On the Atlantic Ocean coast of Florida stretches of land from St. Lucie Inlet to Sebastian Inlet called the Treasure Coast. Among the destinations in St. Lucie County is the seaside community of Fort Pierce. If you are looking for a vacation that provides plenty of on-land fishing, Fort Pierce can offer a number of piers and jetties that are ideal for anglers searching for that trophy fish. Fisherman can also check out Fort Pierce Inlet State Park where surf fishing remains a popular destination.
Often called the "Sunrise City," Fort Pierce is home to an abundance of natural and artificial reefs that make for all types of fishing and diving. The Indian River Lagoon Estuary provides a refuge for more than 4,000 plant and animal species. You can visit the revitalized waterfront downtown area, which has retained its old Florida charm. The area offers contemporary shopping, dining, great fishing and a range of entertainment and activities like Bike Night, Friday Fest, The Farmers' Market, and the city-owned and -operated 1,200-seat Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Fishing Report-South Indian River
August brings hot weather, but it has also carries a lot of rain. Afternoon thunderstorms are the norm this time of year. The rain is much needed for the area with all the dry weather St. Lucie has had this summer. Plan your outside adventures carefully and keep your eye on the radar as these storms can brew up quickly. Hot, humid conditions will continue throughout the month.
The glass minnows are swarming on the Treasure Coast and that brings a lot of hungry fish to feed on them this time of year. Tarpon are around the area now and you can find them in numerous areas, like the beaches, inlets and channels. DOA TerrorEyz is a local favorite for these fish. Top water and live baits will work as well. Bonito, jacks, and mackerel are following the bait schools in with the incoming tides. Make sure to watch for the water boils as these fish feed on the schools.
The Redfish are hanging under the mangroves. You can find plenty of Snook there as well. Trout will be feeding in the shallow grass flats early in the morning and late in the day and moving to deeper water as the sun warms the water. DOA shrimp or CAL jerk baits are worthy choices for shallow water fishing.
Fishing Report-Ten Cent Bridge-St. Lucie/Inlet
There has been a considerable amount of monster Snook hanging around the Ten Cent Bridge rubble along with big goliath grouper. If you decide to fish this area, the water quality is murky at best but the fish are there. Around the inlet on the higher tides and first of the outgoing, the Snook fishing has been outstanding. D.O.A. TerrorEyz in the brown/clown color bounced off the bottom has been producing plenty of fish lately. For the live baiters there a plenty of pilchards and sardines to free line for Snook in the inlet. In the crossroads you may not see tarpon rolling but they are riding the tides. Anchor up and position live baits with 8/0 circle hooks on a reel with plenty of 40-pound main line. These tarpon are 90-plus pounds, so get ready for a fight. The jetty rocks have some big mangroves and Cubera Snapper eating live baits. Fish early for Trout and Redfish up by Ankona using walk the dog style plugs like Zara Spooks and Top Dogs. Cast near docks with shrimp on a popping cork or D.O.A. C.A.L. jigs for fish hiding in the shade.
Offshore Fishing Report-Fort Peirce
Snook, jacks, tarpon and permit will be migrating along the beaches, as will cobia, which are feeding on freshly hatched turtles as they make their way to open water. Dolphin wahoo, Blackfin Tuna and Sailfish will be along the reefs and current edges of the Gulf Stream and the hot summer months of July and August are the ideal time to put baits down deep on a downrigger. It is crucial to have a wire leader on this bait as wahoo, kingfish and barracuda are expected. Scylla lures have been working exceptionally well for in the area as well. Trolling might be the way to go and will most likely give you an advantage this month. While there are some fish around, it seems like they are extremely concentrated this time of year and by covering more ground a little faster, you are able to find them more frequently. Once you find a target area, then set out the live baits and focus your efforts there. Various snapper, amberjacks, cobia and the occasional grouper will be found along the reefs and shallow water structures and anything from cut bait to jigs to live bait will work well for them. Lobster season is set to start on the 6th of August so get your stamp and be on the lookout for bugs. `