Lots of windy days this week made it yet another challenge to get out fishing. Those who were able to brave the weather were rewarded with a good bite around the Indian River. It will remain windy most days this month, but you might catch one or two a week that will be a little on the calmer side. The fishing is great if you can stand the winds!
I spent the last weekend camping with some friends on one of the spoil islands of Fort Pierce. Even though it was way to windy to attempt fishing, we had a wonderful time just enjoying the outdoors. The wildlife and water is always good for the soulAs we made camp, I was disappointed with how some campers leave the areas on the islands. Trash and empty cans littered around the island made it clear how some people disrespect the privileges allowed us. We picked up lots of additional trash as we broke camp and headed home. It was a nice weekend anyway!
The trout and redfish bite continues to be the best opportunity around the river. Both north and south of Fort Pierce has been active with lots of trout activity and quite a few redfish being caught. Harbor Branch, Round Island and Bear Point have all been good areas to find feeding fish on the moving tides. The outgoing tide has been the most productive. Live shrimp and DOA CAL jerk baits work great on the trout. Redfish will take a DOA shrimp, free-lined live shrimp or CAL grub tail. I had a number of good reports on catches this week.
Turner, Frank and Keith Mullins were back in town this week and we found a very accommodating day to get out fishing. Turner and Frank ended up the day catching lots of jacks, some bluefish, a few trout and some sheephead for a fun day on the water. We fished both the flats and some of the docks around the area.
Bridges can still get you some sheephead, sand perch and a few black drum. Mackerel and bluefish are still hanging around the inlet this week. Bluefish can be found all over the river. The ladyfish are also making a comeback and are back to their usual antics on the deeper edges of the flats. It's been a good week!
Tip of the Week:
One of my usual tips centers around taking kids fishing. One of the most rewarding experiences is to watch kids catch fish. Their smiles alone make it worthwhile. While camping, my buddy's son spent hours exploring the island. Turner and Frank kept me busy reeling in their fish. Whether you take a kid fishing along the bank, on the beach on in a boat......it fun and exciting for everyone!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe!
Captain Charlie Conner
Action on the Indian River this week!