Fort Pierce Inshore: Nov. 2020

Fred Bloom with a nice mutton he caught from the dock at the Dockside Marina. Photo credit: Capt. Joe Ward.

Fort Pierce’s inshore fishing should be improving in November as the cold fronts arrive. Look for good action in the Fort Pierce Inlet–bluefish, Spanish mackerel and lots of big jacks feeding on the bait schools that will be coming in and out with the tides.  Try a 1-or-2-ounce spoon or a Gotcha Jig fished on a small leader and 20-pound line.  Make sure you are able to make long casts.

Around the bridges the snook fishing should be really good on the tide changes for anglers using live baits like pinfish, pigfish or a mullet.  Fish the baits on the bottom and use a 40-pound fluorocarbon leader with a 5/0 live bait hook.

There should be some good snapper action around the Fort Pierce bridges and along the channel edges. Try using small live baits live pigfish or pinfish or even live shrimp.

If it is a fish dinner you are looking for, then try the docks along Indian River Drive or the channel markers for a good stringer of sheepshead.  Use a ¼-ounce jig head, 20-pound fluorocarbon leader and a live shrimp.  You may even pick up a redfish when fishing this set up.

The trout action should be good on the deeper sides of the flats and in the deeper cuts. A pigfish or a live shrimp will be your best choice.

Along the channel edges you can also get a few black drum, sheepshead and snapper and they will all be taking a live shrimp.

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.