Fort Pierce Inshore Fishing Report and Forecast: Dec. 2013

Thomas caught seven snappers from the dock at Capt. Joe's Bait & Tackle in early November.

Thomas caught seven snappers from the dock at Capt. Joe’s Bait & Tackle in early November.

This is the time of year that things start to change. We will start seeing windy conditions and cold water temperatures from cold fronts moving into our area. As the water temperatures drop, you will start looking for the trout to be in the deeper cuts and drop offs at places like Pete Stone Creek, Harbor Branch and Round Island. Fish a live shrimp, finger mullet or a small pinfish very slowly. The reds will also be in deeper water early in the day and then up on the flats as the sun warms the water. Try a live shrimp, piece of cut ladyfish or a small crab for these fish and try the area up around Jack Island and Queen’s Cove. The snook fishing will be good around the local bridges and in the Fort Pierce Inlet. Both live and artificial baits work, so, whatever your pleasure! Try a mullet, white baits or a Flair Hawk and fish them on the bottom. Around the Fort Pierce Inlet look for Spanish mackerel, bluefish and plenty of jacks—they will be taking anything shinny. When conditions are good enough to surf fish, look for pompano and use a sand flea, clam strips or small shrimp. Remember that snook season closes on December 15th.

Capt. Joe Ward
Capt. Joe has been fishing the waters of the Indian River since he was 6 years old. When his father first took him snook fishing on the old wooden bridges using nothing more than a Calcutta pole, 100 pound mono and a big mullet attached to a 6/0 hook. Capt. Joe's first snook wasn't that big, about 10 pounds, but after a 5 minute fight his father helped him flip the snook up onto the bridge and that is when Capt. Joe knew he was hooked on snook fishing. If you're looking for a fun day fishing on the Indian River Lagoon give Capt. Joe a call at (772) 461-1335 or (772) 201-5770.

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