Friday, March 6, 2015

From Capt Joe Ward @ Bait Shack - FT Pierce

INSHORE - Look for a good snapper bite along the channel edges around the full moon. Try a live shrimp fished on a #2 hook and a 1/2oz. weight. I like a 20 pound fluorocarbon leader and about 24 inches long. Places like the North Bridge, Harbor Branch to the north and south of the South Bridge should produce some nice fish for a dinner. As the water warms up the trout bite should be good at places like Bear Point, Round Island or the Midway Road area. Live pilchards will be your best choice and free line them using a 4/0 or 5/0 Kale hook and a 20 to 30 pound leader.
photo courtesy of Gus Montoya
If it is redfish you are looking for then try the flats and mangroves around Jack Island will be your best place and hard to beat. Try a live shrimp, small crab or a piece of cut ladyfish and fish it under a popping cork. The snook fishing should also be red hot around the Ft. Pierce Inlet when using live pilchards, pinfish or a select live shrimp. Fish these baits around the lighted docks at night or drifting the Ft. Piece Inlet on the tide changes. The bottom fishing for black drum, sheespshead and croakers will be good for anglers using a live shrimp on a bottom rig and fish around the area bridges or rock piles. Along the beaches the pompano bite should improve. Try using a pompano rig with a sand flea or clam.

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