Both the weather and fish have cooperated this week for us on the Treasure Coast. We have enjoyed lots of exciting action all over the Indian River this week. You still need to watch out for those afternoon and evening thunderstorms, but it's been a lot of fun out on the water.
I guess the most exciting place to enjoy some great action has been around the Fort Pierce inlet, turning basin and along the beaches. With so much bait moving along the surf and into the river, the fish have been gorging themselves on it. You can witness some crashing action this time of year. Jacks, Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and bonito have invaded the area and we have ended up each trip with a stop to battle some of these fish to end up the day. If you have kids....it's even more exciting for them! Small shiny lures have worked fantastic for us when fishing these areas. You can also find some tarpon around the turning basin. The surf has been outstanding for beach anglers fishing around the bait schools. Tarpon, snook, jacks and various other hungry predators are in close and feeding heavily right now.
Trout fishing has been good on the flats. We are still getting some big trout on the grass flats to the north of Fort Pierce. Top water, DOA shrimp and live bait has accounted for most of our fish lately. We have fished most flats up as far as Harbor Branch this past week in three to five feet of water. Lots of mangrove snapper are still around the river. We have caught a good number while trout fishing the flats. Bridges and structure will also be holding many mangroves. Redfish are still in the shallow water. You have to move slowly and quietly to find some, but they are still out there. Try DOA shrimp, top water lures and live baits when searching the flats for a nice size red.
It a wonderful time of year to fish! There is so much bait around the river right now and the fish are hungry! Get out early and enjoy some great action this time of year. It's great to live and fish along the Treasure Coast!
As always, remember, fishing isn't just another hobby.....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner
This week on the Indian River....