With the toxic waters in the river we have decided to fish out of Fort Pierce Inlet until the rivers clear up. Hopefully the waters in Fort Pierce are better. We are dumping the boat in at Stan Blum park on the north causeway. This is the only ramp I could find with a fish cleaning station. Does anyone know if there is any other ramps near the inlet in Fort Pierce that has a cleaning station?
First time fishing out of FPI. Looking forward to exploring the local waters up here. I use to do a lot of river fishing in Fort Pierce but nothing offshore. This is exciting on many levels. First time back fishing since June 29th with my lovely daughter Jamie. First time back fishing since my stroke on the fourth of July.
I would like to say Thanks to all who have posted and sent me emails. :angel Very much appreciated. My Neurosurgeon has weaned me off one of my two seizure medications and is working on getting me off the last one.
I am now off both blood pressure medications so once done with the seizure medication the only thing I will be taking is the Cholesterol medication. Hopefully my diet will allow me to stop taking that as well. I go back in September to see him so we will see then.
NOW LET’S GO FISHING. Taking Donny out today. He hasn’t been aboard the AF since December 17th, 2011.
Here is a link to that 12-17-11 report. We are hoping for more of the same.
We weaved our way out to the inlet in the pre dawn hours just before 6am. I was told by some fellow forum members to watch the shallow waters exiting the channel from the ramp into the inlet so I pulled over an let the boat behind us lead the way.
What an awesome site with all the lights up and down the south shore line of the inlet with all the marinas, restaurants and hotels. We have now made our way just about to the exit and two boats go buzzing by so must be the speed limit has been bumped up.
We kick it up on plane and break the inlet just before sunrise an dial in the 10a buoy located 4.5 miles SE from the FPI. We pull up to the buoy with only one other boat there and another awesome sight that I haven’t seen since last year.
Donny and I begin to blacken out both livewells while the sun begins to peak above the horizon.
B.Wilmot pulls up and joins in on the Sardine mayla. My wingman has some radio issues but we are still going to do a run & gun for debris and fins. He can hear us but we can’t hear him.
We separate about a mile apart and begin heading southeast towards the Amazon area. We spot this in 50ft of water.
We call BW an let him know we see something floating. We toss out some chunk bait but nothing there to take the offering. We continue east while BW continues to work the helium tank. We get a shout out from the LET'S GO team but they must have been out of ear shot from us. How did you guys make out today Bo?
We found a nice rip in 80ft an decided to work this area to allow BW to catch up. I immediately hook up to my favorite fish REMORA… :banghead
In the meantime Donny’s sardine gets slammed by something so we opted to continue the drift.
Donny spots this weird looking fin slicing through the surface of the water off the Starboard side. It wasn’t a shark. It was a large fish but with the sun in our faces we couldn’t get a clear look at it. I think it was a (Moonfish) Opah.
It was covered up with fish below that kept stealing our baits. Never did catch one so not sure whatthey were. Decided to move back up to the rip and make one more drift. Halfway through our drift Donny hooks up a Remora so we opted to cut our drift short and continue eastward.
We give a shout out to BW that we are heading in the direction of the Amazon . They were trolling the area we just left.
Found more rips around the Amazon but still the brown waters to contend with so we continue east. We get into 400ft and I spot a bird off our Starboard side setting on something.
He takes off and there it is… The pot of gold we were looking for. A 2ft log loaded up with bait fish. We toss out the Chum flag to help us keep tabs on this gem along with some chunk bait and the usual menhaden mixes.
From here on out it was a blur… Chinese fire drill with nothing but large slingers to play with. I get on the radio and tell BW to head due east to 400ft. I also gave a shout out to Fun Girl on 68 but never got a response back. Nice talking to you earlier in the day. :applause
In the meantime we were being circled by a troller wanting to zero in our find.
Sorry guys but I needed to insure my buddy B.Wilmot picked up some fins before calling you guys over. If you had stuck around until he got there we would have called you over. We put 8 slingers in the box before BW arrives.
Bryan arrives and immediately puts a fin the box while we kept losing our fish.
We put out a large blue runner down deep in hopes of picking up a gaffer or that man in stripes. We seen BW hook up to a large gaffer so took a break to snap some pics of his fight. Enjoy
Nice gaff shot Bryan :applause
Here is the only pic of our fish caught today. Let’s just say we were busy :grin
We worked this log until we were out of chunk bait and pulled our flag and headed west. BW stayed and worked the log. Congrats Bryan on a nice gaffer. Was happy to help out today.
We spotted a nice weedline in the dirty water in 300ft. Donny picks up a 2ft fin with no buddies around so in the box he goes. After another remora we decided to continue west.
We were planning on running to the CDIP (Coastal Data Information Program) to snap some pics for Julie Thomas and Lynne Arrott who both work with Scripps Institution Oceanography in California who runs the program that monitors some of the weather buoys around the Florida coastline.
We are part way to the buoy when the winds started kicking up a bit so we opted to point the bow towards the inlet and make that stop for pics another day.
Here is a link to this weather buoy located approx. 6 miles NE from the FPI. It is a great tool that I use before every trip. It gives you real-time wave heights, wave separation and water temperature.
We arrive back at the dock and quickly loaded the boat on the trailer and parked back in our spot so we could go clean the fins. This cleaning station is in the shade which is awesome but needs some improvements.
The table is metal instead of starboard. We noticed others cleaning there fish had brought some plywood to clean there fish on. The drainage around the table on the Southside needs to be improved as you have to stand in water to clean your fish.
I am going to contact the Saint Lucie County Parks department to see if they can make some improvements and if not I will donate some Starboard for the cause. I will keep you posted.
4 Remoras – Yes, I caught the first one again :grin
9 Fins – All except one over 36” long.
Your welcome aboard the AF anytime. I had a great time again today. :USA
How did you all make out today?
Tip of the day
When fishing in a new area that you are not sure of, reach out to fellow forum members for advice. The advice I received today made our day. The dines at 10a made our day. Thank You All
Random pics on the day
I got this awesome card from Kevin & Vicki and just wanted to share it with everyone. Thank You Kevin, Vicky and Family :applause