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JANUARY 23, 2010

INSHORE - The inshore fishing has improved some from last week with more anglers reporting catches. The most action is still coming from the spanish mackerel and bluefish that are around the Ft. Pierce Inlet. They have been hitting spoons or a small piece of cut bait. I also got reports of a fair trout bite around mid morning at places like Bear Point and at Harbor Branch. The top baits seem to be a soft plastic bait fished slow along the deeper edges of the flats or a live shrimp fished under a popping cork and fish around the grass beds. I am still getting a few sighting of redfish around the Jack island area but the fish are being very picky. I did get a few reports from anglers that used a piece of cut ladyfish and they did have a couple of hook ups. The area bridges are holding sandperch, black drum, croakers and bluefish. All of these fish have been taking live shrimp.

OFFSHORE - The sailfish bite has slowed down some but, there has still been fish reported by anglers in 100 to 130 feet of water and the sails were taking ballyhoo. I did get reports of some nice dolphin in about 160 feet of water and again they were taking ballyhoo. The kingfish bite has been good with fish to 40 pounds being reported in 36 to 60 feet of water to the north of the Ft. Pierce Inlet and they were taking live baits. Along the beaches there has been pompano are starting to make a good showing and they are taking sandfleas. Also, plenty of spanish mackerel and bluefish along the beaches.

BRAGGING BOARD - Wally Dressel caught a 25 pound black drum while fishing in the Ft. Pierce Inlet. Al & Carlene Kessler caught 22 sandperch on Thursday while bottom fishing in the Ft. Pierce Inlet. They were using fresh dead shrimp. Jesse Pfeiffer caught 3 kingfish over 40 pounds while fishing out of the Ft. Pierce Inlet.

TEEN ANGLERS - Last Sunday's inshore tournament was rescheduled for this Sunday due to the weather. Hopefully they will get to fish this week. For more info on Teen Anglers just go to the web at National Teen Anglers

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 Indian River Lagoon Fishing Charters - Ft. Pierce Fishing Charters - Vero Beach Fishing Charters - Capt. Joe Ward

Capt. Joe Ward

Capt. Joe's River Charters

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