March 13th, 2015
INSHORE – Look for the inshore fishing to improve this month as the water temps warm up. The snook action around the Ft. Pierce Inlet and at the area’s bridges should be red hot for anglers using live baits fished on a 5/0 live bait hook and enough lead to hold the bottom. The redfish bite should also be good at places like Jack Island, Round Island and around Harbor Branch. Try a live shrimp or a small crab fished under a popping cork on a 20# fluorocarbon leader and a #2 circle hook. Look for plenty of big trout on the flats during the early morning and late afternoon. Your bait of choice will be a live pilchard either free lined or fished under a popping cork. Around the full moon don’t forget the snapper bite should be on. Try the channel edges both to the north and south in the Intercoastal. Fish a live shrimp or small white baits on the bottom. I like a #2 hook, a 1/2 to 1oz. weight and about 2 feet of fluorocarbon leader. Don’t forget the red bead between the weight and the swivel. On the beach try your luck on the pompano and whiting with shrimp, clams or sand fleas.
OFFSHORE – The dolphin are here but it seems like you have to be in the right place at the right time to get them. We have had some 25 pounders come into the docks and a lot of 15 pounders. They have been using ballyhoo or live baits. Try 120 to 200 feet of water. There has been a good cobia bite in 40 to 60 feet of water. Have a rod ready with a Cobia Slayer from Gulfstream Lures and you should do good. The kings have been in about 40 feet of water and taking live baits. Most if the fish were between 15 to 25 pounds. The Boils has been producing some nice fish – black drum, snapper, over the sot snook and others. Live baits have worked the best. Along the beaches there have been bluefish, spanish and tons of jacks. Anything shiny will get these fish.
Capt. Joe Ward
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