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Final Point
07-25-2011, 12:18 AM
With our bait shop now open and right in the inlet, a lot of you have been stoping by and telling us how you've been doing.

Inshore:

The redfish bite seemed to be doing pretty good this weekend with several nice slot fish coming from the flats south of the inlet. The storms Sun morning seemed to really fire them up because after it passed one customer(along with his 2 sons) ended up with 7 in 90 minutes using DOA's, Spooks, and Top Dogs. They also picked one up on a nice handpicked shrimp.

The mango bite has been consistant and very productive withing 5 miles of the inlet. Another customer in a kayak pulled 7 nice 2-3lb mangos from around a spoil island. He was using small pin/pig fish on a fishfinder rig. The mangos were holding tight to the rocks. As a bonus he also picked up 2 nice flounder in the same area. The nice thing about these mangos is that they will bite pretty much all day. So after the morning trout/red bite has slowed down there are still plenty of fish to target.

The inlet was yielding some nice catch and release Redfish for those that wanted to brave the rough conditions at the mouth. The best catches came from those that were drifting nice sized pins with a #1 split shot on 40-50lb floro leader. Some nice flounder and a mangrove snapper or 2 were caught by those fishermen who anchored to the West of the bridge along the North side of the inlet. They were using live shrimp and small pins for bait.

Offshore:

The bait on the beach was pretty much non-existant this weekend, and the bait on Bethel were only small cigar minnows with a few juvenile goggle eyes mixed in. The water temps were also much, much warmer than last weekend(last weekend the water was 76ish and this weekend it was up to 83 by Sun afternoon). The bonita have been chasing glass minnows within 2 miles of the beach. They are scattered, but by following the birds/bait they are easily found. These guys are a blast on light tackle.

A few reports came in for dolphin but they were far and few between. One guy had a nice 15lb phin swim up to his boat in 55ft while bottom fishing. A couple of solo fish were caught between 110-130ft, and the big winner was a crew that caught 6 dolphin on Sat in 300ft. Kingfishing has been slow to say the least, but a few snakes have been showing themselves between 40-60ft of water NE of the inlet. Ballyhoo with a kingduster or a large diving plug like a Mann Stretch 30 seemed to be the hot ticket.

Bottom fishing was slow all week except for the endangered black sea bass. Slobslayer reported that while trying to catch bait he was catching 3 keepers at a time on the sabiki!! This was just one of several good catch reports that came in this weekend. A chicken rig baited with squid or cut sardines produced very well. A few mangos were also caught in that 40ft stuff off of Vero.

Diving:

That Tropical Storm swell from last weekend still has the beach kicked up. Several boats that were out scouting for mini season reported snotty vis but nice numbers of lobster on third reef and on the reefs in 30-40ft off of Vero. Naturaly, the closer to Ft. Pierce the clearer the water became. The vis on the bottom in 60ft was 15' with only a slight thermocline. Bottom temp was 73 degrees. There was a lot of life down there, but very few lobster were seen. In 75ft due E of the inlet the bottom temp was 71 degrees and the vis was down to 8-10ft. The lobster seemed to be a little more plentiful out there. The 90ft ledge just off of Bethel had 12' of bottom vis, 72 degree temps, and LOTS of lobster.

Mini Season opens up officialy at 12:01 Wednesday morning and lasts until 11:59pm Thursday. We will be open from 6am til 6pm to serve all those divers who are out to get there 12 lobster limit. We have a good selection of dive gear so stop by on your way out. Also bring in your big catch and we will weigh it for you so that your bragging rights will be secured!!

Thanks to all of you who have stopped by to see us, and to those who havn't we hope to see you on the water!!

satbeachbill
07-25-2011, 11:51 AM
Now that's a fishing report! Thanks for putting that together.....and good luck on your new floating store.

samrh
07-26-2011, 09:27 AM
Well done Ryan. Excellent report.
You are providing a great service to all the fisher people of the area. Haven't been out to see ya yet but I hope to get out this week. Been hunting those delicious scallops out west.

Best of Luck :Rockon

Keystroke
07-26-2011, 11:16 AM
Nice report Ryan.
I'm sure people are realizing that you can supply some current intel when they stop by and visit your shop.
We''ll stop by Wed/Thursday to get the latest updates and pick up a few things.
What kind of live bait will you have in stock?

bigmanT33
07-26-2011, 12:18 PM
That is one of the best reports Ive seen on here! Excellent! I will be stopping by Thursday or Friday!

Final Point
07-26-2011, 03:25 PM
Thanks all!! It's great to have the support of fellow forum members.

We have been carrying live shrimp, pinfish, pigfish, and a few mullet(but they have been going fast). Frozen we have everything....1+2 hook wire ballyhoo, 1+2 hook mono ballyhoo, unrigged hoo in 4 sizes, squid in 1lb and 5lb boxes, sardines, cigar minnows, chum, shrimp, clams, finger mullet, and sword squids both rigged and unrigged.

Bigman....we are only open weekends and holidays. So for this week we will be open Wed, Thurs, Sat, and Sun.

The latest intel for mini season is that the beach is pretty blown out. Vis in most places is under 5ft. The 30-40 ft stuff off Vero is looking pretty good, as well as out deeper. For all of you that are doing the midnight ride be careful out there and stop by and show us your catch on the way to the ramp.

We will also be offering rental tanks during mini season.

See you on the water!!

native son
07-26-2011, 03:26 PM
wish we had a report for the port area like this, well done!

Nosushi4u
07-27-2011, 12:57 PM
Good luck with your store! Where is it located? I'd like to come by and get some pinfish.

Coolweiser
07-27-2011, 02:31 PM
Well versed report and services offered. The tank rental during mini season is great!

Bluewaterfever
07-27-2011, 05:10 PM
Nice report! Thats what this forum needs, not the old BS. Cant wait till i get down there and get a chance to fish.

Look Out Below
07-27-2011, 05:50 PM
Well done on the report and PLEASE keep that up, this is what we need around here! :thumbsup