The weather has been mild, but on the windy side. It is a normal pattern for this time of year, so you must plan each trip based on what mother nature offers each day. Most mornings will be a little calmer to get out and enjoy some great fishing action. Water temperatures play an important part of fishing in winter, so you must be aware of it when you are on the water.
We have had a nice mixed bag of fish lately. Trout, redfish, sheepshead and black drum have been biting around the river along with the usual jacks and ladyfish. The flats are still productive as long as the water temps stay in the mid 60's or higher. Deeper cuts along the flats, docks and mangroves will hold fish when it is cooler out there. Glen and his son were out on a windy day, but we found a variety of fish to keep their rods bending. Matt and Matt, Jr were out on another windy day that also found a good variety of fish for them. Scott was down from Illinois and found the same assortment to enjoy a beautiful morning on the Indian River.
Trout have been hanging in three to five feet of water on most flats. DOA shrimp, CAL jerk baits have been the best artificials to use on them. Live shrimp can get you sheepshead, snapper and black drum around the docks and even a few on the flats. Redfish have been under the mangroves and around the docks along the river. Lets hope the mild weather continues and warms up the water. Jacks and mackerel have been around the inlet on the incoming tides. Snook have been around the bridges, jetties and docks of the inlet. Night fishing has been best with the full moon. It's been a nice week!
December is already here and where has this year gone to again... Time passes by way to quickly. December will be another good fishing month, especially if things continue on the mild side. Continue to monitor the water temperatures and move around to find clean, warmer water for your best opportunities. Have fun this month!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good Fishing and Be Safe!
Captain Charlie Conner