Fort Pierce Inshore/Nearshore: June 2018

Cary and Michael Drake with their sheepshead catch. Photo credit: Capt. Joe Ward.
Capt. Rob Ward with a nice trout. Photo credit: Capt. Joe Ward.

Everything should start to heat up in June, including the weather. The best inshore action should be from first light until about 9 a.m. and from 6 p.m. until dark. During these hours, try a topwater bait like a Zara Spook or Chug Bug, and for the anglers who like to throw soft plastic baits, try a D.O.A. Bait Buster. For the rest of you who like live bait, try a pigfish, mullet, shrimp or a crab. This method will catch a snook, trout, redfish and lots of big jacks, but remember snook season is closed.  Try to handle the fish as little as possible when releasing.  Try places like Harbor Branch, Round Island or Queen’s Cove to the north and to the south you can try Bear Point, Herman’s Bay or the docks along South Indian River Drive.  The snapper fishing should also be good around the bridges and the channel edges.  A live shrimp fished on a #2 hook, a 20-pound fluorocarbon leader and a ½-to-1-ounce lead should work just fine. There will be some sheepshead and black drum to keep you busy too.  A live shrimp, or even a piece of frozen shrimp, will work for these fish.

Tarpon should be here in full force in the Fort Pierce Inlet, the Moorings and around the Big Mud Creek area.  Try using a live mullet. On the beach you can look for whiting, pompano, jacks and even a few bluefish.

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.