Saturday, June 30, 2012

South Indian River Fishing Report - July Forecast

Inshore: July Fishing Forecast

July brings hot weather, chances of afternoon rains and Fourth of July parties. Oh....and lots of great fishing out there, too! Watch out for afternoon thunderstorms this month. Mornings on the river will bring action at first light on top water lures for snook or trout along the flats. They will seek deeper water as the sun rises. It’s a hot, but very productive month around the Treasure Coast.

I will be fishing along the mangroves for snook and redfish with DOA shrimp, CAL jerk baits and top water lures where the water will be 2-3 feet deep. Trout will move to deeper flats in 2-6 feet of water and will most likely hit pigfish, DOA shrimp or Deadly Combos. Look for the trout to move to the deeper edges of the flats as the sun warms up the water. Fish the sand holes on the flats! You will find the bigger fish sitting in these holes waiting on the tides to bring the food to them.

Redfish will continue to hold up on the flats. Read the water as you move across the flats and look for any activity that might be a school of reds. Gold spoons, soft baits, like DOA shrimp or CAL jerk baits will work best for them. Search along the docks during the day for snook or redfish hanging around there as well. It’s a fantastic month to be fishing!

Bridges will be producing snapper, drum and sheephead during July. Live or dead shrimp will be hard for them to resist. Watch the tides and fish the slower sides of them for best results. Whiting will continue to be in the surf with the occasional bluefish and Spanish mackerel. There will be larger snapper in the river around structure and along channel edges. Sharks will be patrolling along the beach also. The glass minnows will be flowing into the river in huge schools. Watch for these bait schools and fish the edges for your best action.

Areas to fish in the river for July: Bear Point, Queen's Cove and Round Island. South of Harbor Branch will be a great area to work for trout in the mornings before the sun heats up things. The flats in front of the power plant taper off to 3-5 feet and will be holding trout during the day. Live pigfish are the favorite food for trout this time of year. It’s time to set the traps to feed these hungry fish! Try a DOA TerrorEyz during the day also for trout. The west shore down there will be good areas to search out redfish. Channel edges will be yielding snapper on structure. Tripletail will be around channel markers and pilings to the south towards Jensen Beach. Have a fun month out there!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another's an ADVENTURE!!

Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner

Thursday, June 14, 2012

South Indian River Fishing Report 6/14

June 14, 2012


As the rainy season keeps many afternoons on the wet side, most mornings have been great weather to get out and enjoy the fishing along the Treasure Coast. Watch for those thunderstorms to continue this month and stay safe out on the water. The bite has slowed down somewhat with all the fresh water in the river, but you can still find plenty of fish out there on the flats.

I had the privilege to attend the DOA Outdoor Writers Event again this year. Mark and everyone at DOA did a fantastic job setting up the event at River Palms Cottages. Rufus Wakeman did a tremendous job hosting the writers. I fished Jeff Dennis of and Dave Stewart of Minnesott Beach Bait & Tackle/KneEDeeP Custom Charters in North Carolina this year and we had a couple of fun days on the water catching fish and telling fish tales!
We continue to catch some nice trout on the grass flats of the river. We lost a few big trout this week, but did catch some respectable ones on DOA shrimp, CAL jerk baits and bait busters. Concentrate on the sand holes and you should hook up with some nice fish. The 425 and 382 colors have worked great out there in either shrimp or jerk baits. We have had some good luck to the south of Fort Pierce lately.

We are finding some schools of redfish up in the shallow flats. Patience and stealth can help you find them. Watch the water and look for signs that might help you find the fish. We have hooked up with DOA shrimp and CAL shad tails lately. It's a great time of year to look for the reds on the flats.Snook fishing has been better to the south recently, but we did lose one on the grass flats this week. Bait busters have worked good as top water lures for us at first light this week. Work the mangroves and docks this time of year for a chance at a snook hookup. We have also caught several nice flounder around the sand flats of the river on DOA shrimp this week.Have fun and be safe.

Drink lots of fluids and keep that suntan lotion slothered on all day. It's a good time of year to enjoy the wonderful fishing that the Treasure Coast has to offer. Summer is here!

As always, remember, fishing is not just another's an ADVENTURE!!

Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner

A few photos from this weeks fishing!

Captain Charlie's Fishing Photos