Wonderful weather was in store for anglers this week on the Treasure Coast. Some windy days, but great fishing weather out on the Indian River. It might be hot out there, but I love fishing this time of year. Get out early and beat the heat or an evening trip can make for a great fishing experience. Just remember to drink lots of fluids and keep the suntan lotion on. Have some fun out there soon!
We found trout willing to bite up north of Fort Pierce this week. We tried a number of areas and found trout on each flat. Harbor Branch, Queen's Cove and Round Island to the north and around the docks to the south of Fort Pierce were all active with bait and the trout were out there feeding. Tom and Jim were out with me and they did well on trout with a few nice keepers. Both DOA Jerk Baits and Deadly Combos resulted in some good catches. Wayne, Grace and Ben found trout on another day on the river. Ben caught several nice trout up to 22 inches. We have been drifting the flats until we get a bite and that area for a while. Try fishing the shallows early and move to three to five feet later in the mornings to continue the bite.
We found some redfish in small schools also this week on the flats. They were in one to two feet of water in the middle of the day. Keeping quiet and moving slowly can help out in finding some redfish that are willing to bite. Tom and Jim caught three and missed a couple others while fishing a DOA shrimp slowly along the flats. Tom even caught one while sight casting to one on the flats. The docks along Indian River Drive will hold redfish most of the summer.
Lot of baitfish have entered the river and you will find some of the flats are teaming with fish. Bear Point has been loaded with bait on the days we have fished around there. Anywhere we have fished around the docks lately has also been full of baitfish on the flats. It's gonna be a great summer! Look for whiting along the beaches and some mackerel and jacks to be around the jetties. You should be able to find some tarpon around the jetties and off the beaches now as well. Have some fun and get out fishing soon.
Tip of the Week:
As summer begins to bake the days along the Treasure Coast. Make sure you use plenty of suntan lotion while out in the sun. The sun reflecting on the water will intensify the rays and you can get burned quickly out there. There are lots of brands and types, but get one that is waterproof and I recommend a higher SPF rating around a number 30 at least. It's better to re-apply during the day to make sure it keeps working. A couple minutes putting some lotions on can certainly reduce the risks of skin cancer and certainly keep you from one of those painful sunburns. Keep some in your tackle box or in the boat throughout the summer!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe!
Captain Charlie Conner
Tom and Jim with a couple of their redfish. Ben with one of his trout caught on the Indian River this week.