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APRIL 30, 2009

INSHORE - There has not been a lot to talk about this week with all the strong southeast winds. The winds have everything to the south in the river almost un fishable. But, to the north around the Round Island & Queen's Cove area I did have reports of some big trout and they were feeding on live white baits. In that same area I also had reports of small snook taking the same baits in 3 to 5 feet of water. As for the redfish -- cut bait has been the bait to use. Most of the fish reported were caught from Little Jim Bridge area north to Jack island. And, the snook have been feeding in the Ft. Pierce Inlet at the end of the out going tide for the anglers using live baits fished on the bottom.

OFFSHORE - Last Thursday and Friday there was a good dolphin bite in 220 to 240 feet of water and just a little to the north of the Ft. Pierce Inlet. Most of the fish were in the 8 to 15 pound range. I did have several boats that went to the other side of the Gulfstream and came back with nice dolphin to 35 pounds and a couple of tuna that they estimated at 60 to 65 pounds. Most of this week the sea conditions were fairly bad but, again on Wednesday of this week we had several boats go out and catch a good number of dolphin. They all reported that the fish were in 380 to 420 feet of water and caught on ballyhoo. The dolphin were from 18 to 34 pounds. They all left the dock early this morning hoping to do the same thing again today.

DOCKSIDE INN'S MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND - The Dockside Inn in Ft. Pierce will host it's first Mother's Day Weekend Fishing Tournament. On Saturday -- May 9th there will be an offshore and a inshore tournament for the guest staying at Dockside Inn. There will also be a dock fishing tournament for the kids age 12 and under. There will be cash prizes for the inshore and offshore tournament and a BBQ on Saturday night. The deadline for signing up for the tournament is May 1st. Call the Dockside Inn at 1-800-286-1745 for more info and join in on the fun. *** The new Tiki Bar "On the Edge Bar & Grill" located on the Dockside Inn property opened on April 29th. Stop by and check it out.

TEEN ANGLERS - This Sunday -- May 3rd will be the fish off for the Treasure Coast Chapter Teen Angler of the Year. The top five middle & high school Teen Anglers will be competing for this honor. Results next week.

JUNIOR TEEN ANGLERS - This Saturday is the last from shore fishing tournament for the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Junior Teen Anglers. They meet at Harbour Pointe Park in Ft. Pierce and fish from 9am until 11am. Then we award trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places in the 5 to 8 and the 9 to 11 age group. There will also be a trophy for the biggest fish of the tournament. For more info on Teen Anglers or Junior Teen Anglers just go to the web at www.teenanglers.org.

If you would like to report a catch you can e-mail me at cward11605@aol.com or call me at 772-201-5770. You can also reach me on the web at www.captjoeward.com

Capt. Joe Ward

Capt. Joe's River Charters

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