December 3, 2010
Looks like winter has really decided to set in on the Treasure Coast. Cold nights and windy days have been the norm lately and it appears that it will be here for a while longer. That will certainly continue cooling off the water and make it challenging to fish this month. Hopefully, it will warm back up soon and bring the water temps up to a normal level again.
Joe and Derrick joined me for a morning fishing just before the latest cold front invaded the area. It was windy out, but we were able to find fish and have a good time out there on the river. The father and son team found a variety of fish to catch, including black drum, sheephead and flounder among the other species out on the flats. It was a fun morning!
Some of the better bites around the river has been black drum around docks and structure on live or dead shrimp. Sheephead and sand perch around the bridges on the same baits. Whiting and pompano along the beaches on shrimp, sand fleas and Doc's Goofy Jigs. Trout have moved into deeper flats and you can find some catch and release action on Deadly Combos, CAL jerk baits and TerrorEyz. Docks have held some redfish on the deeper docks around the river. The snook bite at night has been good around the jetties, bridges and docks of the inlet. There has also been some tarpon around the jetties at night. Daytime on the inlet has produced bluefish, mackerel and jacks on shiny spoons and lures. Some flounder has been taken around the inlet on the sandy bottoms. It's a good time to fish....just plan on some cold days out there!
It takes a little more time to get ready for fishing adventures this time of year. Dressing in layers to deal with cold temperatures in the early mornings and coping with a 20 plus degree swing in the thermometer as the sun comes up is an important part of preparing for the days fishing. Being comfortable can make a trip much more enjoyable this time of year. It's time to dig out the ol' long johns and coats.....winter has officially arrived on the Treasure Coast!
Remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Captain Charlie Conner
Joe with a nice flounder for dinner!