Flounder and Tripletail Time

Report Date: July 20, 2012

We are well into our summer mode which means you need to get out there early for shallow water action. This time of year on the Indian River I like to target spoil islands just east of the green markers and channels running east to west such as Indian Riverside Park, Four Fish Marina, and Sundance Marine. Soft rubber baits like DOA and Gulp shrimp will attract plenty of trout along with bluefish, flounder and even a few pompano still hanging around. On the east side from Joe's Point south to the Stuart Causeway there are plenty of docks to fish for snook and trout.

North of the Jensen Causeway we have been fishing channel markers for lane, mangrove and mutton snappers, sheepshead but really looking for flounder and tripletail. Most of the flounder have been running a few pounds but have seen a few up to six pounds. Tripletail will be around all summer and can reach over 20 lbs. Live, frozen and rubber baits on trollrites seems to work best. Plenty of trout on the west side of the Indian River on drop-offs in 2-4 feet.

Have not fished the Jensen Bridge much lately but the Stuart Causeway has been holding a few snook and black drum. Glad to report I have not seen any ribbon fish the last few months which seem to push out the snapper and drum.

The St. Lucie Inlet is a great place to live bait this time of year for jacks, tarpon and snook.

Best to use circle hooks for easy release. Catching livebaits outside at the bull shark reef has been hit or miss.

Capt. Bob Bushholz

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