August 15, 2012
August continues to be hot and humid with lots of afternoon thunderstorm activity. It can make things a challenge some days, but the fishing has been good out there and it's well worth while to get out and enjoy the mornings on the Treasure Coast.
The Treasure Coast Casters had their August tournament on August 12th and I was able to volunteer to help out with the kids. I had Savannah Ward and Michael Williams on the boat with me. It started out a little slow for the kids, but we ended up finding some fish for them to check in for points. Savannah caught a very nice trout and some mackerel. Michael caught a mangrove snapper to weigh in. Savannah won first place in the middle school division and biggest fish overall with her sea trout. Congratulations to all the Casters!
Royce and Drew was out with me and we found lots of redfish on the flats that day. We had lots of fun on the water! Ed and Justin had a variety of fish on their day and we enjoyed some nice weather on the Indian River. David and his son, Ross, endured some hot weather to enjoy the fishing. Nine year old, Ross, topped off the day and the week for me with a 29.5" sea trout that he caught all by himself on the grass flats. He also released the big fish to be caught another day. We had a fun week on the water.
Try top water in the early mornings and switch to soft baits like DOA shrimp or CAL jerk baits as the sun warms up the flats. Look for redfish in one to three feet of water and trout in two to five feet as the day wears on. Docks and bridges are holding lots of snapper along with sheephead. The inlet has been alive with mackerel, jacks, blue runners and ladyfish. Lots of exciting fun for everyone. The surf has held tarpon, snook, jacks and even sharks that are in close feeding on the bait schools. It's a great time of year to be fishing!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner