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Jun 1, 2017 Fishing Report Fishing Report Archives

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Coastal Angler Magazine


FORECAST BY: Capt. Rocky Carbia

June will open the window to the start of the forever Florida summer season.  Generous amounts of solar heat and sunshine will illuminate an offshore ocean that will welcome the near coastal anglers of Martin County. Bottom fishing will again be this month`s best offshore strategy decision for “meat hunting”, allowing anglers to target the many species of snapper and grouper that populate area reef zones. The open catch and keep season on most species of grouper will be in full swing during the days of June, as fishing crews continue to dial in their precise positioning skills over top of structures in 70 to 180 feet of water. Deep artificial reefs located in 150 to 180 feet, just east of our St. Lucie Inlet, will be location specific hot spots and will prove to be fish magnets for all species of saltwater fish, especially large gag grouper. Bottom fishing strategies will also allow fishing crews to deploy a dead stick surface spread of flat lines with live or dead baits that enable fisherman to catch top water species like mahi, king mackerel, and sailfish, while actively bottom fishing at the same time. This method of covering the entire water column will increase all around fishing success and increases the potential for stand-up excitement. Besides bottom drops on some of our deeper structures, anglers who cherish a snapper dinner, will angle towards the expansive southern reef line in depths of 60 to 80 feet of water, east of Hobe Sound and Tequesta, where many species of snapper tend to reside. Large representatives of the mutton, mangrove, and cubera family of snapper patrol these reef contours and are prize saltwater trophies for even the most seasoned of offshore anglers. Cobia will also be found among these naturally occurring coral reef zones, known to locals as “The Loran Tower Ledge”.  The days of June will offer a sun-toasted backdrop for grocery getting fisherman who fish the entire water column in the near coastal waters of the Treasure Coast.


FORECAST BY: Capt. Scott Fawcett

Summer is starting and none too soon. We have had a heck of a choppy spring and I know we’re all glad that the calm weather and decent summer fishing has finally started. June is a great time of year for everything! Roll the dice, or throw a dart. It’s time for sailfish, dolphin, blackfin tuna and wahoo around the 8 Mile Reef, the hill, and good current edges. Trolling dead bait, or slow trolling or drifting live baits both work great this time of year. Grouper, snapper, cobia, and seabass are on the reefs and along the bottom. The one thing I’ve learned over time with bottom fishing, is bigger baits equal bigger fish. it’s amazing how big a grouper’s and even a snapper’s mouth will open. Tarpon, permit, snook, and jacks along the beaches and nearshore wrecks are super fun to target this time year. Pitching live crabs, live mullet or greenies or even artificials is a great way to spend the day fighting fish and staying busy. If you’re looking for something a little more exotic, swordfish and yellowfin tuna are definitely a target species in a June.  This is one of my favorite times to fish off the Treasure Coast, the hardest part deciding what to target. Live bait is usually readily available this time a year so whether it’s stopping at the mouth of the Pocket and getting it from Dave or using sabiki rigs to jig them up yourself, I definitely recommend starting your day with that. From there, trolling, jigging, live baiting, sight fishing, hunting birds on your radar, or waiting for your blackfin sword rod to double over, the choice is yours.


FORECAST BY: Capt. John Young

Inshore action should be hot this month along with the weather. The mornings will be calm so make it a priority to get out early before the afternoon heat shuts down the bite. With the closing of snook season, you can look for good catch and release action in and around the St. Lucie Inlet on both tides. Best bet is live bait on circle hooks. Handle the big girls with TLC because these fish are carrying the eggs for our future stock. The flats will be red hot for trout and reds at first light. On the east side, fish the mangroves and points or west side working the docks and the edges of the flat. Fish topwater plugs that are “walk the dog“ style to get their attention like a Zara Spook or Skitterwalk. This time of year, chrome is good and all white. Be adventurous by fishing the flats during a full moon in June and I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised at the action you will see and encounter. Look for big jacks doing the circle swim in the green water off the beach if you want to test your drag and equipment. Wear your Costas and keep the waterways clean.


FORECAST BY: Chris Sharp

June is hot and with that comes wind and rain showers in the afternoon.  From the shore anglers will lose a lot of sleep the next few months. This is because this is the time to catch a lot of fish without a boat. Let’s start with my favorite, the snook.

If you live on the Treasure Coast, you would have to say we live in the snook capital of the world. On any day, you can catch 20 or more snook a day. The beach will offer your best chance with spawning fish and some really big ones up to 40 inches. I use only circle hooks on my plugs and use heavy gear to get them in fast. I use Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnows in black and silver on 50-pound leader. The new LIVETARGET Shad Soft Bait can’t be beat. Look for big schools of snook at inlets, and being on the top of the list is Sebastian Inlet where during the summer this inlet will hold a lot of bait. Fort Pierce Inlet, Walton Rocks and Bathtub Beach are your best beaches. The water is warm, so the tarpon bite will be strong. Look to get a lot of hook ups during the night at Stuart Causeway and Jensen Beach Causeway. A moving tide is best. Get some big pilchards or finger mullet, use a number 9 circle hook tied to 80-pound leader tied to 65-pound braid with an 8-foot heavy rod. I like to work the shadow line and just let it go swimming out there with current.

Permit fishing can be hot in June, just look for the fish to be around the power plant on the beach. Look for an early morning bite right on the inshore reefs and you can’t beat a jig head with a piece of shrimp. Drink a lot of water and have fun. Tight lines.

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