Capt. Joe Ward/Capt. Joe’s River Charters
October 24, 2014
INSHORE – The inshore fishing remains steady for most anglers who are fishing just before first light for speckled trout and again right before dusk. The trout have moved out just a little to the deeper cuts. Before daylight try a topwater bait and after about 8 a.m. switch to a live shrimp fished under a popping cork. The best places have been at Bear Point to the south and up around Harbor Branch to the north. The snook bite continues to be good for the anglers fishing the last hour of the out going tide and the first hour of the in coming tide. The snook have been around both the bridges and in the Ft. Pierce Inlet. A live bait like a pinfish, pigfish, or a finger mullet have been hard to beat. With the water temps dropping a little it should not be long before you will want to start using a Flair Hawk and bounce it off the bottom. The redfish have been in the Ft. Pierce Inlet for the last few days and most of the fish have been in the slot. A live shrimp has been the best bet. The snapper bite is still strong along the channel edges for mangroves and in the Ft. Pierce Inlet for muttons. Both have been taking a small live shrimp. A few flounder have been coming from the South Jetty and there has been plenty of Spanish and jacks in the surf, reports Capt. Joe Ward of Capt. Joe’s River Charters (772-201-5770). www.captjoeward.com
OFFSHORE – The offshore bite has been pretty good for anglers fishing in the 50-80 foot mark. A lot of nice dolphin have been caught in 70-80 foot and a live bait has been the way to go. Most of the dolphin have been between 10-25 lbs. There has also been cobia and kings in that same area and they have been taking live baits too. There have been quite a few sailfish releases in 110 feet of water to the south of the Ft. Pierce Inlet. They have been taking a ballyhoo. I did get one report of a wahoo in 100 feet of water and it weighed 22 lbs and was caught on a purple and black skirted ballyhoo. The snapper bite has been red hot in 50-60 feet of water. Both live and cut baits have been working well. There have been snapper to 10 lbs being caught. There has been the usual mix of triggerfish, AJ’s, big jacks, and sharks to keep you busy. Along the beaches there has been tarpon rolling up on the bait schools, Spanish mackerel, and a few bluefish, and tons of jacks. They will take anything shinny, Ward reports.
Capt. Joe Ward is a Ft. Pierce based fishing guide who specializes in inshore light tackle fishing for snook, redfish, speckled trout, and tarpon along with other species along the Indian River Lagoon on Florida’s Treasure Coast. Capt. Joe has been fishing the waters around Ft. Pierce for over 42 years. Capt. Joe also gives a live, daily fishing report for Ft. Pierce based WCQS 88.9 FM.