Friday, May 12, 2023

Ed Killer / tcpalm South Fla. Report

Indian River County

Inshore: The inlet is still the best spot to expect to catch a snook, although catching slot sizes is another thing. Many of the snook starting to gather at the inlet are females over the slot so be prepared to handle them with care. Snook can also be caught along the mangrove shorelines through Vero Beach south to the county line.

Freshwater: Bass fishing has been steady at Headwaters Lake on wild shiners, crank baits and spinnerbaits.

St. Lucie County

Inshore: Good snook fishing can be had in several spots: St. Lucie Village around the docks; Taylor Creek; Turning Basin; Spoil islands across from the city marina; North fork of the St. Lucie River between Prima Vista and Crosstown Parkway. Tarpon and permit will take live sardines around the mouth of the inlet.

Surf: A few anglers caught pompano, believe it or not, in the early part of the week when the winds let up and the grass subsided a little. But by mid-week, the grass was in again. It will be an interesting zone to watch in the coming weeks.

Martin County

Inshore: Snook fishing is steady for anglers tossing mullet or mullet patterned lures. Try fishing the Evans Crary Bridge or Ernie Lyons Bridge for action during the beginning of the outgoing tides.

Lake Okeechobee

Bream and bluegill fishing has been steady and will be in the next few weeks. Fish spots like Dyess Ditch, First Point, Fourth Point and Tin House Cove. Use live crickets or red worms, both work well. Bass fishing is best in Sportsman's Channel Harney Pond Canal and along Observation Shoal. Use wild shiners or swim baits to get bites.

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