INSHORE - The catch and release snook action has been good just before daylight around the lighted docks along Indian River Drive. We had several fish over the slot. Try free lining a live bait like a pinfish or a pigfish. The trout fishing has also been good at first light and just before dark. The bigger fish are taking live mullet fished in 4 to 6 feet of water just off the edges of the flats. Try the area around Big Mud Creek. I am still getting reports of good catches of snapper along the channel edges and in the Ft. Pierce Inlet and a live shrimp has been the way to go. And, if you are looking for some fun just take a small silver spoon and find the schools of spanish mackerel and bonita that are coming in the Inlet.
OFFSHORE - Not much change again this week. There is plenty of sailfish action in 75 to 125 feet of water. Most of the sails were caught on naked ballyhoo. We are still seeing a few dolphin come into the docks and they have ranged from 12 to 25 pounds and caught on a skirted ballyhoo in the green/yellow color. The fish have been scattered from 70 to 300 feet of water. The kingfish action is still good for anglers using a live bait in 40 to 70 feet of water and using a lot of chum. The night fishing for snapper has been good in 50 to 90 feet of water with cut baits like squid, sardines or cigar minnows working the best. Once again the chumming has been the key. There are still schools of bonita, jacks and spanish mackerel chasing the schools of glass minnows along the beaches.
BRAGGING BOARD - Ray Pirino caught a nice 21 pound dolphin last Saturday while fishing in 80 feet of water out of the Ft. Pierce Inlet. He was bringing up his bait to check it and the dolphin turned and followed it up then slammed it. Jimbo Wilson caught 4 snapper to 8 pounds will fishing in 60 feet of water. He was using a piece of sardine for bait.
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