Stuart Jensen Beach Inshore Fishing Report and Forecast: February 2017

Ethan LeRoy and Sean Torpey doing some triple tail fishing with Capt. John Young of Bites On Charters. Photo credit. Capt. John Young.

February winds will dictate where and how you fish this month. There will be plenty of bluefish in the surf and inlet along with Spanish macs on the inshore reef line, with the major concentration at Peck Lake. Big sheepshead, black drum and croaker will be on the inshore reefs, rocky rubble in the river, docks and bridges. Live or dead shrimp on a jig head is the best method to catch these fish.  Every winter we get a good run of sugar trout at the Ten Cent Bridge mixed in with other species. Look for pompano on the tide changes around the Stuart and Jensen causeway bridges and nearby flats. Yellow or pink jigs work great for these tasty fish. Snook season is open so try your luck or skill around the bridges with a Big Jig or Swim Bait on a moving tide. On warmer days, the snook will be in shallow water getting a sun tan, so approach with stealth. A long accurate cast with a light lure or bait will draw their attention. The trout bite will depend on the water temps, so fish the deeper cuts or the edges of the flats when it’s cold and move up to the shallows as the sun starts to warm up the water. The reds will be feeding in the shallows and along the mangroves. A D.O.A. paddle tail in root beer or motor oil green is hard to beat. Get ready for the cobia bite to start on the inshore reefs and wrecks.

Keep the waterways clean and wear your Costas.

FORECAST BY: Capt. John Young
Bites On Guide Service
Snook, Trout, Redfish, Tarpon, Kingfish
Phone: (772) 708-3593