Capt. Bob Bushholz's Fishing Report March 1,
The last couple of weeks we have spent several trips sitting right
outside the St. Lucie Inlet catching an assortment of fish including
pompano, lane and mangrove snappers,bluefish, sheephead, jacks, blue
runners, black margates, and mackerel mainly on shrimp and
trollrites. We did run south to Peck's Lake twice recently only
spending a short time there. Lot's of netters around but nobody was
catching much. The spanish bite this year has been weird. I'm sure
if you wait them out, eventually they will turn on but on a four
hour trip I need to find fish fast.
Inside the inlet has been decent with ladyfish, pompano,
bluefish, goliath grouper and jacks. Both incoming and outgoing have
been producing. Yes the water turned brown again a few weeks ago but
not quite as bad as it was in December. We are still recieving a
nice flushout on incoming tide which to me is important.
The bridges have been hot for snook mainly in the evening and
early morning. The catwalks on the Jensen Causeway are open. Live
shrimp or DOA terrorize on the bottom have been working well. Some
trout around the docks in between the causeways but it seems the
best bite is north of the power lines where the bait is more
We did catch 5 more tripletail since the last report. All the
fish have been between 6 and 10 pounds. Look for the larger ones
over 20 pounds to show around May. We have been mixing it up with
shrimp and soft rubber baits for the tripletail. The trout bite up
to the power lines has been slow, however when the water gets rough
on the flats, try throwing a redtail hawk and crank it fast.
All in all the fishing has been decent the past few months. We
are not quite back to "pre hurricane" numbers but the
water has been cleaner (except for the inlet the past few weeks) and
baitfish are slowly returning. It's good to see birds diving again.
Capt. Bob Bushholz