Stuart Florida Fishing Report: 12-16-11

The inshore fishing has remained pretty good along the Treasure Coast. The weather has been crazy the past three weeks with high winds out of the NE UP TO 25 but there's always a place to hide inshore. The larger boats have been able to make it outside but with seas running over 6 feet, many recreational fishermen have been waiting it out. This morning (Friday) is the calmest I've seen it in weeks so the seas should get back down. The Spanish Mackerel are sure to be at Peck's Lake now and I plan on starting some mackerel trips shortly.

Otherwise, inside the inlet we have seen a few snook along with tons of jacks and ladyfish mixed in. Pompano and sheephead have been on the slow side but I expect them to pick up in the near future. The pompano I have seen have been in the sailfish flats and Hell's Gate area and really none at the Stuart Causeway. However, the causeway has been holding a nice mix of black drum to 6 lbs, croaker, sheepshead, mangrove snapper and a few snook. Also the last month we have been catching ribbonfish like it was the 1970's.

Trout fishing remains good along with a few flounder north of the Jensen Causeway in 3-4 feet on both sides of the river. Trout opens again January 1st and snook is closed now till February 1st. With the seas calming down and better visability I look for the pompano bite to start increasing in the next few days.

Happy Holidays

Capt. Bob Bushholz
(772) 530-1496