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Ft. Pierce Inshore - Offshore Report

Capt. Joe Ward
May 14, 2011
Fort Pierce - Saltwater Fishing Report

MAY 14, 2011

INSHORE - The inshore fishing this week had been steady with good catches of trout and redfish. The trout bite has been good both the north and south in the river. The bait of choice has been a live shrimp fished under a popping cork in 2 to 4 feet of water or a small live white bait. A D.O.A. shrimp in a root beer or glow color will work just fine too. The redfish bite has been good around the docks along North Indian River Drive and around the Queen's Cove area. A gold spoon or a live shrimp will get the job done. The flounder bite is slower than it has been but there were a few nice size fish caught at the South Jetty. A live shrimp on a trol-rite and make sure you fish it on the bottom. The catch and release snook bite remains steady for anglers fishing in the Ft. Pierce Inlet and using a live bait and fishing it on the bottom. The best time has been 1 hour before to 1 hour after the tide change. The snapper bite is getting better and better along the channel edges with fish to 2 pounds being reported. A small live shrimp has been the way to go.

OFFSHORE - The kingfish bite has been good in 40 to 80 feet of water when using a live bait like a blue runner. Most of the fish caught were between 15 and 35 pounds. The dolphin bite has been good anywhere from 140 to 250 feet of water and most of the fish have been good size -- 12 to 24 pounds. The cobia bite has slowed some from a couple of weeks ago but there were still fish being reported in the same area as the kingfish. Most of the cobia were 20 to 35 pounds and taking a live bait or a Cobia Slayer by Gulfstream Lures. There are still quite a few sailfish around in 60 to 120 feet of water and most are taking live baits. There are plenty of AJ's, cuda's, bonita and sharks to keep you busy.

CENTRAL FLORIDA OFFSHORE FISHING CLUB - The CFOFC was at the Dockside Inn last weekend for their monthly offshore fishing tournament. All of the boats has between 12 & 20 dolphin per boat and most were between 10 & 22 pounds. The club members said it was the best day of fishing that they have ever had. Almost every fish was caught on a ballyhoo and to the Southeast of the Ft. Pierce Inlet.

BRAGGING BOARD - Our oldest granddaughter -- Savannah Ward -- age 10 caught her 1st sailfish last Sunday. They were fishing in 73 feet of water straight out of the Ft. Pierce Inlet and she was using a live sardine for bait. Her fish measured 87 inches.

JUNIOR TEEN ANGLERS - The last from shore fishing tournament for the school year will be held on Saturday - June 4th at Harbour Pointe Park from 9 to 11am. If your child is between 5 & 11 years old they can fish this tournament. Just go to the web at www.teenanglers.org or call 772-201-5773 for more info.

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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