Fort Pierce Inshore 7-31-2012 Kayak Challenge Report

irishjeanirishjean Posts: 10 Greenhorn
I thought I would share a little of my last day on the water fishing in the Inshore portion of the Florida Sportsman Kayak Challenge. I didn't catch any fish that helped my numbers today, but I had fun challenging myself. I think I need a break for a few days....I was on the water today from 6:30am to 7pm!

Let's start with the fact that the water temperature was spring cold, 72 degrees at 11am. Caught lots of big Bluefish and plenty of Trout as well. While paddling around I passed over some deep water and a freaking Sailfish (approx. 4ft?) passed under my kayak!!! I just started laughing, that's a new one for me! Then I caught these two Grouper on the same DOA Shrimp. What a day!


  • Sam HSam H Posts: 279 Officer
    It looks like you were fishing in that area north of the bridges, especially with all those grouper around. That's where I used to catch a fair amount.

    A sailfish!? yikes. There are no fences in our waters, so I believe it. I once saw a sailfish swim right along the northern jetty at St. Lucie Inlet (while I was walking the beach for snook). I thought that was close to shore!
  • BLACKHATBLACKHAT Posts: 67 Deckhand
    Nice Grouper! I've seen Mahi right off the beach in Dade county in water that was supposedly too shallow for them to be in.
  • wizfisherwizfisher Posts: 2,387 Officer
    Awesome grouper.
  • abm5926abm5926 Posts: 186 Officer
    That's a nice grouper!
  • firesq5firesq5 Posts: 87 Deckhand
    That's a great pic of the little grouper. He really wanted that shrimp.
  • timmcollinstimmcollins Posts: 792 Officer
    That little grouper is a stud! Nice catch!
    "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, martini in one hand, Cheeseburger in the other, body well used and worn out and screaming WOO-HOO What a Ride!"
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    god, catching a grouper like that sounds like a dream.
  • Offshore9393Offshore9393 Posts: 469 Officer
    Man how deep of water was that sailfish in? And nice grouper.
  • irishjeanirishjean Posts: 10 Greenhorn
    Thanks everyone for all the nice comments! I definitely was surprised by the Sailfish inshore, I'm lucky I was standing in the kayak looking around at that moment or I would have missed seeing it! I love the big grouper, but the photo of the baby grouper was my favorite!

    @Offshore - The water may have been 15ft. Honestly I don't exactly know, no Humminbird fish finder on the kayak YET.
    @ FS Sam - That would have been awesome to see a sailfish right there at the jetty, you must have been like...what the hell!
    @Blackhat - A friend told me yesterday that he saw Dolphin in the Palm Beach Inlet. I guess I really can stay inshore and catch anything, lol!

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