Friday, June 24, 2022

Ed Killer South Fla. Report


Indian River County

Inshore: There is a good mangrove snapper bite at night at Sebastian Inlet on shrimp or cut bait, and cubera snapper up to 10 pounds will bite on larger baits. Slot redfish can be caught during the outgoing tide along the north jetty, and plenty of oversized snook, but they are strictly catch and release until Sept. 1. Large redfish can be caught and released during the outgoing tides by drifting small live crabs during the tide.

Freshwater: There is a toxic algae warning posted for Blue Cypress Lake. Headwaters Lake is still fishing pretty steady for bass, but the fish are in deeper water for much of the day. Use 9-inch worms or lipped crank baits to find them.

St. Lucie County

Inshore: Snook and tarpon are seemingly everywhere because both fish are strictly catch and release. For fish to take home, try fishing the bridges for snapper using cut bait or live shrimp, if they can be found at bait shops.

Surf: The main obstacle here is seaweed washing in. Patrol the beaches to find beaches free of seaweed. There, you will find some whiting and croaker biting, but little else. And most beaches are smothered with seaweed right now. 

Martin County

Inshore: Most of the action in this zone has been on catch and release fishing for snook and tarpon. Snook are being caught along the south shore of the inlet, around docks at Rocky Point, Sewall's Point and Hell's Gate. Tarpon are at The Crossroads or upriver in the North Fork near Harbour Ridge. Tripletail can also be caught around inshore structure like channel markers and bridge pilings.

Lake Okeechobee

With recent rainfall near the great lake, the level of it has come up to 12.96 feet. This means bass have more room to work in the northern and western sides of the lake, which is also where an algae bloom has set up, according to satellite imagery. Flip and pitch to mats of vegetation where smaller fish are congregating and where bass are trying to pick off those fish feeding on grass shrimp and more. 

courtesy of Ed Killer ,TCPalm's outdoors writer. 

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