The hot weather has really warmed up the water temperatures lately. You can find 90+ degree water during the day on the flats and that certainly has slowed down the midday bite for us. We had some good starts to some of the mornings on the flats that slowed down as the sun came out. Getting out early is important this time of year.
Seth and Brian was out to a good morning bite. Brian caught the largest trout of the day while fishing the flats in three to four feet of water. Rich and his brother was out on another day that was on the slow side for us. We caught fish, but the bite was slower than normal that day. Keith, Cai, Turner and Frank was out on a fun day of fishing. Turner and Frank had lots of fun on the river while catching fish on the flats. Dennis and Tim found a mixed bag on a slow trout day. They ended up with trout, snapper, a nice redfish and a variety of other fish on the flats. We had a fun week in spite of the hot water temps.
Trout continue to be in three to five feet of water. If you can get by the millions of baitfish out there, you can catch some nice trout. Harbor Branch and Bear Point have been our best spots for trout. CAL jerk baits and live shrimp have worked best this week. Redfish can still be found around some of the docks along Indian River Drive both north and south of Fort Pierce. Snook fishing has been best at night around the bridges and jetties with live bait or diving plugs. The snapper have started to move into the river. We have caught a few nice size mangroves on the flats. You should be finding them along the channel edges soon. Bridges have been slow lately. Not many anglers there, but as the snapper bite picks up you will find it much busier. The surf has continued to hold whiting for beach anglers.
July Fishing Forecast:
Water temperatures will continue to be hotter than normal. One of the best bites will be snapper along the channel edges, docks and bridges of the river. Live or dead shrimp can get you a tasty meal. Look to the docks for redfish this month. DOA shrimp, live shrimp or CAL jerk baits are good around the docks. Fish for trout early on the flats. Try deep tidal cuts and drop offs with the warm water. CAL jerk baits, live shrimp and Deadly Combos are great for trout. The glass minnows should be showing up in strength around the river. Fish the bait pod edges for trout in the mornings. The activity around the turning basin should become active as the glass minnows enter the river with the tides. Lots of fish will be out there to feed on them. Have a fun and safe July this year!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe!
Captain Charlie Conner
Brian with an over-slot trout. Cai and Turner with her trout. Frank even caught a trout this week.