Florida Treasure Coast Fishing Report for Jan. 28, 2013

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Steve Parsons of Wabasso Tackle reported a recent slow down in pompano fishing. Flounder, sheepshead, weakfish and black drum, all wintertime species commonly caught when the temperatures dip into the 40s and low 50s each night, have been rather scarce in numbers. A good cold snap should help, perhaps late week.


Capt. Mark Dravo of Y-B Normal charters in Fort Pierce reported solid inshore fishing trips last week around the mangrove islands and cuts. Paul Stina of Delray Beach caught several fish topped by an 8-pound, 8-ounce trout. Joseph Licari of Queens, N.Y., had trout to 6 pounds. Dravo’s Uncle Frank had a 22-pound snook, his biggest to date.


Capt. Scott Fawcett of Off the Chain charters, out of Sailfish Marina in Stuart said, “The bait is here!” in a text message Sunday. Fishing a few days ago on a morning half-day with Tom Nagle, they caught four dolphin 10 to 20 pounds, went 1-for-2 on sailfish bites and had a few kingfish bites, too, all in 175 feet of water along an edge.


Jack Fulce of Crappy Jack’s Bait and Tackle in Buckhead Ridge reported good speckled perch fishing in many areas of the lake, especially for anglers drifting with jigs. He suggested starting in the open lake, near the weather station closest to King’s Bar, and drifting. Live minnows also work very well along the edges of the river.

To file a report: Contact Ed Killer at ed [dot] killer [at] scripps [dot] com or call 772-221-4201.