February 6, 2012
We might be in the middle of winter, but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature! February has remained mild and warm with some windy days, but it's been fantastic so far. The water temperatures have stayed warm for this time of year and the fish have been feeding on the flats. Have some fun this month and get out fishing and enjoy the weather!
Trout have remained the best bite around the river. Fishing Deadly Combos, CAL jerk baits and live baits can get you in on the action around the grass flats. Harbor Branch, Bear Point and Round Island have all produced good numbers of trout. You will most likely have to deal with lots of jacks and ladyfish in the mix as well. Most of the redfish have come from the mangroves lately. You can still find them on the flats, but the mangroves have been productive for us the past several weeks. CAL grub tails or live baits will help you find some.
Snook season finally opened the first of the month and many eager anglers have been out seeking that slot fish. The jetties, docks and bridges are great places to snook fish. Live baits, Terror Eyz and feather jigs have all been good for snook fishing. The sheephead and black drum are around docks, bridges and structure. There are also lots of small snapper hanging around the bridges, too. Live or dead shrimp are popular for these fish. You can find bluefish and mackerel hanging around the mouth of the inlet and along the turning basin this month. Small shiny lures will work best on those toothy critters.
The mild conditions should continue for now. Expect the winds to pick up soon, but early mornings can get you out for some great action before the day gets windy. It's a great time of year to be fishing and this year has been especially good
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner