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Ft. Pierce Inshore - Offshore Report

Capt. Joe Ward
September 3, 2009
Fort Pierce - Saltwater Fishing Report


INSHORE - This week snook season opened and a lot of the reports were about the Ft. Pierce Inlet. Anglers who were drifting live baits in the Inlet on the tide changes are catching nice upper slot fish -- 30 to 32 inches but, even more fish are over the slot -- fish up to 40 inches. Along with the snook I did get reports of a good number of big redfish mixed in and taking live baits. Snook fishing around the bridges started off a little slow with most of the action coming from around the fenders of the North Bridge. Again, a live bait has worked the best. On the flats the docks along Indian River Drive have been producing some slot fish and a lot of under sized fish. A top water bait fished early in the morning has accounted for most of the fish. As for the rest of the inshore action -- it has been about the same. The trout action remains good on the flats right after first light and the snapper bite along the channel edges remains steady. Also, a few tarpon around Big Mud Creek.

OFFSHORE - The dolphin action has been a little on the slow side. The fish that have been reported are coming from 200 to 400 feet of water and hitting ballyhoo. I am still getting reports of a few nice cobia around the buoys and over the reefs. Most f he fish were caught on a live bait or squid. There is a lot of kingfish, bonita and cuda's in 30 to 90 feet of water and hitting ballyhoo a live baits. And, the bottom fishing has been steady over the reefs and wrecks.

JUNIOR TEEN ANGLERS - Last Saturday - August 29th was the first from shore fishing tournament for the Treasure Coast Chapter of Junior Teen Anglers. Most to everyone's surprise it turned out to be a snapper and blue runner tournament.

In the 5 to 8 age group
1st place - Neeley Bankston - Allapattah Flats K - 8
2nd place Andrew Evans - Fairlawn Elementary
3rd place - Cash Roe - Samuel S. Gaines K - 8

In the 9 to 11 age group
1st place Thomas Roop - F.K. Sweet
2nd place - Laine Pruitt - Fairlawn Elementary
3rd place - Mikey Hazellief- Home Schooled

Biggest fish of the tournament -- Mikey Hazellief

All Junior's received a goodie bag. The next tournament will be on Oct. 3rd. For more info you can call 772-201-5773 or go to the web at www.teenanglers.org.

BRAGGING BOARD - I got an e-mail and picture from Don Tatum. He was visiting here a couple of weeks ago and caught a 49 pound cobia in 25 feet of water. He was using a live bait.

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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