There is a Meetup set for June 23rd being done on Facebook. Here it is with my suggestions to make it successful:
Vero Beach Redfish Saturday, June 23 at 8 AM
Event for Kayak Fishing Club of the Palm Beaches · Hosted by Craig Barnard
One BAD NEWS and two good news:
Bad news – Bill James (fisherman extraordinary from Ft. Pierce) had a heart attack (a really serious one).
GOOD News – Bill James has a collection of stints in his arteries and is recovering. He gave me a bunch of information about fishing in his area when we talked yesterday and I am passing it on to help with the meetup planned for June 23rd. The second bit of good news is that the information he gave me (us) should make this meetup a really good fishing trip. More information to come.
So, I would like to make this suggestion. Last year the grass up there died off leaving the flats just mud flats. I doubt that the grass has come back so will suggest a spot south of there where there are grass flats and it is just south of Harbor Branch…
My suggestion is to launch from Wilcox Road, Ft. Pierce, FL 34946 GPS
And many do not know this (more good news), but Grouper are being caught just out at the end of the jetties in front of Harbor Branch, within easy paddling from the Wilcox Road put-in.
Straight out from the Wilcox Road put-in, and in 3 to 4 feet of water just east of the island, the grass flats are holding bait and Redfish, Snook, Trout, Ladyfish, and big Jacks. Also close to and around the islands are producing now. Should be a good meetup. If the wind is too strong out of the east, go in on the other side of the ICW near Round Island for a ‘Plan B’.
And an unrelated third bit of GOOD NEWS: Target stores now carry PICARIDIN insect repellent (20%). It is much better than DEET in many ways. For example DEET weakens synthetic fabrics (so blame DEET for your fishing shirt not lasting very long, not the shirt company). DEET dissolves plastics and can harm your kayak and your glasses usually made now with plastics, Some people develop an allergy reaction to DEET. None of the above are attributed to Picaridin and it works at least as good, and in many cases better than DEET. The PICARIDIN at Target was at the back of the store in all three Targets I checked, so look for it, both in a pump spray bottle and an aerosol.