September 24, 2009
East winds kept most boaters off the ocean this week. It didn't affect the river as much, but we have found the water on the dirty side both north and south of Fort Pierce. The fall equinox has bought higher tides to the area and made it possible to fish some usually shallow areas. It has made it harder to find the redfish for us lately. The fishing on the river has been very good for us.
Trout has been the mainstay on the river. Lots of trout are on the flats and fishing around the bait schools can give you lots of action. Deadly Combos, CAL jerk baits and live shrimp can all get you hooked up. Colors didn't seem to make as much difference as fishing the baits slowly along the bottom. We found a good number of snook feeding in the same areas. Harbor Branch, Queen's Cove and the east side of the river south of Fort Pierce have all been good areas. Rick and Glen were down over the weekend and we found the trout to be cooperative most of the day. Redfish were difficult to find in the deeper water.
The turning basin has been boiling some days with mackerel, ladyfish, jacks and blue runners. Small shiny lures can give you all the action you can handle with these fun fish. Snapper around the flats, channel edges and bridges have been providing good table fare to lots of hungry anglers. Snook around the inlet has been good at night with top water, diving plugs and live bait. The jetties have been pretty rough to fish with the easterly winds, but hardcore anglers have continued to do well. Beaches had been producing lots of whiting when fishable. Seaweed has been the plague in the surf for a while now.
Tip of the Week:
Have fun on the water! That's what it's all about anyway. Whether fishing, boating or sitting on the beach......just plan on a fun day. Catching fish is just another added bonus. There is nothing more relaxing than being on the water. Take a few minutes and enjoy the sights and sounds that abound around the Treasure Coast. It's already a troubled world out there so enjoy your time on the water. It's a wonderful way to relieve the tensions of your world. Have some fun soon!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner