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Ft. Pierce Inshore - Offshore Report

Capt. Joe Ward
May 13, 2010
Fort Pierce - Saltwater Fishing Report

MAY 12, 2010

INSHORE - The windy conditions for most of this week has pretty much shut down the inshore fishing. But, on Sunday and Monday the redfish bite was red hot with big schools of fish both to the north and south in the river. The best places were the docks along South Indian River Drive and between the Mooring's and Round Island. A live shrimp was hard to beat. The trout fishing has slowed and so have the reports. I only had a few reports about trout at Harbor Branch in 2 to 4 feet of water and they were taking a live shrimp or a top water bait. The catch and release snook action is still good around just about any lighted dock along the Ft. Pierce Inlet.

OFFSHORE - Not much to report due to the sea conditions. A few dolphin were reported this week in 140 to 260 feet of water and they were all under 15 pounds. If you can get out try 60 to 80 feet of water for a kingfish. Slow troll a mullet. Most of the kings have been from 10 to 30 pounds. I did have several reports of cobia and they were taking jigs. There is still plenty of spanish mackerel, bluefish and jacks along the beaches.

TEEN ANGLERS - This past Sunday was the tie breaker fish off for the Teen Angler of the Year. Current Teen Angler of the Year -- Shane Surrency went head to head with Dylan Sholander for the title. When all the points were totaled -- Shane came out as the winner. This is the first time that a Teen has been the Teen Angler of the Year for two consecutive years. Congrats to Shane & Dylan.

2nd ANNUAL DOCKSIDE INN - MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND TOURNAMENT -- Saturday - May 8th was the 2nd Annual Dockside Inn's Mother's Day Weekend tournament. The results for the kids dock tournament -- Henry Amador - age 4 caught the biggest fish - 1lb. 2oz. blue runner. He received a 2 hour inshore charter from Capt. Joe Ward. Lane Burton caught the most fish and he received a goody bag full of fishing gear. All fish were released and all the kids got a goody bag. In the inshore tournament Robert Kinchen Sr. caught a 5lb. 9oz. redfish and it got him 1st place. He received a 2 hour inshore charter from Capt. Charlie Conner and $125 cash and a gift certificate for a 1 night stay in a water front room at Dockside Inn. Colton Surrency caught a 2lb. 6oz. redfish and he received $75 cash and a canvas tote bag. There was no fish weighed for 3rd place. In the offshore tournament -- 1st place went to Tammy Ward for her 28lb 9oz. kingfish. She received $525 in cash and a 1 night stay in a water front room at Dockside Inn. 2nd place went to James Harris for his 9lb. 11oz. kingfish. He received $375 cash and a canvas tote bag. No fish was weighed for 3rd place. A special THANK YOU to Randy & Lisa Lang for donating money for the prizes in the kids dock tournament. Thanks to Sunnyland Canvas -- Doug & April Carney -- for the custom tote bags.

BRAGGING BOARD - A few notable catches for the tournament -- Justin Roe - with a 18lb. 11oz. grouper, Kaitlyn Ward -age 5 with a 12lb. 5oz. bonita, Savannah Ward with a 6lb. spanish mackerel, Helen Kinchen with a 3lb. trout and Robert Kinchen Jr. with a 3lb. redfish.

If you have a catch to report 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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