Welcome aboard the Reel Busy and our St. Lucie Inlet fishing report. Stuart Florida fishing’s been good but the sea conditions have been a bit too sporty the last week or so. The coldest front of the year is pushing through over the next 24 hours and we look forward to a good bite as the conditions settle down a bit.
There’s been plenty of threadfins east/southeast of the inlet in 40 to 50 feet of water. They’re mixed in with horn bellies but if you keep your sabiki rig about 15 feet deep, above the horn bellies you’ll catch more threadfins and less horn bellies.
The dolphin or mahi mahi bite’s been good on most days off the loran tower ledges. The color change has been drifting in and out with the shifting winds so some days we’ve had our best bite in 140 feet to 180 feet and other days it’s been over 300 feet of water. Most of the dolphin have been 5 to 10 pounds but we’ve caught several over 20 pounds this month.
The sailfish bite’s been hit & miss and we’ve been lucky enough to catch 1 or 2 on most of our charters but there hasn’t been a red hot sailfish bite this year. Hopefully this latest cold front will fire them up and we’ll see a few more sailfish next week.
There’s plenty of kingfish and bonita on the reefs & wrecks and with all the bait near shore the cobia fishing should fire up by the end of the month. There’s been a few cobia scattered about the spots but the best cobia fishing is yet to come.
We’ll be back in about 10 days with another St. Lucie Inlet fishing report from the Reel Busy. Capt. Wayne Brodeur, 772-341-6609 reelbusycharters.com