Most of Inshore Fishing Adventures’ charters center around Fort Pierce’s diverse section of the Indian River Lagoon. We have several fishing options here with the Fort Pierce inlet offering plenty of diversity. Seasonal patterns, tides and weather conditions often dictate whether or not we will be targeting the inlet and the surrounding area consisting of the Turning basin and the North and South bridges.
To the south of town lies the most expansive region of the Indian River Lagoon system. The western shoreline is riddled with private boat docks, many of which harbor a multitude of fish species. Snook, tarpon, redfish, seatrout, black drum, sheepshead, mangrove snapper and the occasional flounder find shelter and feeding opportunities here.
The eastern, mangrove-lined shoreline features several creek mouths with the occasional sand bar. The “flats” in this area slowly taper from the shoreline and eventually reach deeper water. We often fish here in the early mornings for spotted seatrout, ladyfish and jacks.
Little Mud Creek and Big Mud Creek are well known for holding snook and tarpon, but in reality these areas hold every fish species common to the Indian River Lagoon.
The spoil islands located near the Intracoastal Channel have long since eroded away and are now more or less sunken sand bars. They do however still hold lots of fish from time to time and we often target these structures when water temperatures become too hot or too cold in shallower regions
To the north of Fort Pierce is a narrower region of the Indian River Lagoon. Its many islands offer a great place to seek shelter from strong winds. The shallow, backwater flats offer seasonal opportunities to “sight-cast” to tailing redfish.
The town of Grant is about an hour from Fort Pierce and is the northern range of Captain Mark’s guiding area. This popular area consisting of the St. Sebastian River and the Sebastian Inlet nearly mimics Fort Pierce’s fishery, though in a smaller more confined space.
Captain Mark targets this area at his clients’ request or when the fishing is especially good here. There are times when one location is decidedly better than another; it’s rare but it happens.
Because of the popularity and diminutive size of this area it often becomes crowded with other boaters. As much as Capt. Mark enjoys the fishery here, he tends to consider the area a last resort.
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