Fishing in Stuart offers anglers plenty of options, but the area is best known for its big snook. Stuart is a unique fishery as it is the converging point between the north and south fork of the St. Lucie River and the Indian River. Snook fishing is world-class and diverse; you can fish inlets, docks, and rivers. As always, tarpon, jacks, and sometimes even a redfish is caught while targeting snook.
In addition to a fantastic snook fishery, Stuart has a lot of nearshore wrecks that hold goliath grouper, cobia, and snapper. Catching multiple snook and pulling in a 300lb goliath grouper is possible on a full day. Contact Capt Patrick Smith today if you want to explore this diverse and fantastic fishery.
The most popular game fish in Florida is the common Snook, mainly called Snook. The Stuart area and Palm Beach County are known to hold a large population of Snook of all sizes. In the summer, sizeable spawning fish migrate to the inlets; it is very common to catch multiple over-slot Snook per day during this period. Snook fishing the docks and seawalls with live bait during the fall mullet run is an exhilarating visual experience. Snook can be caught year-round, and you always have the chance to catch one over 40" in these waters. Palm Beach also has multiple spillways that pour freshwater and bait into the Intracoastal Waterway. After a heavy rain, Snook pile up by the hundreds to feed on bass, cichlids, and anything else that comes through the gates. The best part about targeting Snook is the by-catch. Tarpon, jacks, snappers, and sharks frequently make their appearances while targeting Snook. A snook charter on Swamp to Sea Guide service is always an action-packed day.
Targeting snook at night around bridges and dock lights is a great way to get out of the hot Florida sun. The fish are happy too, as they congregate around the dock and bridge lights. The light attracts small baitfish and predators, it also provides a great sight-fishing experience. Night trips can produce snook, tarpon, and lookdown fish. The best tools to catch snook at night are light spinning rods and 6wt - 8wt fly rods. Small baitfish fly patterns or a trusty clouser minnow drive the snook crazy!