What can you say about October, but exciting! Great weather with the usual afternoon rains have kept the temperatures in check for us and allowed a light breeze each day to make it fun and comfortable. Perfect fall weather for the Treasure Coast. The mullet run continues around the area and the fish have been chewing on them heavily. It's a great time of year!
A few recent trips of note.... I was at the Michael Shields Memorial Inshore Open again this year and it was a fantastic event as usual. Check them out at www.fishforthekids.org. It's a wonderful event for an even more wonderful cause. I had Susan, Irene and John on the boat the morning of the tournament. They had their three fish limit of redfish and sea trout in no time, but had no luck in hooking up with a snook. Irene just missed the largest trout by 1 1/2" and was also close on top lady angler. Everyone caught fish and we had a super time on the river. Looking ahead to next year already!
The Treasure Coast Casters had their October fishing tournament and I was able to volunteer again to help them out. I had Dylora Kohler and Savannah Ward on the boat for the tournament. It was Dylora's day to shine as she caught a nice redfish, two sea trout and a snapper for the day. Savannah fished hard all day and finally stayed hooked up on a mangrove snapper. They caught a lot of fish and missed a lot as well. It was fun for them and myself. Dylora took first place in the high school division and biggest fish awards, while Savannah took second place for middle school. Check out www.treasurecoastcasters.org to see how to volunteer or get your child involved.
Captain Melly B. of Buck's Tale Charters joined me for a scouting adventure recently. We fished the Fort Pierce area and found the trout alive on the flats. Most were schoolies, but they ate up some DOA CAL 308 jerk baits for us. Melly caught a nice redfish to top off the day for us. We caught a nice variety of fish that day.
Sea trout have been actively feeding on the flats, especially where there are sand holes or drop offs. I have fished north of Fort Pierce most days with success on most of the flats up the river. DOA CAL jerk baits are working very well for us these days and will even help hook up on a redfish. Redfish are still shallow on the flats and have been reported all over the river this past week. Try around some of the mangroves as well for redfish and other species. Snook have been mostly around the inlet, jetties and docks of the river. Bait Busters, flair jigs and live bait has worked well for them. The surf has held whiting and anything that is willing to chew on the finger mullet along the beaches. A few reports of pompano showing up brings thoughts of good things to come!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner