Fort Pierce Inshore: May 2021

Capt. Joe Ward with an over the slot snook caught and released inside the Fort Pierce Inlet. Photo courtesy of Capt. Joe Ward.

Look for the inshore fishing to improve this month as the water temps warm up.  The snook action around the Fort Pierce Inlet and at area bridges should be red hot for anglers using live baits fished on a 5/0 live bait hook and enough lead to hold the bottom.  The redfish bite should also be good at places like Jack Island, Round Island and around Harbor Branch.  Try a live shrimp or a small crab fished under a popping cork on a 20-pound fluorocarbon leader and a #2 circle hook.  Look for plenty of big trout on the flats during the early morning and late afternoon.  Your bait of choice will be a live pilchard either free-lined or fished under a popping cork.  Around the full moon don’t forget the snapper bite should be on.  Try the channel edges both to the north and south in the Intracoastal.  Fish a live shrimp or small white baits on the bottom.  I like a #2 hook, a ½-to-1-ounce weight and about 2-feet of fluorocarbon leader.  Don’t forget the red bead between the weight and the swivel.  On the beach try your luck on the pompano and whiting with shrimp, clams or sand fleas.

FORECAST BY: Capt. Joe Ward
Capt. Joe’s River Charters
(772) 201-5770 or (722) 461-1335

Capt. Joe Ward has been fishing the inshore waters of Fort Pierce for over 50 years. He provides guided fishing charters on the Indian River Lagoon in Fort Pierce, Vero Beach, Jensen Beach, Port St. Lucie and Stuart, Florida. In his "spare time", Capt. Joe and his wife Cammie dedicate their time to running Capt. Joe's Bait & Tackle (located on the Fort Pierce Inlet at the Dockside Inn and Resort) and Treasure Coast Casters, a 501(c)(3) that teaches youth about fishing and the importance of marine conservation. To reach Capt. Joe, call (772) 201-5770 or visit his website.