From Capt. Joe Ward @ Capt. Joe's Bait & Tackle Ft Pierce
Now that all the cleanup is finished from Hurricane Irma, let’s get back to fishing. As the weather starts to cool off some, you can look for the fishing to get better. The schools of bait fish should be coming in the Fort Pierce Inlet with plenty of action not far behind. The snook bite in the Fort Pierce Inlet should be good for anglers using live baits, like greenies and mullet, and fishing them during the outgoing tides on the bottom at places like Judy Rock or the cleaning station in the Fort Pierce Inlet. Also in the Fort Pierce Inlet, the Spanish mackerel and bluefish will be showing up and they will take anything shiny. Look for the trout and redfish in the deeper holes and channels around the flats. They will be taking a live shrimp fished under a popping cork and fish in five to seven feet of water when the water starts to cool down. The local bridges should be holding some nice snapper, sheepshead and black drum. Try fishing a live shrimp on a #2 hook and a half-to-one-ounce weight. Around the South Jetty there should be some flounder on the beach side. A large live shrimp or mud minnows fished on an eighth-ounce or quarter-ounce troll-rite hook. In the surf, the whiting and pompano bite should improve later in the month. Shrimp, clams or sandfleas will all be a good choice.