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AUGUST 13, 2009

INSHORE - The trout bite has been red hot in 2 to 4 feet of water both to the north and south in the river. Try a live shrimp and fish it under a popping cork at places like Bear Point, Midway Road, Harbor Branch and at the Moorings. The catch and release snook action has slowed a bit but, there are still some reports about fishing in the Ft. Pierce Inlet. Mostly it has been from anglers who are there when the bite turns on. Also, some over the slot size redfish are there too and taking live baits. The snapper bite along the channel edges continues to be good for anglers using small, live white baits. Also, there has been a good snapper bite around both the North & South Bridges.

OFFSHORE - I have had reports of a steady cobia bite around the bait schools and the near shore reefs. Try a live bait or a Cobia Slayer by Gulfstream. Most of the cobia caught have been between 25 and 50 pounds. There is still a really good kingfish action in 20 to 40 feet of water and the top bait has been a blue runner. We have had several dolphin come in but they have all been small. The biggest one was 13.11 pounds. The dolphin have been caught in 60 to 90 feet of water on a ballyhoo -- both naked and skirted. The bottom fishing over the reefs and wrecks remains steady for snapper, sea bass and triggerfish. The biggest snapper coming in was 11.4 pounds. Look for tarpon along the beaches at first light and just before dark.

JUNIOR TEEN ANGLERS - The first from shore fishing tournament of the new school year will be held on Saturday -- August 29th at 9:00am at Harbour Pointe Park in Ft. Pierce. Junior Teen Angers is for the 5 to 11 age group. If you want more info you can call 772-201-5773 or 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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