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Ft. Pierce Inshore - Offhshore Report

Capt. Joe Ward
January 29, 2009
Fort Pierce - Saltwater Fishing Report

JANUARY 30, 2009

INSHORE - The inshore fishing this week has been good one day and off the next. The weather played a big part in it but, the water did warm up a little -- it was 58 degrees on Sunday. The colder temps have made the fish go deeper and move a lot slower. There has been a decent trout bite at Bear Point and up around Harbor Branch. Thy using a soft plastic bait like a D.O.A. Shrimp in the lighter colors or a live shrimp and put it on a light jig head. The snapper bite has also slowed along the channel edges but there has been some caught on a live shrimp. The sheepshead and black drum bite has been steady. Try fishing around just about any structure or along the channel edges and use a live shrimp or a fiddler crab. The catch and release snook bite has slowed too. Try fishing the bottom in the Ft. Pierce Inlet and use a live pinfish. Also, try around the docks and the bridges. Remember that snook season opens on February 1st.

OFFSHORE - Over the weekend we had a good number of dolphin come into the docks. They were caught in 110 to 150 feet of water on a skirted ballyhoo. Most of the fish were 15 pounds or under. We also had a few sailfish releases. The sails were caught and released in 120 feet of water to the north of the Ft. Pierce Inlet. There was also a handful of kingfish that came in and they were caught in 70 feet of water on a live bait. Bottom fishing for snapper and grouper has been steady when fishing over the reefs and wrecks. Both live and cut bait have been working well.

TEEN ANGLERS - The Treasure Coast Chapter of Teen Anglers held their monthly inshore fishing tournament on Sunday -- January 25th. The Teen's meet at Jaycee Park at 6:30am and went fishing until noon.

In the Middle School Division
1st place - Micah Begelman - Jackson Heights Middle - Oviedo - 2lb. 10oz. sheepshead
2nd place - Helen Kinchen - Stuart Middle - Stuart - 2lb. 4oz. sheepshead
3rd place - Dalton Logsdon - Samuel S. Gaines - Ft. Pierce - 1lb. 11oz. trout

In the High School Division
1st place - Dylan Sholander - Westwood High - Ft. Pierce - 3lb. 9oz. black drum
2nd place - Tyler Serio - Lincoln Park Academy - Ft. Pierce - 3lb. 8oz, sheepshead
3rd place David Brashear - Vero Beach High - Vero Beach - 2lb. 10oz. sheepshead

Biggest fish of the tournament went to Dylan Sholander for his black drum.

If you would like to be a boat volunteer or would like to donate to Teen Anglers just go to the web at www.teenanglers.org Teen Anglers is a not for profit organization.

If you would like to report a catch you can e-mail me at cward11605@aol.com or call me at 772-201-5770. You can also reach me on the web at www.captjoeward.com

Capt. Joe Ward
Capt. Joe's River Charters

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Capt. Joe Ward has been fishing the inshore waters of Ft. Pierce for over 40 years and is one of the most productive fishing guides in the Ft. Pierce area. His knowledge and attention to detail will insure your next guided trip to be a success. Whether you are a seasoned tournament fisherman, a family, a group of good friends looking for a special day to remember, or you just want to catch your first snook, then Capt. Joe's River Charters is the right choice for you. We welcome children and pay

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347 Kaye Street
Fort Pierce, FL 34947-1535
Phone: 772-201-5770
Alt. Phone: 772-461-1335
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