January 8, 2012
January has been very mild so far. The first cold front of the year cooled things off a little, but not enough to stop the fish from biting. The river has been alive with good reports of catches lately. We have had lots of fun out on the water so far this month!
The mackerel bite was hot most of the week around the turning basin in Fort Pierce. We had several days of 40 plus good size mackerel using just about anything shiny on the high tides. Lots of action and great table fare. Mark and I had a fun day with them. Captain Joe, Wayne and I had another good day. The bluefish have also moved into the area in great numbers around the beach, jetties and inlet areas. You can expect to see many ladyfish and jacks around the river as well. Pompano are biting much better and we have caught some on each trip out. Around the deeper flats are some great areas to target the pomps. Doc's Goofy Jigs are great pomp lures. The bite along the surf will also be improving on whiting, pompano and bluefish.
The redfish bite was fantastic this week. We had one day of nine reds and seven on the next. Most have been slot fish with a few shorts mixed in. Mark Amorello was down from Mass. and we had fun with nine reds up to 24 inches. Most of the reds have come on DOA CAL grub tails. Craig, Frank and Charlie had a good mixed bag on their day, too. The reds were cooperating for them with seven up to 24 inches.
Hopefully, January will continue to be mild and keep the fishing hot around the Treasure Coast. It's been a productive month so far, so get out fishing soon!
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....