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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