Fishing along the Treasure Coast improved this week and the trout were on the flats for us. The weather continues to cooperate in the mornings before the heat and storms begin to brew up after noon. It's the typical summer pattern, but I love fishing this time of year. You can get out early and be back before it gets too hot out there.
Trout was our main bite this week. Rick, Mike and Tracy were out with me and they had lots of fun on the flats. Trout up to 20+ inches are being caught. Mike even lost one that was over 25". Live shrimp, Deadly Combos or CAL jerk baits continue to work well on trout. Harbor Branch, Queen's Cove and Bear Point are all good starting points when targeting trout. The snook bite around the inlet has been good, especially at night. Live bait worked along the bottom has worked very well along with deep diving plugs on the incoming tide. You can find redfish hanging along the docks of Indian River Drive. Live bait, TerrorEyz or DOA shrimp can help find which docks to fish.
Bridges have been slow, but the snapper have been showing up along the channel edges and on the flats. It should be a good snapper season in the river this year. Whiting along the surf has been the best bite for beach anglers. Mackerel and jacks have been hanging around the inlet and turning basin. Hopefully, the bonito will show up again next month to keep rods bending there. It's gonna be a great summer. Get out early, stay hydrated and protected from the sun.....and have some fun!
Tip of the Week:
Father's Day weekend is another free fishing weekend for Florida. We have had several of the free weekends so far this year to get people out fishing and enjoying what Florida has to offer. July 1st will mark the end of the fees for the Shoreline License according to www.myfwc.com. Anglers will still need to get the license, but the fees are being eliminated. Shoreline license holders will still have to buy a snook permit to keep fish this fall when the season re-opens. Take the family out fishing soon!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe!
Captain Charlie Conner
Rick and Mike with a trout dinner. A few birds of Florida this week.