Fishing in Stuart is really heating up this week, Mahi, Sails, Snapper, Snook, etc.
Fishing inshore has been slowest but its still been pretty good. Pompano, Snapper, Sheepshead, Snook, Black Drum, Ladyfish, Jacks, & bluefish. Fishing shrimp on the bottom has been your best bet as of lately. Also try to fish incoming tide if possible. They are currently dumping a few billion gallons of water a day into our estuary, so fishing the incoming with cleaner water has been more productive. But either tide has been producing fish. We have also been catching some Reds & trout further north by the st Lucie power plant. Fish baits just above the grass for desired results.
Nearshore has been red-hot this week. Lots of Sheepshead, Snapper, Margate, Kingfish, Cudas, Cobia, Blue Runners, Jack Crevelles, Bluefish, & Spanish Mackerel. Fishing local hot spots where there is bait is holding decent sized Cobia. Kings can be taken on dead baits, Trolling plugs, or live baitfish. Fish cut bait for Snapper & other bottom fish. All & all nearshore has been 5 stars lately.
Trolling today was successful for Mahi, Kingfish, & Sailfish. Trolling 140′ & deeper has been ideal for Mahi’s. Kings are being caught in shallower around 80-90′ range. Sails have been steady from 90-200′ range. We are also catching some nice blackfin tuna in 300′ of water. All being caught on trolled ballyhoo. Bring at least a few dozen action has been steady and kings tend to wipe out your bait supplies if your not prepared. Bottom fishing for larger grouper & snapper has been fair. Just remember Grouper season is closed until April 30. Cobia are also following turtles & rays this time of year near the surface, so keep your eyes peeled while trolling and have pitch baits ready at all times.
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