Indian River County
Inshore: Snook has been the go-to target for anglers fishing around the jetties at Sebastian Inlet and the shorelines of mangroves and spoil islands south of the 17th Street Bridge. They are taking topwater plugs, soft-sided jigs and live pilchards. Trout and jacks can also be caught south of Vero in the lagoon.
Freshwater: Bass fishing has been excellent at Headwaters Lake. Use wild shiners, spinnerbaits or 9-inch junebug worms.
St. Lucie County
Inshore: Capt. Tim Simos of GoliathGuru.com steered clients to catches of Goliath grouper from 10 pound to 300 pounds, the latter coming offshore. Simos said his anglers caught jacks, too. Other anglers have been doing very well of snook up to 42 inches. Patti Strauch of Port St. Lucie caught common, tarpon and fat snook while fishing the North Fork of the St. Lucie River north of Port St. Lucie Blvd with Capt. Greg Scherer of Bridge Tender guide service.
Surf: The rough seas the last few days have blown in too much sargassum seaweed for the beaches of Hutchinson Island to be fishable. Give it a few days to calm down and maybe the waters will clear up.
Inshore: Snook, bull sharks, snapper, redfish and sheepshead are all being caught in the St. Lucie River on natural baits, live and dead. Snook, jacks, black drum and Spanish mackerel can be caught in the Indian River Lagoon around Hole in the Wall near the inlet and Stuart Causeway on shrimp-tipped jigs.
Bass fishing at the lake has been pretty good this week. Anglers are using poppers, chuggers, frogs, spinnerbaits, stick worms and wild shiners. Bass were moving off the beds following the full moon, but will be caught along the edges now. Crank baits will be a good option to use this weekend. Crappie fishing is still pretty good. Bluegill and shellcracker are biting on live crickets.
- report courtesy of Ed Killer is florida today's outdoors writer. Friend Ed on Facebook at Ed Killer, follow him on Twitter @tcpalmekiller or email him at email@example.com.
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