Stuart Jensen Beach Inshore Fishing Report and Forecast: October 2016


The mullet run is on and all sizes of bait are in the river and surf getting pounded by predators like sharks, tarpon, jacks, snook, trout and the list goes on. Hopefully, we will have cooler days and a slight drop in water temperatures to get the fall fishing in high gear. Look for birds diving in the surf line and dark clouds of bait moving south. In the mix of bait will be the toothy critters from the north like blues, Spanish macs and the local favorites. Shiny spoons and topwater water plugs are a favorite lure this time of year. Put a hook in a mullet and it won’t take long to get hammered. The snook bite has been excellent in the Indian River and Sewall’s Point area with plugs and live bait. A lot of BIG snook are hanging around the Ten Cent Bridge and near docks. A good tidal flow is all you need to make it happen. Redfish love the cooler weather and more are showing up along with the bait run. Topwater action on reds at first light is the ticket. Flip under the docks and mangrove edges for some action. D.O.A. baits are the go to lure for trout and reds, so go by your local tackle shop to find out what colors are catching fish. My favorite color has always been rootbeer with a 1/8-ounce red jig head. The dock line on the west side of the river has been producing some good fish.  Don’t forget the night bite action at the local bridges. What you don’t see in the day time, you will see at night. When the bait is pushed in with the tide during the nocturnal hour, all hell can break loose during the feeding frenzy. Don’t be surprised if you’re snook fishing at night and a tarpon slurps down your live bait or lure. Keep the waterways clean and wear your Costa Del Mars.

Capt. John Young has been fishing on the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon for over 33 years, some of that as a competitive angler on the inshore tournament series. Offering half and full day charters, night snook charters, and targeting redfish, trout, tarpon, kingfish and cobia. For more details, call him at (772) 708-3593 or email him.