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AUGUST 27, 2009

INSHORE - The inshore fishing has been fairly productive this week with a good number of trout being reported. There has been several hot spots like Herman's Bay, the area around Pete Stone Creek, and Queen's Cove to the north. At all of these places try a live shrimp fished under a popping cork in 2 to 4 feet of water. I did get reports of some redfish showing up around the Queen's Cove area. The bait of choice has been a live shrimp or a chunk of ladyfish. There is still good catch and release snook action around the docks in the Ft. Pierce Inlet. A small white bait is the ticket. Just remember that snook season is closed for a few more days -- September 1st is the opening date. If you are looking for a fish dinner -- there are plenty of snapper and black drum along the channel edges and they are eating live shrimp.

OFFSHORE - Not much change in the reports this week. There are plenty of kingfish in 30 to 90 feet of water and they are taking live baits. There has been a lot of bonita's and cuda's to fight with and a few cobia were reported over the reefs and wrecks and they are also taking live baits. On Tuesday we had a boat get two nice wahoo. They were caught in 300 feet of water to the south of the Ft. Pierce Inlet. The fish hit a red/black skirted ballyhoo. The boats that have been bottom fishing are reporting plenty of black seabass and triggerfish -- but the snapper and grouper bite has been slow.

JUNIOR TEEN ANGLERS - This Saturday -- August 29th will be the first from shore fishing tournament of the new school year. The Junior's will fish from 9am until 11am and then we will award trophies and goodie bags. Junior Teen Anglers is for the 5 to 11 age group. You can get more info at www.teenanglers.org

TEEN ANGLERS - The local chapter of Teen Anglers will be starting their new season on September 12th when they have their first mandatory meeting. Their first inshore fishing tournament will be on Sunday -- September 13th at Jaycee Park in Ft. Pierce. Teen Anglers is for the 12 to 18 age group. If you would like more info on joining Teen Anglers or becoming a volunteer 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.captjeward.com

Capt. Joe Ward

Capt. Joe's River Charters

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