September Fishing Forecast
September is always an exciting month to fish along the Treasure Coast. Anglers eagerly await the arrival of the annual fall mullet run. The beaches and rivers will be filled with mullet and you can find lots of predators following the bait this month. Look for tarpon, snook, jacks, bluefish and many other species feeding on the mullet this month. Top water and suspending lures work fantastic in September. Try a DOA Baitbuster or Big Fish lure while fishing around the large schools of mullet. It's a great time of year to fish early mornings along the beach. The fish will be cornering the bait along the surf and action can be fun and exciting.
While snook season usually opens Sept. 1st, it has been delayed until Sept. 17th this year. Check www.myfwc.com regularly to keep updated on the status of the snook season opening this year. Bridges and inlets will bring some fantastic snook action in September. Anglers slowly working jigs, diving plugs, DOA TerrorEyz or live bait along the bottom of these areas can find some big fish hanging in these areas. Docks and flats will hold their share of linesiders as well.
You will be able to find some redfish schools this month as they gather up to head out to the ocean. Look around the shallow sandy flats for them to be feeding. DOA shrimp or jerk baits can coax them into biting. Trout will continue to bite around the usual flats like, Bear Point, Harbor Branch and the Moorings. Deadly Combos fished on the edges of the bait schools will find some action with trout and other species. Snapper can be found along channel edges and around structure. Sheephead, drum and snapper can be caught on the catwalks of the bridges. LIve or dead shrimp will find the fish.
Fish the bait schools! It's easy to spot the bait this time of year. If you don't find bait around your favorite fishing spot, you will most likely not find many fish there. Move around if you need to in order to find active bait. Fish love this time of year and they are out there gorging themselves on the bait in anticipation of the coming winter months. Early mornings can be exciting on the flats. You can find big fish in shallow water around the bait pods. It has been a long hot summer and finally temperatures will begin to mellow out and water temps will get back to normal. It's a great time of year to be fishing!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner