We have enjoyed some much needed rain this week, but it didn't slow down the fishing for us. Most of the weather has come after noon, so you have all morning to get out fishing. The mornings have been nice and not as hot as we have had all summer. It won't be long and the fall transition in the weather patterns will be here. If you plan on fishing the river this week, the trout and snapper bite will be one of the best bets out there.
The trout bite picked up over the weekend and we enjoyed a good catch. Pat Wells and his son, Dalton, came down to visit and fish over the weekend. We found the trout very willing to bite and caught 15 trout that were all slots size or larger. Dalton caught the biggest trout on a top water lure at first light that went 25 inches. All the fish were caught on artificial lures. DOA shrimp and CAL jerk baits and shad tails kept us busy on the trout flats. Bear Point, Harbor Branch and the west shore south of Fort Pierce has been good for trout. Find the glass minnows and you should find the trout. We even landed a nice size gag grouper that was feeding on the bait in shallow water.
Snook fishing around the jetties has continued to produce fish. Live bait, jigs and diving plugs have worked well. The mackerel, jacks and bonito have started to show up around the inlet and turning basin. Shiny, fast moving lures will get you in on some of that action. The snapper bite has been good along channel edges, docks and structure along the river. Live or dead shrimp can fill up the skillet..... Whiting and an occasional pompano along the surf has been good for the beach anglers. Its a great time of year to be fishing!
Tip of the Week:
Summer is slowly coming to an end. Hot as it was....the fishing has been good in the river. It won't be long until the much anticipated fall mullet run. With all the action it brings to the river and nearshore fishing, it's a good idea to take stock at your gear and tackle this month. Check out the line and change it if it is worn from lots of use this summer. Change and sharpen hooks on your favorite lures. Make sure reels are clean, greased and oiled. Check out rod guides and tips for broken or chipped ones. Clean up the tackle box and see what you might be missing by now. There is lots of exciting action when the mullet arrives, so be ready when it happens!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe!
Captain Charlie Conner
Dalton Wells caught and released this 25" trout on the Indian River flats this week.