Along the Treasure Coast of Florida is Stuart, a fishing location known as the world’s “Sailfish Capital.” Anglers successfully catch all kinds of fish species here along the shorelines inlets and offshore. Tarpons, pompanos, Spanish mackerels, bluefish, spinner sharks, dolphin fish, sailfish and many other species have ended up on the end of many anglers’ lines. You’ll find some of the best fishing here at Stuart!
Nearshore and inshore fly-fishing with light tackle action will help you catch snook, redfish, trout, tarpon, sheepshead, and Spanish mackerel in Stuart. You can also find spinner sharks, pompano, and bluefish near the reefs at Bathtub Beach or in mangroves, sandy flats, rocky inlets, and grass beds along the coast. January and September are good times for inshore fishing for redfish and speckled trout. You’ll find Amberjack, Kingfish, and Cobia near the reefs in February.
You’ll find Wahoo, Mahi-Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, and Swordfish offshore in Stuart. May and June are the best months for catching these gamefish. Deep trolling is the best way to catch them, and surface plugs work particularly well for luring Yellowfin Tuna. Fly-fishing is not recommended.
Stuart is known for its sailfish, and October is the peak season for catching them. Live bait, sliced tuna, mackerel, or squid with white and bright pink or white and blue lures work best. They typically swim between 30 to 65 feet deep. To catch a swordfish, drop a 15lb lead and let the bait stay at the bottom. Using 9 – 11” hooks and 32-ounce sinkers can help you catch these heavy fish.
You’ll usually find dolphinfish near floating debris, currents, and weed lines. You’ll need 30 – 50 lb class reels and rods with artificial lures or live squid or ballyhoo to catch Mahi Mahi. They enjoy flying fish, and skipping the bait along the water may help catch their attention. Fishing for Mahi Mahi is best from March to September.
Stuart boat ramps:
The following boat ramps provide access to Stuart.