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Hello everyone, I need some help. I have recently started fishing inshore from Vero to Ft. Pierce in my kayak but I am wandering around blindly. I have been to Round Island a couple times and around the Ft Pierce causeways but those are big areas. I also want to get down to the Sailfish Flats area. I was hoping someone would be willing to share some kayak launches and areas to start exploring. I don't get down there too often so you don't have to worry about me in your spots. If anyone wants a tag-a-long I would be happy to get some first hand instruction. Thanks.


  • ShoelessShoeless Posts: 2,110 Captain
    I don't do any inshore kayak fishing myself, but I find it very helpful to go down to the local tackle shop pick up some gear you need anyway and start asking questions. This is why I am a firm believer in supporting the local shops, they are willing to help.

    Keep checking back here on the forum, I do see numerous reports from kayak fishman, so I know they are on here.
  • Fireman BillFireman Bill Posts: 578 Officer
    Buy a fishing chart of the areas you want to fish and start with some of the areas marked on the charts. This time of year finger mullet are easy to catch troll one live way back behind your yak as you explore you will catch fish. Round Island has lots of different areas to explore. A live mullet out back and have a topwater plug ready on a spinning rod. Look for the bait and you will find fish.

    Fireman Bill
  • Plane Fish nPlane Fish n Posts: 6,439 Admiral

    You got some great advice from both Shoeless and Fireman Bill. :champs

    I would also try and contact Palmbeachpete who is an avid kayaker.

    Good luck.


  • beyondhelpbeyondhelp Posts: 371 Deckhand
    I have found trout right outside of the channel as you leave the launch at round island. (follow the channel out and fish the grass just west of the observation tower) I haven't been there in a yak yet but in my flats boat we often see schools of mullet and last time (a few weeks ago) we saw tailing reds scattered around there.

    I have caught most of the trout on a mullet colored Rapala X-rap and have started using soft plastics like a clear / red flake / gold flake mirrolure dart style lure with a weighted hook. I'm still learning and trying to figure out different artificals.

    Across the river there are some spoil islands and Dad and I have pulled a couple of trout and jacks with fly rods when the tide is moving and there is bait in the area.

    Look at the grass types, I catch nearly all the trout in 3-5' where there is turtle grass and some sort of tide movement.

    Look for this kind of grass:

    My favorite lure:

    Hope that helps. John.
  • Martin LocalMartin Local Posts: 557 Officer
    i fish inshore and off shore a lot. any mangrove line or grass flat on the east or west side of the river can hold good fishing around here. soft plastic jerk baits are the primary ticket around here. 1/8 to a 1/4 oz jighead on various colors, green is my favorite color in jerk baits. doa CALs or bass assains, or even zoom baits. mirrordines are a good hard twitch bait an DOA shrimp are great as well. the best place to get to sailfish flats is probably stuart causway. but either jensen or stuart causways are great launching areas and all hold great fishing on any of their shorelines east or west north or south, all depending on wind and tide to pick which areas are going to be most productive. there are lots or areas in the fort pierce area as well especially around hermans bay, and the various impoundments all the way up the coast on the island. cant beat a good chug bug first thing in the morning, especially in the fort pierce area for having some great visual fun with the fish. you probably will need a good chart so you can learn some of the areas though. good luck, lets see some pics!
  • fishslayer12fishslayer12 Posts: 334 Officer
    there is a launch heading down to bathtub beach to access the sailfish flats..puts u right on them i dont kayak but have waded there before..there is parking and all its down on the right past house/refuge
    If the fish aren't bitin', I jump in and shoot them....
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