Hello Fish Fans and welcome to our St. Lucie Inlet Fishing Report. The multiple cold fronts of March have only let us get offshore a few times a week. We’ve had a few good days since our last report but some days we’re pitifully slow for this time of year. Hopefully todays front is the last of them and we’ll get back to catching our springtime fish. Sailfish, dolphin, tuna, kingfish, cobia and wahoo.
The sailfish bites been pitifully slow on most days but they’re still scattered about and any day can be a great day. We caught and released 6 sailfish on a 3/4 day last week and never saw one on the other 3 days we fished. We should get one or two in the spread on most days in April and any day can be a great day.
The dolphin bites been hit and miss. We only had one double digit dolphin day and threw back half of them. There’s been allot of mini mahi and schoolsize dolphin but only a few heavy lifters or gaffers. Overall the dolphin bites been pitifully slow on most days. The good news is April’s just around the corner and that’s prime time dolphin fishing off the coast of Stuart.
The blackfin tuna that started showing up earlier this month all but disappeared. There’s been a few scattered about the last couple of weeks and they’ll be back in numbers as soon as the waters warm up a bit.
The cold fronts have kept the kingfish population down south and they’ll migrate up the coast in April as the waters warm up again. There’s been a few kingfish scattered about the usual spots but should be good in the coming weeks.
The wahoo bites not red hot but we’ve been catching one here and there, especially around the full moon.
With a slow bite on the troll we spent some time bottom fishing on a couple of our charters. The deep water snapper bites been excellent when the currents not screaming. Vermillion snapper are big and plentiful out deep but you’ll earn them fishing in 300 feet of water. Moving into the 100 foot reefs we bent the rods catching, venting and releasing a couple dozen genuine red snapper. Sure would’ve been nice to keep a few for dinner.