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Dolphin, pompano, mackerel & bluefish: Front should move these fish into Treasure Coast

Dolphin, pompano, mackerel & bluefish: Front should move these fish into Treasure Coast

It’s going to be a mild weather weekend for most. A cool front moving through the peninsula is going to kick up the seas a bit the next few days, so plans to fish offshore may have to wait, depending upon the size and type of vessel one has.

The good news is, these regular fronts move fish. Nearshore, pompano, bluefish and Spanish mackerel will continue to migrate through the Treasure Coast. Farther offshore, along the edges of the Gulf Stream, dolphin, blackfin tuna and sailfish will also be migrating. Anglers can find bites trolling ballyhoo and zig-zagging along the edges indicated by color changes or temperature changes.

Inshore, snook fans have about two weeks to harvest them. Redfish and speckled trout must all be released throughout the area — redfish until further notice, trout until Jan. 1.

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The fall dolphin run is on. On Salty Daze fishing out of Port St. Lucie, dolphin in the 25-pound class were caught Nov. 25, 2022.

Closures & regulations changes in effect: Anglers are reminded about these fishery harvest closures currently underway and ones about to begin and end.

  • Flounder: Harvest re-opens Dec. 1.
  • Snook: Harvest closed from Dec. 15 through Jan. 31, 2023. Harvest reopens Feb. 1, 2023.
  • Spotted seatrout:  Harvest closed from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31 in Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin & Palm Beach counties. Harvest reopens Jan. 1, 2023.
  • Hogfish: Harvest closed from Nov. 1 to April 30, 2023. Harvest reopens May 1, 2023.
  • Grouper: Harvest closed from Jan. 1, 2023, through April 30, 2023. Harvest reopens May 1, 2023. Includes gag grouper, red grouper, scamp and six other lesser species.
  • Redfish: Harvest of redfish is banned in the Indian River Lagoon and Mosquito Lagoon beginning Sept. 1.
  • Alligator: Hunt season is open Aug. 15-Nov. 1. Permits required.
  • Lobster: Regular season opened Aug. 6.
  • Dolphin: New fishing regulations began May 1 for state waters. Bag limit is now five fish per day per angler; Vessel limit is now 30 fish per day. Captain and crew may not be included in limit.
  • Tilefish: A commercial fishing closure is in place beginning July 6 until Dec. 31.
  • Bass: Bass at Headwaters Lake will soon become all catch-and-release.

For complete fishing regulations in Florida go to MyFWC.com.

Indian River County

Offshore: Sea conditions the next couple of days probably won’t be calm enough for bottom fishing. Friday and Saturday may be dangerous around Sebastian Inlet during outgoing tides so boaters beware. Once seas calm, expect to find good fishing for mangrove snapper, triggerfish and sharpnose sharks in 100 feet of water.

Inshore: In Vero Beach, snook fishing has been excellent along the mangroves during the high tide and beginning of the outgoing tide. A few spotted seatrout can be caught around the spoil islands south of Vero and around Jungle Trail near Wabasso. 

Freshwater: Bass fishing has been very good at Headwaters Lake. Use wild shiners for the best chance to catch good numbers and bigger fish. Lipless crank baits, spinnerbaits and worms are also good bets. 

St. Lucie County

Offshore: The fall migration is underway. Troll ballyhoo along the western edges of the Gulf Stream to find bites from dolphin, blackfin tuna and sailfish. Look for current edges by marking temperature changes or color changes. 

Inshore: Fish the mangrove points north of north causeway for shots at spotted seatrout, snook and flounder, which may be harvested after Dec. 1. Use live sardines or live mullet, or live shrimp on a naked jig head. 

Surf: Pompano, whiting, jacks, blue runners, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and permit are all possible catches at the beaches on Hutchinson Island right now. Use Fishbites since sand fleas are scarce. Try Middle Cove, Normandy or Dollman during the incoming tides.

Martin County

Offshore: When seas calm, expect the fleet of weekend warriors to be going after a few Spanish mackerel at Peck’s Lake. Macks are also all along the entire two mile long reef to the north of the spot.

Inshore: Good snook fishing is holding up around the bridges at Jensen and Stuart Causeways, Evans Crary Bridge, Roosevelt Bridge and even the Veterans Bridge in Palm City. Season closes Dec. 15, so time is running out to catch a slot for the freezer. Sheepshead, black drum and croaker can be caught at the Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart 

Lake Okeechobee

The level of Lake Okeechobee thanks to two late season hurricanes is now at a level of 16.50 feet above sea level. This isn’t a problem in December, according to the Army Corps of Engineers which manages the lake level for a variety of reasons. Bass fishing has been impacted because bass are up in areas they are not normally able to feed. Look for the fish along the edges.   


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