Inshore: Drifting the outgoing tide of the Sebastian Inlet is a good way to get hooked up with tarpon, oversized redfish, snook and big jacks. Just be sure to avoid the portion of the inlet east of the A1A bridge where it will be sloppy during east winds. Fish the mangrove shorelines south of Vero Beach for snook and redfish. Live shrimp on the flats will catch trout, ladyfish and jacks.
Freshwater: Wild shiners are the go-to bait for bass at Stick Marsh and Headwaters Lake. If using artificial lures, toss a lipless crank bait along the edges for bites.
St. Lucie County
Inshore: Trout fishing has been declining for several years, but fish the flats in 2-4 feet of water near Vittolo Family Park, Jaycee Park and St. Lucie Village to find bites. Saturday at 2 p.m., Paul Sperco will be giving a free seminar about surf fishing for pompano and whiting at Bass Pro Shops in Port St. Lucie. It's going to be crowded, so be ready to stand, but his knowledge is worth the trip.
Inshore: The best bet for action is to target snook at Jensen Beach Causeway, along the docks of Sewall's Point, Sailfish Point and Rocky Point. Live pilchards, mullet or shrimp will get bites. Pompano are not in the lagoon, but are running along the beaches.
Dry season has its grip on Florida's greatest lake, but it hasn't driven down the level too quickly, yet. It sits at 14.30 feet above sea level which means many of the areas with the best habitat in the western and northern portions of the lake are covered with about 2-4 feet of water. Bass will be found near clumps of reeds and lily pads.