April 17, 2010
While April winds continue to blow along the Treasure Coast, the fishing has been great out there on the river. Lots of trout action on the flats have kept our anglers busy with some nice size fish. Most days we were fortunate to have the winds lay down early and give us a good window to fish before the afternoon blow began. It was a lot of fun out there on the river this week!
Dave and Cody Howard joined me and they caught a number of nice trout on the flats. Marcos Flores and his fishing buddy also found nice trout on the flats. Al Conklin was celebrated his 94th birthday with son, Al, and son-in-law, Ed, and show the guys how to catch fish. Al caught nice trout and sheephead on the flats and had a wonderful birthday fishing adventure.
Trout has and will remain a mainstay on the flats. Top water works early and DOA shrimp or CAL jerk baits work great once the sun comes up. Live shrimp also will get you plenty of action on the flats. Redfish were a little quiet for us this week. With the east winds, it was difficult to fish the docks along the river. We concentrated on the east shore on some of the better trout flats. Queen's Cove, Round Island and Bear Point gave us some good size trout in two to four feet of water. We found some nice sheephead holding in some of the deeper holes on the flats. You can also expect to find plenty of jacks and ladyfish out there as well.
There are still some pompano and whiting being taken along the surf. Most of the pompano seemed to be down towards Stuart lately. Bridges were slower, but there are still sheephead, snapper and jacks hanging around there. The jetties have been holding snook around the rocks and deep trolled lures can get you some good strikes along there. Some mackerel will be hanging around the mouth of the inlet, too.
The winds will normally begin to slow down towards the end of April. Early morning will be fantastic top water action on the flats. Try a Deadly Combo around Queen's Cove or Harbor Branch for some good trout activity. Watch for redfish schools to become more active in the shallows as May gets closer. Fishing docks will be very productive most of the day for a number of species. Look for drop-offs as the sun rises in the sky for some big trout. Don't forget the deeper mangroves on a hot, sunny day. The fish are happy to see some warmer water temperatures and are hungry. As the river fills with baitfish, you can bet that May will be an exciting month to fish the Indian River!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe!
Captain Charlie Conner