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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. Crevalle Jack

  2. Crevalle Jack

    There is a 10.36% catch rate for Crevalle Jack, based on 2418 Crevalle Jack counted.

    Fort Pierce Crevalle Jack Counts Chart


  3. Spanish Mackerel

  4. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 9.03% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 2107 Spanish Mackerel counted.

    Fort Pierce Spanish Mackerel Counts Chart


  5. Gray Snapper

  6. Gray Snapper

    There is a 8.31% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 1940 Gray Snapper counted.

    Fort Pierce Gray Snapper Counts Chart


  7. Ladyfish

  8. Ladyfish

    There is a 8.25% catch rate for Ladyfish, based on 1926 Ladyfish counted.

    Fort Pierce Ladyfish Counts Chart


  9. Sheepshead

  10. Sheepshead

    There is a 7.83% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 1828 Sheepshead counted.

    Fort Pierce Sheepshead Counts Chart


  11. Bluefish

  12. Bluefish

    There is a 5.26% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 1229 Bluefish counted.

    Fort Pierce Bluefish Counts Chart


  13. Spotted Seatrout

  14. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 4.01% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 936 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Fort Pierce Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart


  15. Thread Herring

  16. Thread Herring

    There is a 3.53% catch rate for Thread Herring, based on 825 Thread Herring counted.

    Fort Pierce Thread Herring Counts Chart


  17. Hardhead Catfish

  18. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 2.8% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 654 Hardhead Catfish counted.

    Fort Pierce Hardhead Catfish Counts Chart


  19. Blue Runner

  20. Blue Runner

    There is a 2.79% catch rate for Blue Runner, based on 652 Blue Runner counted.

    Fort Pierce Blue Runner Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 128 species of fish and 23343 fish counted for February around Fort Pierce.

To date, there are 188 species of fish and a total of 417226 fish counted for Fort Pierce and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1860 (164 years).

Last Update: 2/15/2024 6:02:13 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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Top Fort Pierce Fishing Spots

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

  6. structure/lobster

  7. Chris Benson Reef

  8. wreck-8168

    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.

  10. Wabasso Causeway Park

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Latest Fort Pierce Fishing Reports

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  • 2-7-24
    Conditions have obviously been tough the last few days but nicer weather is ahead and hopefully the fishing will get going again. Surf conditions will likely take several day

  • Weekly Forecast (2.6.24 – 2.12.24)
    This week find out if you're the lucky winner of the Busch Light Corn Hole set courtesy of Carroll Distributing. Plus enter for a chance to win the latest Strike-Zone Giveawa

  • 1-31-24
    Snook season opens at Midnight so it’s time to load up on some flare hawks and plugs and head to the inlets. Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish have been off the beaches sometimes

  • February 2024 Fishing Report – Stuart FL
    Inshore Fishing Report January brought a variety of species to our anglers fishing inshore. On one of Capt. Justin Rieger’s recent trips on the Snook Nook charter boat he gui

  • Weekly Forecast (1.30.24 – 2.5.24)
    This week don't miss Knox Robinson's write up on his kayak exploration of one of the most beautiful scenic and biologically diverse rivers in the entire country -- the Loxaha

  • Weekly Forecast (1.23.24 – 1.29.24)
    This week the weather and general fishing conditions while certainly not ideal will be much more favorable than what we've experienced lately. The wind will continue to be bl

  • Weekly Forecast (1.16.24 – 1.22.24)
    There's gonna be rain off and on all week which means a steady fluctuation in air pressure. Does this impact the bite? 🤷‍ Probably but see what contributor Nik has to say ab

  • Weekly Forecast (1.9.24 – 1.15.24)
    The weather continues to be a little wacky as can be expected during the winter season. Fittingly we've got a great writeup from Knox Robinson this week on navigating these c

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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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