On October 21, 2022, I took Pastor Will fishing. The weather forecast was questionable, but the boat I had was equipped with a trolling motor and spot lock, so I said send it. I arrived at the dock about 7am with Pastor Will arriving at 7:30am.
While I waited for the dock hand to get my boat, I watched the fish blowing up on the bait. I decided to throw my top water bait, Moon Walker, and on my fourth cast something hit it. I fought it for about five minutes before it broke my leader. I am pretty sure it was a large Jack Crevalle as I saw many of them as the sun was coming up.
Once the boat arrived at the dock, I loaded up and got ready for when Pastor Will arrived. He arrived right on time, and we boarded the boat and headed out. Once we get out of the Fort Pierce City Marina, we got the full force of the wind. The wind was out of the north about 14kts.
We ended up starting at the Fort Pierce Yacht yard. It didn’t take long before Pastor Will was hooked up. He landed a small Jack Crevalle. The next cast we doubled up. We both landed Jack Crevalle. I love watching the fish nail the top water bait! We ended up fishing here about 30 minutes and we decided, after catching roughly 10 Jack Crevalle each, to move to another location in hopes of catching a snook or two.
We made a run to Dynamite Cove. We both got multiple hits, but this area didn’t produce much, and the wind made it difficult to fish, so we moved further into the mangroves. Back between Boot Toe Point and Mangrove Island, Pastor Will caught another Jack Crevalle on a silver spoon. Once again, I got a few bumps on my top water bait but I think the fish were too small to fully commit to taking it.
Pastor Will decided to change it up a bit and free line a shrimp along the mangrove trees. It didn’t take him long to land a snook. We fished along the mangroves another 20 to 30 minutes before we moved to another spot.
We fished the next spot for about 30 minutes with a few bites, but nothing caught. At this point it was about 10:30am, so I decided to head back towards the marina, as I had a doctor appointment, so we had to be back to the dock by noon. I was hoping to do a bit of jigging along the channel near South Causeway bridge, however the conditions weren’t favorable.
At this point I took us up along the rocks at the marina and we started fishing the bottom. We fished here until 11:30am. We ended up catching 10-15 short Mutton Snapper, three Grunts, and Pastor Will caught one Black Grouper.
We ended up back at the dock around 11:45am. It was a short day, but fun filled with lots of fish caught. I pray all who made it out today or are planning on making it out this weekend have a blessed trip with tight lines!
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