After sitting through all the rains of Isaac, I am anxious to get back on the water again. I guess it gave me a chance to catch up on things around the home place, but being pent up has never been to my liking! We managed to get out a few days before the rains arrived and has some nice conditions to enjoy the fishing. Fishing will depend on how all the recent rains have affected the area. Until all the flood runoff is gone, you might have to change your fishing tactics to find where the fish are.
Trout fishing continued to provide us with some action while fishing drop offs and sand bars on the river. DOA shrimp and live baits helped us catch some nice trout around the river. Most of our fish came from north of Fort Pierce. We are still catching a lot of snapper on the flats as well. Most are short, but we have also caught some nice keepers in the mix. Most fish have come in two to five feet of water along the river. Christine and Jeanie caught a nice variety of fish on their adventure. Try fishing docks, bridges and channel edges for snapper and sheephead. Don't forget to try some top water lures early in the day when fishing on the flats.
Mackerel, jacks and bonito have been crushing the bait around the Fort Pierce Inlet recently. Nice size macks are in the turning basin. Most small, shiny lures will get you in on some fun action. We are still finding redfish in the shallows of the flats. Most have been sitting in one to three feet of water. Emmett and Shirley hooked up on several nice redfish and landed one slot fish. DOA shrimp, live or cut bait can help you find a slot size fish this time of year. Tarpon, jacks, snook and bonito had been cruising along the surf and feeding on the bait schools. When you get out along the beach, look for bait schools and you should find the fish nearby.
Fishing will get back to normal soon and hopefully we don't have to deal with another storm like Isaac this year. Look for bait schools around the river this time of year and you should find fish. There has been a tremendous amount of bait around. Be careful when you head out this week. All the flooding will bring lots of debris into the river and you certainly don't want to tear up your boat or motor on it. Have fun out there!
As always, remember, fishing isn't just another hobby.....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner