The St. Lucie Inlet has been productive the past few weeks with a wide variety of fish being caught. Earlier in March it seemed to be sheephead city with several trips yeilding over 25 fish per trip. Recently we have seen an increase in snook and black drum along the south side. Most snook are running under the slot with the black drum around three pounds. We did manage to catch our first permit and bonefish of the year. The permit was around five pounds banging a Capt. Joes pompano jig and the bonefish enhaled a live shrimp on a trollrite in the crossroads area.
Last Friday I took out the film crew from the new television show "Foul Hookd".These guys were in town all week in Jensen Beach staying at nearby Caribbean Shores. We fished south to the St. Lucie Inlet catching snook, mangrove snapper, jacks along with a rare three foot long ribbonfish. I remember back in the 70's, you could not fish the Indian River without hooking into ribbonfish. Over the last few decades their population in this area has vanished. We also fished up the St. Lucie River to the dime bridge for a decent bite of black drum running 5-6 pounds. We ended up in the Sailfish Flats releasing a bunch of ladyfish. Foul Hookd aires on Saturday night at 10:30pm on the Sportsman Channel.
I did finally get to target some tripletail last week along the Sewells Point docks in the St. Lucie along with crab trap floats and channel markers north of the Jensen Causeway on the Indian River. No tripletail around but we did manage six flounder to three pound along with a eight pound black drum and assorted snappers. The trout bite remains decent around the power plant on the west side in 3-4 feet.
Capt. Bob Bushholz www.catch22fish.net