Fort Pierce Inshore Nearshore Fishing Report and Forecast: November 2016

Capt. Joe and grandson, Thomas, catching and releasing mutton snapper. PHOTO CREDIT: Capt. Joe’s River Charters.

You can look for plenty of action around the Fort Pierce Inlet and in the turning basin when the bluefish, Spanish mackerel and big jacks are following the bait schools from the ocean. There should also be some bonito and sharks mixed in. Find the birds and the schools of bait and the fish will be there. Try a live bait or anything shiny like a spoon or a Gulfstream Flash jig. On the flats, the trout and redfish should be in the deeper cuts and channels along the Intracoastal. Try using a finger mullet or a live shrimp fished under a popping cork or a top water bait at daylight or just before dusk. The snook fishing should be red hot around the area docks and bridges. Again, live baits like a mullet, pinfish or a shrimp will be your best bet. Along the channel edges the snapper, sheepshead and a few black drum should be active when the tide is moving. Anglers using a live shrimp fished on a #2 hook, an 18-inch, 20-pound fluorocarbon leader and a one-half to one-ounce weight depending on the current, will have the best results. You can try your luck at the south jetty for a few flounder and use a live shrimp and an eighth-ounce or quarter-ounce troll-rite hook. Surf fishing will continue to improve with good catches of whiting, croakers and a few pompano in the mix. Use live or fresh dead shrimp and for the pompano use a strip of clam.

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.
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