October 1, 2009
Mild weather has made fishing along the Treasure Coast a joy! Gone were the 90+ days for a while and cool breezes made for wonderful fishing weather. We have enjoyed some really good fishing on the river and client have caught a lot of fish this week.
Jeff and Jane Hearn joined me early in the week and they caught trout after trout, including one redfish and each a snook to their catch. John Dadak and Johanna Grauer was out with me later this week and we got into the trout again and larger trout as well. Johanna boated a big 22" gator trout, while John landed a 22 1/2" and 24" to add to the days catch. John lost a couple trout that would have topped his 24". They also caught a smorgasbord of fish including several snapper species and snook. It was a fun week on the water!
Try the DOA Deadly Combo, live shrimp or CAL jerk baits for good results on trout on the flats. Queen's Cove, Harbor Branch and the east shore south of Fort Pierce have all been productive this week. Snook fishing around the inlet has been good at night with live bait, TerrorEyz, top water or diving plugs. Lots of bait around the river has kept the predators busy feeding. We found acres of glass minnows in the turning basin and the ladyfish, bluerunners, mackerel and jacks were constantly crushing them. Some decent size tarpon are also around the inlet chasing bait.
Snapper and black drum continue to hang around the bridges and channel edges. A couple reports of the first pompano along the beaches this week will be welcome news to surf anglers. We encountered a number of sharks recently. When you reel in a half of a ladyfish and the head of a nice trout.......they are out there. It's been a fun and productive week on the water.
Tip of the Week:
Safe boating is a responsibility of each boater on the water. If you haven't done it, it is a great idea to take one soon. The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers safe boating courses throughout the year. Learn the basics of waterway signs, navigation, Federal and State regulations, adverse conditions, how to handle emergencies, and lots more. Anyone under the age of 22 must have a safe boating course in order to operate a vessel. Some insurance companies offer discounts for safe boating courses. Check with your local Coast Guard Auxiliary for the next course. Safe boating is everyone's responsibility!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner