Southeast Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast

Posted on Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at 8:00 am

Includes Vero Beach, Ft. Pierce, Stuart, West Palm Beach and Lake Worth

March 3-5


Blackfin and skipjack tunas continue to save the day when the dolphin action proves a bit spotty. Scattered seaweed can make trolling difficult, almost impossible at times. Thick rafts of weed however are also conducive for holding lots of bait, which is definitely already beginning its Spring return. Absence of current has been perfect for catching vermilion snappers but the real surprise has been the quality yellowtail snapper action. Kingfish have been centered due east of Juno Pier and triggerfish have been almost impssible to avoid.

Pods of tarpon have been moving south and schools of cobia have been in the vicinity, particularly when sharks are nearby. Spanish mackerel have been scarce in the Lake Worth Lagoon but let me tell you if you like to catch barracudas, throw a tube lure in the perimeter of Peanut Island or drag a blue runner over the flats and you just might be impressed. The area is truly a fish factory, especially with the new protections in place. Schools of sardines will soon start showing off the south jetty of Lake Worth inlet. SPRING IS HERE! Sheepshead are full of spawn.


Bait never goes away completely here like it does to the north but now there is more than ever. Once the bait tank is filled the rest is easy as you take your offerings to 120 feet of water or so and wait for the sailfish to show. Big kingfish and bonito will most certainly appear either way. The big news has been the vermilion snapper bite, again indicative of very little current. Sailfish action will be better here than anywhere else in the region, even off Stuart. The spring run of cobia has yet to begin but there are still some strays on the wrecks. A few big African pompano being reported.

Spinner sharks will be around just north and south of the inlet but do be careful when fishing that close to the beach. It doesn’t take much of a sucker set to put you on the beach. A few pompano and Spanish mackerel will be in the suds along with croakers and whiting. Fish the bridges for a nice variety including mangrove snapper, sheepshead and sand perch. Live shrimp is by far best.


The fireworks continue along the beaches with pompano, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, Spinner sharks, whiting, croaker and even bonefish. The more protected waters inside will be harboring snook with fast moving water always the best time to target them. Fish structure like bridges and jetties and keep that bait near the bottom! Fish a finger mullet on the bottom for large flounder. Fish soft plastics for trout and redfish. Never overlook the value of a gold Johnson spoon.

Cobia and summertime sized bonito will be around and odds are the sharks won’t be far off either. Mutton, mangrove and large lane snappers will be artificial reefs. The fact there have been whale sharks sighted that weren’t holding cobia is testament that the spring run hasn’t started yet. Still plenty of sailfish and dolphin to target on the inshore edge of the Gulfstream. Blackfin and skipjack tunas will be the bycatch.




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