It looks like things are finally getting back to normal again. That Sandy was certainly one bad storm. Keep those up north in your mind as they begin the recovery from the devastation left behind. We appear to be very fortunate with what Sandy did to us on here way up there. Let's hope this is the last one for this year! The water is high, dirty and cooled off. It will take a while to get back to a normal pattern, but it appears that we could have a short fall season.
I am heading out tomorrow after catching up on things around the house while the winds kept blowing. If you plan on getting back out, expect to move around a bit to find a bite. I plan on hitting the mangroves and areas that were even a little protected from some of the winds. It will be hard to find clean water, but keep your eyes open for it. Water temperature will play a part in where to fish this week. Where you find warmer water, you should find some fish. If the water is cold, fish in deeper water on the flats. Watch for bait schools around the river and fish the edges of them. Fish still have to eat and it's always a good idea to fish the bait.
Top water in the mornings or evenings are a great way to find fish. Try your usual fishing spots, but be prepared to check out other areas if you can't find a bite. Switch to DOA shrimp (glow will be a great color), CAL shad tails or jerk baits and try the Deadly Combo as well. Making noise can sometimes help the fish find you! I will be using lighter colors for now, but change colors around if you aren't having any luck. It's gonna be a challenge for a few days, but things will get back to normal soon.
The pompano should be arriving anytime. I have seen some out on the river and it should pick up soon. Look for trout in three to five feet of water or around drop offs in the river. Sand bars are excellent areas to fish for trout. Redfish can be found around the mangroves most days. Check around docks for both redfish and snook this month.
If you are new to inshore fishing around the area or just want more information on fishing in general, I have two great inshore maps that are full of information and tips for fishing the river. Home Port Charts makes great maps that are also waterproof and easy to stow in the boat. They also have great offshore maps for most areas, too. You can find them at most tackle shops or check out www.homeportcharts.com. Have a great week on the water!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner