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Flounder and Tripletail Time

Capt. Bob Bushholz
July 20, 2012
Stuart - Saltwater Fishing Report

Stuart Fishing Report: 7-17-12

We are well into our summer mode which means you need to get out there early for shallow water

action. This time of year on the Indian River I like to target spoil islands just east of the

green markers and channels running east to west such as Indian Riverside Park, Four Fish Marina,

and Sundance Marine. Soft rubber baits like DOA and Gulp shrimp will attract plenty of trout

along with bluefish, flounder and even a few pompano still hanging around. On the east side from

Joe's Point south to the Stuart Causeway there are plenty of docks to fish for snook and trout.

North of the Jensen Causeway we have been fishing channel markers for lane, mangrove and mutton

snappers, sheephead but really looking for flounder and tripletail. Most of the flounder have

been running a few pounds but have seen a few up to six pounds. Tripletail will be around all

summer and can reach over 20 lbs. Live, frozen and rubber baits on trollrites seems to work

best. Plenty of trout on the west side of the Indian River on dropoffs in 2-4 feet.

Have not fished the Jensen Bridge much lately but the Stuart Cuaseway has been holding a few

snook and black drum. Glad to report I have not seen any ribbon fish the last few months which

seem to push out the snapper and drum.

The St. Lucie Inlet is a great place to livebait this time of year for jacks, tarpon and snook.

Best to use circle hooks for easy release. Catching livebaits outside at the bullshark reef has

been hit or miss.

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Join Capt. Bob Bushholz for inshore fishing up to 6 people on the Indian and St. Lucie Rivers in beautiful Jensen Beach aboard the custom 24 foot pontoon boat "Catch 22". Half,3/4 and full day charters plus night trips are available. We offer per-person rates on half day trips when possible. Rods, reels, bait and tackle, fishing licence provided. Just bring food and drink. Catch 22 has 7 swivel seats,9'sofa, large bimini top and is wheelchair friendly.

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Catch 22 Fishing Charters
2225 N.E. Indian River Drive
Jensen Beach, FL 34957
Phone: 772-530-1496
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