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Ft. Pierce Inshore - Offshore Report

Capt. Joe Ward
April 3, 2011
Fort Pierce - Saltwater Fishing Report

APRIL 3, 2011

INSHORE - The inshore fishing this week has been hit or miss and it all depended on the day and the weather conditions. On the good days I got reports about Bear Point, the Midway Road area and Jack Island. There reports were that the redfish, trout, jacks and plenty of ladyfish were taking live shrimp fished under a popping cork or a soft plastic bait. Several of the trout were over 24 inches. The catch and release snook action has been very good on the tide changes and the best bite was around the lighted docks along the Ft. Pierce Inlet. Try free lining a small mullet or a big shrimp. I am still getting reports of black drum and sheepshead around both of the bridges and docks. These fish have been taking live shrimp or a piece of clam. In the surf look for whiting, pompano and croakers and they have been taking shrimp -- the pompano will prefer sandfleas if you can find any but they will take clams.

OFFSHORE - Again, the weather conditions were everything this week and again on the good days I did get reports of dolphin, cobia, kings and a couple of sails. The dolphin were in 140 to 200 feet of water but on Friday & Saturday they were scattered out as deep as 500 feet. Most of the fish were 12 to 29 pounds and they were taking naked ballyhoo. The cobia were in 40 to 80 feet of water and taking a Gulfstream Lures --Cobia Slayer or a live bait. The kings have been in 60 to 90 feet of water and are also taking live baits. The sails there were reports were caught and released in 120 feet of water to the south of the Ft. Pierce Inlet. Bottom fishing remains steady over the reefs and wrecks when using cut bait.

JUNIOR TEEN ANGLERS - Saturday - April 2nd was the regular bi-monthly from shore fishing tournament for the Treasure Coast Chapter of Junior Teen Anglers.

In the 5 to 8 age group
1st place - Mackenzie Tessier - Vero Beach
2nd place - Hunter Piestch - Vero Beach
3rd place - Trevor Walk - Port St. Lucie

In the 9 to 11 age group
1st place - Savannah Ward - Ft. Pierce
2nd place - Savannah Yarborough - Ft. Pierce

Biggest fish of the tournament trophy went to Hunter Piestch for his 3lb. 3oz. redfish.

The next tournament will be on Saturday - June 4th. For more info you can call 772-201-5773 or go to the web at www.teenanglers.org

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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Capt. Joe's River Charters
347 Kaye Street
Fort Pierce, FL 34947-1535
Phone: 772-201-5770
Alt. Phone: 772-461-1335
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