2017 October Fishing Report for Stuart, FL

October is here! that means lots of Mullet and lots of wind!


Fishing inshore this week has been excellent although you’ve had to battle the wind to catch a fish. But less boats are out so more fish are hungry and waiting for the taking. Big Snook to 47″ are being caught this week using larger mullet. Make sure to up your tackle size for these overgrown Snook, 8000 size reels or bigger! We are having a good showing of mullet all along the Indian River over the past couple days. This means Larger Tarpon will be schooling around points, bends, depth changes, etc. Fishing live mullet on large circle hooks will be your best bet to catch fish at or over the 100 lb mark this month. Use heavier tackle for a sweet swift battle and a safe release to ensure a 100% survival rate for these awesome giants.


Its been tough to get outside of the inlet this week. Next week looks very promising. Lots of Mackerel will start to make a strong showing in the coming weeks. Have something flashy with wire tied up for instant action. Spanish mackerel do have a decent table fair but do not freeze well. Only keep enough to eat for a day or two and leave some for other anglers to enjoy catching. Snapper, Sheepshead, Grunts, Hogfish are all within reach on local nearshore reefs and wrecks using bottom rigs with small pieces of cut bait. Soak a finger mullet on the bottom for larger Mutton Snappers, Snook, Margates, & Jack Crevelles this time of year. Always use caution when breaking the inlet this time of year and keep a close eye on weather reports as the St. Lucie & other inlets on the east coast can turn nasty on an outgoing tide with an easterly wind during fall and winter months.


Offshore should be good next week when we can break the inlet an head for blue water. Mahi will be present in 100-300′ depths around edges, current rips, and misc. floating debris. Trolling ballyhoo is the fastest way to locate them this time of year, but using live bait around conditions I described above is also a very effective approach. Sailfish will also be lingering around these depths when using these methods. Lighter leaders will usually lead to more bites from wary sailfish. Deeper bottom fishing has been on fire for larger Vermillion Snapper, Red Porgy’s, Grouper, & amberjacks. So break out the heavier leads and hit the deeper ledges when the trolling bite slows down mid day.

Tight Lines,
Capt. Jonathan
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Capt. Jonathan with a Redfish inshore

Capt. Jonathan on the Chaos 21′ Bay Boat

Chaos 21 Bay Boat in Stuart, FL

Capt. Jonathan Scoring 2nd place at the Michael Shileds Inshore Tournament

Giant Tarpon caught on an inshore Charter in Stuart, FL

Jack Crevelle

Big Tarpon

Giant Jack Crevelle

Giant Snook on an inshore charter

Capt. Jonathan With an overslot Snook

Carlos with a monster Snook caught in Stuart, FL

Huge Snook Caught on an inshore charter

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