After taking a few days off to enjoy a short cruise with the wife, kids and grandkids, I was back on the water this week to fish the Indian River once again. Windy weather seemed to be the norm during the time we were away and it was no different back on the water. It has been fishable and the fish cooperated for us as well. The winds will be the norm for a few more days, but summer is fast approaching. It is a great time of year to fish!
Steve Hughes and his fishing buddy, Ken, were down this way to do some trout fishing. We tried a couple spots before we found some trout willing to eat both live bait and artificials. Using DOA CAL 4" jerk baits, MirrOLures Mirrodines and DOA Deadly Combos, the guys limited out on nice trout with two above the 20" slot. In spite of windy conditions, the trout were on the flats. We caught trout around Harbor Branch, Queen's Cove and Round Island where we could manage the choppy waters.
Trout continue to be the best bite with some redfish around the flats as well. We did lose one nice redfish on the flats. You will find some schools around the river in May and it will continue throughout the summer. Docks, when fishable, will be very productive the rest of the month. Snook fishing will be best at night around docks, jetties and bridges. Whiting will remain the steady bite along the beaches this month. It's been a good week on the water!
Tip of the Week:
As summer is fast approaching, it's wise to stock up on sun lotions and water each time you head out on the water. The summer sun can be brutal as the winds die down and being prepared for it can keep you cool and safe from the heat. Drink lots of fluids and make sure you periodically layer on the sun lotion. A few minutes can keep you from an ugly sunburn. Take a hat and sunglasses as well to keep yourself safe and cool in the hot weather ahead.
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe!
Captain Charlie Conner
Steve and Ken with a limit of trout on the Indian River this week.