I know in the midst of the cold winter that the Treasure Coast endured that I couldn't wait for the heat of summer to get here. It's here and I am one person that is happy to have summer weather back in the area again. Plan your fishing adventures right to get the best out of the fishing and beat the worst of the heat each day. I get out early and back before the hot afternoon sun sets in. It starts getting light around 6 am right now so you can get plenty of fishing time in before noon. Have some fun out there!
Trout fishing remained the best bite of the week for us. Al Rodriguez and his family came up to spend a day in Fort Pierce. Al, Laura and the kids, Alexandra and AJ, had a fun day out on the Indian River and found a variety of species eating that day. They found trout up to 22" on the flats. AJ even added a nice sheephead for a dinner treat for the family. It was an enjoyable day on the water.
If you are looking for trout, try Harbor Branch, Queen's Cove and Round Island up north of Fort Pierce. Heading south, you can try around the west shore near the power lines. DOA Deadly Combos, CAL jerk baits and live shrimp will get you in on some of the great fishing action out on the river. Redfish are holding shallow in the middle of the day. DOA shrimp or CAL grub tails are good artificials when fishing shallow for redfish. I have been using the new Arkansas Glow shrimp and having good results. Snook fishing around the inlet and bridges will get better as the moon gets full. There are also lots of big snook hanging around the docks on the west shore. It's a great time of year to be fishing!
Bridges have been slow lately, but there have been reports of margates being caught along with sheephead. Jetties have held jacks and mackerel for anglers using spoons. Whiting is still consistent along the surf. The tarpon are showing up along the beach now. This should be a great summer of fishing around the Treasure Coast!
Tip of the Week:
Memorial Day is the first holiday of summer and that means lots more boat traffic out on the waterways. Safety should be every boat operators first priority during this and any holiday weekend. With added traffic that means more congested areas for boaters to maneuver. Slow down and don't be in a hurry! Holidays are when I wish that everyone would take a safe boating course. Don't rely that the boat coming towards you knows what it is doing......many have no idea about Rules of the Road or Navigational Aids....etc. You are responsible for yourself and your passengers when operating a boat. Remember that alcohol will be more apt to be involved in lots more boats on holiday weekends and safe boating can make sure your boat is not a statistic or accident. I hope that everyone has a FUN and SAFE holiday weekend!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe!
Captain Charlie Conner
AJ with a nice sheephead from the flats and dad, AL, with one of his trout caught on their fishing adventure with the family.