January 22, 2012
Here we are in the middle of winter and the weather is more like springtime this year. As the warm, mild conditions continue, the fishing has continued to be fantastic out on the water. A wide variety of fish are being caught both offshore and inshore by anglers. It's been a wonderful and productive month!
I had the pleasure of fishing Laine Pruitt for the Treasure Coast Casters tournament this week. Laine caught a lot of fish this trip. He turned in a sea trout, two mackerel and a nice redfish for the tournament and took third place in the Middle School division with his redfish. It was a fun outing with a lot of fish caught.
The trout bite continues to be very good in three to five feet of water. DOA CAL jerk baits in Arkansas Glow has been very productive on the trout. We have fished the west shore to the south of Fort Pierce with good success. Redfish are still hanging on the flats and around the mangroves. Laine caught his slot fish in less than ten minutes for the tournament. CAL grub tails are good artificial lures for redfish in winter.
The spanish mackerel have moved back into the turning basin and channel. Shiny lures are the best for those fish. Work them fast to get your results. Pompano have been heavy in the inlet this week. Just look for the forty or more boats around the inlet area and you will know where they are. Most are using jigs tipped with clams, but Doc's Goofy Jigs also work great on the pomps. We have skipped lots of them around the river this week as well.
Sheephead and black drum are around the bridges and structure this time of year and many anglers have been targeting them with live or dead shrimp. It's been a lot of fun out there and you have a good variety of species to fish for....especially when the weather has been so cooperative!
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....