Windy Day Fishing

I almost canceled my fishing trip today due to the forecasted winds. The marine forecast was calling for a 15-20kts E wind, but I was decided to see if it was fishable. I had planned to have a friend join me; however, he had to back out last night due to work. I was actually relieved my friend couldn’t make it with the winds. This took all the pressure off my shoulders to put my buddy on fish in bad conditions.

I arrived at the dock about 6:30am. I stopped and got a few dozen shrimp, which I don’t normally do on Fridays. I was thinking if the conditions weren’t too bad, I would try to fish the channel markers for Sheepshead.

The wind was blowing pretty hard when I left the marina. Since it was early, I ran over to the Fort Pierce Yacht yard to try for a Jack. I need some for more fish dip. It was pretty choppy when I got there, and I was being bounced all over the place. I didn’t stay long because the conditions weren’t conducive for fishing.

At this point I decided to head south. My goal was to try a few channel makers as I was heading to Bear Point. Unfortunately, the wind and current were too strong and the trolling motor couldn’t hold spot lock. At this point I just ran south.

When I left the channel to head to Bear Point, I tossed out a 3 ½ in Gold Digger paddle tail. I trolled all the way to Bear point without any hits. When I got close to the east bank of the river, I was pretty protected from the wind.

I ended up throwing the Moonwalk as I worked the east bank heading north. It was a slow bite today, and when I got my first hit, I set the hook as soon as the fish hit my bait. I was ticked off at myself, but what can you do. Shortly after my first hit I came up to a nice spot and got a second hit. This time I didn’t set the hook, but the fish just bumped my bait but didn’t take it. I casted back in the same area and this time I hooked the fish. It ended up being a baby snook. That was the last hit I had while working the shoreline north.

At this point it was 9:45am and I decided to change it up a bit, as I wanted to use the shrimp I bought. I ended up going to the area just south of Harbor Isle. I tired the trolling motor once again, but it would just not hold. So, I decide to set the trolling motor to as fast a speed as it would go and used it to slow my drift down so I could drift over a spot known for holding Sheepshead this time of year. The first drift I had several bites and caught a small Jack Crevalle. The second and third drift I basically just fed the fish.

At this point I headed over to the Smithsonian Dock and anchored up. It was quite interesting anchoring in the winds by myself, but I managed. I ended up going through the two-dozen shrimp pretty quickly even though I was cutting them in half. I caught a handful of 12 inch Mutton Snapper, probably ten Mutton Snapper between 8-10 inches, one 9 ¾ inch Mangrove Snapper, and I lost a few bigger fish.

At the end of the day, I had no fish to come home. It’s not often I don’t come home with fish, but it does happen from time to time. Even though it was a rough day, God blessed me. I caught fish and came home safely.

Tomorrow is forecasting to be as windy as today, so Tania and I canceled the boat to get some stuff down around the house. I pray all who choice to go fishing, have a safe and blessed trip with tight lines.


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  1. Anonymous


    Liked by 1 person

    1. mschulzefishing

      Thank you. I am glad you liked the report!


  2. Anonymous

    better to have tried and failed than to never had tried at all. the more you go out in the slop the better you are fishing the slop

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mschulzefishing

      Yeppers! I agree. Thank you


  3. Anonymous

    Way to stick with it and catch some fish

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mschulzefishing

      Thank you!


  4. Sharon Slattery

    Mike you were very adventurous in those adverse conditions. Bet you did not see many people out there fishing. Love reading your posts. Thanks for the insights.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mschulzefishing

      Sharon, thank you! I am honored you enjoy reading my posts! You are right, there were very few boats out on Friday.


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