Hot weather continues on the Treasure Coast. Getting out early has been working great for us lately. You can beat not only the heat of the day....but the afternoon thunderstorms that have been lurking around each day. We did manage to get wet one day while trying to beat the rain. The bite was a little more sporadic this week, but the fish are out there to be caught. It's still a great time of year to be fishing.
Trout are biting, but it has slowed down somewhat with the hot weather. Our best results have been with CAL jerk baits on either a weedless hook or a CAL jig head. A 1/16th ounce has worked very well for us lately. Live shrimp or pigfish on a popping cork has also produced some good results this week. Snook fishing has been good around the inlet and docks. We lost a few nice snook this week, but Scott did land an over slot snook on the flats. LIve bait or CAL jerk baits got us hooked up on some snook this week. Clint and Thomas both had nice snook hooked that ended up winning the battle this week. Redfish have been hanging around docks and shallow flats. Clint caught his redfish while fishing around some of the mangroves with a DOA CAL jerk bait. We have found redfish hanging on the flats even during mid-mornings.
Lot of snapper have been caught all over the river. Concentrate on channel edges, structure and docks and you should be able to take home some nice sized mangroves for dinner. Live or dead shrimp will usually get these critters to bite. There have been a good many bluefish around the area lately. Craig, Scott and Cheryl found some nice sized blues to give them a good fight up on the flats. You can also find lots of jacks cruising around and crashing bait schools. Watch for the bait schools and you should be able to find some fish. Bear Point and the west side of the river has been filled with glass minnow schools all week long.
Tip of the Week:
When is the last time you checked your safety equipment?? This year??....last year??....can't remember?? Whether it is flares, life vests, first aid kit or a simple whistle, you should know where your safety equipment is located and know that it is in good condition. There have been too many boating accidents this year already. Being ready to handle situations and having equipment readily available can make a lot of difference in the outcome of any accident. Flares and extinguishers can go out of date and need to be replaced. First Aid kits need replenishing several times a year. Life vests need to be kept in good condition. Having the right safety equipment in good condition isn't just because it's a requirement....it's the right thing to do for yourself and your passengers! Take a few minutes and check yours out soon.
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe!
Captain Charlie Conner
A few of this weeks catch....