TREASURE COAST FISHING REPORT
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY
Capt. Rob Bunker of Seek and Destroy fishing charters in Vero Beach said anglers shouldn’t be intimidated by wind, there’s still plenty of good fishing to be had. Use color, the brighter the better to contrast with the dark water. Plastic lures have to have scent, he said, like Pro Cure. He is using -ounce or -ounce jig heads in red or chatreuse with Exude or Zoom. Chunked ladyfish on the bottom also gets bites from redfish, trout, black drum and snook.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY
Capt. Glenn Cameron of the boat Lo Que Sea out of Fort Pierce City Marina has been in preparation mode for sailfish tournament season. He said conditions this year are not like they were last year when strong early cold fronts pushed bait and sailfish onto Treasure Coast reefs and wrecks. This year the fish are going be caught along current edges, temperature changes and color changes. Dolphin fishing has been good off Fort Pierce in 120 to 250 feet.
Dirty water has made for tricky fishing in the Indian River Lagoon, St. Lucie River and along the beaches, too. Bluefish should be a main catch for surf anglers fishing beaches throughout the county from Jensen Beach, where the state record 22-pound bluefish was caught in 1971, to Hobe Sound. Throw chrome or bright blue plugs or spoons for fast action. Cut bait will also work. The beaches will have to clean up a bit before pompano fishing gets better.
Speckled perch fishing should get a little better as temperatures dip slightly this week. Look for jigs or minnows fished in late afternoon or early morning to get the best bites. Some good spots will be around the locks at Taylor Creek, in the Kissimmee River and around Uncle Joe’s Cut. Fishing in Indian Prairie Canal for bass has been very good on a variety of offerings including shiners, lipless crank baits, rattle lures or senkos and flukes.
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