August 2018 Fishing Report

August Fishing Report Stuart, FL

Fishing this week has been excellent for Large breeding snook near local inlets and surrounding bays. Live bait fishing is going to produce the most fish & bigger fish. Tarpon fishing remains steady in beds in channels bays etc. Fishing larger live baits or dead cut bait on the bottom for desired results. Heavy leader & stronger circle hooks recommended when targeting tarpon in late summer & fall. Snapper fishing has been ok fishing around structure. Limit 5 per person and a 10″ min size limit for mangrove snappers when fishing inshore. Big jack crevelles are roaming around our inlets an bays. Large topwaters will make for an explosive topwater bite from these ferocious predators. Again make sure you beef up your tackle, these fish are 10-40lbs on average during summer months.

Fishing local nearshore reefs & wrecks this week we can expect to see plenty of Cobia, bonita, kingfish, snapper, progies, almaco jacks, sharks, & goliath groupers. Fishing live greenies will ensure plenty of kingfish & bonita bites. Keep a cobia jig handy just incase one of those tasty brown critters swims up boat side. Drop a bonita down to the bottom on heavy tackle for some goliath grouper action. Remember these fish are protected so it is illegal to take them from the water(catch & release only). Bottom fishing with chicken rigs is a sure fire way to catch some lanes, vermilions, grunts, porgies for the dinner table.

Fishing offshore has been steady for sailfish, blackfin tuna, mahi, bonita, & kingfish. Slowtrolling live greenies or bluerunners has been you best shot trolling this week. trolling dead ballyhoo is a close second if you don’t have the time or cant find any live bait for the day. Trolling in 90-280′ has yielded the best action over the past few days. if your mahi fishing you may have to run 15-30 miles out to find any concentrations of mahi during summer months. Sailfish have been steady in 90-160′. Kings are all over 70-90′ depths. Bottom fishing in 70-140′ will produce plenty of food for the dinner table. Grouper, snapper, porgies, ajs have all been plentiful if you are marking life on the bottom. Chicken rigs and fish finder rigs will ensure plenty of bites from the bottom.

Tight Lines,
Capt. Jonathan

May 2018 Fishing Report

Mahi Offshore Fishing

Snook continues to be the primary target this week. Keeper sized fish will be most prevalent this month as we approach the seasonal closure for the summer spawn. Areas near local inlets will have large concentrations of snook during spring & summer months. Live baits like mullet or pilchards are a sure fire way to catch plenty of snook day or night around structure. Jacks continue to roam open water along with bigger tarpon. Large topwaters or divers is a great way to target either species if live bait is unavailable. Seagrass is starting to show up in areas around the St. Lucie power-plant, this will make for good speckled seatrout fishing with a popping cork & live shrimp. Redfish, snook, jacks, ladyfish, & flounder will be mixed in as well around these shallow grass beds.

Fishing nearshore has been spectacular over the past few weeks for migrating cobia. Along local beaches we can find them free swimming on the surface in schools of up to 40 fish on some days. Sight casting these fish with any artificial or fly is an absolute blast. Be sure to bring a gaff along if you plan to harvest one. Jack Crevelles are also daisy-chaining along the local beaches in St. Lucie county. Nearshore wrecks & reefs are holding plenty of cobia, snapper, grouper, sharks, bonita, & kingfish lately. Live or dead bait spread out throughout the water column will ensure a bite from any fish that passes by.

This week we will predominantly be focusing on bottom fishing due to opening day of grouper season. depths of 60′ or greater will give you good odds at catching groupers this week when fishing live or dead baits on the bottom. Lager baits will produce larger grouper. a grouper rig typically consists of 60 lb. leader 6-12 ft. in length attached to a swivel with a 6-12 oz. sinker attached to our main line. I suggest using heavier tackle to ensure you can keep larger groupers from swimming back into cover on the bottom. Typically in Stuart you can expect to catch gags, blacks, reds, & scamp groupers at the start of season. Moving on to trolling- mahi fishing should heat up any day now. depths of 90′ or greater is always a good place to start around any current edges, weedlines, or floating debris. Wahoo can be caught high speed trolling around the full moon in depths of 160′-240′. Yellowfin tuna bite has been hit or miss roughly about 60-80 miles northeast of the St. Lucie Inlet this week. Lots of giant mahi have taken there place but nobody’s complaining yet. It appears most of the mahi have stayed on the other side of the gulfstream locally so far this season.

Tight Lines,
Capt. Jonathan