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Fort Pierce Fishing

Fort Pierce Fishing

Fort Pierce is known as the Sunrise City, and as one of the best places to fish on the east coast of Florida. With thousands of artificial and natural reefs nearshore providing excellent bottom fishing, and great inshore and offshore fishing, Fort Pierce, Florida is one of the top fishing destinations worldwide.

Fort Pierce has lots of good structure and reefs close to shore. Bottom fishing and trolling around these reefs will produce good catches of a variety of reef fish, including Lane Snapper, Mangrove Snapper (Black Snapper), Red Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Gag Grouper, Red Grouper, King Mackerel, Amberjacks, Barracuda, and Sharks.

Inshore fishing around Fort Pierce provides excellent Redfish fishing nearly year round. The Speckled Trout fishing is also great a good portion of the year, with the highlight being in the fall. Black Drum, Bluefish, Flounder, Sheepshead, and Spanish Mackerel are also some of the most targeted species of fish in the bay and close to shore.

Offshore fishing Ft Pierce can produce Blackfin, Dolphin (Mahi-mahi), Yellowfin, and Wahoo. There is also lots of Sailfish and some Blue Marlin to be found. For those that like the deep, you can catch Swordfish out past 200 fathoms.

Fort Pierce Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Fort Pierce, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Thread Herring

  2. Thread Herring

    There is a 11.74% catch rate for Thread Herring, based on 2526 Thread Herring counted.

    Fort Pierce Thread Herring Counts Chart


  3. Mahi-mahi

  4. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 10.26% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 2207 Mahi-mahi counted.

    Fort Pierce Mahi-mahi Counts Chart


  5. Pinfish

  6. Pinfish

    There is a 6.87% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 1478 Pinfish counted.

    Fort Pierce Pinfish Counts Chart


  7. Anchovy

  8. Anchovy

    There is a 6.59% catch rate for Anchovy, based on 1417 Anchovy counted.

    Fort Pierce Anchovy Counts Chart


  9. Spotted Seatrout

  10. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 4.99% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 1074 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Fort Pierce Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart


  11. Gray Snapper

  12. Gray Snapper

    There is a 4.87% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 1048 Gray Snapper counted.

    Fort Pierce Gray Snapper Counts Chart


  13. Hardhead Catfish

  14. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 3.97% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 854 Hardhead Catfish counted.

    Fort Pierce Hardhead Catfish Counts Chart


  15. Spot Croaker

  16. Spot Croaker

    There is a 3.65% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 786 Spot Croaker counted.

    Fort Pierce Spot Croaker Counts Chart


  17. Crevalle Jack

  18. Crevalle Jack

    There is a 3.54% catch rate for Crevalle Jack, based on 761 Crevalle Jack counted.

    Fort Pierce Crevalle Jack Counts Chart


  19. Snook

  20. Snook

    There is a 3.25% catch rate for Snook, based on 699 Snook counted.

    Fort Pierce Snook Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 124 species of fish and 21510 fish counted for May around Fort Pierce.

To date, there are 188 species of fish and a total of 417247 fish counted for Fort Pierce and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1860 (164 years).

Last Update: 5/16/2024 7:17:53 PM

Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Fort Pierce are the following:

  1. Push Button Hill East
    Good Snowy Grouper, Vermillion Snapper, and Speckled Hind fishing on Push Button Hill. The South and East side holds more Snowy Grouper.  This is also a great pl

  2. Six Mile Reef

  3. Loran Tower Reef

    Erica of Exuma was a 114 feet long landing craft that was built in 1966. It sunk on January 1st, 1977 during a storm, while traveling from Abaco to West Palm

  5. Halsey Wreck
    The SS Halsey was built in 1920 by Bethlehem SB Corp, Alameda, California. She was 435 feet long, had a 56 foot beam, displaced 7,088 gross tons and was powered by a single

  6. Fort Pierce Ledge
    Good ledge that holds snapper and grouper.

  7. structure/lobster

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  9. Chris Benson Reef

    BULL SHARK BARGE 196 FT. BARGE  in 40 feet of water and 8 feet of relief off the bottom. Home of many Goliath grouper and Snook.

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Latest Fort Pierce Fishing Reports

  • Weekly Forecast (5.14.24 – 5.20.24)
    After many months of famine the long awaited FEASTING continues for anglers offshore. The weather projects to be all over the place this week but it could work out to be a hu

  • 5-8-24
    Surf anglers have been dealing with some seaweed but more bait has been showing up and Jack Crevalle Bluefish and Snook have been taking advantage of it. Pompano numbers have

  • Weekly Forecast (5.7.24 – 5.13.24)
    There was a lot of excitement offshore this week between a great kickoff to grouper season and dolphin showing up in big numbers. Also in this week's forecast find out if you

  • May 5th 2024
    The Spring fishing has finally turned on with waters at 77 degrees… Bait is still a little scarce with endless thorn-bellies… The mahi bite remains great for trolling or live

  • May 2024 Fishing Report – Stuart FL
    Inshore Fishing Report  Our late spring Snook fishing has been heating up for anglers in our area! We are beginning to get into the best time of the year for Snook fishing as

  • Weekly Forecast (4.30.24 – 5.6.24)
    This week we're doubling down on great kayak fishing reads -- Paul MacInnis writes about fishing remote waters in pursuit of secret gold; meanwhile Knox Robinson finds the fi

  • 5-25-24
    Coming off another late season front it looks like pretty good conditions for a few days until the winds pick up even more. Offshore anglers have been catching scattered Dolp

  • Weekly Forecast (4.23.24 – 4.29.24)
    Pew pew pew! It's SHOOTOUT time this weekend with lines hitting the water following the Captains Party at Space Coast Harley Davidson on Friday night. We love this tourney an

  • Weekly Forecast (4.16.24 – 4.22.24)
    We've got another week with FOUR prize winners. Find out if you're one of them in this week's forecast. Plus we've got some great reports that may help you plan your time on

  • Weekly Forecast (4.9.24 – 4.15.24)
    We've got a load of good reports this week and the weather forecast looks promising outside of some mid-week turbulence. If you're looking to bend a rod there should be plent

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Top Fort Pierce Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. White's Tackle
    In 1925, White's tackle opened its doors in downtown Fort Pierce, Florida in the PP Cobb Building. During that time, Fort Pierce was known for its growing commercial fishery and interests were soon sparked by recreational anglers that learned of

  2. Snook Nook Discount Bait & Tackle
    Everything you need for a day on the water and then some, all wrapped up in an old school saltwater tackle shop. Well versed staff on everything from bluewater fishing to hunting trout and snook in the river. Live shrimp/pinfish delivered on a daily

  3. Vero's Tackle & Marina
    From Fishing Tackle to Boat Slips to Guided Fishing Charters, Vero Tackle and Marina has it all!

  4. Billy Bones Bait & Tackle
    We are all fisherman here at Billy Bones Bait n tackle . Captain Bruce Hrobak is the owner .We have a huge Supply of Rods n Reels in Stock .Lots of Lures,Tackle n Sunglasses,Live Baits too..

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Top Fort Pierce Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Vero BackCountry Fishing
    Captain Eric T. Davis uses a 18ft. Hells Bay Glades Skiff for the shallow water sight casting. The Hells Bay can accomodate 2 people plus Captain Davis. For deep water flats fishing and off shore, Captain Davis uses a 24ft. TRS Pathfinder. The Pathf

  2. LottaBull Fishing Charters
    Fishing out of Fort Pierce Inlet is well known for its excellent year round fishing. Through the year you can often fish offshore for the big game fish or a for fun day of catch and release. When the weather is not cooperating, you can fish near sh

  3. Captain Charlie's Fish Tales Charters
    Light tackle inshore fishing charters out of Fort Pierce, Florida for redfish, snook and trout. Fishing along the mangroves and islands of the Indian River.

  4. Fins Sport Fishing
    Home of the Charter Boat Fins, a sport fishing boat available for fishing charters in the Fort Pierce and Vero Beach area of Florida… with expert fishing guide Capt. Rich Kluglein.

  5. Little Adam Fishing Charters
    For Offshore Fishing Beyond Your Wildest Dreams on Florida's Treasure Coast

  6. Captain T Fred's Fishing Charters
    Hello My name is Captain Tom Fredrickson born in Natick, Mass. I lived there until I was 9 years old, then one day my parents packed up the family car and moved to sunny south Florida, Ft. Lauderdale, [thank god]!! Growing up down there was total

  7. Last Mango Sport Fishing Charters
    Truely a 'fishing machine', the Last Mango is a 40' MitchabitchCustom Sportfish Express that surpasses many larger boats with her superior stability and roominess."We Catch Big Fish- Experience the Excitement"

  8. Fish Vero Beach Charters
    You can fish for Redfish, Spotted Sea Trout and Snook year round, and during late Spring and Summer, Tarpon and Permit can be added to the mix. It’s your choice whether you want to fish with light tackle using live and/or artificial bait or with a fl

  9. Port St Lucie Fishing Charters
    With a 20 foot flats boat and a 24 center console we fish ether the river or offshore

  10. Flatlined Charters
    Flatlined Charters offering 1/2, 3/4, and full day inshore and offshore charters.

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Top Fort Pierce Marinas

  1. River Park Marina
    Amenities include: Birding, boat ramp, canoe access, fishing, hiking trail, picnic tables, playground, restroom, grill, pavilion, and fishing docks.

  2. Vero's Tackle & Marina
    From Fishing Tackle to Boat Slips to Guided Fishing Charters, Vero Tackle and Marina has it all!

  3. Pirates Cove Resort & Marina
    As a sport fishing paradise, Stuart has earned a reputation as the “Sailfish Capital of the World”. Pirate’s Cove Resort’s marina is the perfect match for those seeking a sport fishing or boating adventure in South Florida.

  4. Sunset Bay Marina & Anchorage
    Nestled on the sparkling deep waters of the St. Lucie River in Stuart, the new 198 slip marina with fuel dock and two pump-outs offers 69 moorings .

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Bouy Conditions

Station 41114 - Fort Pierce, FL (134)
May 21, 2024 1:26 am EDT
Location: 27.552N 80.216W
Significant Wave Height: 3.9 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 5 sec
Average Period: 4.2 sec
Mean Wave Direction: N (0°)
Water Temperature: 77.5°F (25.3°C)

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