Offshore fishing has been good lately

Kadri Benton, of White’s Tackle in Fort Pierce, enjoyed some classic Sebastian Inlet North Jetty night time fishing Wednesday. During the outgoing tide, and fishing from the deck, Benton said the bite was really good. Using a First Light Jig round head chartreuse, he caught and released four big redfish up to about 28 pounds, lost one he estimated went 40 pounds and had several big snook too big to keep. By the way, about snook, harvest is closed for the winter season as of 12:01 a.m. Friday and through Jan. 31 so it will be catch-and-release only, even for slot-sized snook.

Paul Sperco, of Bass Pro Shops in Port St. Lucie, said the surf fishing has been good this week as the seas have settled down and the water and seaweed has cleaned up a bit. Pompano and whiting are the chief targets whether at Avalon Beach, Pepper Park, Frederick Douglass or down to Normandy Beach or Dollman Beachside. Fish Bites and clam strips were the best choices. Dirty water, however, has been the main reason the surf bite shuts down. Look for good clean water and high tide for the best action.

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