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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

From Capt. Charlie @ Fishing Center - Ft Pierce

October marks the transition into the fall weather patterns along the Treasure Coast. You can expect temperatures to begin to cool down somewhat into more comfortable days to enjoy the outdoors. Water temperatures will begin to slowly cool off as well. This year has brought us lots of rain and a quiet hurricane season so far. October provides great weather and hungry fish. It's a fantastic month to be fishing!

The fall mullet run will continue to dominate the area as large schools of finger mullet fill the beaches, inlets and rivers of the area. You can expect lots of big fish to be feeding on them both day and night. Snook fishing will be best during the night hours on the higher ends of the tides. Live finger mullet, croakers and pigfish will be the best live baits to use. DOA Terror Eyz, Bait Busters and feather jigs will be good artificial lures to use for snook. Try around the jetties, turning basin and bridges as well as many of the deeper docks around the river. Lighted docks are especially productive when fishing at night.

Redfish has continued to be a wonderful fishery for us again this year. Each year has seen their population increase and many anglers have enjoyed the experience of fishing a large school of reds this year. October will continue to be a productive month for those who seek redfish on the flats. DOA shrimp or CAL grub tails are two of the best choices for redfish along with a variety of live and cut baits. The west shoreline south of Fort Pierce is always a good area when looking for redfish.

The trout bite will be good this month. Get out early with a top water lure for some exciting action on the river. Switch to a DOA shrimp or CAL jerk bait later in the mornings. Harbor Branch, Queen's Cove and Middle Cove are all great areas to fish for trout around the Treasure Coast. Look for some sheephead, black drum and snapper around the bridges, docks and channel edges. The surf will be alive with jacks, snook, bluefish and other predators, which will all be chasing the bait schools along the beach.

Snook season has been in full swing for the past month and anglers are always looking for that slot fish to take home. Beaches, jetties, bridges and mangroves are all popular areas to seek snook. Top water lures, DOA Bait Busters, CAL Airheads and live baits are all great ways to target snook in October. Have fun this month!

It's another great month to fish along the Treasure Coast! Have fun and get out fishing soon!

Sebastian Inlet Report


There's quite a crowd at the inlet this morning. The jetty is lined up with anglers taking advantage of the massive amounts of mullet that are blanketed around the jetties. Winds are blowing out of the West at 2 mph, gusting to 5 and the water is calm. We will probably see rain showers again this afternoon. 

Fishing is great when the mullet are running and the Reds really come on strong during this time of year. Snook, Mangrove Snapper, quite a few nice Spanish Mackerel, lots of Tarpon, Blue Runners, lots of Ladyfish are hitting as well and this is the time we will start to see some Flounder begin to arrive. We've seen a couple of medium sized Flounder, but the big doormats will come when the water cools down.

We received a "heads up" from Ron Gerson who fished the north jetty on Monday and there were loads of juvenile King Mackerel in the water. Those fish are easily confused with Spanish Mackerel but have a different slot size. King Mackerel must be 24" to the fork; Spanish must be 12" to the fork. Ron reported that he and a friend must have landed 50 juvenile Kings and only 9 Spanish. See our first photo to see the difference. The lateral line slopes gently on the Spanish and the lateral line drops sharply on the King. The dorsal fins are much different. Please educate yourself help save our King Mackerel population and it will also keep you from being ticketed by FWC. 
Mike Ricciardi was on the north jetty yesterday morning from 6:30 - 11:30. There were lots of Reds that were landed early and about 20% were slot fish. Chuck Fischer of Satellite Beach landed several oversized Reds before he landed a slot fish at 25", he also landed a nice 14" Snapper. The outgoing tide was murky from all the rain and there were a lot of Blue Runners and big Jacks taking finger mullet. When the tide changed to incoming, the water cleaned up and Mike landed his limit of five Mangrove Snapper between 9:30 - 10:00. One was particularly nice at 14" and the others were in the 11" - 12" range. Mojarra, greenies and small finger mullet were working well for the Snapper. 
 Our first photo is the comparison of Spanish Mackerel and King Mackerel.
Photo two features David Rosario who was fishing with his nephew, John Maldonado. The duo hooked up with three Reds, two oversized and one in the slot using cut mullet. John reported lots of mullet in the water and many anglers hooking up with Redfish. David's oversized Red in our photo was returned to the water unharmed. 
Our third photo features John Maldanado with a huge Redfish he landed and released. Very nice!
Photo four features David Rosario with his slot Red. 

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                      "Inshore Spin"

Few rods are as "multi-purpose" as light inshore spinning rods.  Ranging in lengths from 6-8' and with line class ratings from 6-25lbs; there is a light spinning rod for most applications.  A 7' inshore spinning rod, rated for 10-20lb line, with a medium fast to fast action is a very versatile tool that can be used for a lot of species in fresh and salt water.  No anglers arsenal should be without a few light spinners!

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

Inshore the fishing has been great with the mullet schools all over the snook,jacks,and redfish have been all over.The bridges at night have produced well to with jigs and plugs.The beach fishing continues to be good with the tarpon and snook in the bait schools. This weekend should be good with this front pushing down.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sebastian Inlet Report


It's another beautiful morning at the inlet. Winds are blowing out of the West-Southwest at 5 mph, gusting to 8 and the water is calm. We have interesting cloud formations over the inlet with patches of blue sky. We expect another deluge late this afternoon like the one we experienced yesterday, but there is a chance of rain showers any time today. Go prepared if you head to the inlet.

This is a great time of year to head to the inlet or go out on the flats near the inlet. The fall mullet run has brought in some nice predatory fish. Lots of Reds, slot sized and oversized are being landed, most anglers are using netted finger mullet but some are being landed on top water plugs. Snook of various sizes are active, as are Tarpon. Mangrove Snapper, big Jacks, Ladyfish, Blue Runners and Spanish Mackerel are all making appearances at the inlet. Tommy Turowksi at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported such a good Mackerel bite, that he sold out of Gotcha lures!

Our first photo today features 13 year old Jake Wyrick of Clermont. Jake was fishing the north jetty on Friday when he landed this good sized Jack using a finger mullet. That sized Jack puts up a big, fun fight and we know Jake must have had a great time pulling it over the rails!
Photo two is of Ian Alvear with a 28" C/R Redfish he landed Saturday off the north jetty. Ian was drifting a live mullet on the inlet side during the incoming tide when he landed the Red. The Red was released right after the photo.
Ruddy of the Orlando was fishing with friends on Saturday and they landed some real nice Reds, Jacks and Snook. We have more photos of their fishing expedition coming later this week.

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"Flair-Hawk Rods"

Throwing flair-hawks for snook is addicting, and most anglers can't help but get hooked on the THUMP!  Catch a snook or two on a jig and you will be looking for just the right rod for your new sleep depriving habit.

Like all things fishing related, opinions vary on the best rod and reel setup for throwing flair-hawks; the following is a quick look at two combos that work well.

Bridge/Jetty/"Land-based" Jig Rod-  When we are out fishing from land at night we tend to break out the longer jig rods.  Stout graphite baitcasting rods in the 8.5-9' range paired with a heavy duty low profile baitcaster spooled with 30-65lb braided line gets the nod most of the time (Example: Cousins Tackle 8925 or Rainshadow 1088 paired with a Daiwa Lexa or Abu Garcia Revo NaCl).  Spinning rods in the same length are also popular with a good strong spinning reel spooled with 30-50lb braided line.  It becomes a personal preference on bait casting verses spinning tackle.  Baitcasting reels tend to be a little lighter in weight, offer good drag systems, and some cool casting advantages when you really get them dialed in.  Regardless of wether you chose bait casting or spinning reels, the long rod is important for getting good long casts.  Also, the long rod can save your fish when you need to reach under a bridge or steer a fish out of a bad area.  A medium fast action works well on a jig rod as it provides just a little time for the rod to load up and drive the hook home after a bone jarring THUMP!

Boat Jig Rod- The only major difference with the boat jig rod is the length.  The longer rods work on the boat, but the length can be cumbersome.  A 7-8' rod with the above mentioned specs does a nice job on the boat.

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

                                      photo courtesy of Beachwalker Guide Service
The beach fishing continues to be steady in the bait schools with as many tarpon,snook,and jacks as you want find the bait and you will find the fish.Inshore the snook and trout have been around the sailfish flats on the out going tide live mullet and top water have produced the best.The bridges have had a few snook around them at night first light jigs have produced the best around the bridges.