January is already half over and the mild winter conditions continue along the Treasure Coast. We have had a few cool nights, but nothing like the past few years. The fishing has been great out on the water and should continue the rest of the month.
The trout bite has been hot on the flats. Evelyn, Mike, Henry and Janet had two days of good trout fishing that were only interrupted by some winds. Over 40 trout the first day and over 20 on the second. Ed, Justin and Travis also had a fun day catching trout on the flats. A lot of shorts out there, but some nice slot size fish to be had. Fishing three to five feet of water on the grass flats can be very productive right now. Drift the flats until you find the bite and fish that area. Deadly Combos and live baits have worked well. Harbor Branch and the west shore south of Fort Pierce have been good to us!
The redfish have continued to feed in the shallows. CAL paddle tails (411) have been a great color for us when fishing for redfish this month. Live bait or cut bait can also get you hooked up. Fishing sand holes and mangroves are good spots to try. We are catching some short snook around the mangroves. It's great to see those juveniles back on the flats again.
Pompano fishing has picked up with this latest cool front. Try three to five feet of water with Doc's Goofy jigs, sand fleas or shrimp. The sheephead and drum are showing up in the river and structure fishing will continue to get better the next couple of months. We caught quite a few sheephead this week with a few keepers. The big ones will be in the river soon. You can also find some croakers around the river. The surf has been hot with pompano and whiting. The recent westerly winds have allowed the beach anglers to get out in numbers and enjoy lots of good fishing. It's been lots of fun so far this month!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner
Some recent catches out on the river....