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Ft. Pierce Inshore - Offshore Report

Capt. Joe Ward
March 17, 2011
Fort Pierce - Saltwater Fishing Report


MARCH 17, 2011

INSHORE - This week the trout bite has been really good around places like Bear Point and Harbor Branch. It has been hard to beat a live shrimp fished under a popping cork in 2 to 4 feet of water. I am still getting good reports of redfish along the docks on both North & South Indian River Drive. Try your luck using a gold spoon or a D.O.A. Glow shrimp. The catch and release snook action remains steady for anglers fishing in the Ft. Pierce Inlet and at the North Bridge. Most of the snook are being caught on live baits on the falling tide. There is still plenty of spanish mackerel and bluefish around the Ft. Pierce Inlet and the bait of choice seems to be a red/silver Gotcha lure or a piece of cut bait. The sheepshead bite has slowed down some but when you find them there is usually plenty for everyone on the boat. Not too much going on in the surf this week -- a few pompano, jacks and catfish.

OFFSHORE - Over the weekend the reports were all about the dolphin bite up around the Bethel Shoals area. Most of the fish were in the 5 to 15 pound range and caught on ballyhoo -- reports were 50/50 skirted or naked. There were some reports about nice sized cobia being caught over the reefs and wrecks when using a jig. Most of the fish were in the 25 pound range. The kingfish bite has been in 50 to 60 feet of water and to the south of the Ft. Pierce Inlet. The best bait has been a blur runner or a mullet. Along the beaches there has been plenty of spanish mackerel, bluefish and jacks to keep you busy. These fish have been taking anything shinny.

TEEN ANGLERS - This Sunday - March 20th is the next inshore fishing tournament for the Treasure Coast Chapter of Teen Anglers. Teen Anglers is for the 12 to 18 age group. There is also a Junior Teen Anglers division for the 5 to 11 age group. For more info call 772-201-5773 or go to the web at www.teenanglers.org

BRAGGING BOARD - Last Sunday - Capt. Danny Markowski, his son D.J. and family friend Clint Skinner made a run offshore and found the dolphin. They had a total of five fish and they were scattered between 180 & 300 feet. D.J.'s dolphin were 5 & 12 pounds, Capt. Danny's was 9 pounds and Clint's 27.5 pounds. All were caught on skirted ballyhoo except the big one and she took a C&H Rattlejet. Wayne Wilson, Jim Doyle & Jim Flynn had a great day inshore with a total of 11 sheepshead that went from 1&1/2 pound to 4 pounds. All were caught on live shrimp. Christian Somborn onboard the IV Leeky reported on Monday they caught and released a nice sailfish in 115 feet of water to the south of the Ft. Pierce Inlet. Other crew members were Paul Beck, Wayne Lombaard, Mason Matthews & Bubba Hamilton. The sail took a ballyhoo. They also reported seeing a lot of big cobia.

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
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