incoming tides with the best baits being shinny jigs and small lures. There has been a lot of baitfish in the area. In the St. Lucie River, hungry large sea trout are being caught around mullet schools on DOA 3 1/2-inch Big Fish lures and Bait Buster lures. Redfish are being caught along the deeper mangrove shorelines and from under docks.


Captain John Barker from the charter boat Blue Waters 2 out of Bayside Market Place Marina reported trolling baits and lures on planers and on the surface, his clients have had steady action from bonitos plus a few big mackerel. The action was outside of Government Cut in 80 to 140 feet of water. Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters reported he has been finding big schools of bonefish while poling along the western shorelines south of Matheson Hammock. Unfortunately, these bonefish have been reluctant to feed. There have also been some redfish schools and big lemon sharks on these flats. Captain Jay Cohen from the charter boat Spellbound out of Haulover Marina reported dolphins have been encountered in depths from 800 to more than 2,000 feet of water last week. The best dolphin action has come from floating debris. Under some of the debris has been some big tripletail and wahoo.


Captain Chris Johnson from SeaSquared Charters out of Marathon has been keeping his clients busy with limit catches of mangrove snappers and a few yellowtail snappers. The snappers are biting over rock patches on the Atlantic side. On a few of his charters, his clients have snorkeled up some nice Florida crawfish. On other charters, his clients have had sore arms by the end of the trip after battling large sharks. Captain Nick Stanczyk from Bud N Mary’s Marina reported the blackfin tuna bite over the Humps has been excellent. The tunas are averaging between 4 and 25 pounds. Live pilchards are getting the tuna bites. The dolphin bite has been pretty good offshore with fish to 20 pounds being caught.


Tom Turowski from the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle reported the big schools of mullet and small baitfish have created a great redfish bite at the inlet. Fishermen using mullet and mojarras are catching mostly slot-size redfish, a few snook, medium to large jack crevalles, mangrove snapper, bluefish and a few flounder. Big tarpon are working the baitfish schools along the surf and into the river.


Captain Nestor Alvisa of Hooked on Flamingo Charters reported during last week’s Herman Lucerne Fishing Tournament his anglers had catches of snook, tarpon, redfish, sea trout and snapper. Alvisa’s anglers lost an estimated 100 pound tarpon and released a giant sawfish. The catches were made using soft plastics, Rapala Twitchin Raps and natural baits. Captain Bob LeMay reported working the shorelines and inside rivers north of Shark River all the way to the Harney River, his clients have caught snook, redfish, tarpon, goliath grouper, mackerel, ladyfish, jacks, sea trout, sharks, sawfish, black drum and snappers. Most of the fish ate small jigs bounced off the bottom.


Captain Jon Fetter of Catch the Cure Fishing Charters out of Fort Myers reported the near-shore reefs have been the best areas for fast-paced action. Around these rock piles, big, hungry Spanish mackerel have been eating quick retrieved silver spoons. There have been big schools of small baitfish around the reefs that are attracting the fish. The outside passes are holding plenty of ladyfish, whiting and silver trout. These fish are going for a shrimp tipped jig. The passes are holding some nice snook, and the snook will eat a free lined pinfish fished near the bottom. Redfish are eating pinfish that are holding under many of the docks and along mangrove shorelines.


Alan Zaremba of World Wide Sportfishing Inc. reported the urban canals are responding to the beginning of the fall season. Peacock and largemouth bass plus snook and small tarpon have been feeding on top water lures. Snakeheads are being caught in the northern Broward County canals.

Capt. Alan Sherman