Capt. Joe Ward
September 1, 2005
Fort Pierce - Saltwater Fishing Report
Sept. 2, 2005
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Inshore fishing has been good for trout and redfish. You need to fish early in the morning and around the islands and bars to the north of Vero. Look for the snook action around the bridges, docks or in the Sebastian Inlet to be very good. Still a few tarpon around the Mooring's area and plenty of snapper along the channel edges.
Offshore there have been reports of scattered dolphin. A good number of kings are being reported but most have been small. Tarpon have been along the beaches. The bottom fishing has been slow but should pick back up as the water settles down.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - Inshore the opening of snook season has been good for a lot of anglers with good numbers of slot size fish being reported coming from around the bridges and the Ft. Pierce Inlet. Both live and artificial baits have been working well. The trout and redfish have slowed some but there are still some big trout down around the Midway Road area. Top water baits have been the way to go. Plenty of snapper around just about any structure you find and live shrimp have been the best bait to use.
Offshore as the water starts to calm down the reports are getting better each day. The best bite has been the kingfish starting in 40 feet of water and you will need to slow troll a live bait. The rest of the action has been for dolphin, wahoo and sailfish has been very scattered. Bottom fishing is steady along the reefs and wrecks.
MARTIN COUNTY - Inshore there is still a lot of water problems making inshore fishing hard unless you run north or south to find some clean water. With the opening of snook season look for good action around the St. Lucie Inlet when using live bait.
Offshore is the same as the rest of the Treasure Coast area -- on the slow side. Look for kingfish in 40 to 60 feet of water. Scattered dolphin, wahoo and sailfish in 100 to 180 feet of water. I did get a couple of reports of nice sized cobia coming from the reefs in 60 feet of water.
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY - Bass fishing has slowed due to the water being muddy, but the fish that have been caught were reported taking spinner baits or live shiners. Blue gills and bream are still being caught along the canals and the river banks. Most of the fish were caught on worms or crickets.
TEEN ANGLERS - The awards banquet for the Teen Anglers will be September 10th at the Pelican Yacht Club. The first scheduled tournament of the new school year will be held on September 18th at Jaycee Park in Ft. Pierce at 7:00am. If you would like more info on the Teen Anglers program just go to the website at www.teenanglers.org
BRAGGING BOARD - Wayne Hatfield reported he caught 2 slot size snook on the opening night. He was using large shrimp around the South Bridge.
Cammie Ward caught and released a 38 inch snook the opening night of snook season. She was using a hand picked shrimp.
If you would like to report a catch, call me at 772-201-5770 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach me on the web at www.captjoeward.com
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