January 2019 Fishing Report

Mahi Fishing Stuart, FL

Inshore– fishing inshore this week we can expect plenty of sheepshead, snapper, snook, pompano, & the occasional tripletail. Shrimp on the bottom will be your best bet for steady action. 
Nearshore– Spanish mackerel will continue to be the main focus. Pecks lake reef will yield the best action. Find the boats, find the fish. Nearshore reefs & wrecks slightly further off the beach will be good for bottom fish like snappers & porgies using chicken rigs. Keep a Cobia jig ready for a Cobia. 
Offshore– Fishing this week we can expect a good push of mahi, sails, black fin tuna with this north wind & colder weather. Trolling ballyhoo with mullet dredges will cover more ground and give you better shots at more fish over a larger area. Drop a planer down 30’ with wire for steady kingfish action this month. Bottom fishing remains steady with plenty of snapper, grouper, ajs on the 8 mile reef system. 
Tight lines, 

Capt. Jonathan 

www.chaosfishingcharters.com

November 2018 Fishing Report

Snook Fishing Charters Stuart, FL

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Inshore-
Fishing this week remains strong for Snook, redfish, Seatrout, Jacks, & Tarpon. Freelined mullet is still going to be the bait of choice as we are approaching the tail end of the mullet run. Fishing around structure will be best for Snook & reds. Open water with shallow grass flats will yield more trout. Deep water bends or channels will be a great place to soak a large mullet for a bigger tarpon. Shrimp fishing remains strong when bottom fishing around structure. You can expect plenty of snapper, redfish, flounder, ladyfish, sheepshead, blackdrum, & some pompano in the mix.

Nearshore-
Spanish mackerel are starting to make a showing off local beaches & nearshore reefs. Also plenty of Jacks, pompano, snapper, sheepshead, bluefish, & even a few permit. Fishing jigs or spoons will work best for macks & blues. Shrimp or crabs will work for a variety of other critters when doing this style of fishing. Bonitas are around in full force, just look for crashing water, cast a spoon or jig into the middle of the breaking water & hold on! Make sure to get them in quickly as the sharks aren’t far behind.

Offshore-
With approaching cold fronts & north winds, our main focus should be mahi & sails. Trolling ballyhoo in depths of 80-150′ will more than likely produce a box full of dinner. Also mixed in are plenty of cobia, blackfin tuna, bonita, kingfish, & a few wahoo. If the trolling isn’t red hot or the action seems to have leveled off, switch gears and break out the bottom rods. Bottom fishing has been good using chicken rigs with squid on the 6 & 8 mile reef for snapper, cobia, kingfish, porgies, grunts, grouper, & black seabass.

Tight Lines,
Capt. Jonathan
www.chaosfishingcharters.com

September 2018 Fishing Report

Cobia Fishing Charter Stuart

Inshore, Nearshore, & offshore Report. Click to read full report with photos.

Fishing inshore this week has been stellar for snook(28″-32″ slot size. 1 per person.). Clients this week have all been targeting & catching personal best snook. Mostly fishing larger live baits around our St. Lucie inlet. Biggest caught by clients this week is 43″ so far. Keeper size fish have also been plentiful. Again using live bait near structure has been an ideal way to target these keeper sized snook with great success. Redfish are lingering around if you know where to look. Fishing a shrimp on a jig head is your best bet. Snapper fishing has been steadily improving with snappers commonly being legal size to keep(5 per person, 10″ min size when fishing inshore). Mullet are starting to make an appearance but the run is not in full swing yet, in the next few weeks we can expect the annual migration of large schools of mullet through our region.

Nearshore action should start to heat up soon. North winds will start to drive down lots of Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Jack crevelles, & ladyfish. Nearshore reefs are great spots to stop and bend the rods with steady fish catching action. Nearshore wrecks will still be holding some kingfish, cobia, snapper, and a few goliath groupers. Tarpon will be along the beaches chasing schools of mullet as the annual mullet run starts this month.

This week offshore the main focus will be snapper & mahi. Snapper fishing around 6 & 8 mile reef has been excellent for mutton, mangrove, lane, & vermillion snappers when bottom fishing. If trolling is more your speed then zip out to depths of 120′ or greater and set out a nice ballyhoo spread around or along a nice condition such as a weedline, current edge, and or color change. Trolling at 4-6 knots is ideal for covering ground and catching mahi. If you come across a large school of mahi simply stop the boat and cast at the school & keep one mahi in the water close to the boat to keep the school of mahi near the boat until you have caught your limit. You can also expect a few Sailfish, kingfish, wahoo, & blackfin tuna in the mix as well while trolling.

Tight Lines,
Capt. Jonathan
www.chaosfishingcharters.com

July 2018 Fishing Report

Tarpon Fishing Stuart, FL

Fishing inshore in July is always an excellent month to target trophy sized snook, large tarpon, big jacks, & black drum. Trophy sized snook fishing near local inlets will be best using live bait. Heavier tackle is suggested. A short quick fight on these large breeding fish will ensure a safe release. Try to avoid using to light of tackle. Light tackle wears the fish out, once they become to exhausted they tend to float away & get picked off by sharks. Keep this in mind when targeting snook during the summer spawn. Tarpon are holding in good numbers along local beaches & in the river around large schools of bait. Trolling baits around the edges of bait fish schools is an effective way to target these inshore giants. Black drum are holding around any of our local bridges. Shrimp on a jig head worked along the bottom is a great way to bring a few home for dinner. Also Sheepshead & tripletail now have updated regulations. Tripletail- 18″ min size. Sheepshead- same size (12″) lower bag limit 8 per person. https://myfwc.com/news/news-releases/2018/april/26/sheepshead-tripletail/

Fishing nearshore has been excellent this week. Mahi, Kingfish, Snapper, & cobia are lingering around schools of baitfish. Lots of greenies are along local beaches, which is a good sign for fishing nearshore. Cobia, kingfish, mahi are all holding around nearshore wrecks this week. Snappers are on nearshore reefs. Bottom fishing with cut bait is a sure fire way to bring a few home to the fryer. Tarpon & permit are roaming the beaches too. Freelining crabs or greenies will give you ample opportunity to catch a few of these prized fish along the beach & on local nearshore wrecks.

Mahi fishing remains strong in 1500′. Trolling inshore in 150-300′ you can expect plenty of bonita, sails, kingfish, & blackfin tuna. Smaller tuna are holding good in 300′. Bottom fishing remains steady for snapper, grouper, seabass, triggerfish, & porgies. Bottom fishing 70-180′ should produce a variety of species. Keep a cobia jig onboard as well. A few have been roaming in 70-90′ over the past few days on the 6 & 8 mile reef system.

Tight Lines,
Capt. Jonathan
www.chaosfishingcharters.com

June 2018 Fishing Report

Amber Jack Fishing Stuart, FL

Fishing this week we can expect to catch lots of snook & tarpon locally near & around our St. Lucie Inlet. Remember, snook season is now closed and will remain closed until September. Harvest prohibited, but none the less fishing live baits is a great way to ensure a successful day on the water for snook & tarpon during summer months. Fish near or around structure for snook. Tarpon tend to hang out further away from structure in open bays, channels, river bends, etc. I typically suggest fishing mullet or crabs for tarpon & sardines, pilchards, & or greenies for snook this month. Bottom fishing for flounder, snapper, croaker, sheepshead is a good option if you just feel like tossing some shrimp out on the bottom, you should catch a few of these species.

Fishing nearshore has been tough this week. We still have cold water lingering around but it also means more snapper will be closer to shore. They will take more convincing to get a bite but they will be larger on average. Bigger vermillion snapper have been in good numbers in 55′ of water around structure. Also mixed in are mutton, mangrove, lane, & even red snappers this week. Cobia fishing has been hit or miss. Dirty water has made sight fishing very difficult at best. Goliath groupers are starting to show up around local nearshore wrecks as well. Some tarpon can be found along the beach throughout the day along with jacks & permit.

Again cold water has made fishing somewhat difficult this week when fishing offshore. Strong currents should remain for a few more days then slow down to a fishable pace. Trolling has been fair for mahi, tuna, & sailfish lately. Mahi are ranging in depths from 180- 350′ & 700-1100′, tunas in 300-500′, & sailfish in 70-180′. Bottom fishing has been decent for amberjacks, grouper, larger vermillion, mutton, & mangrove snappers. Live & dead cut bait have been your best bet with a fish finder rig and ample weight to hold on the bottom.

Tight Lines,
Capt. Jonathan
www.chaosfishingcharters.com

April 2018 Fishing Report

April Fishing Report Stuart, FL

Inshore-
Fishing inshore this week we can expect to catch plenty of snook & jack crevalles. Live baiting around structure close to shore will give you great odds at many snook & jacks through out the entire day. Moving tides will greatly increase the number of bites when live bait fishing for snook or jacks. Expect a few tarpon to be around in deeper channels bends, inlets, etc. Large mullet or crabs is a sure fire way to catch tarpon during april. Few snappers are being caught locally inshore but most are small, as we get closer to summer we can expect them to reach a larger size better suited for the dinner table. Bottom fishing with shrimp still remains strong with lots of action from sheepshead, snapper, tripletail, flounder, snook, croaker, redfish, & black drum.

Nearshore-
Cobia is our main focus this week. clients are catching 2-3 a trip on average during the month of April. fish are generally 20-30 lbs. but expect a few 50lbs or bigger during the spring run. Live bait fishing or sight casting with jigs is an excellent way to target cobia with great success. If your not sure the cobia is leagal size,(33″ to the fork of tail) then use a landing net to ensure a safe release if not legal size. Snapper fishing has been steady over the past few trips with lots of nice lanes, mangroves, & mutton snapper being caught regularly when bottom fishing nearshore reefs & wrecks. Kingfish & bonita are very active lately so soak a surface bait with wire for kings or a circle hook rig with mono leader for bonita & cobia.

Offshore-
Fishing offshore in April can be very hit or miss when trolling. With that being said, I always have some cut bait or vertical jigs as a back up if the trolling just isn’t happening. If the trolling is hot expect good action from Mahi as we typically get a good migration of them during April & May. A few wahoos are being caught high speed trolling around push button hill. Vertical jigging around push button hill will also produce nice blackfin tuna this time of year when the conditions are right. Also, kingfishing with planners & wire rig ballyhoo is an excellent idea if the surface trolling bite looks bleak. Bottom fishing deeper wrecks & reefs will produce good numbers of amberjacks, grouper, & cobia this time of year so make sure your tackle is adequate size.

Tight Lines,
Capt. Jonathan
www.chaosfishingcharters.com

March Fishing Report

Grouper Fishing Stuart, FL

Snook fishing will be our main focus this week. Bait fishing will be your best bet around local bridges & structure. Sheepshead, black drum, flounder, triple tail are all still readily available when fishing shrimp in our very own beautiful Indian river. Big jacks are also cruising local seawalls so use heavy tackle with larger baits to target trophy sized fish this time of year. Pompano fishing has been hit or miss around the st lucie inlet when fishing bottom rigs or jigging the flats. bring a few extra jigs due to heavy concentrations of bluefish, ladyfish, & spanish mackerel.

Fishing nearshore this week our main focus will be cobia, snapper, & mackerel. Nearshore wrecks an reefs are a sure fire way to fill the fish box during the month of March. Bottom fishing with cut bait will catch a variety of snappers this time of year. Jigging with 1-3 oz cobia jigs is an excellent way to catch a larger tastier fish for the frying pan. Spanish mackerel fishing remains strong down at pecks lake. Sheepshead are around local reefs so drop some live shrimp down for steady action!

This week lots of boats are reporting good action on blackfin tuna about 10 miles offshore. Mahis are mixed in and also can be found along current edges & weedlines anywhere from 90′-400′. Trolling small feathers will yield steady action on tuna, mahi, & bonitas. Trolling ballyhoo will give you a better shot at larger Mahis & sailfish. Most action has been from 160-200′ of water over the past few days. Bottom fishing remains strong with plenty of snapper & grouper action. Some cobia are being caught on deeper reefs while bottom fishing when using larger baits or vertical jigging as well. Kingfishing has been steady in 60-140′ when trolling planers with ballyhoo with wire leaders an flashy seawiches.

Tight Lines,
Capt. Jonathan
www.chaosfishingcharters.com