September 2, 2010
September arrived with the usual active hurricane systems out in the ocean. Sitting here being thankful that none seems to be heading this direction and hoping that the rest of the eastern coast remains safe this season. The winds have been blowing most of the week and offshore swells have kept anglers at bay as well. I did manage a trip this week that ended up with several good rain soaking hours out on the river. We had fun in spite of getting wet.
Pat and Dalton Wells came down from Cocoa Beach for what ended up being a good day full of rain clouds all over the Fort Pierce area. Seemed like everywhere we ventured, the clouds kept pace with us until we finally got good and wet. The bite was good with trout, jacks, mackerel and blue runners keeping us busy when we could fish. It was a good day anyway. The weather will get back to normal for a while until the next storm brews up out on the ocean.
Trout have continued to bite well on the flats. We found good action in three to five feet of water around Harbor Branch area and Round Island. DOA CAL jerk baits worked best for us on 1/16th ounce jig heads. Work them slowly along the bottom for your best results. Top water in the early mornings can also be rewarded with good action. Redfish are being taken along the shallows north of Harbor Branch and around the docks to the south. DOA shrimp or TerrorEyz works great for redfish. Mackerel, jacks, blue runners and some bonito have been invading the inlet and turning basin this week. Small shiny lures can give you lots of fun action with a variety of fish. Whiting along the beaches and snapper around the bridges, structure and channel edges are still biting. The mullet are starting to move in now....so get out fishing soon!
Snook Season Opening:
Snook season will finally re-open on September 17th. The commission decided that snook season would open as previously announced. It will close on December 15th as normal, but will stay closed until September 1, 2011. You can expect that lots of anglers will be getting ready for the upcoming season and you should anticipate lots of boaters and anglers around the jetties and bridges the first several days of the opening. Live bait, TerrorEyz, deep diving plugs and jigs will be the best bet for a chance at a keeper snook this month. Make sure your snook permit is current along with your license because you know you will have a good chance at being checked. Have fun and be safe out there this snook season!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe!
Captain Charlie Conner