Summer weather patterns continue to give us warm, sunny days and wonderful opportunities out on the water. Calm mornings provide access to the entire river and plenty of areas to fish each day. The bite was slower this week, but we did catch fish. Plan on getting out early to beat the summer heat this month. We were rewarded with a light breeze most days to take the edge off the hot weather.
Trout fishing has slowed down some this week. We did catch trout, but the slot size were more sparse in biting most days. Jay and Kelly caught trout on their outing to celebrate their high school graduation. Frank and Rich did catch some trout, but most were on the short side. Frank caught a nice redfish under one of the docks and Rich got burned by a big snook that took us for a quick ride. I ventured out later in the week to get away and was joined by my wife, Eva. On her last cast she caught and released a fat 25" trout on the flats. It was nice to spend some time on the river with her.
Look for trout to be around the deeper flats like Harbor Branch and off of Bear Point. Live shrimp on DOA popping corks will keep you busy with the shrimp. Try a DOA shrimp on the trout as well. CAL jerk baits will continue to get you some trout bites on the flats. Redfish can be found around some of the docks along Indian River Drive this time of year and there will also be snook sitting there, too. It's a great time to fish....just prepare for the hot weather.
Bridges have been slow and everyone is waiting on the snapper to move into the river. There are mackerel, jacks and bluefish around the inlet. You can still find whiting along the surf. Even with a slower bite, we had some fun out fishing this week.
Tip of the Week:
With the heat of summer upon us, make sure you have a plan for an emergency. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion is always a possibility when out on the water.
Cool, moist, pale, or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; dizziness; and exhaustion. Body temperature will be near normal.
Hot, red skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; and rapid, shallow breathing. Body temperature can be very high-- as high as 105 degrees F. If the person was sweating from heavy work or exercise, skin may be wet; otherwise, it will feel dry.
Get the person out of the heat and into a cooler place. Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths, such as towels or sheets. If the person is conscious, give cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Give a half glass of cool water every 15 minutes. Do not give liquids that contain alcohol or caffeine. Let the victim rest in a comfortable position, and watch carefully for changes in his or her condition.
Heat stroke is a life-threatening situation. Help is needed fast. Call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the body. Immerse victim in a cool bath, or wrap wet sheets around the body and fan it. Watch for signals of breathing problems. Keep the person lying down and continue to cool the body any way you can. If the victim refuses water or is vomiting or there are changes in the level of consciousness, do not give anything to eat or drink.
Check out the Red Cross web site for more information: www.redcross.org
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe!
Captain Charlie Conner
Jay & Kelly with her jack, Eva with her 25" trout and Frank with a redfish from the docks of Fort Pierce.