Monday, July 20, 2015

Scouting Around -Ft Pierce Area

The summer patterns are in full swing so the best times to be on the water is just before first light until about 9am and from 6pm until dark. The rest of the day is going to be too hot and on most days there will be rain showers in the mid afternoon. In the morning the trout and redfish bite will be at places like Bear Point, Midway Road area and at Harbor Branch. The bite should be red hot when using top water baits like a Sebile Flat Belly Walker, Zara Spook, Buz Walker or a MirroLure - all in the natural colors. As the sun gets up go to a live bait like a pilchard, finger mullet or a shrimp. The snapper fishing should be good along the channel edges and the local bridges when using a live shrimp fished on a 1/4oz trol-rite hook and a 20 pound fluorocarbon leader. For the afternoon fishing try a live shrimp fished under a popping cork or a soft plastic bait like a Monster 3X, D.O.A shrimp or a bait buster or a fluke jig. Try the area around Queen's Cove & Round Island. Fish up tight around the mangroves. The Ft. Pierce Inlet should be full of catch and release snook. Your best choice of baits will be a pigfish, pinfish or a pilchard fished on the bottom at your favorite spot like the cleaning tables or Judy Rock. There should be tarpon at several places in St. Lucie County. First around the Ft. Pierce Inlet, next in the Turning Basin and last down by Big Mud Creek. All the fish will be around just before daylight and just before dark. Free lining a live mullet will be your best choice.

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