April 10, 2011
April has continued to bring some fantastic weather for us. Calm winds have been the norm lately and we have certainly taken advantage of it to enjoy the fishing out there. The temperatures have been warming up....but I love this weather! We have a lot of fun out on the river this past week.
The river was flooded with mullet over the weekend. Everywhere we looked you could see school after school of finger mullet entering the river. It's gonna be some good fishing!
I must say that my highlight this week was spending some time with my wife, Eva, and the grandkids, Chloe and Brody, out on the river to celebrate our anniversary. Chloe is an avid angler and caught her biggest fish to date with a nice jack that gave her a battle. It was nice to spend some time with the family!
I spent a day up in Sebastian with my buddy, Pat, and his two boys, Dalton and Ethan. It was Ethan's first trip with the guys so we made sure he had a good time fishing for ladyfish on the Sebastian River. It appears that what was once two man adventures have evolved into a four man group for the future! We had a lot of fun enjoying the river and the weather.
Trout has been our mainstay lately. There have been some big trout on the flats and we have enjoyed our share of them. I had Bob and Mark who landed some nice trout on their day o the water. Tony and his buddy, Ron, had some fun out there with some nice trout and redfish. Brad and his uncle, Sam, also found their share of trout. Brad had the hot hand with the trout that day. CAL jerk baits, DOA shrimp and live shrimp are all hot items to fish for trout this time of year. We continue to fish the usual grass flats around the river and have caught trout on every flat we fish.
We are still finding redfish hanging around the flats. Still a lot of shorts, but we have run across some slot fish. Sam boated a nice slot out on the flats. I have run upon a couple nice sized schools that are forming, so summer should be very productive on redfish this year. DOA shrimp, CAL grub tails and live shrimp all will work to get you that redfish this time of year.
Some big jacks are filtering into the river with the mullet. We have caught some and got busted off by some as well. The docks are great places to fish for snook and jacks in April. TerrorEyz, Baitbusters and finger mullet can give you a challenge on getting a snook or big jacks from underneath a dock.
There are still some pompano and flounder being taken around the inlet and beaches of the Treasure Coast. Bridges have been holding sheephead, snapper and some black drum. April is just a warm-up of things to come in May!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner
A few of this weeks fishing....