RECOMENDATIONS ANYONE??? I'm on the gulf in Palmetto, on Terra Ceia bay. BUT, looking for good places to fish on the east coast. I have No knowledge at all of Florida's harbors, launch sites, and fishing sites and looking for info. It looks to be about a 3 hour drive to Ft. Pierce/ stuart area from here. I'm thinking I would want to go in that direction or further south. BUT OPEN TO IDEAS!
Looking for a place I could easily get out on a small boat, (18-19 ft) on a good day! (and YES! I'm a former 6pack captain and know when to go, and when not too) Looking for an area that I could do some sail-fishing, and ALSO run off the shortest distance possible, and catch some mahi or a wahoo, etc etc.. if the sailfish arn't showing up.
I'm sure everyone in Florida has their own favorite place to fish so let me know your thoughts folks! I'm open to any areas from Ft. Pierce south and thinking my main concern would be an easy cut with a smaller boat.. WHERE TO FISHING IS OK!
Also,, the "catch" seasons! I've fished Hatteras NC for years,,. The kets a few times,.. bot no idea what, or where anlong the east coast of Fl.. Pretty sure if their out there I could find them,.. But not even sure of what bites when down here.. haha.. So any info would be a help.. Thank you in advance! Wayne
If you have a small boat I recommend the Ft. Pierce Inlet. It's wide, easy to navigate, and if you're going out in good weather I've seen many boats pass through. I would avoid the St. Lucie Inlet in Stuart in a 18-20' boat. Never know what the conditions will turn into and it can be a nasty inlet...Jupiter Inlet is even nastier. Out of Ft. Pierce, you can catch Kingfish 40-80', Sailfish in 80-200, Dolphin and Wahoo have been sporadic anywhere from 80-300. The gulf stream is usually 15-18 miles from the Ft. Pierce Inlet and is where you will find the cleanest water. Usually starts about 150'. I recommend heading Southeast out of the inlet. Live Bait Dave usually sells bait in the middle of the inlet or there is the 12A bouy about 3 miles southeast that usually holds bait unless you can find some along the shoreline. Directly east of 12A bouy is the Mulliphen Reef. Great place to begin your Sailfish search, however, it gets crowded at times. If you're staying nearshore there are reefs at 40 and 60 feet that hold a number of species...especially mutton snapper. You can also continue south to the Boils three miles south of the inlet. Fish in 30-55 feet directly in front of the two large reactors which is the St. Lucie FPL plant. You can't miss them. Lodging...Look into Dockside Inn. It's on the inlet, a little older and not 5 star but clean enough the wife should be happy. It has a pool, restaurant, ship store, and available dock space to tie up for the night. The current runs strong so tie up accordingly. There is a boat ramp at Stan Blum Park that is close by. It's across the inlet from Dockside and about a three mile ride by truck & trailer. Plenty of good restaurants close by...12A (yes, just like the marker), 2nd Street Bistro, Charlies Steakhouse and Seafood, and On the Edge (next to Dockside Inn).
Thanks for the reply! good info.. Ft. Pierce is the closest place to me I would think. I saw 1 of your post from that area and was hoping to hear from you. I fished Hatteras and Oregon inlet so thanks on the cut info, some places the cut is half the battle. Also, I'm hesitant to go very far offshore at all in anything under 23ft. and 2 engines. That brings up next question.. If i was to trailer further south, How far south do I have to travel to get a closer gulf stream,. and/or, better fishing closer to shore? As I stated, I have 0 knowledge of the east coast of Florida but would rather travel further on a trailer if it means a nicer trip, and better fishing..
Thanks again,.. Anyone with any knowledge of harbors, launches and fishing itself, further south is welcome to share their thoughts.. As i stated,. I have no idea what the bite is during winter months along the florida coast so any info is welcome.. Thanks in advance!
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