Fort Pierce Inshore Fishing Report and Forecast – June 2013

Landon Maxwell caught these jack crevalle while waiting for his dad to start selling bait. He caught them between Capt. Joe's Bait & Tackle and the Pelican Yacht Club. His dad is Dave's Live Bait in the Ft. Pierce Inlet. Photo credit: Capt. Joe Ward.

With the closing of snook season, you can look for some good catch and release action in the Ft. Pierce Inlet on the falling tide. Best bet is fishing live baits on the bottom at places like Judy Rock or around the cleaning table on the South Jetty, if the dredging is complete. On the flats, the trout bite should be red hot on both artificial and live baits. Try a topwater bait like a Top Dog, Zara Spook or a soft plastic bait early in the morning and just before dark. Later in the morning you will want to switch to a live shrimp or a bait fish and fish it under a popping cork. Best locations may be places like Harbor Branch, the Mooring Flats, or Bear Point. Look for plenty of snapper along the channel edges and they will be taking the smaller live shrimp or small pinfish fished on a 1/0 hook and about a 1/3 ounce weight. While along the channel edges, look for a tripletail or two hanging around the channel markers. Use a ¼ oz. jig head and a large live shrimp. The redfish are going to be shallow. Think water one-foot deep. A gold spoon or a live shrimp should work well in locations such as between Queens’ Cove and Jack Island.

According to Capt. Joe, this guy didn't want to hold up the fish. He wanted to look like he was exhausted from catching them. The cobia weighed in at 52.2-pounds .Photo credit: Capt. Joe Ward.

Mr. & Mrs. Harris from Cape Canaveral caught these two nice dolphin. Photo credit: Capt. Joe Ward.



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