INSHORE - The inshore fishing was good over the weekend and so far this week. Look for a good trout bite at Faber Cove, Queen's Cove and up around Round Island. A soft plastic bait has been hard to beat but, a live shrimp fished under a popping cork will do just fine. Look for some redfish in the same areas as well as in the Ft. Pierce Inlet. Try a finger mullet. The snook fishing has been good around the bridges and in the Inlet. Many anglers are reporting most of the fish are over the slot. Again, try a finger mullet. Also in the Inlet there has been a lot of snapper being caught on live shrimp and finger mullet. Try the local bridges for a good black drum and snapper bite. A small live shrimp has been the way to go. Did have a few reports of flounder coming from the sandy areas along the Inlet and just to the south of the South Bridge.
OFFSHORE - The offshore bite picked up over the weekend with a good dolphin and black fin tuna bite. The dolphin were being caught in 160 feet of water on a naked ballyhoo. The biggest one was 31 pounder. The black fin were in the same area and there were reports of anglers catching as many as 25 to 30 but all of them were very small. The kingfish bite has been okay in 60 to 90 feet of water and most of the fish were in the 25 to 30 pound range. Both live baits and a rigged ribbonfish were working just fine. Down at the boils on the calmer days there has been snook and redfish but both have been over the slot.
BRAGGING BOARD - Christopher King was in Ft. Pierce for a short get away when he found the dolphin. He had several fish with the biggest one going 31 pounds. He brought the fish to be weighed and he had caught this one fish in his eye (see pic below). He also had a good number of black fin and missed a nice wahoo. Robert Kinchen reported on Wednesday that the ladyfish were everywhere they went. He did have a redfish on but didn't boat it.
JUNIOR TEEN ANGLERS - Saturday - Oct. 9th was the bi-monthly from shore fishing tournament for the Treasure Coast Chapter of Junior Teen Anglers. Flounder was the fish of the day.
In the 5 to 8 age group
1st place - Leah Pruitt - age 8 - Fairlawn Elementary - Ft. Pierce
2nd place - Kyle Georgiton - age 8 - Liberty Baptist - Ft. Pierce
3rd place - Michael Rochedieu - age 5 - St. Anastasia - Ft. Pierce
In the 9 to 11 age group
1st place - Reagan Faircloth - age 10 - St. Lucie West K-8 - Port St. Lucie
2nd place - Savannah Ward - age 10 - Lawnwood Elementary - Ft. Pierce
3rd place - Andrew Evans - age 9 - Fairlawn Elementary - Ft. Pierce
Biggest fish of the tournament trophy went to Michael Rochedieu for his 2lb. 11oz. ribbonfish.
If you would like more info on Junior Teen Anglers for the 5 to 11 age group or Teen Anglers for the 12 to 18 age group go to www.teenanglers.org or call 772-201-5773.