Grouper season’s May 1 opener¬†may have been delayed a few days by easterly winds and rough seas, but anglers seemed to have made up for it over the weekend. The best fishing was in 90-160 feet throughout the range.
Offshore: Calm seas will begin the week, and anglers who can fish will benefit by targeting grouper and snapper on the bottom, and dolphin along the current edges. Some of the better snapper fishing has been in 90-120 feet of water where mutton snapper up to 15 pounds can¬†be caught by using long leaders.¬†
Inshore:¬†The bite at Sebastian Inlet State Park’s north jetty has been a little on the slow side although anglers can catch Spanish mackerel, bluefish and jacks using fishing techniques which work the upper part of the water column. Redfish and snook both in and over the slot are being caught using live bait on fish finder rigs on the bottom. The incoming tide has been best.
Western lakes:¬†The daily afternoon rains falling over the western portions of the county are recharging some of the lakes. Bluegill fishing has been pretty good in the Zig Zag Canal at Blue Cypress Lake. Use crickets or worms, or small popper flies with¬†fly rods.
Offshore:¬†Capt. Richard Hunt of Little Adam charters in Fort Pierce steered Rusty Wood of Orlando and his party to some of the area’s best grouper fishing Sunday. Wood caught a gag grouper close to 30 pounds using a live pinfish as bait in 86 feet of water, Hunt said. In three days, his charters had 5¬†grouper, 8¬†dolphin, 16 kingfish and some throwback red snapper.
Inshore: The Backcountry Fishing Association inshore tournament series out of Little Jim Fish Camp in Fort Pierce had 36 teams with 72 anglers fish Saturday. The monthly tournament series had its first slam of the year caught, too.¬†Garrett Richards and Mason Urso took first place and over $1,600 with¬†a 1.60-pound¬†trout, a 4.25-pound¬†redfish¬†and an 11.24-pound¬†snook.
Offshore: For some, grouper fishing was pretty good. For others, it left a little to be desired. Capt. Patrick Price of DayMaker charters out of Sailfish Marina in Stuart steered his clients to grouper catches over the weekend, including a mixed bag of amberjack, almaco jack, triggerfish, vermilion snapper and more. Dolphin were caught trolling in 200-300 feet of water.
Inshore: Fishing in the surf was a challenge because of all the seaweed on the beaches. Snook fishing was very good, however, throughout the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon. Tripletail were caught around structure on live shrimp.¬†¬†
Bass: Wild shiners are the best bait for catching good numbers of bass and good-sized ones, too. Fish around King’s Bar, Point of the Reef and Tin House Cove to find bites. Bluegill fishing has been good, too, on red worms, grass shrimp and live crickets.
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