November 7, 2011
While the winds continue to blow along the Treasure Coast, the fishing has been good when you can brave the conditions to get out on the water. We had a lot of fun out there this week and look forward to lots more this month. Expect more windy weather in the future and be careful when you do get out on the water.
John was down from Colorado on one of those windy days. He caught a lot of jacks along with three redfish to top off a good day on the water. Mike, Timberly and Ron had a variety of fish, including jacks, ladyfish, trout, redfish and a couple nice pompano. Alex and Rae Lynn were also from Colorado and enjoyed a day of big jacks along with a trout and redfish on another windy day on the water. Rae Lynn battled a 20+ pound jack on light tackle for a long time before it finally broke her off near the boat.
Don't forget that trout season is closed November and December each year. Handle the trout carefully and release them unharmed. We have found most of our fish in four to six feet of water lately. The water temps have dropped and you need to move out to the deeper parts of the flats for success. Live baits, DOA shrimp and top water plugs have all worked well on a variety of fish this week. Try seawalls for some great fun with nice size jacks and other species that are feeding on the bait schools. Docks have been holding snapper, sheephead and redfish for us.
Lots of areas that are usually fished have been limited due to strong winds of late. Bear Point, Harbor Branch and Round Island all can give you places that can be fished while avoiding the brunt of the wind. Since the water has cooled off, remember to slow your lures down. Fish will be slower to react as the water continues to cool down and the successful anglers will be the ones that have slowed their retrieves down the most.
The snook bite around the jetties and bridges has been better for night anglers this week. Live bait, Terror Eyz and jigs have all been working. Lots of reports of black drum around the bridges have many anglers heading out to the catwalks to fish. We should have more sheephead heading into the river soon as well. Pompano fishing will continue to improve around the river. The surf has just been too rough for most anglers to dare and try to fish the beach. While it is a great time of year to fish the river, its also a challenging time of year in dealing with the daily weather conditions. Have fun, but stay safe out there!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner