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 LowcountryOutdoors.com 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 hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner
A few photos from this weeks fishing!