It looks like the summers of old this year....super weather in the mornings and those ever predictable afternoon rain storms that run through the Treasure Coast. It doesn't help the afternoon fishing...but we sure do need that rain. We were back on the water after the holiday weekend and found the water still holding up nicely with all the rain we have had lately. We found the fish out on the flats as usual this time of year. We can expect similar weather patterns for a while during June.
Bob Kling and daughter, Maggie, joined me for a day of fishing the flats. They caught trout and Maggie caught a couple nice sheephead that were feeding in the shallows. Jeff and Mark joined me later in the week and they also found trout on the flats. They added a redfish and flounder to the mix when fishing around some of the docks. Jeff caught a couple big bluefish at first light on the flats. It was a good week out on the water.
You can find the trout in two to four feet of water. We have been fishing around Harbor Branch, Queen's Cove and Bear Point for a few areas to start. Try a DOA CAL jerk bait in Arkansas Glow or a Deadly Combo for some good trout action. Redfish have been hanging around some of the docks along Indian River Drive. A DOA shrimp or live bait can find some success around the docks of the river. Look on some of the shallow flats on calm days for the reds to be feeding. Snook fishing around the inlet at night has been good using live croakers or greenies. You might also try around the lighted docks at night for some snook action.
Bridges have been somewhat slow lately. You can still find an assortment of fish hanging around there this time of year. Beaches are still holding whiting and the jetties have had Spanish mackerel, jacks and some bluefish around that area. It's a great time of year to be fishing.....just get out early and beat the storms!
June Forecast: Look for winds to continue to die off as summer gets a grip on the area. Snook and redfish will be snooping around the docks along Indian River Drive. Get out early to fish the docks with DOA shrimp, TerrorEyz or live baits. The baitfish will continue to fill the river. Glass minnows will begin showing up on the flats and that means that everything out there will be chasing them. Fish the edges of the bait schools for trout. I normally find lots of bait around Bear Point and Harbor Branch. A Deadly Combo is hard to resist this time of year. As the winds die down, you will be able to fish the entire river finally. Explore new areas or ones that you haven't fished in a while. Have a great June!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe!
Captain Charlie Conner
Bob with a nice trout and daughter, Maggie, with one of her sheephead. Jeff with a redfish caught around the Fort Pierce docks.