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Ft. Pierce Inshore - Offshore Report

Capt. Joe Ward
April 9, 2010
Fort Pierce - Saltwater Fishing Report

APRIL 9, 2010

INSHORE - The trout bite has been good all this week at places like Harbor Branch, Queen's Cove and the Moorings flats. Try a live shrimp under a popping cork and fish it in 3 to 5 feet of water and the bite has been the best on the falling tide. I am getting reports of redfish around Jack Island in very shallow water. They have been taking gold spoons and live shrimp. The catch and release snook action has remained steady in the Ft. Pierce Inlet after dark and the top baits seemed to be mullet and shrimp. The bluefish and spanish mackerel bite is slowing down but the best bite is still in the Ft. Pierce Inlet while trolling spoons. There is still a good sheepshead bite around the bridges and also just about any dock. They have been taking shrimp and crabs.

OFFSHORE - The offshore reports are slow coming this week. The few dolphin that were reported came from 500 feet of water and were caught on a ballyhoo. Several cobia were caught over the reefs in 90 feet of water on live baits. The kingfish bite has been good in 50 to 80 feet of water to the south of the Ft. Pierce Inlet. Most of the fish were caught on spoons or strip baits. The bottom fishing for snapper, sea bass and triggerfish has been good over the reefs in 30 to 50 feet of water. Try using shrimp, clams or squid.

JUNIOR TEEN ANGLERS - Last Saturday was the Junior Teen Anglers from shore tournament. There was a small turn out due to the Easter weekend. If you would like more info on Junior Teen Anglers for the 5 to 11 age group or for Teen Anglers for the 12 to 18 age group you can call 772-201-5773 or go to the website at www.teenanglers.org

In the 5 to 8 age group
1st place - Trevor Walk - Northport K-8 - Port St. Lucie
2nd place - Kaitlyn Ward - White City Elementary - Ft. Pierce
3rd place - Michael Rochedieu - St. Annastasia - Ft. Pierce

In the 9 to 11 age group
1st place Taylor Roop - F.K. Sweet Elementary - Ft. Pierce
2nd place - Thomas Roop - F.K. Sweet Elementary - Ft. Pierce
3rd place - Joseph Esgro - Lakeview Elementary - St. Cloud

Biggest fish of the tournament trophy went to Kaitlyn Ward. Other than her trophy she received a rice paper print of a fish that Jeff Walk - Trevor's dad had made and framed.

BRAGGING BOARD - On Saturday I had Al & Carlene Keesler on the boat and they had a great day. They caught 5 nice trout and about 30 sheepshead -- they released all but 10. Carlene did catch the biggest trout. We were fishing to the south in the river and using live shrimp. On Wednesday I had Judith & Mike Peery on the boat. They had a great catch of trout with Judith catching the biggest one -- a 6 pounder. On Thursday Gwen & Pat were back up from Ft. Lauderdale for Gwen's birthday. They also had a great catch of trout with Gwen catching a 4 pounder. Happy Birthday Gwen! On both of these trips we were fishing up around Harbor Branch and the Mooring's and using a live shrimp.

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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