We continued to have windy days most of the week around the Treasure Coast. It was challenging some days, but we have managed to get out fishing. The conditions limited some of the areas we generally fish, but we did find fish on the usual flats. The breeze should be slowing down by weekend so you might just plan an adventure out on the water. You can feel the fall weather in the air. Nice cooler mornings and evenings have taken the edge off the daily 90 degree weather we had day after day this summer. Fall brings change in water temperatures and fishing the flats gets better.
Shane Carter surprised his fiancé with a fishing adventure for her birthday. She didn't find out until the night before, so you can imagine her excitement when they arrived. Alicia didn't waste any time in catching fish and ended up with a very nice variety of fish by the end of the day. She caught trout, sheephead, redfish and a nice size flounder among other fish to make her birthday one to remember. Shane caught his share of fish including a decent size grouper to bend his rod. It was a fun day while the winds cooperated for a change.
I did my usual volunteering at the Teen Angler Tournament. I had Dylora and Michael on the boat this month. They did catch a lot of fish, but couldn't get any that was big enough to weigh in. We had fun anyway out on the river. Joe Wallace and his wife, Karen, was out on what turned out to be a pretty windy day. We did manage some trout on the flats before it began blowing, so we ended up fishing a dock where they both caught a nice redfish to end up a nice, breezy day. It was a nice week on the water!
Trout have continued to be on the flats around Harbor Branch, Bear Point and south towards the Power Plant. DOA jerk baits continue to produce trout along with the Deadly Combo and live shrimp. We have been fishing three to five feet of water lately for our best result. We have found some redfish hanging around docks and you can also look for them along the mangroves. DOA shrimp or live bait can coax them into biting. Snook fishing has been decent for those who brave the windy jetties or around the bridges. It has been tough to fish those areas, but it can pay off. The sheephead have been nice size lately and a few flounder have been taken around the river. The surf has also been a rough area to try to fish. It's a great time of year to fish the Treasure Coast!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe!
Captain Charlie Conner
Shane and Alicia with some of their catch. Karen with her 28" redfish this week on the Indian River....